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 REV OF 38 5C MS obverse 1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Unlike the 1939(P) and 1939 D nickels, this older reverse subtype comprises nearly two-thirds of the 1939 S mintage. Gems are scarce, and those having 5FS are quite rare.

For both reverse subtypes the quality of 1939 S nickels was very inconsistent, with the majority having mediocre luster, weak details and sometimes crude die-polishing lines in the fields.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/11/2016

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1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 400
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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1/3/1996 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0803, 803/Lot# 257 $26.75
11/14/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #26113, 26113/Lot# 11142 $74.75
5/7/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 139, 144/Lot# 280 $149.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1238 $207.00
11/27/2011 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/27/2011, 146/Lot# 26695 $37.00
12/19/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3513, 6082/Lot# 22050 $117.50
7/3/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131628/Lot# 23925 $84.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99916202432505967768912316318347794919772056268230574202
99111721273853627080100136170281634129220032265280734390
0000003853627080100136170281634129220032265280700
0000004456647385112150176379792163420302473293200
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333666912284510246674590811521494
3333333346671017346422355979998912660
0000003346671017346422355979998900
00000033566811233983345652854107100
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111111113616378114342315055158823417190
1111111111149235110123678327226183112190
000000111114923511012367832722618300
00000011112512306612232911443940720800
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2087
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2056
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
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