Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,220,733
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1971 S 5C PF obverse 1971 S 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With Philadelphia supporting Denver in the coining of nickels for circulation, San Francisco discontinued this activity. Nickels bearing the S mintmark would henceforth all be proofs.

The nickels of this year feature sharp, new hubs obverse and reverse. Decades of erosion to the originals had left them deficient in detail, and the Mint also wanted to reduce the relief of working dies to increase the number of coins each could produce.

1971 S nickels were very well made, with a higher percentage of Cameo and Ultra Cameo pieces than in the past. The shallower relief reduced erosion of the frosted cavities, and chromium plating of the dies retained this desirable feature for thousands of strikes.

Numerous DDO and DDR varieties exist for this date, but none of them are prominent enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1971 S 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 0.75 0.90 1.15 2.00 3.00 4.50 10.00 14.00 18.00 24.00 -
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1971 S 5C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4.25 7.80 12.50 17.00 22.00 55.00 -
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1971 S 5C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7.50 10.00 15.00 20.00 45.00 650 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1300
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/15/2006 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2175, 2175/Lot# 1113 $840.00
5/28/2008 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 2535, 2535/Lot# 1191 $68.00
2/23/2009 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 339, 345/Lot# 332 $46.00
1/5/2011 PCGS PF 69   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 10020 $488.75
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 68   Ultra Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/04/2011, 134/Lot# 6313 $40.00
7/15/2013 NGC PF 69   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 3439, 3439/Lot# 1261 $200.00
3/13/2015 PCGS PF 68   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3525, 6094/Lot# 22072 $58.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1971 5C PF S Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333336991228506789220268
3333333333347910173556741332360
00000033333479101735567413300
00000033333589112343618217600
1971 5C PF S Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333333691216202837598118313331521
333333333471013172331446611556613960
000000333471013172331446611556600
000000333581115192534527414995000
1971 5C PF S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333333333691637547298123
33333333333334711234360811060
000000333333347112343608100
000000333333358143048668900
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1333
Owner: Allen
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1333
Owner: Beijim
 
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