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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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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1939 REV OF 40 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 954
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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7/10/2006 NGC MS 68   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 95, 100/Lot# 1853 $13.80
7/25/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26081, 26081/Lot# 11097 $103.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1962 $1,610.00
1/16/2011 NGC MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211014/Lot# 26719 $84.00
10/24/2011 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3160, 3160/Lot# 1267 $18.00
5/11/2014 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131420/Lot# 28521 $68.00
6/15/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 190379 $18.25
9/5/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20078 $94.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 5C MS REV OF 40 Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669999912122481131241731274030543393
3346667999910121643981684041401284531670
0000007999910121643981684041401284500
00000089999111220621142045682070294900
1939 5C MS REV OF 40 Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33366669999937201423597725820900274030543393
3346667999918922754816407578471513284531670
0000007999918922754816407578471513284500
00000089999281463495396827888732127294900
1939 5C MS REV OF 40 Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6669999121212162481366705958145021242285287231963546
6679991012121319431764797891122167521782481298033130
0000001012121319431764797891122167521782481298000
0000001112121521622715928741286189922312676308800
1939 5C MS REV OF 40
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366666992067119220684261429173245
33333346666791336841533751327271530260
00000046666791336841533751327271500
000000566668916511021865291971281600
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 2285
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 900
Owner: CBC
 
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