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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/6/2020

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1944 S 5C MS
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Base $ 1.25 1.30 1.45 1.80 2.00 2.25 3.00 3.40 4.00 4.50 4.50 5.00 9.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 70.00 1500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 11.50 22.50 27.50 45.00 125 -
1944 S 5C MS 6FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 - - - -
1944 S 5C MS 5FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 95.00 220 325 750 3000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 125 245 550 1500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6137
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 66
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: 8/11/2020 1944 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-12-----2--1645523364418138--6046
---------------1119313--55
---------------1-510---16
-----------------171--9
Total-1-12-----2--16475243669186112--6126
 -0%-0%0%-----0%--0%0%1%9%60%30%0%-- 
1944 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------132---6
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Total----------------132---6
 ----------------17%50%33%--- 
1944 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1453144--85
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-----------------23---5
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Total----------------1455174--90
 ----------------16%61%19%4%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1944 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3366999912121616202037115135179295230829903322
34679991012131617202663122150218966253531010
00000091012131617202663122150218966253500
000000911121516192031891281642561637276300
1944 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121212121616202028281023366639161505300935693948
679101212121316172023285318044574711122006319636950
000000121316172023285318044574711122006319600
000000121516192025287725855483213092508338200
1944 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99121216161616202028283737201620117314501609314937284120
910121316161617202328313792341804126515032122334238590
0000001617202328313792341804126515032122334200
00000016192025283437146480989135815562636353500
1944 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33336666991216161632102123159272219728533176
333466679101316162155109135197914241629610
000000679101316162155109135197914241600
0000006891115161627791161472341555263400
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1505
Owner: Daniel Beavers
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1505
Owner: HergertCollection
 
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