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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS
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Base $ 3.00 3.50 4.00 6.00 14.00 27.50 30.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 47.50 50.00 55.00 65.00 75.00 100 200 1500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 120 550 -
1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 200 400 525 775 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 650 2500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 523
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS
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Base------1-2615-419244980215747--496
-----------------22---4
-----------------24---6
------------------1---1
Total------1-2615-419244980219817--507
 ------0%-0%1%3%-1%4%5%10%16%43%16%1%-- 
1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2310102--27
------------------1---1
------------------5---5
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Total---------------2310162--33
 ---------------6%9%30%48%6%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS PL
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Base333333333666912284510246674590811521494
3333333346671017346422355979998912661569
0000003346671017346422355979998900
00000033566811233983345652854107100
1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69121628639812713515917919822028233062099011731477455950145501
71013204075108130143166185205241298427743105112742504471151765776
000000108130143166185205241298427743105112742504471100
000000117132151172192213261314523867111213763532486200
1939 D REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base691216205489115123143163183194201220255288366620212435923974
71013173166981181301501701871962072322663144511121261337194173
000000981181301501701871962072322663144511121261300
0000001061201361561761901992142432773405351623310300
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1477
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1477
Owner: rockhobby
 
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