Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,261,583
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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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 - -
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1966 SMS 5C MS Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 750 1500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2896
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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7/31/2006 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2239, 2239/Lot# 1213 $41.00
1/8/2007 NGC MS 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 121, 126/Lot# 821 $34.50
3/1/2009 PCGS MS 67   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2659, 2659/Lot# 1372 $126.50
2/3/2010 PCGS MS 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 7399 $322.00
7/5/2010 PCGS MS 67   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2883, 2883/Lot# 1200 $103.50
2/12/2012 PCGS MS 67   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 15585 $59.40
2/19/2012 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 35984 $17.00
12/24/2014 NGC MS 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3514, 6083/Lot# 20088 $54.05


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1966 SMS 5C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base666991212121620242837415463155255437312634723845
66791012121317212531384557941883161333324135960
000000121317212531384557941883161333324100
0000001215192327344050601242223762230335700
1966 SMS 5C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912121216202428324150597299014502124327036274012
679101212131721252935445363378114316752506338937550
000000131721252935445363378114316752506338900
000000151923273138475668684129718992888350800
1966 SMS 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366699912162024283237455467811154716351138
4667991013172125293339485871922335258020
00000010131721252933394858719223352500
000000111418222630354251627610335258000
1966 SMS 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333333361659115163502593695
33333333333334930781312765326270
000000333333349307813127653200
0000003333333513459614738956300
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Grade: MS 68 CA
Points: 3241
Owner: DAVID GREN
 
Grade: MS 68 CAMEO
Points: 3126
Owner: Allen
 
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