Buffalo Nickels


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Buffalo Nickel Value


United States Mint Five-Cent/Buffalo Nickel Specifications & Design

Coin Denomination $0.05 or five hundredths of a US dollar
Metal Composition/make 1909-1942: 75% copper, 25% nickel
Weight per Nickel 5.00 grams
Nickels per pound 91 nickels per pound (90.7184 nickels exactly)
Design Obverse/Front: Native American Indian face profile view
Reverse/Back: Buffalo or American bison

Why People Hoard/Buy Buffalo Nickels




Buffalo nickels are highly sought collectible coins. Why people buy buffalo nickels is because they are becoming increasing more rare and difficult to find.

In addition, the date is often worn off on buffalo nickels, so finding or buying buffalo nickels with their date still visible provides extra value to the five-cent coin.

Circulated buffalo nickels still fetch a premium above their five-cent face value. Finding buffalo nickels in today’s coin circulation is possible, though becoming increasing rare and does not happen often.

Many people equate the same type of value to the Buffalo nickel as the Indianhead penny. In fact, the Buffalo nickel is sometimes referred to as an Indianhead piece due to the imagery on the obverse or front of the coin.

Five-Cent/Buffalo Nickel Value

Year Mintage Value Range Current Market Value (multi-third-party pricing)
1913 Type 1 30,993,520 $2 – $25+ 1913 type 1 buffalo nickel
1913 Type 2 29,858,700 $5 – $25+ 1913 type 2 buffalo nickel
1913 D Type 1 5,337,000 $5 – $50+ 1913 d type 1 buffalo nickel
1913 D Type 2 29,858,700 $5 – $100+ 1913 d type 2 buffalo nickel
1913 S Type 1 2,105,000 $10 – $100+ 1913 s type 1 buffalo nickel
1913 S Type 2 1,209,000 $150 – $500+ 1913 s type 2 buffalo nickel
1914 20,665,738 $10 – $40+ 1914 buffalo nickel
1914 D 3,912,000 $45 – $300+ 1914 d buffalo nickel
1914 S 3,470,000 $15 – $175+ 1914 s buffalo nickel
1915 20,987,270 $5 – $40+ 1915 buffalo nickel
1915 D 7,569,500 $5 – $200+ 1915 d buffalo nickel
1915 S 1,505,000 $35 – $375+ 1915 s buffalo nickel
1916 63,498,066 $1 – $30 1916 buffalo nickel
1916 D 13,333,000 $10 – $150+ 1916 d buffalo nickel
1916 S 11,860,000 $10 – $150+ 1916 s buffalo nickel
1917 51,424,029 $2 – $50+ 1917 buffalo nickel
1917 D 9,910,800 $15 – $350+ 1917 d buffalo nickel
1917 S 4,193,000 $20 – $350+ 1917 s buffalo nickel
1918 32,086,314 $1 – $75+ 1918 buffalo nickel
1918 D 8,362,314 $10-$300+ 1918 d buffalo nickel
1918 S 4,832,000 $15- $525+ 1918 s buffalo nickel
1919 60,868,000 $1 – $50+ 1919 buffalo nickel
1919 D 8,006,000 $10 – $500+ 1919 d buffalo nickel
1919 S 7,521,000 $5 – $500+ 1919 s buffalo nickel
1920 63,093,000 $2 – $75+ 1920 buffalo nickel
1920 D 9,418,000 $5 – $475+ 1920 d buffalo nickel
1920 S 9,689,000 $5 – $375+ 1920 s buffalo nickel
1921 10,663,000 $3 – $85+ 1921 buffalo nickel
1921 S 1,557,000 $55 – $1250+ 1921 s buffalo nickel
1923 35,715,000 $1 – $10+ 1923 buffalo nickel
1923 S 6,142,000 $5 – $500+ 1923 s buffalo nickel
1924 21,620,000 $1 – $50+ 1924 buffalo nickel
1924 D 5,258,000 $2 – $350+ 1924 d buffalo nickel
1924 S 1,437,000 $10 – $1550+ 1924 s buffalo nickel
1925 35,565,100 $1 – $35+ 1925 buffalo nickel
1925 D 4,450,000 $5 – $300+ 1925 d buffalo nickel
1925 S 6,256,000 $5 – $300+ 1925 s buffalo nickel
1926 44,693,000 $1 – $25+ 1926 buffalo nickel
1926 D 5,638,000 $10 – $250+ 1926 d buffalo nickel
1926 S 970,000 $50 – $4000+ 1926 s buffalo nickel
1927 37,981,000 $2 – $25+ 1927 buffalo nickel
1927 D 5,730,000 $25 – $100+ 1927 d buffalo nickel
1927 S 3,430,000 $1 – $425+ 1927 s buffalo nickel
1928 23,411,000 $1 – $20+ 1928 buffalo nickel
1928 D 6,436,000 $1 – $55+ 1928 d buffalo nickel
1928 S 6,936,000 $1 – $175+ 1928 s buffalo nickel
1929 36,446,000 $1 – $20+ 1929 buffalo nickel
1929 D 8,370,000 $1 – $30+ 1929 d buffalo nickel
1929 S 7,754,000 $10 – $40+ 1929 s buffalo nickel
1930 22,849,000 $1 – $25+ 1930 buffalo nickel
1930 S 5,435,000 $1 – $50+ 1930 s buffalo nickel
1931 S 1,200,000 $10 – $75+ 1931 s buffalo nickel
1934 20,213,003 $1 – $30+ 1934 buffalo nickel
1934 D 7,480,000 $1 – $55+ 1934 d buffalo nickel
1935 58,264,000 $1 – $15+ 1935 buffalo nickel
1935 D 12,092,000 $1 – $50+ 1935 d buffalo nickel
1935 S 10,300,000 $1 – $15+ 1935 s buffalo nickel
1936 119,001,420 $1 – $20+ 1936 buffalo nickel
1936 D 24,814,000 $1 – $25+ 1936 d buffalo nickel
1936 S 14,930,000 $1 – $25+ 1936 s buffalo nickel
1937 79,485,769 $1 – $10+ 1937 buffalo nickel
1937 D 17,826,000 $1 – $20+ 1937 d buffalo nickel
1937 S 5,635,000 $5 – $10+ 1937 s buffalo nickel
1938 D 7,020,000 $1 – $10+ 1938 d buffalo nickel

 

Buffalo Nickel History

The Buffalo nickel was first minted and distributed March 4th, 1913. The five-cent coin was designed with a profile image of a Native American and reverse image of a bison/American buffalo. The artist behind the design was James Fraser.

The design came from wanting to develop a more striking and beautiful/desirable coin compared to its predecessor: the Liberty V Nickel. Though a fantastic design, the coin itself has historically seen terrible upkeep as it is easily worn down. The vast majority of Buffalo nickels saw their date worn off the coin through regular wear-and-tear.

The buffalo nickel contains no silver and is predominately copper and valuable for its numismatic coin collecting features.

How to find Buffalo Nickels

You can still find buffalo nickels in your change and in circulation today. However, this is incredibly rare and most people looking to collect or find buffalo nickels buy them from coin dealers. The buffalo nickels in circulation tend to be worn down and not in good shape. High dollar value buffalo nickels tend to be due to errors or the much more rare dates as listed above in mintage quantities.

The rarest buffalo nickels, in order of date, are as follows:

Rare Buffalo Nickels

1913 S Type 1
1913 D Type 2
1913 S Type 2
1914/3 superimposed date
1914 D
1916 double die
1918/7 D superimposed date
1921 S
1935 double die
1936 D 3 /12 legged buffalo
1937 D 3 legs

The condition of any particular buffalo nickel is incredibly important as these coins are very susceptible to damage or just plain wear. A very good condition Buffalo Nickel, as a result, can fetch quite the premium. Especially if it is a rare one.
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