Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 3,514,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS obverse 1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1939 D nickel had the second lowest mintage of a currency issue for the Jefferson series, and it has carried a premium across all grades almost since its inception. Since there were already collectors putting aside rolls of each issue as released, Mint State pieces are not truly rare, but they are certainly more scarce than for the higher mintage dates.

1939 D nickels having the old reverse comprise about one quarter of the overall population. This is probably not enough of a differential to carry a premium, and the value of such coins is based almost solely on their grades and whether or not they have full steps. Not surprisingly, this reverse subtype is very rare with even just 5FS.

A minor doubled-die obverse variety is reported in the book by John Wexler and Brian Ribar, and NGC will certify this variety under its VarietyPlus Service.

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1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 371
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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9/12/2004 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1934, 1934/Lot# 1115 $220.00
8/6/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 399, 405/Lot# 7294 $73.60
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 933 $80.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24389 $89.70
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225378 $30.00
1/31/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131606/Lot# 23178 $99.88
2/7/2016 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131607/Lot# 25382 $199.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 D 5C MS REV OF 38 Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333666912284510246674590811521494
3333333346671017346422355979998912660
0000003346671017346422355979998900
00000033566811233983345652854107100
1939 D 5C MS REV OF 38 Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12712121620456710211513532201220258295348439230242906820803310226
12712131728527910612213588207233270313378106029655133722487640
0000007910612213588207233270313378106029655133722400
00000090111128135145214245283330409168136275977762900
1939 D 5C MS REV OF 38
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69912164163941061231431832012372723204095391173323835923974
791013244873981121301561892132492883504527501861335637190
00000073981121301561892132492883504527501861335600
000000841021171361701952252603043794969622550347400
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 4290
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1173
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
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