Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,216,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1956 5C MS obverse 1956 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like an island of civility in a sea of chaos, the 1956 Philadelphia Mint nickel tends to be quite well struck and lustrous for a coin from the 1950s. This quality does not extend to six full steps, which is very rare for all issues prior to 1971.

There are several doubled-die reverse varieties for this issue, the most desirable of which are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/10/2020

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1956 5C MS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.15 0.25 0.50 2.50 12.50 17.50 40.00 210 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1.00 4.00 15.00 20.00 90.00 - -
1956 5C MS 6FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 150 - - - - -
1956 5C MS 5FS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 35.00 275 2250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 50.00 800 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1352
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 50 series, 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: 9/29/2020 1956 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------21-2--266238962049---1133
----------------11----2
----------------193---13
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Total-------21-2--266239163052---1148
 -------0%0%-0%--0%1%5%34%55%5%--- 
1956 5C MS 6FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------12----3
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Total----------------12----3
 ----------------33%67%---- 
1956 5C MS 5FS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------27911520---216
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-----------------34---7
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Total---------------27911824---223
 ---------------1%35%53%11%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 5C MS PL
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Base33333333333666937102241925101311591327
333333333346671859148469954106212150
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000000333356682880195697984111000
1956 5C MS 5FS
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Base333333333333338112322010661166127114441639
3333333333333299515550210991201132915090
0000003333333299515550210991201132900
00000033333335510918878411331236138600
1956 5C MS 6FS
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Base3333333333366610214350211311239134515261730
33333333334663811626371211671274140515940
00000033334663811626371211671274140500
00000033335667012938292112031310146600
1956 5C MS
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Base333333333333336289422086594810911252
33333333333334135013643589399611450
00000033333334135013643589399600
000000333333352172178650920104300
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Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1166
Owner: Bartdog
 
Grade: MS 67 5FS
Points: 1166
Owner: chunk-it
 
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