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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Last Updated: 10/24/2016

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1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 20.00 28.00 42.00 65.00 115 145 175 500 7000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 215 1750 -
1939 REV OF 38 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 850 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 485
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/23/2004 PCGS PF 66   Teletrade Auction 1848, 1848/Lot# 1203 $143.00
1/8/2007 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Online Session #423, 423/Lot# 60993 $207.00
12/10/2009 NGC PF 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 435, 441/Lot# 8207 $254.15
1/31/2010 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 932 $92.00
1/5/2011 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1151/Lot# 4509 $8,625.00
7/28/2013 NGC PF 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 130135 $80.42
9/12/2014 PCGS PF 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3499, 6053/Lot# 21078 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 38 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41455050545959636772768111517125540948956311384431487612547
4247505156596064697378921341993064365147552236457974330
0000006064697378921341993064365147552236457900
00000062667075791041522273584625389463333472800
1939 REV OF 38 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base70573575478381183886590092595899010281117121913271438155816871821196522093118
715741764792820847877908936969100310581151125513641478160117321869204625120
000000877908936969100310581151125513641478160117321869204600
000000888917947979101510871185129114011518164417761917212800
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 1138
Owner: David A. Turner
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 1138
Owner: GILMORE
 
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