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 40 5C MS obverse 1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Reverse of 1940 edition of the 1939 S nickel is slightly more scarce than that having the older reverse, but most collectors are more focused on overall quality and the completeness of Monticello's steps than these hub varieties.

As in the example illustrated, most 1939 S nickels reveal worn dies that display erosion lines near the borders and erratic luster. This issue is quite scarce in gem condition, while those having either five or six full steps are genuinely rare.

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1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 145 190 - - - -
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1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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4/30/2003 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1717, 1717/Lot# 1160 $41.00
10/21/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131244/Lot# 24061 $74.00
4/7/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 103848 $82.50
6/2/2013 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 110712 $79.20
7/27/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30321 $76.38
7/11/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20150 $1.18
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1108 $30.00
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7285 $3,055.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S 5C MS REV OF 40 Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336691212373741455976851021712784691410152917341957
3467101220373842506579911252073427831450159718080
00000020373842506579911252073427831450159700
000000293740445470829614824240510961489166600
1939 S 5C MS REV OF 40 Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336691212373741455963851021434895971490161418272059
3467101220373842506070911162585258951531168519040
00000020373842506070911162585258951531168500
000000293740445462789612937456111921573175600
1939 S 5C MS REV OF 40 Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121616454550598113117120127277419692121228125552852
679101316264547536698144181225439117220202174237226540
000000264547536698144181225439117220202174237200
0000003545485674114158191248607157120702228246400
1939 S 5C MS REV OF 40
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333369932323741545976941552554371333144716441859
33347917323438455665821141883167361371151317160
00000017323438455665821141883167361371151300
000000243235405057708813522237610341409157800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 1333
Owner: James G. Berline
 
Grade: MS 65 5FS
Points: 489
Owner: rockhobby
 
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