Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 49,789,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1942 NICKEL 5C MS obverse 1942 NICKEL 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The production of conventional five-cent pieces was cut short in the spring of 1942, as the U. S. Mint began preparations for a new alloy that would reduced the copper content of this coin and eliminate nickel altogether for the duration of World War II.

1942(P) nickels are plentiful in Mint State, but a great many of them reveal worn dies and so-so luster. This issue was not well struck as a rule. Examples having either 5FS or 6FS are scarce and rare, respectively.

A couple of doubled-die obverse (DDO) varieties have become popular, and these are certified by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/5/2020

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1942 NICKEL 5C MS
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Base $ 0.10 0.10 0.10 0.15 0.40 0.75 0.80 0.90 1.25 2.50 4.00 8.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 50.00 120 - - -
1942 NICKEL 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 350 - - - - - -
1942 NICKEL 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 65.00 450 1500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 175 550 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 860
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1942 NICKEL 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---25----14--910135230243104---743
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Total---25----14--910135230243104---743
 ---0%1%----0%1%--1%1%18%31%33%14%--- 
1942 NICKEL 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1-11---4
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Total-------------1-1-11---4
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1942 NICKEL 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------21631577---113
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Total--------------21632577---114
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 NICKEL 5C MS PL
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Base33333333366912243267135258575663749865
3333333346710162744901763646046927880
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000000335681120295511221746963472000
1942 NICKEL 5C MS 5FS
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Base333333666991216284114330415831712184920842341
3333346679101320327519773016261758192721700
0000006679101320327519773016261758192700
000000668911152437109250115716691803200600
1942 NICKEL 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333399912121620375090899416711805194721902458
33333599101213172641336937122017161852202822790
00000099101213172641336937122017161852202800
00000099111215193146622965144517601900210900
1942 NICKEL 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333369202859123237539597699813
333333333347132338801613385586317370
0000003333471323388016133855863100
00000033335816254910219943857866500
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1583
Owner: Gileshokie
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1583
Owner: GILMORE
 
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