Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 104,060,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1943 S 5C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This is another common issue, as all of the wartime nickels were hoarded by the roll. 1943 S nickels are noticeably superior in overall quality to S-Mint nickels of the previous several years. Full strikes may be found with a bit of shopping, and full-step coins are likewise available to the advanced collector.

The small number of prooflike nickels for this date and other San Francisco nickels of the 1940s resulted from that mint's practice of using dies until they were quite worn and then buffing out the flowlines with abrasive polishing. This left the fields brilliant but hairlined, and even the devices are sometimes brilliant.

Several doubled-die and repunched mintmark varieties are noted for 1943 S, none of them particularly exciting. Interested persons should consult two books for more information: The Best of the Jefferson Nickel Doubled Die Varieties by John Wexler and Brian Ribar, and The Jefferson Nickel RPM Book by James Wiles.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1943 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 2.50 2.75 3.00 3.75 4.00 4.50 7.00 15.00 20.00 35.00 85.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 1300 -
1943 S 5C MS Five Full Steps, Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 38.00 115 1250 2950 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1943 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 160 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6507
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/6/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #66052, 66052/Lot# 24078 $23.00
6/16/2009 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29064, 29064/Lot# 26070 $53.00
7/13/2009 NGC MS 66   Five Full Steps David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 392, 398/Lot# 237 $16.00
5/31/2010 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2863, 2863/Lot# 1312 $32.00
8/11/2013 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 127087 $45.00
10/6/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 101960 $24.00
7/26/2015 PCGS   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20176 $76.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1943 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666999121216245981143320360429515
33346667991012131936661022023333834580
000000679910121319366610220233338300
000000689911121521477412226134740600
1943 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33669999121212161620286789155345395463551
34679991012121316172341741112183624184920
000000910121213161723417411121836241800
000000911121215161925548213328237844000
1943 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121212121616162020283785102171381426502597
679101212121316161720233153911252413964515340
0000001213161617202331539112524139645100
0000001215161619202534699614831141147700
1943 S 5C MS Five Full Steps, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912121212161616202028591021554091928298533193679
6791012121213161617202338731202409152280309634390
0000001213161617202338731202409152280309600
00000012151616192025498813732414222633320800
1943 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9912121616161620202028283759123201527586653764908
910121316161617202023283144801493105476086908120
00000016172020232831448014931054760869000
000000161920202528345210217541856663172700
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 586
Owner: Weidel Cameo Coins
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 423
Owner: FredFred
 
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