Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,149,291
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1959 5C PF obverse 1959 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The drop in proof set sales for 1958 revived speculation in modern sets 1936 to date. Sales rose in 1959, falling just short of the 1957 record number. Gems of this date are common, though nearly all are fully brilliant, as the Mint made no effort to preserve the frosted legends and devices that wore away quickly from the dies. Enough Cameo proofs have been certified to be collectable, but Ultra Cameo proofs are rare and command large premiums.

A fairly nice doubled-die reverse variety is known for proof 1959 nickels, but this is rare enough that it has not caught on with general collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/20/2019

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1959 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.50 1.00 2.00 3.00 8.00 14.00 18.00 20.00 25.00 110 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 22.00 -
1959 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.00 14.00 24.00 30.00 35.00 90.00 525 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 33.00 40.00 -
1959 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 325 525 1480 6500 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 375 690 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5632
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1959 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------76626022032093560-5189
------------------123013-55
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Total---------------76626022152123573-5244
 ---------------0 %1 %5 %42 %40 %11 %- 
1959 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------13816617945-429
------------------261-9
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Total----------------13816818546-438
 ----------------0 %9 %38 %42 %11 %- 
1959 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------2543-14
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-------------------1--1
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Total-----------------2553-15
 -----------------13 %33 %33 %20 %- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/31/1999 NGC PF 67   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1149, 1149/Lot# 1237 $35.97
9/11/2006 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 104, 109/Lot# 319 $6.90
3/18/2007 PCGS PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67034, 67034/Lot# 23239 $103.50
9/23/2007 NGC PF 67   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1243 $719.00
7/14/2013 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 127094 $7.00
6/1/2014 NGC PF 68   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 197424 $35.00
1/9/2015 NGC PF 68   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3516, 6085/Lot# 20023 $193.88
8/2/2017 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(6), 1258/Lot# 7315 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1959 5C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333336666924509411516346313331519
333333334666714336510113126375313950
000000334666714336510113126375300
0000003356668194179108147363104300
1959 5C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333366669991237598114310661393240148885367
333346667991020446610245111751729323050480
000000667991020446610245111751729323000
000000668991129527412275812842065405900
1959 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333612284167102143502593
33333333333348173250791162635320
000000333333481732507911626300
0000003333335102337589012938200
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Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2401
Owner: Ultra Cameo Collection
 
Grade: PF 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1393
Owner: Lowry
 
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