Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 13,560,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1946 S 5C MS obverse 1946 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is another issue that was widely hoarded by the roll when new, and Mint State survivors are quite plentiful. Most are not fully struck at their centers, though coins having nice luster and fairly clean surfaces may be found. Typical of several San Francisco Mint coins of the mid-late 1940s, there are a handful of prooflike 1946 S nickel and far more that are partially prooflike. These were coined with dies that had been resurfaced to remove erosion lines and/or clash marks, thus extending their lifespans.

Two doubled-die obverse varieties are known for this issue, FS-101 having some of the boldest doubling seen for the Jefferson series. A few RPMs are also known, these including both styles of S mintmark used this year.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1946 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.09 0.10 0.18 0.24 0.36 0.42 0.47 0.50 0.60 0.72 0.78 1.15 3.45 9.00 18.00 48.00 125 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 - -
1946 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1946 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 100.00 675 8500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 1750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 996
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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10/2/2001 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21102, 21102/Lot# 2156 $16.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 331 $12.65
10/15/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2273, 2273/Lot# 1112 $35.00
1/1/2012 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/01/2012, 1/Lot# 21840 $21.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9291 $352.50
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169756 $21.00
7/12/2015 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131529/Lot# 25107 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 5C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333666124581212469527620725
3333333333466823571252984885586550
00000033334668235712529848855800
000000333356610346916838350858900
1946 5C MS S Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333666661225536613634817510956046133
333333334666689329269825144914527457800
000000334666689329269825144914527400
000000335666610174329103136665012543900
1946 5C MS S Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666666666999993762090817075015531658266370
666666667999918231716117428105115548660070
000000667999918231716117428105115548600
000000668999928426812144139125216565600
1946 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333393272194437489575674
3333333333333517451132754545186080
00000033333335174511327545451800
00000033333337245915335647254600
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1363
Owner: HouserFD124
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 437
Owner: Eagles Nest
 
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