Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 29,384,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1954 S 5C MS obverse 1954 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the final issue of nickels from the San Francisco Mint before that facility's ten-year suspension in coining, 1954 S rolls were widely hoarded. Mint State pieces are thus very common, and many have been certified as gems on the basis of luster and surfaces alone. This issue, however, is extremely rare with a full strike. In fact, it is widely regarded as the most troublesome coin in the Jefferson series for those seeking either 5FS or 6FS.

Of the several S/S varieties, only one is sufficiently appealing to be sought by general collectors. Of far greater interest, however, is the overmintmark S/D. Due to the general hoarding of 1954 S nickels, enough Mint State examples have survived for the advanced collectors, and worn examples are still turning up in collections assembled from circulation years ago.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1954 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.08 0.08 0.09 0.10 0.23 0.30 0.45 0.60 1.15 1.80 2.30 3.00 18.00 33.00 170 450 - - -
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1954 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2300 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1030
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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3/5/2009 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 343, 349/Lot# 5292 $46.00
8/30/2009 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2738, 2738/Lot# 1433 $517.50
4/18/2010 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2839, 2839/Lot# 1735 $14.00
4/21/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20053 $115.15
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203231 $14.00
7/3/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131628/Lot# 23186 $282.00
4/30/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131719/Lot# 23511 $104.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1954 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333669721355511066116313301514
3333333333346730932747231098121913910
0000003333346730932747231098121900
00000033333568511144128941131127400
1954 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333369912811475911131123314061599
333333333347910351032957711165129114700
000000333347910351032957711165129100
000000333358911581254439511199134800
1954 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121620243750811021231351431631631792412643283130293237345638274227
1317212841608810912713815016316820010422706289730983310358039600
0000008810912713815016316820010422706289730983310358000
0000009511613114015616317422018422768296331683383370300
1954 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333369102220674120636398686941511970
333333333334740141371851201753218929102670
00000033333474014137185120175321892900
000000333335871181523102928287004917200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2124
Owner: Weidel Cameo Coins
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1066
Owner: jampat
 
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