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: 1/17/2017

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1936 5C MS
Base $ 1.10 1.15 1.50 2.00 3.75 9.00 10.00 11.00 12.50 19.00 22.00 25.00 40.00 55.00 75.00 130 700 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 190 2150 -

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Total Graded: 3470
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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5/30/2005 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 134 $1,150.00
8/9/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25083, 25083/Lot# 11114 $69.00
5/15/2006 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2204, 2204/Lot# 1205 $32.00
11/10/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 299, 305/Lot# 275 $93.15
7/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131232/Lot# 20811 $50.00
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1177/Lot# 4640 $4,112.50
2/23/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131409/Lot# 26604 $44.00
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 199328 $47.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42280 $117.50

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