Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 271,165,000
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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1943 P 5C MS obverse 1943 P 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was the highest mintage issue in the eleven-coin wartime nickel series, and countless rolls were saved by collectors and speculators. Thus, the 1943 P five-cent piece is extremely common in Mint State. Well struck and highly lustrous examples are also plentiful, with 5FS and 6FS coins being readily available to the advanced collector.

So many repunched mintmark varieties are known for this issue that it almost seems that every reverse die was so affected. Punching the oversize mintmarks of the wartime series was clearly an ordeal for the Philadelphia Mint's Engraving Department.

Several doubled-die obverse varieties are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. The most popular of these is also an overdate, and this variety is treated in the entry following this one.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2019

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1943 P 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 4.50 5.00 6.00 15.00 20.00 30.00 35.00 81.00 2500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 750 -
1943 P 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 165 1350 - - -
1943 P 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 40.00 82.00 635 3600 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 135 1800 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6257
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 9/17/2019 1943 P 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-4131710611452847-23225103624286217008--5501
---------------1-6137--27
----------------1107---18
-----------------1----1
Total-4131710611452847-232251046252879172015--5547
 -0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %1 %-0 %1 %0 %2 %11 %52 %31 %0 %-- 
1943 P 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------232492201--142
------------------2---2
------------------1---1
-----------------------
Total--------------232492231--145
 --------------1 %2 %17 %63 %16 %1 %-- 
1943 P 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------211716834977---614
------------------21--3
-----------------34---7
-----------------------
Total-------------2117168352831--624
 -------------0 %0 %3 %27 %56 %13 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/25/1998 NGC MS 66   Six Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1035, 1035/Lot# 1208 $23.75
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1723 $368.00
6/22/2004 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24065, 24065/Lot# 13248 $24.00
1/15/2005 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65014, 65014/Lot# 24106 $28.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 319 $36.80
9/29/2013 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 140850 $35.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10185 $1,175.00
4/2/2015 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20127 $211.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1943 5C MS P Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336699991212122020246789135163336327036284013
346799910121215202138741041442211314338937560
000000910121215202138741041442211314338900
000000911121217202353821201542782292350900
1943 5C MS P Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912121212161616202024671021633111315328137904187
6791012121213161617202138791222126461970345139220
0000001213161617202138791222126461970345100
0000001215161619202353901432629802626362000
1943 5C MS P Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99121216161616202020242428761232015392009357539574366
9101213161616172020212425449214931410292531370240930
00000016172020212425449214931410292531370200
000000161920202324276010717542615193053383000
1943 5C MS P
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366669991616205981123143308275434723845
33346667991116173366951301981123299335960
00000067991116173366951301981123299300
000000689914161946741091362531939323300
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 4024
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1970
Owner: wxman_slaw
 
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