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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1948 S 5C MS
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Base $ 0.09 0.10 0.18 0.36 0.42 0.48 0.52 0.54 0.60 0.72 1.20 2.30 4.60 11.00 23.00 35.00 100.00 - - -
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1948 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 200 - - - - -
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1948 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 50.00 385 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 880
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/2/2001 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21102, 21102/Lot# 2161 $19.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 337 $11.50
10/19/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68104, 68104/Lot# 64099 $15.00
11/2/2008 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68112, 68112/Lot# 62137 $27.00
6/21/2009 PCGS MS 64   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2708, 2708/Lot# 1369 $17.00
5/1/2011 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/01/2011, 113/Lot# 8084 $31.00
6/2/2013 NGC MS 65   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 59484 $30.00
7/26/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20178 $41.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1948 5C MS S Prooflike
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Base333333333336692050102155395442527615
33333333334671330671202354114705560
000000333346713306712023541147000
000000333356816408513731542649900
1948 5C MS S Five Full Steps
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Base33333333333669201022019661059115213151499
333333333346713471354569971090120613760
000000333346713471354569971090120600
0000003333568167516871110281121126100
1948 5C MS S Six Full Steps
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Base3333333336699123718362010281124121913931583
33333333467910208632975610601156127714560
00000033467910208632975610601156127700
000000335689112913447489210921187133500
1948 5C MS S
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Base33333333333336164194143366409487575
3333333333334924591102173804355160
00000033333349245911021738043500
000000333333513337612729239546100
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 966
Owner: James G. Berline
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 366
Owner: Alex J. Llorente
 
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