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Buffalo Nickel

Buffalo Nickel

  • 1913 Type One DDR FS-1802 Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS63
    1913 Type One DDR FS-1802 Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757909017

    1913 Type One DDR FS-1802 Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS63

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  • 1913 Type Two CAC Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66
    1913 Type Two CAC Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758890030

    1913 Type Two CAC Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66

    $832.50
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  • 1913-D Type One 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66+
    1913-D Type One 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469134

    1913-D Type One 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66+

    $666.00
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  • 1913-S Type One Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65
    1913-S Type One Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758939017

    1913-S Type One Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65

    $721.50
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  • 1915 5C Proof Buffalo Nickel NGC PR68
    1915 5C Proof Buffalo Nickel NGC PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910178011

    1915 5C Proof Buffalo Nickel NGC PR68

    $14,040.00
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  • 1915-S 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65+
    1915-S 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469135

    1915-S 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65+

    $3,078.00
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  • 1918-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS64
    1918-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758826001

    1918-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS64

    $1,642.50
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  • 1918/7-D 5C Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS61
    1918/7-D 5C Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS61
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758021040

    1918/7-D 5C Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS61

    $37,260.00
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  • 1920 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66
    1920 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755708005

    1920 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66

    $1,916.25
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  • 1924-S 5C Buffalo Nickel ANACS AU53
    1924-S 5C Buffalo Nickel ANACS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 517048032

    1924-S 5C Buffalo Nickel ANACS AU53

    $1,443.00
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  • 1924-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC AU58
    1924-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758939022

    1924-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC AU58

    $1,916.25
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  • 1931-S 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66+
    1931-S 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469137

    1931-S 5C NGC Plus Buffalo Nickel NGC MS66+

    $1,276.50
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  • 1935-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS67
    1935-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469138

    1935-S 5C Buffalo Nickel NGC MS67

    $1,971.00
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  • 1936 5C Type One Satin NGC Plus Proof Buffalo Nickel NGC PR67+
    1936 5C Type One Satin NGC Plus Proof Buffalo Nickel NGC PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910132017

    1936 5C Type One Satin NGC Plus Proof Buffalo Nickel NGC PR67+

    $3,240.00
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  • 1937 5C Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS68
    1937 5C Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758480001

    1937 5C Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS68

    $7,020.00
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Buffalo Nickel:

The Buffalo Nickel or Indian Head Nickel as it is also known has been called the most iconic of all of America’s coinage. Designed by James Earle Fraser, it depicts a Native American in the obverse and the American Bison on the reverse of the coin. It was struck between 1913 and 1938.

 Although he was no longer the President Teddy Roosevelt had desired to change the dull, boring American coinage of the day to something grander – similar to the classical Greek and Roman coins of ancient times.

As the first coins rolled off the presses in 1913, the Mint understood that there was a problem. The relief on the coin was so high that the date and the denomination wore off very easily. The changes that were implemented were to make the numerals in the date on the obverse wider and the legend “FIVE CENTS” was enlarged. One additional change was the bison went from standing on a mound to standing on flat ground with a line above the legend “FIVE CENTS.” The problem was also that Fraser’s work had intricate designs in the Native American’s hair, braid and feathers which were difficult to fill. Likewise, the Buffalo’s horn, cape and tail were difficult to strike up.

Fraser’s design accomplished EXACTLY what Fraser set out to do. He wanted a coin that was uniquely American, and the American Bison was the “Master of the Plains,” and the Native American Chief complemented the design.

Coins, at various times, were struck at all three US Mints – Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. The coins struck at the branch mints are generally not as well-struck as the Philadelphia coins are/

As coins were struck several rarities were unintentionally struck as well. A 1916/1916 with a Doubled Die Obverse as well as a 1918/7-D overdate were struck. The most well-known of all of the rarities is the 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo, where one of the hind legs was worn away from the die creating this truly rare coin.

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