1939 Jefferson Nickel Guesstimation of Grade? Reverse of 1940?

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  1. SunnySeaJay

    SunnySeaJay Member

    I have a 1939 Jefferson Nickel that looks to me like the reverse of 1940 but I was wanting to get a second opinion to be sure in case if I am wrong. I am also hoping that you kind fellows will give me a Guesstimation of its grade? Thank you, your help is very much appreciated

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    MS-65 ?? I like it. Pretty clean except for a few distracting marks and nice steps on reverse. The Obverse is also very nice!
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  4. David Betts

    David Betts Elle Mae Clampett cruising with Dad

    plus 1 on reverse
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  5. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    It's reverse of 40. The more common reverse for that year. Sharper staircase rails that stand out from the stairs, sharper steps, bigger top step that looks like a porch almost.
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  6. Lem E

    Lem E Well-Known Member

    Agreed Rev of 40 and I’m at 65 too with the possibility of FS. Nice coin.
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  9. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 65 years Supporter

    MS64 rev 40. Nice coin.
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  10. SmokinJoe

    SmokinJoe Well-Known Member

    SWIPES.jpg I have a question....I have a few coins that look similar to this 1939 Nickel, and by the way, that coin looks Beautiful...But my question is, notice at the bottom of the Obverse, bottom of "IN GOD" and under the collar and shoulder...It appears to look like paint brush swipes. Like I mentioned I have a few coins that look just like that, and have a few cents that have thin lines from the top of the coin to the bottom. Most of them are in the 60's and 70's but they look brand spankin new. ???
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  11. John Burgess

    John Burgess Well-Known Member

    Die deterioration from a later die state.
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  12. SmokinJoe

    SmokinJoe Well-Known Member

    Thanks John
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  13. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, from a nickel to a penny. Okay, I'll take both of them! Nice
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  14. Millard

    Millard Coindog

    Nice 39 nickel, and nice 40 reverse. I say MS65 o_O.
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  15. SunnySeaJay

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    I'm wondering where the dividing line is to decipher between what is FS and what is not? Is it a guess? Does it depend on the population reports for each year and mint? I've always thought that there are to be no planchet marks, divisions or separations and that the steps are to be crisp and clean. PCGS will just give a FS designation while NGC designates either 5 or 6 FS. When I search thru FS slabbed Jefferson nickels, many of them do not look to me like they have FS according to those guidelines. Any help in gaining some more understanding of this is very much appreciated
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  16. Lem E

    Lem E Well-Known Member

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  17. SunnySeaJay

    SunnySeaJay Member

    Thank Lem E, awesome thread! Helped me to wrap my brain around it better, very informative
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  18. Lem E

    Lem E Well-Known Member

    Glad it helped you out my friend.
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  19. Mac McDonald

    Mac McDonald Well-Known Member

    Indeed, closer to "a guess" (or a coin toss) than not, and largely agree with your "FS...guidelines" observation...but what a can of worms on this specific FS issue (unknowingly...not to worry), plus with grading in general. Just be sure to add one more step than there actually is (that you see) in the count...if you see/count 4 or 5 full steps, just add 1 to make 5 or 6, etc..."it's just the way it's done" is what I've gleaned from the expert(s), despite not understanding the common-sense rationale for doing so. As for the step interruptions, some TPGs and some graders within TPGs accept certain dings and contact marks within steps for a FS grade...and some don't...on some (but not all) steps. It's an opinionated/interpretative thing...one grading service/grader/day/nickel/coin to another...as with all grading. Not unlike Forrest Gumps's box of chocolates..."you never know what you're going to get next"...or like the veritable "crap-shoot." Anyway, a nice Jeff for sure...with luster should easily go 64, maybe 65 and FS.
  20. SmokinJoe

    SmokinJoe Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mr.Q, I thought they were nice too :D
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