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: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 4/21/2016

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1936 SATIN 5C PF
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 775 925 975 1175 1385 1585 1800 2700 11450 47000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1675 2050 4000 16000

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Total Graded: 612
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/12/1999 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1185, 1185/Lot# 1210 $844.75
3/15/2007 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 365 $13,800.00
1/30/2011 NGC PF 67   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1263 $1,668.00
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3515 $2,115.00
4/7/2013 PCGS PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 109043 $1,932.70
8/5/2013 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 3442, 3442/Lot# 1125 $1,233.75
5/11/2014 PCGS PF 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 803, 812/Lot# 589 $1,600.00
6/27/2014 PCGS PF 67   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1292 $1,880.00
  PCGS PF 66   Bonhams $1,638.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1936 SATIN 5C PF
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5922
Owner: Montana Grampa
Grade: PF 67
Points: 2910
Owner: MikeInFL
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