Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 21,640,000
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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1944 S 5C MS obverse 1944 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Like most S-Mint coins of the 1940s, the 1944 S nickel was poorly made overall. The dies were used too long, and the typical piece is weakly struck in places, most notably at the steps of Monticello. Examples having 5FS or 6FS are rare.

An innovation devised by two San Francisco Mint employees in 1944 was the dual-collar for mounting two die pairs in a single press. This nearly doubled the output of the smaller coins, though it may have contributed to each receiving a lesser impression.

Repunched mintmarks are far fewer for 1944 S nickels than for other dates of the wartime composition.




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Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1944 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 3.00 3.40 4.00 4.25 4.50 5.00 7.50 15.00 21.00 42.00 90.00 2150 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 - -
1944 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 275 575 3000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 6000 -
1944 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5699
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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5/20/1996 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0842, 842/Lot# 1209 $29.75
7/25/2005 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 148 $33.35
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 141 $149.50
9/26/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26101, 26101/Lot# 13249 $18.00
7/22/2012 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/22/2012, 32/Lot# 28365 $30.00
2/24/2013 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 28371 $30.00
9/5/2014 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20082 $99.88
1/11/2015 NGC MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131503/Lot# 25116 $329.00
2/28/2016 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131610/Lot# 23276 $493.50
7/7/2016 PCGS MS 67   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1237/Lot# 3293 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366669912121616285985171336255528533176
333466679101213162038681142261076265429610
000000679101213162038681142261076265400
000000689111215162449761422811815275400
1944 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33669999121216162020376794186366268029903322
34679991012131617202647761252461137278331010
00000091012131617202647761252461137278300
00000091112151619203157851553061909288700
1944 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66991212121216162020282810233677412393009321635693948
679101212121316172023285318048292918293078333436950
000000121316172023285318048292918293078333400
0000001215161920252877258628108424193147345100
1944 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99121216161616202028283737201620117314503057336337284120
910121316161617202328313792341804126519863159348538590
0000001617202328313792341804126519863159348500
00000016192025283437146480989135825213261360600
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3009
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 3009
Owner: HergertCollection
 
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