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SERIES: Buffalo Five Cents 1913-1937
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1936 5C Satin (Proof)

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PCGS PR69

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68
PCGS #:
3994
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
James Earle Fraser
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
4,420
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$18,800 • PCGS PR68 • 7-11-2013 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,950 R-4.6 5 / 7 TIE 6 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 1,700 R-4.7 5 / 7 6 / 8
65 or Better 1,225 R-4.9 5 / 7 6 / 8
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR69 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  
2 PR68 PCGS grade  

Jaime Hernandez: The Mint struck 1936 Proof Buffalo Nickels in two different finishes. The first finish is recognized as a Satin Finish while the second is referred to as a Brilliant Finish.

The 1936 Satin Finish Proof Nickel was the first variety produced from the two. It is believed that the Mint might have changed the Satin Finish to a Brilliant Finish since the Satin coins resembled circulation strike coins.
 
The Satin Finish and the Brilliant Finish seem to have about the same survivability in all grades combined. In high grades of PR67 or higher the 1936 Satin Finish Proof Nickel is much more common than the 1936 Brilliant Finish.