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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 4/3/2014

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1936 S 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.00 4.50 4.50 11.50 13.00 14.50 18.50 34.00 35.00 39.00 43.00 55.00 105 230 1440 - - -
$ - - - - - 35.00 37.00 42.00 47.00 60.00 130 625 3250 -
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Total Graded: 1650
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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10/28/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131443/Lot# 27063

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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 248 $1,667.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 294 $40.25
11/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2447, 2447/Lot# 1226 $58.00
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7696 $149.50
7/28/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 130223 $58.30
6/3/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3720 $199.75
7/27/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 209594 $126.01

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