Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,360,000
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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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: 5/16/2019

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1965 SMS 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.00 10.00 15.00 18.00 390 750 -
1965 SMS 5C MS CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10.00 15.00 20.00 125 1790 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 -
1965 SMS 5C MS UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 600 650 5000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3724
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1965 SMS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------11210174219821871-3026
----------------1219---22
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------11210274520011871-3049
 --------------0 %0 %3 %24 %66 %6 %0 %- 
1965 SMS 5C MS CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------175326434017--682
-----------------522--9
-----------------11---2
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Total--------------175327034319--693
 --------------0 %1 %8 %39 %49 %3 %-- 
1965 SMS 5C MS UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------277---16
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Total----------------277---16
 ----------------13 %44 %44 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/10/1996 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0848, 848/Lot# 1262 $11.75
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5748 $1,322.50
2/5/2007 NGC MS 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 125, 130/Lot# 561 $40.25
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1969 $1,063.75
12/9/2012 NGC MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88740 $8.00
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
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 134043 $10.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8593 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1965 SMS 5C MS CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6669999121620242832415067135255597267129783312
667999101317212529354456901753691288277330890
000000101317212529354456901753691288277300
0000001115192327313847611122154831980287600
1965 SMS 5C MS UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6669912121620242832414559674135115054333460450625553
667910121317212529354250264900140224484423475752260
0000001317212529354250264900140224484423475700
00000015192327313844544691125145433904514490900
1965 SMS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333336165472183113813031484
3333333333333492960109501119313630
0000003333333492960109501119300
00000033333335134166146820124800
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Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4333
Owner: lightningsquid
 
Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4333
Owner: SBH
 
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