Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 32,900,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Silver-Manganese
Fineness: 0.3500
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1942 S 5C MS obverse 1942 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint did not coin five-cent pieces of the conventional composition at all during 1942. It joined Philadelphia in striking the new wartime alloy coins in the final months of the year.

The copper-silver-manganese alloy was quite soft in relation to the pre-war composition, and this both increased the useful life of dies and the percentage of sharply struck coins. Thus, most 1942 S nickels are quite pleasing to the eye, and the percentage of 5FS and 6FS coins is higher than usual for an S-Mint nickel. On the down side, all wartime composition issues wore very quickly in circulation while simultaneously becoming quite dark due to the low fineness of the silver.

Repunched mintmark (RPM) varieties are numerous, but none of them are particularly attractive to non-specialists.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 7/2/2019

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1942 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 2.50 3.10 3.75 4.50 5.00 6.00 15.00 20.00 30.00 45.00 70.00 1600 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 365 -
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 675 - - - -
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 50.00 215 950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 40.00 - 310 2900 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4861
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1--11-1-1411--101079523265113606--4659
---------------18338---50
-----------------64---10
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Total1--11-1-1411--101080531269013726--4719
 0 %--0 %0 %-0 %-0 %0 %0 %--0 %0 %2 %11 %57 %29 %0 %-- 
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------15142---22
-----------------------
-----------------1----1
-----------------------
Total---------------15152---23
 ---------------4 %22 %65 %9 %--- 
1942 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-437----15
----------------1-----1
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total-------------1-447----16
 -------------6 %-25 %25 %44 %---- 
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------23469023---164
----------------241---7
-----------------16---7
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Total--------------23489530---178
 --------------1 %2 %27 %53 %17 %--- 
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
11/7/2004 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1958, 1958/Lot# 1097 $38.00
5/14/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65054, 65054/Lot# 23138 $35.00
12/26/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #68, 73/Lot# 185 $19.55
5/31/2009 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2699, 2699/Lot# 1358 $20.00
11/18/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/18/2012, 49/Lot# 83554 $22.50
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147827 $59.40
7/20/2014 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207675 $170.50
7/25/2014 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22136 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 5C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336669991212162020286789143201409258528853216
346679910121317202341741071622701134268529950
000000910121317202341741071622701134268500
000000911121519202554821251823401860278500
1942 5C MS S Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66999121216202024282837811432016531658258528853216
6799101213172021252831521021623529881967268529950
00000013172021252831521021623529881967268500
000000151920232728346612218250213232276278500
1942 5C MS S Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9912121616202028283237374510216335113632417271030213363
91012131617202328293437406412222668817142515281431350
000000202328293437406412222668817142515281400
0000002025283135374283143288102620662612291700
1942 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333666699121616205981123183272219727543068
33346667910131617336695143213914238328590
00000067910131617336695143213914238300
0000006891115161946741091632421555256800
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1658
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1658
Owner: wxman_slaw
 
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