Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 43,445,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1941 S 5C MS obverse 1941 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though plentiful in Mint State, 1941 S nickels were so poorly made that finding a truly satisfying example will be very difficult. Most have dull luster and soft or blurry details. The dies were run far too long, and when erosion lines formed these were simply polished away, taking the shallow design features with them. Gems of any die state are scarce, and those having either 5FS or 6FS are quite rare.

The Philadelphia Mint created a new S mintmark punch that was phased in during 1941 for all denomination other than the half dollar, which first appeared with the new, Large S punch in 1942. 1941 S nickels having the Large S are scarce in Mint State and will bring a good premium.

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Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1941 S 5C MS
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Base $ 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.25 0.40 1.50 1.70 1.90 2.10 2.80 3.45 4.60 6.75 15.00 25.00 40.00 250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 20.00 30.00 70.00 - -
1941 S 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 800 - - - -
1941 S 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 60.00 250 3250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 55.00 90.00 500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 618
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
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 1941 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-5-1--49--8144510224298---529
----------------22----4
-----------------21---3
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Total--1-5-1--49--8144510424699---536
 --0%-1%-0%--1%2%--1%3%8%19%46%18%--- 
1941 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------361---10
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Total----------------361---10
 ----------------30%60%10%--- 
1941 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 
1941 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------428433---78
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-----------------1----1
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Total---------------428443---79
 ---------------5%35%56%4%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1941 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333669999121220245411517987495811031258
3333467999101215213474136411902100611550
0000007999101215213474136411902100600
0000008999111217234495158642930105500
1941 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333669999121220241832379493984423946705133
3333467999101215217720147419614069438348240
0000007999101215217720147419614069438300
00000089991112172313021971229724154452600
1941 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333399121212121616242820127215054157441948645341
33335910121212131619258622568323894244456750230
00000010121212131619258622568323894244456700
0000001112121215162127143248109432734332471600
1941 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366669916204510216382090010371192
3333334666791117286412238284794610890
0000004666791117286412238284794600
0000005666891419378314360187399100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4157
Owner: James G. Berline
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3984
Owner: Weidel Legacy Collection
 
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