Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,420
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
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1936 SATIN 5C PF obverse 1936 SATIN 5C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

When the sale of proof coins resumed in 1936 after a 20-year hiatus, the Philadelphia Mint had to devise a new procedure for preparing both dies and planchets. The so-called "matte" proofs of 1913-16 had been unpopular in their own time, and a more appealing product was sought.

The first proof cents and nickels shipped to collectors in 1936 had a satiny, semi-brilliant finish that was accompanied by a superior strike. Such coins were obviously better than currency pieces, but collectors still complained that they weren't fully brilliant like the proof nickels coined 1866-1912.

The satin proof edition of 1936 is now almost as highly sought as the succeeding brilliant proof, and in some respects they are superior. A sophisticated numismatist will appreciate the full rendering of Fraser's design that was lost in part when the mint overpolished the dies to give them the desired brilliance.

This issue, though it is more scarce than the brilliant edition, has a fair number of gem survivors. Only at the highest grades is it quite rare, but that is true of most U. S. Mint proofs dated 1936-42.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/3/2014

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1936 SATIN 5C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 775 925 975 1125 1385 1585 1800 2800 14000 47000 -
$ - - - - - 850 990 1050 1225 1525 1675 2050 5000 23500
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 620
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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4/27/2014 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3383


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1/29/1997 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 0915, 915/Lot# 1173 $735.75
7/26/2003 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 6355 $2,012.50
1/28/2004 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 5527 $2,530.00
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1689 $1,782.50
12/4/2008 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 1005 $10,350.00
12/29/2008 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 315, 321/Lot# 507 $1,748.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 8173 $1,610.00
12/2/2012 PCGS PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 85140 $3,465.00
3/21/2014 PCGS PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10174 $1,880.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 SATIN 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21227535143954667474981887290695698810951210133313451369148318863281599015732
23330038047458869977283688392296610231133125113371353140716172351418492370
00000077283688392296610231133125113371353140716172351418400
00000079585489493997710591171129213411361144517512816508700
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 3281
Owner: Montana Grampa
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2910
Owner: MikeInFL
 
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