Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 39,690,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1940 S 5C MS obverse 1940 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in Mint State from the many rolls that were set aside at the time, but finding a truly gem specimen is quite challenging. This is especially true if one is seeking a coin from fresh dies and having a sharp strike.

Most 1940 S nickels were poorly made from tired dies having obvious signs of heavy erosion. Also common are ones showing die-clash marks or the excessive polishing of the dies to remove such marks. Combined with often sub-par luster, these condition did not make for attractive coins. This is an issue that will require very careful shopping.

Despite all of these caveats, the sheer number of surviving Mint State pieces has resulted in a fair number of coins certified as having either 5FS or 6FS.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1940 S 5C MS
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Base $ 0.10 0.10 0.20 0.40 0.50 1.20 1.20 1.50 1.90 3.00 4.00 5.00 7.00 25.00 35.00 45.00 175 - - -
1940 S 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 60.00 170 1250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 90.00 225 - -
1940 S 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 40.00 125 700 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 70.00 200 2500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 607
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 9/29/2020 1940 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1-----16--764211618966---434
----------------11----2
-----------------3----3
-----------------1----1
Total---1-----16--764211719466---440
 ---0%-----0%1%--2%1%10%27%44%15%--- 
1940 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------923338---73
-----------------1----1
-----------------------
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Total---------------923348---74
 ---------------12%31%46%11%--- 
1940 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
-----------------------
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100%---- 
1940 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------938437---97
---------------1-1----2
----------------1-3---4
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Total---------------10394410---103
 ---------------10%38%43%10%--- 
1940 S 5C MS 5PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------2-----2
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Total----------------2-----2
 ----------------100%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333669912162428721152017748519821131
333333467910131925438614439280089510320
000000467910131925438614439280089500
0000005689111521275710117258382593800
1940 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333336699121624281022206202727292032483602
3333334679101319255314135313222791302933660
0000004679101319255314135313222791302900
0000005689111521277718148720252856313900
1940 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333366991616202432371232376742807300433403702
333346791116172127346616138313852873311634610
000000791116172127346616138313852873311600
000000891416192329359419952820962938322800
1940 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333669121620591021837257989231066
3333333346710131733731293647498409710
00000033467101317337312936474984000
00000033568111519468815654477488100
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 2807
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2727
Owner: Coinbuf
 
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