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: 9/2/2015

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1936 SATIN 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 925 975 1175 1385 1585 1800 2700 10750 47000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1675 2050 4000 16750

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 615
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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9/20/2015 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3332


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2/5/2006 PCGS PF 67   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 603 $3,795.00
2/12/2007 NGC PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 126, 131/Lot# 317 $1,713.50
8/7/2011 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 3114, 3114/Lot# 1307 $1,552.50
5/30/2012 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3401 $18,400.00
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3514 $1,410.00
8/30/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4320 $558.13
3/21/2014 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10173 $1,410.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164858 $1,549.90
  PCGS PF 66   Bonhams $1,638.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 SATIN 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base212275351439546674749818872906956147716341683182120372187233529105922937915732
2333003804755896997728368839231130152916501729189320872236252739147074114970
000000772836883923113015291650172918932087223625273914707400
000000795854895939130315821667177519652137228627184918822700
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5922
Owner: Montana Grampa
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2910
Owner: MikeInFL
 
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