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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Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 200 - - - - -
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS
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Base $ 0.45 0.70 1.00 2.00 - - 9.00 10.00 11.00 - 20.00 25.00 42.00 50.00 65.00 80.00 250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 110 750 -
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 125 250 600 1150 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 522
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----11---2261220226511918841---488
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-----------------101---11
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Total----11---2261220226611919942---501
 ----0%0%---0%5%0%0%4%4%13%24%40%8%--- 
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-27167---33
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------------------2---2
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Total-------------1-27169---35
 -------------3%-6%20%46%26%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333666912284510246674590811521494
3333333346671017346422355979998912661569
0000003346671017346422355979998900
00000033566811233983345652854107100
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12121220242837546372819813516320143772512711843515856567431
121215212531435766758711014417628053390714622948532462487803
000000435766758711014417628053390714622948532400
0000004860697892123154188358629108916524053549000
1939 S REV OF 38 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3369121624283237415981102171201255304725246427543817
347101319252934384766881251812192714441305256131084008
000000252934384766881251812192714441305256100
000000273135405374951481912372885851884265700
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1843
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1271
Owner: Gileshokie
 
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