Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,535
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 PF obverse 1939 REV OF 38 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Sales of proof nickels fell by several thousand pieces this year, which is understandable without the speculative frenzy over the novel 1938 issue. The vast majority of 1939 proofs were coined with the Reverse of 1938 having wavy and indistinct steps. A new reverse hub showing very sharp details to Monticello was not introduced in time to coin more than a smaller percentage of proofs.

Gems are fairly common, but the population thins tremendously above PF 67. Cameo pieces are all but unknown, though some will have cameo contrast on just one side. Such pieces may be certified with NGC's star designation, if the contrast adds measurably to the coin's appeal.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 30.00 35.00 50.00 60.00 100.00 130 145 385 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 190 1250 -
1939 REV OF 38 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 850 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 580
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
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Base---------1---1129791342328211--579
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-----------------27---9
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Total---------1---1129811382379414--605
 ---------0%---2%5%13%23%39%16%2%-- 
1939 REV OF 38 5C PF CA
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Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 38 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550545459677276818598127159209272395155816871821415750765568
47515456626973788289108138176230313783160117322600446352405846
00000073788289108138176230313783160117322600446300
000000757984941171481922513541170164417763378477000
1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4145505054595963677276123143201241366450489966398448765354
42475051565960646973921301622142833944636481972428150355622
00000060646973921301622142833944636481972428100
000000626670751071361822283244224768072978457900
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 3984
Owner: CRMc
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 3984
Owner: Winalski
 
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