Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,420
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 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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Last Updated: 7/1/2019

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1936 SATIN 5C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 825 1000 1075 1300 1550 1600 1750 2200 10000 47000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1580 - 2050 3850 16100

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 622
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/20/2021 1936 SATIN 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-22196614922413029--622
-----------------272--11
-----------------422--8
-------------------1--1
Total----------1-22196614923013934--642
 ----------0%-0%0%3%10%23%36%22%5%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 SATIN 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base212275351439546674749818872906956147716341683182120372187233529105922937915732
23330038047558969977283688392311301529165017291893208722362527391470741149716519
000000772836883923113015291650172918932087223625273914707400
000000795854895939130315821667177519652137228627184918822700
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 2527
Owner: Larry Patterson
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 2335
Owner: Black Hawk Collection
 
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