Coin Specifications

Category: Jefferson Five Cents (1938-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 39,690,000
Catalog: KM-192
Obverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Reverse Designer: Felix Schlag
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1940 S 5C MS obverse 1940 S 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in Mint State from the many rolls that were set aside at the time, but finding a truly gem specimen is quite challenging. This is especially true if one is seeking a coin from fresh dies and having a sharp strike.

Most 1940 S nickels were poorly made from tired dies having obvious signs of heavy erosion. Also common are ones showing die-clash marks or the excessive polishing of the dies to remove such marks. Combined with often sub-par luster, these condition did not make for attractive coins. This is an issue that will require very careful shopping.

Despite all of these caveats, the sheer number of surviving Mint State pieces has resulted in a fair number of coins certified as having either 5FS or 6FS.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2015

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1940 S 5C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 0.07 0.12 0.20 0.38 0.60 1.00 1.20 1.50 1.80 3.60 4.80 6.35 15.00 25.00 45.00 250 - - -
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1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 25.00 55.00 200 2450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5150 -
1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 60.00 225 2600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 436
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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10/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #26103, 26103/Lot# 13281 $25.00
1/8/2007 NGC MS 67   Five Full Steps David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 121, 126/Lot# 651 $793.50
4/24/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27051, 27051/Lot# 13111 $14.00
7/29/2007 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2400, 2400/Lot# 1142 $50.00
7/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   Five Full Steps Teletrade Auction 3441, 3441/Lot# 1160 $30.00
1/19/2014 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165099 $28.84
2/8/2015 PCGS MS 66   Five Full Steps Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25719 $124.55


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333366669121212162028591021837257749001138
3334666710121213172338731293647418169790
00000067101212131723387312936474181600
00000068111212151925498815654475885800
1940 S 5C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333333991216202467123201774120633
3333333359101317213886149392918120630
0000003359101317213886149392918120600
000000337911151923531041755831062120600
1940 S 5C MS Five Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333399121620241022206202727280733
3333333359101317215014135313222754280730
0000003359101317215014135313222754280700
0000003379111519237618148720252780280700
1940 S 5C MS Six Full Steps
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333612121620242812323767428073885426111652
33333334812131721256016138313853166401067250
00000034812131721256016138313853166401000
000000351012151923279119952820963526413600
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Grade: MS 67 6FS
Points: 2807
Owner: lehigh96
 
Grade: MS 66 6FS
Points: 1385
Owner: rockhobby
 
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