1936 S Buffalo Nickel

Last updated: January, 31 2024

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1936 S Buffalo Nickel in average condition to be worth $1.75, while one in mint state could be valued around $100.00.

1936 S Buffalo Nickel
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  • Year: 1936
  • Mint Mark: S
  • Type: Buffalo Nickel
  • Price: $1.75-$100.00+
  • Face Value: 0.05 USD
  • Produced: 14,930,000
  • Edge: Smooth


Hobo Nickels?

What in the world are hobo nickels? During the great depression hobos would create art on the face of the current era nickel. They did this by etching the depiction of Chief Iron Tail / Chief Two Moons and turned the nickel itself into a piece of art during.

While they were originally created by hobos, several skilled engravers would eventually take up the hobby creating very intricated and well crafted specimens that now sell for upwards of $1,000 USD.

Hobo Nickel Example
Hobo Nickel Example

Popular Hobo Engravers

Some of the most well known hobo nickel artist are...

  • Andy Gonzales - Known for depicting portraits, animals, and imaginative scenes.
  • Bert Weigand - Known for creating very elaborate designs.
  • Joe Paonessa - Known for creating scenes from everyday life.
  • John Schipp - Known for creating ornate mythological and almost sci-fi like hobo nickels.
  • Howard Thomas - Known for depicting historical figures
  • Shane Hunter - Known for depicting pop culture, fantasy, and humor.
  • Steve Cox - Known for creating realistic and lifelike designs.

John Schipp 1936 Hobo Nickel
John Schipp 1936 Hobo Nickel

Are there any 1936 Nickel Errors?

Yes are a few errors worth mentioning.

Nickel Errors for 1936

Off Center Buffalo Nickel $200-$1000

Off Center Error
Off Center Error Example

Off center buffalo nickels from 1936 certified and in basically anything other than cull condition are selling for $200-$1000 USD as a basic rule of thumb.

3 1/2 Legged Buffalo Nickel $600-$6000

3 Legged Buffalo Nickel
3 Legged Buffalo Example

Caused by excessive wear or polishing of the die this error sells for between $600-$6000 USD and is found in both 1936 and 1937 years. Condition plays a big part in the final value of this coin.

Double Strike Variations $800-$6000

Double Strike Nickel Example
Double Strike Nickel Example

There are many variations of this error. There are double strike off center, double strike flip over, and double strike rotated. In general this error has sold for a range of $800-$6000 USD making it as an average the most valuable of the 1936 nickel errors.


Production Chart

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

Breakdown of pricing per condition for by individual grade.

  • Grade MS62 = $26-$44
  • Grade MS63 = $35-$58
  • Grade MS64 = $51-$85
  • Grade MS65 = $86-$144
  • Grade MS66 = $161-$269

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How much is a 1936 S Buffalo Nickel worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $1.75, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $100 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1936, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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Most Valuable

The most valuable Buffalo Nickel's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Buffalo Nickel 1924 S $14k
Buffalo Nickel 1926 S $7.6k
Buffalo Nickel 1927 S $5k
Buffalo Nickel 1920 D $3.5k
Buffalo Nickel 1928 D $3.4k
Buffalo Nickel 1918 D $3.3k
Buffalo Nickel 1925 S $3.3k
Buffalo Nickel 1924 D $3k
Buffalo Nickel 1920 S $2.5k
Buffalo Nickel 1919 D $2,350
Buffalo Nickel 1916 D $1,780
Buffalo Nickel 1918 S $1,760
Buffalo Nickel 1913 S $1,750
Buffalo Nickel 1917 S $1,750
Buffalo Nickel 1914 D $1,390
Buffalo Nickel 1923 S $1.3k
Buffalo Nickel 1928 S $1.3k
Buffalo Nickel 1919 S $1,155
Buffalo Nickel 1929 D $1,140
Buffalo Nickel 1926 D $1.1k
Buffalo Nickel 1917 D $900
Buffalo Nickel 1925 D $900
Buffalo Nickel 1934 D $800
Buffalo Nickel 1921 S $750
Buffalo Nickel 1914 S $700
Buffalo Nickel 1921 P $650
Buffalo Nickel 1935 D $525
Buffalo Nickel 1913 D $480
Buffalo Nickel 1929 S $480
Buffalo Nickel 1930 S $415
Buffalo Nickel 1927 D $400
Buffalo Nickel 1931 S $380
Buffalo Nickel 1915 D $335
Buffalo Nickel 1915 S $325
Buffalo Nickel 1935 S $250
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.