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1949-D/S 5C (Regular Strike)

Series: Jefferson Five Cents 1938-1964

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
4039
Designer:
Felix Schlag
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
36,498,000
Mint:
Denver
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 120,000 R-1.9 4 / 68 TIE 7 / 82 TIE
60 or Better 90,000 R-2.1 10 / 68 13 / 82
65 or Better 70,000 R-2.3 15 / 68 TIE 18 / 82 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 120,000
60 or Better 90,000
65 or Better 70,000
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.9
60 or Better R-2.1
65 or Better R-2.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 68 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 68
65 or Better 15 / 68 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 82 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 82
65 or Better 18 / 82 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1949-D over S Nickel is a well-known, popular variety that shows an S underneath the D mintmark on the reverse. How can this happen? Why would a punch for an S mintmark be used in Denver? The answer is simple -- all of the dies, including those for all of the branch mints, were made at the Philadelphia Mint. There in Pennsylvania, Mint engravers prepped dies for the Denver Mint by punching a D mintmark into the reverse die. In the case of the 1949-D over S Nickel, two scenarios suggest and answer to our dilemma. Either the Over-mintmark was an error, where the engraver started with the wrong mintmark punch, or there was a surplus of leftover dies that had already been punched with an S mintmark. We suspect the former.

PCGS has certified over 300 1949-D over D Nickels, the vast majority of which are in MS-65, and only a few of which show full steps. The finest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS-67.