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.

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Last Updated: 8/6/2020

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1942 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 2.65 3.10 3.75 4.50 5.00 6.00 15.00 20.00 30.00 40.00 75.00 800 - -
$ - - - - - - - 7.50 17.50 25.00 35.00 55.00 325 -
1942 S 5C MS 6FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 675 - - - -
1942 S 5C MS 5FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 60.00 200 750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 40.00 75.00 280 2500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5118
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: 9/15/2020 1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-111-1-1412--111685580281113726--4903
----------1----193481--54
-----------------79---16
------------------2---2
Total1-111-1-1413--111686589285213917--4975
 0%-0%0%0%-0%-0%0%0%--0%0%2%12%57%28%0%-- 
1942 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------15142---22
-----------------------
-----------------1----1
-----------------------
Total---------------15152---23
 ---------------4%22%65%9%--- 
1942 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-558----19
----------------1-----1
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total-------------1-568----20
 -------------5%-25%30%40%---- 
1942 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------23499126---171
----------------251---8
-----------------26---8
-----------------------
Total--------------23519833---187
 --------------1%2%27%52%18%--- 
1942 S 5C MS 5PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1--2----3
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total--------------1--2----3
 --------------33%--67%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336669991212162020286789143201366202922812555
34667991012131720234174107162256920211323720
00000091012131720234174107162256920211300
000000911121519202554821251823111475219700
1942 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66999121216202024282837811432016531658258528853216
6799101213172021252831521021623529881967268529950
00000013172021252831521021623529881967268500
000000151920232728346612218250213232276278500
1942 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9912121616202028283237374510216335113632417271030213363
91012131617202328293437406412222668817142515281431350
000000202328293437406412222668817142515281400
0000002025283135374283143288102620662612291700
1942 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333666699121616205981123183288192821712434
33346667910131617336695143218835200922590
00000067910131617336695143218835200900
0000006891115161946741091632531381209000
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 1928
Owner: Walt Presson
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1658
Owner: rockhobby
 
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