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: 8/14/2020

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1951 S 5C MS
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Base $ - - - - - 0.60 0.75 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.50 7.50 15.00 25.00 45.00 350 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4.00 9.00 17.50 30.00 55.00 - -
1951 S 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 225 1310 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 90.00 250 1440 - -
1951 S 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 60.00 155 950 10000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 85.00 250 2550 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 682
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1951 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------112--132615338773---647
---------------11-1---3
-----------------81---9
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Total--------112--132715439575---659
 --------0%0%0%--0%0%4%23%60%11%--- 
1951 S 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100%---- 
1951 S 5C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1-11---3
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Total---------------1-11---3
 ---------------33%-33%33%--- 
1951 S 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------4179---30
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-----------------3----3
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Total----------------4209---33
 ----------------12%61%27%--- 
1951 S 5C MS 5PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1951 S 5C MS PL
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Base33333333333991624591152201131123314061599
333333333359111936781505241165129114700
000000333359111936781505241165129100
000000333379142147961858271199134800
1951 S 5C MS 5FS
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Base333333333661212243236072519282029218424502738
33333333468121627141482112619622081227325460
00000033468121627141482112619622081227300
000000335610122029251603152719952132236100
1951 S 5C MS 6FS
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Base333333366991616324138977420292134229425702869
333333467911162135157517119220642187238626700
000000467911162135157517119220642187238600
000000568914162738273646161120992241247800
1951 S 5C MS
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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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