The Buffalo Nickel

The Indian Head Nickel or Buffalo Nickel was a 5 cent piece minted between 1913 and 1938. The nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser a renowned artist who specialized in artwork depicting the American frontier. Aside from the Buffalo Nickel, his “End of the Trail”sculpture is one of his most famous pieces.

The present value of the nickels depends on the age, quality, and uniqueness of the coin. Some of the more sought after coins exhibit mistakes and/or imperfections caused by the mint themselves. For example, coins where the buffalo had only 3 1/2 legs were put into circulation at one point.

The coins shown in my photos are pretty worn and wouldn’t be that valuable. While the year is visible, the buffalo’s horns are worn off. Nonetheless, they are a part of history and are interesting to look at.


James Earle Fraser US Coin Designer and Engraver

Buffalo Nickel

“A Guide Book of United States Coins” by R.S. Yeoman, 52nd Edition, 1999

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