Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,716,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1949 S 5C MS obverse 1949 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a relatively low mintage, this issue is plentiful in Mint State from rolls squirreled away at the time. This practice was widespread among collectors, and S-Mint coins were sought in particular.

Fully struck coins are scarce, those having either 5FS or 6FS being genuinely rare. The luster on 1949 S nickels is generally pleasing, frequent repolishing of the dies to remove erosion lines often giving them smooth fields with isolated hot spots of overpolishing. Far more rare are fully prooflike coins, but these are known for most dates of S-Mint nickels from the late 1940s. Such surfaces are typically accompanied by raised polishing lines.

A number of S/S varieties are known, all of them of little interest to general collectors of this series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1949 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.18 0.30 0.45 0.60 0.75 0.90 1.00 1.05 1.15 1.35 1.75 2.00 3.75 12.50 32.00 70.00 150 - - -
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1949 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2000 - - - -
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1949 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 150 215 350 1450 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 377
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/22/2009 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 2774, 2774/Lot# 1498 $948.75
1/7/2010 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 443, 449/Lot# 7140 $63.00
9/2/2012 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131237/Lot# 20824 $50.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3559 $1,410.00
8/31/2014 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 203223 $265.00
3/6/2015 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 101 $4,112.50
12/18/2016 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131652/Lot# 27131 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1949 5C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333991659143295539597701806
33333333333591130871943765586327360
000000333335911308719437655863200
0000003333379144511524445857866600
1949 5C MS S Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333669950265390820872245241226973007
3333333334679173552738130121402301250728000
0000003334679173552738130121402301250700
0000003335689338603823169421922356260200
1949 5C MS S Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333336699121253969996624642643283131523500
333333346791012188592788146525242706293832680
000000346791012188592788146525242706293800
000000356891112363646877196525832768304500
1949 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333661250131272502558655764
3333333333346825771783495215906910
00000033333468257717834952159000
0000003333356103710422542553962300
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 2087
Owner: GILMORE
 
Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 2087
Owner: stldanceartist
 
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