Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 7,776,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1951 S 5C MS obverse 1951 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The modest mintage for the 1951 S nickel attracted widespread hoarding, and Mint State pieces of so-so quality are plentiful. Sharply struck gems are very elusive, though coins having pleasing luster with soft strikes are easy to find. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the San Francisco Mint frequently repolished worn dies to remove erosion lines and extend their usage. This accounts for both the shallow lettering and occasional prooflike pieces found from this mint.

Several repunched mintmark varieties may be found, all of them quite minor.

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Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1951 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.12 0.18 0.25 0.45 0.70 0.90 1.05 1.15 1.40 1.90 2.40 3.50 5.75 14.00 25.00 50.00 450 - - -
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1951 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 250 1250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 3750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 597
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/16/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25084, 25084/Lot# 13102 $17.00
9/3/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66092, 66092/Lot# 23191 $13.00
10/15/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2273, 2273/Lot# 1119 $44.00
1/22/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 473 $218.50
6/23/2013 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 80988 $165.00
6/26/2016 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131627/Lot# 21128 $22.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1951 5C MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333991624591152201131123314061599
333333333359111936781505241165129114700
000000333359111936781505241165129100
000000333379142147961858271199134800
1951 5C MS S Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333661212243236072519282029218424502738
33333333468121627141482112619622081227325460
00000033468121627141482112619622081227300
000000335610122029251603152719952132236100
1951 5C MS S Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333366991616324138977420292134229425702869
333333467911162135157517119220642187238626700
000000467911162135157517119220642187238600
000000568914162738273646161120992241247800
1951 5C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333661220541022011066116313301514
33333333334681531701354891098121913910
00000033334681531701354891098121900
000000333356101743861687781131127400
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Grade: MS 66 5FS
Points: 1928
Owner: rockhobby
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1098
Owner: lehigh96
 
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