BUFFALO NICKELS 1913-1938

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 DATE         GOOD         VERY GOOD           FINE          VERY FINE        EXTRA FINE
 1913tI  05234  19.95    05334  24.95    05434   27.50    05534   27.95    05634   32.50
 1913d   05235  24.95    05335  29.95    05435   32.50    05535   47.50    05635   52.50
 1913s   05236  69.95    05336  72.50    05436   79.95    05536   92.50    05636   99.95
 1913t2  05237  19.95    05337  22.50    05437   24.95    05537   27.50    05637   32.50
 1913d   05238 179.95    05338 225.00    05438  229.95    05538  235.00    05638  317.50
 1913s   05239 517.50    05339 535.00    05439  575.00    05539  625.00    05639  800.00
 1914    05240  34.95    05340  37.50    05440   39.95    05540   39.95    05640   42.50
 1914d   05241 129.95    05341 159.95    05441  199.95    05541  267.50    05641  425.00
 1914s   05242  39.95    05342  54.95    05442   67.50    05542   89.95    05642  137.50
 1915    05243  12.50    05343  12.95    05443   14.95    05543   17.50    05643   32.50
 1915d   05244  32.50    05344  49.95    05444   59.95    05544   97.50    05644  172.50
 1915s   05245  79.95    05345  99.95    05445  159.95    05545  234.95    05645  467.50
 1916    05246   9.95    05346  10.95    05446   11.95    05546   12.50    05646   19.95
 1916d   05247  27.50    05347  39.95    05447   42.50    05547   57.50    05647  120.00
 1916s   05248  17.50    05348  22.50    05448   34.95    05548   52.50    05648  110.00
 1917    05249  11.95    05349  12.95    05449   13.95    05549   14.95    05649   22.50
 1917d   05250  29.95    05350  49.95    05450   84.95    05550  110.00    05650  200.00
 1917s   05251  34.95    05351  67.50    05451  120.00    05551  167.50    05651  267.50
 1918    05252  11.95    05352  12.95    05452   14.95    05552   24.95    05652   47.50
 1918d   05253  34.95    05353  59.95    05453   99.95    05553  175.00    05653  317.50
 1918s   05254  19.95    05354  39.95    05454   84.95    05554  137.50    05654  259.95
 1919    05255   3.95    05355   5.50    05455    5.95    05555    9.95    05655   22.50
 1919d   05256  24.95    05356  49.95    05456  110,00    05556  184.95    05656  350.00
 1919s   05257  12.50    05357  29.95    05457   77.50    05557  147.50    05657  335.00
 1920    05258   1.95    05358   3.95    05458    4.95    05558   10.95    05658   22.50
 1920d   05259  12.95    05359  29.95    05459   54.95    05559  167.50    05659  385.00
 1920s   05260   5.95    05360  19.95    05460   44.95    05560  137.50    05660  300.00
 1921    05261   6.95    05361   9.95    05461   12.95    05561   37.50    05661   77.50
 1921s   05262  99.95    05362 142.50    05462  242.50    05562  500.00    05662 1175.00
 1923    05263   2.50    05363   4.95    05463    5.95    05563    9.95    05663   19.95
 1923s   05264  12.50    05364  14.95    05464   37.50    05564  150.00    05664  385.00
 1924    05265   2.50    05365   2.95    05465    5.95    05565   14.95    05665   29.95
 1924d   05266  12.50    05366  17.50    05466   44.95    05566  117.50    05666  310.00
 1924s   05267  24.95    05367  49.95    05467  129.95    05567  475.00    05667 1500.00
 1925    05268   4.95    05368   6.95    05468    7.50    05568   12.95    05668   27.50
 1925d   05269  14.95    05369  32.50    05469   54.95    05569  104.95    05669  242.50
 1925s   05270   5.95    05370  14.95    05470   24.95    05570  104.95    05670  250.00
 1926    05271   1.95    05371   2.50    05471    3.95    05571    7.95    05671   17.50
 1926d   05272  17.50    05372  27.50    05472   42.50    05572  137.50    05672  250.00
 1926s   05273  32.50    05373  67.50    05473  139.95    05573  350.00    05673 1095.00
 1927    05274   1.95    05374   2.50    05474    2.95    05574    5.95    05674   19.95
 1927d   05275   3.95    05375   9.95    05475   10.95    05575   49.95    05675  114.95
 1927s   05276   1.95    05376   2.95    05476    5.95    05576   54.95    05676  124.95
 1928    05277   1.95    05377   2.50    05477    2.95    05577    5.95    05677   17.95
 1928d   05278   1.95    05378   3.95    05478    4.95    05578   22.50    05678   64.95
 1928s   05279   1.95    05379   2.50    05479    2.95    05579   17.50    05679   44.95
 1929    05280   1.50    05380   2.50    05480    2.95    05580    5.95    05680   19.95
 1929d   05281   1.50    05381   2.50    05481    2.95    05581    9.95    05681   52.50
 1929s   05282   1.50    05382   1.95    05482    2.50    05582    2.95    05682   17.95
 1930    05283   1.95    05383   2.50    05483    2.95    05583    5.95    05683   17.50
 1930s   05285   1.95    05385   2.50    05485    3.95    05585    5.95    05685   22.50
 1931s   05286  24.95    05386  27.50    05486   27.95    05586   29.95    05686   52.50
 1934    05287   1.95    05387   2.50    05487    2.95    05587    5.95    05687   14.95
 1934d   05288   2.50    05388   3.95    05488    5.95    05588   14.95    05688   32.50
 1935    05289   1.50    05389   1.95    05489    2.50    05589    2.95    05689    3.95
 1935d   05290   1.95    05390   2.95    05490    3.95    05590   12.50    05690   29.95
 1935s   05291   1.50    05391   2.50    05491    2.95    05591    3.95    05691    4.95
 1936    05292   1.50    05392   1.95    05492    2.50    05592    2.95    05692    3.95
 1936d   05293   1.50    05393   2.50    05493    2.95    05593    3.95    05693    5.95
 1936s   05294   1.50    05394   2.50    05494    2.95    05594    3.95    05694    4.95
 1937    05295   1.50    05395   1.95    05495    2,50    05595    2.95    05695    3.95
 1937d   05296   1.50    05396   2.50    05496    2.95    05596    3.95    05696    4.95
 1937s   05297   1.50    05397   2.50    05497    2.95    05597    3.95    05697    4.95
 1938d   05298   4.95    05398   5.95    05498    6.95    05598    7.50    05698    7.95

GRADING BUFFALO NICKELS Grading standards for Buffalo nickels from Good to Extra Fine.


The History of the Buffalo Nickel Five Cent Piece (1913-1938):

The first Buffalo Five Cent Piece was issued in 1913. Though most commonly referred to as a Buffalo Nickel, this Five Cent Piece was also called Bison Nickel or Indian Head Nickel. The obverse design depicted an Indian head. Three different American Indians were used as models: Chief Two Moons (Cheyenne) modeled for the forehead and hair; Chief John Big Tree (Iroquois) the nose and mouth; and Chief Iron Tail (Sioux) for the chin and throat. The reverse design depicted a buffalo and once again a real model was used! Black Diamond was the buffalo's name and he was a resident of the New York Zoological Gardens.

While the obverse design remained the same throughout the 26 years of production, the reverse design was changed slightly midway through its first year. The original design portrays the buffalo standing atop a mound. Shortly after the new Five Cent Piece was placed into circulation, it was discovered that the mound was causing striking difficulties and the thickness in that same area of the coin did not work well in vending machines. Siting these two problems, as well as the fear that the denomination would wear too quickly, the mound was removed. A thin ground line was added in its place which actually served as a protective bar for the denomination.

The Buffalo Five Cent Piece was designed by James Earl Fraser. His initial, F, was located on the obverse just below the date. The composition of the The Buffalo Five Cent Piece was 75% copper and 25% nickel. These coins had a weight of 5.00 grams, a diameter of 21.2mm, and a plain rim. The mint mark is located on the reverse, at the very bottom, near the rim. Buffalo Five Cent Pieces were struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. (cents struck in Philadelphia bear no mint mark).

In 1937 at the Denver Mint, a special variety known as the "Three Legged Buffalo" was created when the reverse die was ground down after an accidental clash with as obverse die. The end result was a buffalo that only has three visible legs. This oddity is highly sought after by collectors. We do have Three Legged Buffalo Nickels available...click here to e-mail us regarding prices and grades.


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

T1(Type 1): Refers to the 1913 Buffalo Five Cent Pieces, Variety 1, with a the buffalo standing atop a mound.

T2(Type 2): Refers to the 1913 Buffalo Five Cent Pieces, Variety 2, with a the buffalo standing atop a thin ground line.

D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark is located on the reverse at the very bottom near the rim.

S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark is located on the reverse at the very bottom near the rim.. Note: Cents struck in Philadelphia bear no mint mark.


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