Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,360,000
Catalog: KM-A192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1965 SMS 5C MS obverse 1965 SMS 5C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The suspension of proof sets and regular Uncirculated sets during 1965-67 left collectors frustrated, and the U. S. Mint devised an alternative that combined the two. Polished dies were combined with regular planchets and presses to produce this hybrid product labeled a Special Mint Set. These were produced at the San Francisco Assay Office, and all the 1965-dated sets were actually struck during the early months of 1966.

Like the proofs of 1950, the 1965 SMS nickels are known with either satiny or fully prooflike fields. Both versions are fairly common in gem condition, though they rarely attain the very high grades of the 1964 proofs. Cameo and Ultra Cameo coins are also more rare than for true proofs of the years immediately preceding.

NGC did not certify 5FS or 6FS on SMS coins for many years, so the certified population data may not be representative of actual rarity.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1965 SMS 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.25 0.30 0.65 1.75 5.00 14.00 18.00 45.00 500 - -
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1965 SMS 5C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 17.00 33.00 65.00 190 2350 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 -
1965 SMS 5C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 225 665 800 6650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2680
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/5/2007 NGC MS 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 125, 130/Lot# 561 $40.25
8/12/2007 PCGS MS 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67083, 67083/Lot# 24198 $35.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1969 $1,063.75
8/30/2009 PCGS MS 66   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2738, 2738/Lot# 1451 $44.00
12/11/2011 NGC MS 65   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/11/2011, 148/Lot# 26112 $52.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30328 $49.35
1/5/2014 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 161477 $8.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1965 SMS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36669991212162024283745547681183113817072754
4667991012131721253140486178115501132820560
0000001012131721253140486178115501132800
0000001112151923273442516979149820151700
1965 SMS 5C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666999912162024283241506714311381333179921245076
6679991013172125293544569247512031488190731080
0000001013172125293544569247512031488190700
00000011151923273138476111880612681644201600
1965 SMS 5C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base66699121216202428324145596741363216148885184568410226
667910121317212529354250264904162930704987535171980
0000001317212529354250264904162930704987535100
00000015192327313844544691133189539795085551700
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Grade: MS 66 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2161
Owner: The Wells Collection
 
Grade: MS 67 CAMEO
Points: 1333
Owner: Clay
 
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