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 40 5C MS obverse 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date is plentiful across all grades, though the certified population shows unnaturally low numbers for coins below MS 65. This is due to the fact that so many Jefferson Nickels have been certified under Pre-Screen programs in which those not achieving a specified minimum grade are returned "raw" to the submitter. This is true of almost all dates in this series, since there are no coins that are rare in overall numbers.

Early in 1939 the reverse of this coin type was revised to sharpen features of Monticello, and this is most visible in the more distinct steps and portico of Monticello. This Rev of 39 subtype comprises the vast majority of 1939(P) nickels, and it is far more likely to show either 5FS or 6FS. Even so, neither attribute is common for this date/mint issue.

There are two very popular doubled-die reverse varieties for this issue, the latter one actually having some quadrupling of the design. In NGC's early years these varieties were lumped together as simply DOUBLED DIE REV, but they are now distinguished and listed under the Rev of 40 heading.


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Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
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Base $ 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 0.75 1.10 1.90 2.00 2.10 5.50 8.00 9.00 15.00 30.00 40.00 60.00 90.00 600 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 70.00 300 -
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 15.00 25.00 40.00 55.00 80.00 325 17500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 135 800 -
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 110 190 825 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 300 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1356
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 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: 7/20/2021 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11015528228184991-629366710232720116--1058
-----------------11---2
-----------------4181--23
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Total-11015528228184991-629366710233222017--1083
 -0%1%1%5%1%2%1%2%5%8%-1%3%3%6%9%31%20%2%-- 
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-191018421266410--282
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--------------1--1117---29
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Total----------2-191118421378110--311
 ----------1%-0%3%4%6%14%44%26%3%-- 
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1----2472---16
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-----------------12---3
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Total----------1----2484---19
 ----------5%----11%21%42%21%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333699924374172135179258439163330543393
33333347991428385193150205318837210731673563
00000047991428385193150205318837210700
0000005899193340621141642323791235258000
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336666999993759102163220304865647375978258
334666799991844731221822484912734684878178671
000000799991844731221822484912734684800
000000899992852881432012766784604722200
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699991212121624811432202723955971531723778758553
6679991012121319431021692373134629083433745081018981
0000001012121319431021692373134629083433745000
00000011121215216212219425535453012205335766200
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333366620283259123163237336127129173245
33333334661123294180136188270648182030263407
00000034661123294180136188270648182000
000000356615253150102150212303959236800
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Grade: MS 68 5FS
Points: 6473
Owner: chunk-it
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3294
Owner: Bennie conner
 
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