Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 161,116,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 5C MS obverse 1946 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As soon as World War II came to an end, budgets were slashed for most federal agencies and bureaus, the U. S. Mint included. As the Mint returned to the pre-war composition of copper and nickel for the five-cent piece, it did so under severe cost restrictions that continued to tighten over the next several years.

Given these conditions it's not surprising that the quality of the nation's coinage eroded even further than it had during the war years. 1946(P) nickels, though plentiful across most grades, were poorly made overall. Top-notch gems are rare, and most reveal incomplete filling of the deeper die cavities, with the result that flaws present on the planchets prior to striking remained afterward.

The low value of this and many other post-war nickels limits the number of submissions to grading services. Thus, the numbers certified in various grades should not be taken as proof of rarity in those grades.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1946 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.08 0.09 0.12 0.18 0.24 0.30 0.42 0.54 0.67 0.78 1.15 3.45 11.00 23.00 65.00 275 - - -
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1946 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 240 1350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 360
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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11/6/2000 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 1374, 1374/Lot# 1085 $130.80
3/8/2005 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25033, 25033/Lot# 11147 $172.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 329 $11.50
2/20/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2492, 2492/Lot# 1106 $20.00
9/21/2010 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2929, 2929/Lot# 1046 $11.00
8/18/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131335/Lot# 22078 $18.00
10/12/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 59364 $68.00
7/26/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20212 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333666122010227882990810441200
33333333334668154716146285595310960
00000033334668154716146285595300
000000333356610177521964588299900
1946 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333336661220170520092163232526042905
3333333333466875369114020602217241827040
0000003333466875369114020602217241800
000000333356610138537157421122271251100
1946 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366669992022075421132273244227293042
33333346667991387398120721662329253828330
00000046667991387398120721662329253800
000000566689916153576166022202386263300
1946 5C MS
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Base33333333333333941942557748499821131
33333333333335205914842879989310320
00000033333335205914842879989300
00000033333337307620160182493800
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 2009
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 774
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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