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: 12/18/2015

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1936 SATIN 5C PF
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 925 975 1175 1385 1585 1800 2700 10750 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
9/4/2006 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 103, 108/Lot# 430 $1,495.00
7/26/2012 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 5279 $1,667.50
12/2/2012 PCGS PF 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/02/2012, 51/Lot# 85140 $3,465.00
2/3/2013 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1232 $1,553.00
10/8/2014 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3308 $1,175.00
  PCGS PF 66   Bonhams $1,638.00
8/12/2015 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1223/Lot# 3557 $12,338.68
12/3/2015 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3079 $12,925.00

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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