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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/22/2020

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1971 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 -
1971 S 5C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 -
1971 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 40.00 500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1380
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1971 S 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2114920317718-460
----------------1141033313-164
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Total---------------2126330621031-624
 ---------------0%2%10%49%34%5%- 
1971 S 5C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------193615513968-408
----------------1119159-45
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Total---------------1103717415477-453
 ---------------0%2%8%38%34%17%- 
1971 S 5C PF UC
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Base---------------1419106208174-512
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Total---------------1419106208174-512
 ---------------0%1%4%21%41%34%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1971 S 5C PF CA
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Base33333333333369916375981102163201
3333333333347911234466881221760
00000033333479112344668812200
00000033333589143052749514300
1971 S 5C PF UC
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Base33333333336912162028598110216311381303
333333333471013172338668812248811930
000000333471013172338668812248800
000000333581115192549749514381300
1971 S 5C PF
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Base333333333333336916375981102127
33333333333334711234466881100
000000333333347112344668800
000000333333358143052749500
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1138
Owner: Allen
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1138
Owner: Beijim
 
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