Buffalo Nickels


Buffalo Nickels are also known as Indian Head Nickels, because they feature an Indian Head design on the obverse and a Buffalo, on the reverse. Buffalo Nickels were produced by the Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver mints from 1913 to 1938, before being replaced by Jefferson Nickels.

The Buffalo Nickel was produced by James E. Fraser and remains a favourite among coin collectors, and is very valuable.

The following list features the finest collection of these coins, for sale:

1918-PDS Buffalo Nickels (#8562) AG+ or Better. Some Light Scrs. Carefully Check
1918-PDS Buffalo Nickels (#8562) AG+ or Better. Some Light Scrs. Carefully Check
Price: $24.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 30m
1926 Buffalo Nickel PQ BU Coin
1926 Buffalo Nickel PQ BU Coin
Price: $99.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 30m
1936 Buffalo Nickel ( NGC) Superb Beaming Eye Frosty Luster MS 66
1936 Buffalo Nickel ( NGC) Superb Beaming Eye Frosty Luster MS 66
Price: $130.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 32m
1916 Buffalo Nickel (NGC) Original In Eye Frosty Luster Appeal MS
1916 Buffalo Nickel (NGC) Original In Eye Frosty Luster Appeal MS
Price: $90.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 34m
1919-PD Buffalo Nickels (#8564) VG. Carefully Check out the Photos.
1919-PD Buffalo Nickels (#8564) VG. Carefully Check out the Photos.
Price: $20.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 34m
1935 D Buffalo Nickel 5C (NGC) Original Luster In Eye Frosty Mint State MS 64
1935 D Buffalo Nickel 5C (NGC) Original Luster In Eye Frosty Mint State MS 64
Price: $105.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 35m

About Buffalo Nickels


The buffalo nickels are nothing but the Indian head nickel. They are called so because of the buffalo or bison which is present on the reverse side of the coin. The Indian head nickels were produced during the period of 1913 to 1938. The nickel features the head of an Indian on its obverse side. This design was created by sculptor James Earle Fraser. The Indians head was inspired from the profiles of three Indian chiefs iron tail, two moons and big tree. The image was the composite mixture of all three of them. The reverse side had an image of a bison from the central park zoo.

After the first year of its launched it had the defect that the year of production which was minted on the coin faded off soon due to circulation. This was mainly due to the placing on the date on a raised mound on the coin. Later on Fraser rectified the error. Another interesting incident occurred a year before the production of the buffalo nickels. While correcting the mistakes of the die the buffalo’s right foreleg was missed. And hence many coins with this error had been produced and circulated. These rare coins with a three legged buffalo are worth more money than the other coins.

They value of the buffalo nickels at present ranges from a few dollars to ten dollars. The value of it as it is a common practice is decided by the year in which it was produced and also on its wear and tear caused due to circulation of it. And another important thing is that due to the manufacturing defect earlier when it was launched the date on the coin wears of easily. Thus if the year on the coin can't be seen then its value can’t be decided properly and on worst cases a lower value will be offered.

Another thing is that the coin collectors who look out for rare coins will be willing to offer 100 times the face value of the coin if it has minor manufacturing faults. The 3 legged buffalo come to a price of even $10,000 and because of this; it has lead to many frauds who try to force the faults in the coins.