1964 5C SMS (Special Strike)

Series: (None)

PCGS SP67

PCGS SP67

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PCGS #:
4170
Designer:
Felix Schlag
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Weight:
5.00 grams
Mintage:
N/A
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 50 R-8.5 1 / 1 N/A
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 1 / 1 N/A
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 1 / 1 N/A
Survival Estimate
All Grades 50
60 or Better 40
65 or Better 20
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-8.7
65 or Better R-9.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 1
60 or Better 1 / 1
65 or Better 1 / 1
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades N/A
60 or Better N/A
65 or Better N/A

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 SP68 PCGS grade
2 SP67 PCGS grade PCGS #4170 (SP)     67
2 SP67 PCGS grade
2 SP67 PCGS grade
5 SP66 estimated grade
5 SP66 estimated grade
5 SP66 estimated grade
8 SP65 estimated grade
9 SP64 estimated grade
10 SP63 PCGS grade
#1 SP68 PCGS grade
PCGS #4170 (SP)     67 #2 SP67 PCGS grade
#2 SP67 PCGS grade
#2 SP67 PCGS grade
#5 SP66 estimated grade
#5 SP66 estimated grade
#5 SP66 estimated grade
#8 SP65 estimated grade
#9 SP64 estimated grade
#10 SP63 PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez:

There are approximately one or two dozen known 1964 Special Strike Jefferson Nickels.

To this day, it is still unknown why Special Strike Jefferson Nickels and other denominations dated 1964 were struck. The 1964 Special Strike Jefferson Nickels usually display an extremely sharp strike, as well as having sharp and square edge rims. The surfaces feature a Satin like appearance. However, the coins are not circulation strikes, nor are they proofs, hence, the coins are referred to as Special Strikes.
The existence of the1964 Special Strike Jefferson Nickels was completely unknown, until they first appeared in a Stacks Coin Auction in 1993. Other denominations featuring the Special Strike status also appeared in that same auction. This included several 1964 Lincoln cents, Roosevelt Dimes, Washington Quarters and Kennedy Half Dollars all bearing the Special Strike surfaces.
It is believed that all the 1964 SMS coins originated from the Lester Merkin collection, which was consigned to Stacks in 1993. Lester Merkin was a renowned coin dealer for many years and he had acquired some great coins through out his profession. This was the first and possibly also the last time, that all 1964 Special Strike coins will ever surface in the market all together at once.
It is believed that Lester Merkin originally purchased the coins from a friend of his. Merkins friends name was, Eva Adams who also happened to be the Director of the U.S. Mint, from 1961 through 1969!
With one or two dozen known examples known to exist, the 1964 Special Strike Jefferson Nickels are considered to be very scarce. The fact that their existence remained unknown for almost thirty years, only classifies them as being one of the most intriguing coins ever struck by the U.S. Mint.