Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 118,997,000
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1936 5C MS obverse 1936 5C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1936 was a year of optimism, as it appeared that the economy was finally recovering from several years of severe depression. Though this activity proved to be premature, it was enough to boost demand for fresh coins after years of little or no production. Thus did the 1936 Philadelphia Mint nickel become the single highest mintage issue in this series.

Understandably, 1936(P) nickel are very common in Mint State. Most, however, are again less than fully struck, this being particularly evident in the central obverse. Also common is extreme die erosion, as dies were used well beyond their ideal life span. Even with all of these factors weighing against the certification of gems, so plentiful is this issue that even MS 66 coins are common enough to be widely collected.

The book by Wexler, Pope and Flynn lists several doubled-die varieties for both sides, but the one that has caught collectors' interest is FS-101. It is quite evident on Mint State and lightly worn coins, but may be a bit challenging to discern on more worn examples.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1936 5C MS
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Base $ 0.75 1.35 1.50 2.00 4.00 9.00 11.50 15.00 17.50 27.00 28.00 32.00 48.00 65.00 80.00 115 530 25500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 185 3950 37500

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3867
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1936 5C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2411411815102060213123176219563111012361422--3866
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----------------1771--16
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Total-2411411815102060213123176219563111212441603--3895
 -0 %0 %0 %1 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %5 %0 %1 %5 %6 %14 %29 %32 %4 %0 %-- 
1936 5C MS Prooflike
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
6/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67062, 67062/Lot# 24204 $138.00
4/14/2008 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2516, 2516/Lot# 1119 $41.00
2/10/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 738, 747/Lot# 1055 $27.00
3/17/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131313/Lot# 28082 $92.00
8/18/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 133452 $58.26
8/31/2014 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 147413 $95.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1386 $483.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42280 $117.50


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