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SERIES: Jefferson Five Cents 1938-1964
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1942 5C Type 1 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
4013
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Felix Schlag
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
49,789,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$690 • PCGS MS65 • 2-3-2010 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 25,000,000 R-1.0 9 / 68 TIE 12 / 82 TIE
60 or Better 80,000 R-2.2 6 / 68 TIE 9 / 82 TIE
65 or Better 67,000 R-2.3 15 / 68 TIE 18 / 82 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1942, the Mint made Jefferson Nickels out of two different compositions.  Those made early in the year contained pure Nickel.  Those made later in the year consisted of an alloy where the Nickel was removed completely and replaced (in part) by silver.  The reason for the replacement was because of the need for Nickel by the military in World War II. 

The colors of the two alloys are similar, but different enough that the coins can be told apart by the naked eye.  The silver alloy is a brighter white color when the coins are new.  When worn, the silver alloy takes on a greenish color.  However, just to make it easy to tell the coins apart, the Mints placed large mintmarks on the reverse of the coins, just above the dome of Monticello.  This was the first appearance of a "P" mintmark on any US coin.

Both types of 1942 "Nickels" are very common and can be found in high grades with relative ease.