Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 6,630,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1939 S 5C MS obverse 1939 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

NGC now certifies all 1939 S nickels as either Reverse of 1938 or Reverse of 1940, so descriptions of these coins will be found in the two entries that follow. The tables below refer to 1939 S nickels certified prior to making this distinction.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1939 S 5C MS
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Base $ 0.45 0.70 1.00 2.00 3.00 6.00 9.00 10.00 11.00 18.00 20.00 25.00 42.00 50.00 65.00 85.00 315 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 303
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1939 S 5C MS
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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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6/28/2000 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1327, 1327/Lot# 1114 $39.24
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2244, 2244/Lot# 1315 $123.20
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 801 $28.75
8/6/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 399, 405/Lot# 7265 $57.00
7/21/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129279 $50.00
4/17/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3530, 6099/Lot# 24034 $54.05
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1233/Lot# 7202 $352.50


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