Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
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 REV OF 38 5C MS obverse 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was the first year of production for Jefferson Nickels, and the huge mintage of 1939(P) clearly reflects this fact. Both the obverse and reverse master hubs were revised from the 1938 coinage, the obverse at the very beginning of 1939 and the reverse a little later, after minting had already commenced. Thus, a minority of 1939(P) nickels have the old style reverse, with its indistinct central features of Monticello.

1939(P) Rev of 38 nickels are relatively scarce across all grades, though heavily worn pieces are probably indistinguishable as to their reverse subtype. Examples having any degree of full steps are extremely rare. Since NGC did not distinguish the two reverses for many years, the numbers below are incomplete and may rise as previously certified coins are resubmitted for the complete description.


GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1939 REV OF 38 5C MS
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Base $ 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 - - 1.90 2.00 2.10 - 3.00 4.00 9.50 25.00 30.00 50.00 175 1250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 400 -
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 55.00 175 225 1125 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 200 400 5000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 171
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2-6---135-126152160381--161
-----------------12---3
----------------122---5
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Total--2-6---135-126152263421--169
 --1%-4%---1%2%3%-1%1%4%9%13%37%25%1%-- 
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-2421--10
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-----------------1----1
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Total--------------1-2521--11
 --------------9%-18%45%18%9%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 38 5C MS PL
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Base333333333666912284510246674590811521494
3333333346671017346422355979998912661569
0000003346671017346422355979998900
00000033566811233983345652854107100
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
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Base33333336912162024321022205636741821246430093447
3333334710131721275514133460010562035264631553619
0000004710131721275514133460010562035264600
0000005811151923297918144963714392250282700
1939 REV OF 38 5C MS
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Base33333333691216202437102123201563192821712434
3333333471013172128591091493221018200922592556
0000003471013172128591091493221018200900
0000003581115192333801161754421473209000
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1821
Owner: Lem E
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 563
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
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