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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1968 S 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.30 0.40 0.50 1.15 2.00 4.00 8.50 15.00 17.00 23.00 -
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1968 S 5C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.25 8.00 14.00 18.00 24.00 50.00 -
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1968 S 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8.00 10.00 16.00 22.00 32.00 160 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1440
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/12/2004 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #337, 337/Lot# 30681 $92.00
11/14/2005 NGC PF 69   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #62, 67/Lot# 242 $27.60
7/10/2012 NGC PF 68   Teletrade Auction 3309, 3309/Lot# 1089 $7.00
2/9/2014 NGC PF 68   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169242 $13.00
7/6/2014 PCGS PF 67   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 81036 $10.00
10/12/2014 PCGS PF 67   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 81036 $10.00
1/18/2015 NGC PF 69   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3517, 6086/Lot# 21058 $1.18


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1968 5C PF S Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333669121628547298201255
33333333334671013203760811322190
000000333346710132037608113200
000000333356811152445668916700
1968 5C PF S Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333666699121628376389131527620
3333334666791013203146721032635580
00000046667910132031467210326300
00000056668911152434548011739500
1968 5C PF S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333361232596794123
3333333333333348194162761040
00000033333333481941627600
000000333333335102550648500
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 527
Owner: Allen
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 527
Owner: Allen
 
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