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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Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 275 - - - -
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.45 0.70 1.00 2.00 3.25 6.50 9.00 10.75 11.00 19.25 20.00 27.00 42.00 50.00 85.00 150 975 - - -
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 190 575 4000 15000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 125 300 1750 7750 -
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 148
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, 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: 9/22/2020 1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2----2
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Total-----------------2----2
 -----------------100%---- 
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1---11-38-4481621258---100
-----------------2----2
-----------------2----2
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Total--1---11-38-4481621298---104
 --1%---1%1%-3%8%-4%4%8%15%20%28%8%--- 
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1381663---37
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-----------------2----2
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Total-------------1381683---39
 -------------3%8%21%41%21%8%--- 
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-431---9
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Total--------------1-431---9
 --------------11%-44%33%11%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336691212373741455976851021712784691410152917341957
3467101220373842506579911252073427831450159718080
00000020373842506579911252073427831450159700
000000293740445470829614824240510961489166600
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336691212373741455963851021434895971490161418272059
3467101220373842506070911162585258951531168519040
00000020373842506070911162585258951531168500
000000293740445462789612937456111921573175600
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121616454550598113117120127277419692121228125552852
679101316264547536698144181225439117220202174237226540
000000264547536698144181225439117220202174237200
0000003545485674114158191248607157120702228246400
1939 S REV OF 40 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333369932323741545976941552554371333144716441859
33347917323438455665821141883167361371151317160
00000017323438455665821141883167361371151300
000000243235405057708813522237610341409157800
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Grade: MS 66 6FS
Points: 1969
Owner: Bennie conner
 
Grade: MS 66 6FS
Points: 1969
Owner: zzzt
 
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