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: 8/16/2019

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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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 14.00 30.00 42.00 60.00 115 840 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 70.00 425 -
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 15.00 25.00 40.00 55.00 81.00 340 21200 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 135 1000 -
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 110 190 825 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 300 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1211
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: 2/18/2020 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1814508208154786-6243362943081679--960
-----------------11---2
-----------------47---11
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Total-1814508208154786-6243362943131759--973
 -0%1%1%5%1%2%1%2%5%9%-1%2%3%6%10%32%18%1%-- 
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-1891738110484--236
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--------------1--810---19
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Total----------1-18101738118584--255
 ----------0%-0%3%4%7%15%46%23%2%-- 
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1----1472---15
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-----------------1----1
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Total----------1----1482---16
 ----------6%----6%25%50%13%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 REV OF 40 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333699924374159135186258439163330543393
33333347991428384784152210318837210731670
00000047991428384784152210318837210700
0000005899193340531101692343791235258000
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336666999993759102163220308891697675978258
334666799991844731221822495022919718378170
000000799991844731221822495022919718300
000000899992852881432012796974948739000
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699991212121624811432202723955971531723778758553
6679991012121319431021692373134629083433745081010
0000001012121319431021692373134629083433745000
00000011121215216212219425535453012205335766200
1939 REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333366620283254123171237409154729173245
33333334661123293977139193294788200430260
00000034661123293977139193294788200400
0000003566152531471001552153521168246000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3149
Owner: James G. Berline
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3149
Owner: lehigh96
 
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