Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,041,506
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1968 S 5C PF obverse 1968 S 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Assay Office had been striking pseudo-proof SMS coins for the past two years when mintmarks were restored in 1968. The only evident difference between the 1968 S proofs and the 1967 SMS coins is that the proof dies were often overpolished. This produced the desired brilliance, but it likewise diminished many of the shallower details of the design.

Collectors of the time didn't seem to care, and they ordered the maximum number of sets the Mint would produce, with many checks being returned to frustrated buyers.

With their high mintage, 1968 S proof nickels are readily available in top grades, and both Cameo and Ultra Cameo pieces are sufficiently abundant to be collectable.

A nice repunched mintmark variety is recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service, and there are also numerous doubled-die varieties of differing merit.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/22/2020

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1968 S 5C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.35 0.35 0.35 2.00 2.50 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 -
1968 S 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.40 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 -
1968 S 5C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.40 0.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 110 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1554
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1968 S 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1----2166939531974-876
----------------12163018-67
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Total----------1----2177141134992-943
 ----------0%----0%2%8%44%37%10%- 
1968 S 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1112568781-239
-----------------1-159-25
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Total-------------1-11135610290-264
 -------------0%-0%0%5%21%39%34%- 
1968 S 5C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------752203177-439
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Total-----------------752203177-439
 -----------------2%12%46%40%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1968 S 5C PF CA
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Base333333333336691216375981102163201
33333333334671013234466881221760
000000333346710132344668812200
000000333356811153052749514300
1968 S 5C PF UC
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Base33333336666991216285981102123395471
3333334666791013203866881092144200
00000046667910132038668810921400
00000056668911152449749511630400
1968 S 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333333336916375981102127
33333333333334711234466881100
000000333333347112344668800
000000333333358143052749500
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 395
Owner: Allen
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 395
Owner: Allen
 
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