Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 14,930,000
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 S 5C MS obverse 1936 S 5C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is the highest mintage Buffalo Nickel to emanate from the San Francisco Mint, and examples are common across all grades through MS 66. This issue was widely hoarded by the roll in its own time, and speculators were aided in their efforts by the fact that these coins were still being issued a couple years later. When West Coast collectors rushed to their local banks in the fall of 1938 to obtain the new 1938 S Jefferson Nickels, they were almost invariably rewarded instead with fresh rolls of 1936 S and 1937 S Buffalo Nickels!

1936 S nickels were, for the most part, well made. They may be obtained with great luster and sharp strikes, though this will not be true of all survivors. Still, no collector should compromise on the quality of this issue.

Continuing the pattern set the previous year, repunched mintmark varieties are plentiful, and some of them are delightfully obvious. NGC will add the better ones as examples are submitted, but the lesser varieties will not be recognized.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/2/2015

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1936 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.00 4.50 11.50 13.00 14.50 18.50 35.00 39.00 45.00 53.00 105 240 1650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 60.00 135 650 7000 -

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Total Graded: 1704
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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9/9/2007 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2419, 2419/Lot# 2011 $112.00
7/7/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 263, 269/Lot# 166 $133.40
8/18/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29085, 29085/Lot# 28443 $38.00
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/20/2012, 23/Lot# 52217 $41.99
6/29/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131427/Lot# 22393 $80.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1389 $483.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42284 $223.25

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