Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 11,300,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1948 S 5C MS obverse 1948 S 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco coined fewer than half as many nickels as it did in 1947, but the overall quality of these pieces is superior. Typically, 1948 S nickels are quite lustrous but with strikes that vary from fairly sharp to simply average. Frequent repolishing of worn dies kept the obvious signs of erosion to a minimum, though it tended to give the lettering and other shallow details a rather slender appearance.

The several RPM varieties are all quite minor and of interest only to the most dedicated specialists.

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Last Updated: 8/6/2020

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1948 S 5C MS
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Base $ - - - - - 0.30 0.50 0.55 0.60 0.70 1.25 2.50 5.00 12.50 20.00 35.00 75.00 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3.00 7.50 15.00 25.00 50.00 - -
1948 S 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 200 - - - - -
1948 S 5C MS 5FS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 35.00 225 750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 30.00 50.00 500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1368
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1948 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1---1------628190784198---1208
----------------28----10
-----------------74---11
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Total---1---1------628192799202---1229
 ---0%---0%------0%2%16%65%16%--- 
1948 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------111----3
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Total---------------111----3
 ---------------33%33%33%---- 
1948 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------441---9
---------------1------1
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Total---------------1441---10
 ---------------10%40%40%10%--- 
1948 S 5C MS 5PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 
1948 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------837939---147
-----------------1----1
------------------1---1
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Total---------------8379410---149
 ---------------5%25%63%7%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1948 S 5C MS PL
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Base333333333336692050102155395442527615
33333333334671330671202354114705560
000000333346713306712023541147000
000000333356816408513731542649900
1948 S 5C MS 5FS
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Base33333333333669201022019661059115213151499
333333333346713471354569971090120613760
000000333346713471354569971090120600
0000003333568167516871110281121126100
1948 S 5C MS 6FS
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Base3333333336699123718362010281124121913931583
33333333467910208632975610601156127714560
00000033467910208632975610601156127700
000000335689112913447489210921187133500
1948 S 5C MS
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Base33333333333336164194143366409487575
3333333333334924591102173804355160
00000033333349245911021738043500
000000333333513337612729239546100
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 997
Owner: Gregtoole
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 966
Owner: Don Aldrich
 
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