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:

* * 1915 d 5c Buffalo NickeL * NEAR imPOSsibL DENVER KEY! * ^hORN detaiL! !!* *
* * 1915 d 5c Buffalo NickeL * NEAR imPOSsibL DENVER KEY! * ^hORN detaiL! !!* *
Price: $4.03 (2 Bids)
Sale Ends: 31m
1913 D Type 2 T2 Flat Mound Buffalo Indian Head Nickel, Key Date and Mint
1913 D Type 2 T2 Flat Mound Buffalo Indian Head Nickel,  Key Date and Mint
Price: $10.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
1931-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel, Circulated Copper Nickel (US-6320)
1931-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel,   Circulated Copper Nickel (US-6320)
Price: $15.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 33m
1925-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel, Medium Circulated copper nickel (US-5836)
1925-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel,  Medium Circulated copper nickel (US-5836)
Price: $15.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 35m
1923-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel, Medium Circulated copper nickel (US-5835)
1923-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel,  Medium Circulated copper nickel (US-5835)
Price: $21.95 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 35m
1918-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel, Medium Circulated copper nickel (US-5832)
1918-S US Indian Head Buffalo Nickel,  Medium Circulated copper nickel (US-5832)
Price: $51.95 (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.