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.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1942 NICKEL 5C MS
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Base $ 0.06 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.45 0.75 0.80 0.90 1.20 2.40 3.45 5.75 7.50 15.00 30.00 60.00 165 - - -
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1942 NICKEL 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 350 - - - - - -
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1942 NICKEL 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 80.00 875 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 709
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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12/26/2001 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1522, 1522/Lot# 1132 $65.40
2/12/2007 NGC MS 62   Six Full Steps David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 345 $16.10
11/20/2011 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/20/2011, 145/Lot# 25158 $57.20
6/23/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 123089 $18.00
7/26/2015 PCGS   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20173 $470.00
4/9/2017 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131716/Lot# 25418 $540.50
7/2/2017 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131728/Lot# 23168 $114.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 5C MS NICKEL Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333366912243267135258575663749865
3333333346710162744901763646046927880
00000033467101627449017636460469200
000000335681120295511221746963472000
1942 5C MS NICKEL Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333666991216284114330415831712184920842341
3333346679101320327519773016261758192721700
0000006679101320327519773016261758192700
000000668911152437109250115716691803200600
1942 5C MS NICKEL Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333399912121620375090899416711805194721902458
33333599101213172641336937122017161852202822790
00000099101213172641336937122017161852202800
00000099111215193146622965144517601900210900
1942 5C MS NICKEL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333369202859123237539597699813
333333333347132338801613385586317370
0000003333471323388016133855863100
00000033335816254910219943857866500
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1583
Owner: GILMORE
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1583
Owner: HouserFD124
 
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