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How Much Is A Buffalo Nickel From 1936 With F On It?

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Antique buffalo nickels vary greatly in their value depending on a number of factors, and finding out the exact value of your particular item will require you to look at it in some detail. There were six buffalo nickel designs minted in 1936, and each carried the letter 'F' below the date - standing for 'Fraser', after the designer, James E Fraser.

The first and most important part of your examination of the coin will be of its condition. Whilst a common coin in good condition may not fetch as much at auction as a rare coin in a poorer condition, it is the only factor that you can attribute to all of the coins made in 1936. As an example of the importance of the coin's condition, some appraisers will value a poor condition coin at $5, and an absolutely perfect condition coin at as much as $30,000!

The second thing to look at is the legs of the buffalo, or bison, on the reverse of the coin. There were a number of coins minted with a mistake that saw the buffalo lose one or half of its legs, and these coins are worth substantially more than the ones where the buffalo was minted with all its limbs intact.

Now, if you look just below the 'FIVE CENTS' mark on your coin, you will find the coin's mint mark. This will tell you which variation of the coin you possess. Coins carrying '1936' as a mint mark are worth 35c, '1936-D' marked coins are worth 40c, and '1936-S' marked coins are worth 35cents. These values are what you can be expected to be paid by a coin dealer for a coin in average condition - the sort of thing you'd find in a coin jar or shoebox in the attic etc. As previously mentioned, a coin in perfect condition with absolutely no scratches or wear could be worth 10 times as much.

One way to get more for your coin is to find someone who needs it more than a coin dealer does. Coin dealers are businessmen who are looking to buy your coin for as small an amount of money as possible, and then sell it on for as much as they can to collectors. You may want to consider finding coin auctions in your area and listing the item yourself. You could advertise it online, or even sell it on eBay and potentially receive more than its dealer value simply by undercutting the average dealer's resale cost and selling it to a collector who needs it to complete part of their collection. As is true of all collectible items, the value is always as great as your buyer decides.
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As with all collectibles the value of a coin is dependent on numerous factors, some of which include its condition, denomination, country of origin, mintmark (if any), market at the time, any errors, etc. The F on it is not a mintmark it is the designers initial. In poor condition yours is probably worth $4 in good condition between $5 to $7 if it were in perfect condition (absolutely no scratches not worn, etc.) then it would be worth around $30,000 (but I doubt yours is in this kind of condition). NOW if your is one of the rare three and a half legged varieties (look at the legs of the buffalo and if one of the legs is half gone then it is one of the rare errors) then it is worth much more. In poor condition it would be worth about $600 in good condition anywhere between $5000 and $20,000 depending on how good, and if it were in perfect condition (which like I said earlier is VERY unlikely) then it would be worth around $100,000.
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Wow, um, why did you give me a 1 star rating? I think I deserve a little better than that considering I (apparently wasted) 5 minutes of my life trying to help you.
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How much is a plain 1936 buffalo head nickel worth
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I have 1 ea. 1934 Indian head (buffalo back) nickel, and 2 ea. 1934 Indian Head/Buffalo back nickels (mint Phil. Since no mark) that are in like new condition. No wear marks, real shinny silver (not cleaned) and 1 ea. 1936 in same condition. (relative passed and had the coins)....what are they worth?
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Um about 4 to 6$
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How much is a buffalo nickle from 1936 with a F on it and its in perfect condition...How much is it?
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James E. Fraser designed the coin, he put an F under the date. It must be in fairly good condition to still see it, that was one of the first things to usually rub off with usage. Next would be seeing where it was minted at. This letter can be found under the VE and CE in 'five cents' on the reverse side

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