Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,261,583
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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1966 SMS 5C MS obverse 1966 SMS 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of coins dated 1966 did not begin until August 1 of that year, as the earlier months were occupied in striking back-dated 1964 and 1965 issues to combat the coin shortage. The Special Mint Set issues for collectors were struck at San Francisco, and the 1966 editions are more uniformly brilliant than those dated 1965.

Gems are plentiful, though the frequent lack of full striking on the highest points left areas of rough and nicked planchet marks. Thus, the percentage of top-graded pieces is lower than for true proofs. Cameo and Ultra Cameo coins are available but are likewise less common than for proofs of the early 1960s.

The addition of Felix Schlag's initials below Jefferson's bust starting in 1966 provides some additional appeal to this date, especially for type collectors.

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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1966 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 15.00 28.00 40.00 150 - -
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1966 SMS 5C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 38.00 65.00 125 3250 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1966 SMS 5C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 750 1500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 500 850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2531
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
12/17/2001 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1518, 1518/Lot# 1334 $23.75
7/26/2003 NGC MS 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6387 $299.00
1/7/2006 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #66013, 66013/Lot# 23156 $126.50
11/27/2008 NGC MS 68   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 304, 310/Lot# 5261 $62.10
2/12/2012 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 35983 $16.00
6/2/2013 NGC MS 65   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 118560 $8.10
1/18/2015 NGC MS 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3517, 6086/Lot# 21056 $42.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1966 SMS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36669991216202428323745546711516350217072754
466799101317212529344048588313127690420560
000000101317212529344048588313127690400
0000001115192327313542516399147389130500
1966 SMS 5C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666991212121620242837415463155255847219737525076
66791012121317212531384557941884521297271541930
000000121317212531384557941884521297271500
0000001215192327344050601242226501747323400
1966 SMS 5C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6699121212162024283241505972990160926435184568410226
679101212131721252935445363378119619543490535171980
000000131721252935445363378119619543490535100
000000151923273138475668684140322984337551700
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Grade: MS 68 CA
Points: 2715
Owner: DAVID GREN
 
Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 2643
Owner: The Wells Collection
 
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