Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 118,997,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1936 5C MS obverse 1936 5C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1936 was a year of optimism, as it appeared that the economy was finally recovering from several years of severe depression. Though this activity proved to be premature, it was enough to boost demand for fresh coins after years of little or no production. Thus did the 1936 Philadelphia Mint nickel become the single highest mintage issue in this series.

Understandably, 1936(P) nickel are very common in Mint State. Most, however, are again less than fully struck, this being particularly evident in the central obverse. Also common is extreme die erosion, as dies were used well beyond their ideal life span. Even with all of these factors weighing against the certification of gems, so plentiful is this issue that even MS 66 coins are common enough to be widely collected.

The book by Wexler, Pope and Flynn lists several doubled-die varieties for both sides, but the one that has caught collectors' interest is FS-101. It is quite evident on Mint State and lightly worn coins, but may be a bit challenging to discern on more worn examples.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1936 5C MS
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Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.00 3.50 3.50 9.00 9.50 11.00 12.50 18.50 21.50 25.00 42.50 50.00 75.00 105 800 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 45.00 57.00 90.00 170 2200 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3044
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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4/27/2014 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8886


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10/22/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 188, 194/Lot# 8167 $36.80
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3901 $207.00
6/26/2008 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 468 $632.50
6/13/2010 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210064, 210064/Lot# 26278 $89.00
6/26/2011 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3090, 3090/Lot# 1375 $58.00
3/24/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 105400 $47.11
6/16/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131326/Lot# 24657 $33.00


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