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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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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 7.75 16.00 25.00 55.00 105 2000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 - -
1942 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 675 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1942 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 95.00 285 1750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 - 350 2850 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4518
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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2/26/1997 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0923, 923/Lot# 1174 $35.97
7/6/2005 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2062, 2062/Lot# 1143 $14.00
12/26/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #68, 73/Lot# 185 $19.55
2/13/2006 NGC MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Online Session #401, 401/Lot# 7593 $322.00
2/5/2012 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/05/2012, 6/Lot# 28325 $30.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5190 $1,527.50
4/26/2017 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1254/Lot# 3748 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 5C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336669991212162020283772115244409258528853216
34667991012131720233149861582991134268529950
00000091012131720233149861582991134268500
000000911121519202534601012013541860278500
1942 5C MS S Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66999121216202024282837451553517932302258528853216
6799101213172021252831408222049812962396268529950
00000013172021252831408222049812962396268500
000000151920232728344211828664617992491278500
1942 5C MS S Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base991212161620202828323737455416335113632417271030213363
9101213161720232829343740489022668817142515281431350
00000020232829343740489022668817142515281400
0000002025283135374251127288102620662612291700
1942 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333666699121616202863102220381246427543068
333466679101316172340761412741075256128590
000000679101316172340761412741075256100
000000689111516192551891813271770265700
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2302
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 2302
Owner: wxman_slaw
 
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