Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 24,814,000
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
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1936 D 5C MS obverse 1936 D 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

After years of making mediocre coins, the Denver Mint took the lead in averaging the finest pieces overall from 1936 through much of the 1950s. Most 1936 D nickels were thus well made, with good to superior strikes and excellent luster, though the example above illustrates this point rather poorly. It was weakly struck from quite eroded dies, proving that for every rule there is the exception.

This is another issue that is quite rich in repunched mintmarks, at least 15 being known. The better of these are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. A doubled-die reverse is also known, but it is so subtle as to be of almost no interest to collectors.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/21/2015

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1936 D 5C MS
Base $ 1.15 1.25 1.75 2.25 4.50 13.00 14.00 16.50 22.50 38.00 40.00 45.00 55.00 100.00 175 1300 37500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 125 460 - -

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Total Graded: 2364
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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11/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67113, 67113/Lot# 23157 $103.50
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1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 10198 $373.75
6/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131226/Lot# 28029 $94.00
4/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 182943 $82.50
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3718 $42.30

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