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History of Buffalo Nickels (1913 - 1938)

The Buffalo Nickel is distinctive in its own way, considered by collectors a truly unique American work of art. The coin portrays the American Indian on the obverse and the Buffalo or Bison on the reverse. Its designer, James E. Fraser, accurately portrayed the male Native American on the obverse and an American buffalo on the reverse by using three different Indians and a real bison from New York Central Park Zoo as models. His initial “F” is placed beneath the date. The 1st Year of Issue featured two distinct varieties: the 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel had the bison on a mound, while the 1913 Type 2 Buffalo had a redesigned base with a thinner, straight line. Over 1.2 billion Buffalo nickels were minted from 1913 to 1938 at three mints: Philadelphia (no mintmark), San Francisco (S) and Denver (D). The mintmarks can be found on the reverse under the denomination. Matte Proof coins were made for collectors from 1913 to 1916. Proof Buffalo nickels began to be issued again in 1936. The 1937-D three-legged Buffalo nickel is another sought out 5 cent. The three-legged characteristic is the result of excessive regrinding of a die to remove clash marks.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Buffalo Nickels in different grades: circulated, uncirculated, certified and graded by PCGS and NGC. Our selection includes the popular 1913-P and 1913-S Type 1 buffalo, 1913 Type 2 buffalo, key dates and scarce dates nickels like the 1915-D and the 1924-S, the sought out 1937-D 3-legged Buffalo, and others. All coins we offer are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your collection!
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1913 Type 1
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1920-1929
1930-1938


   Hobo Buffalo Nickel Carved Obverse Nice Example of ths Art Form $165.00
   1913 Hobo Buffalo Nickel Carved Obverse Nice Example of this Art Style $190.00
   1923 Hobo Buffalo Nickel Carved Obverse Nice Example of this Art Form $110.00

1913 Type 1

   1913-P Type 1 Buffalo Nickel Choice F/VF Nice Strike Great Eye Appeal $42.00
   1913-P Hobo Nickel Crude but Original $65.00
   1913-P Type 1 Buffalo Nickel NGC MS 65 Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike $110.00
   1913-S Type 1 Buffalo Nickel Nice G+ Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $32.00
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1913 Type 2-1919

   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel F- Rotated $145.00
   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Near G Nice Color and Surfaces Wonderfully Original $74.00
   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Choice VG Key Date Great Eye Appeal $125.00
   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Nice VG+ $125.00
   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Choice VF/XF Nice Strike Great Color and Surfaces $150.00
   1914-D Buffalo Nickel G/VG Key Date Nice Original $92.00
   1914-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG Problem Free Example Nice Eye Appeal $90.00
   1914-S Buffalo Nickel G Honest Wear $15.00
   1915-P Buffalo Nickel NGC MS64 First Generation Holder Nice Strike Nice Luster $125.00
   1915-P Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65 $270.00
   1915-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Eye Appeal $27.00
   1915-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F Even Circulation No Problems $29.00
   1915-S Buffalo Nickel G Honest and Even Wear Decent Eye Appeal $32.00
   1916 Hobo Buffalo Nickel Very Nice Example a Period Beard and Derby Hobo Nickel $430.00
   1916-P Buffalo Nickel Nice Unc Great Color Nice Strike $32.00
   1916-P Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Nice Strike Nice Luster $70.00
   1916-P Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Superb Eye Appeal Nice Strike $75.00
   1916-S Buffalo Nickel VG/F Decent Eye Appeal Nice Color $9.00
   1917-D Buffalo Nickel VG/F Original Color $30.00
   1917-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Color Nice Eye Appeal $22.00
   1917-D Buffalo Nickel Choice F/VF Nice Strike Superb Eye Appeal $53.00
   1917-S Buffalo Nickel AG/G Very Nice Color and Even Wear $11.00
   1917-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Nice Color $70.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG Great Eye Appeal Great Color $29.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F Nice Strike Nice Color $37.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F Nice Color and Surfaces Nice Strike $43.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice F+ Nice Strike Great Eye Appeal $48.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VF/XF Great Color and Surfaces Wonderfully Original $125.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel G/VG Key Date Rare 8 over 7 Overdate $960.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel VG $24.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel VG/F Nice Original $35.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel VG/F $42.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel Nice G Even Wear With Nice Color and Surfaces $11.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel G/VG Decent Color Decent Surfaces $13.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel Nice G/VG Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $14.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Wonderfully Original Nice Eye Appeal $18.00
   1919-D Buffalo Nickel Nice G/VG Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color and Surfaces $15.00
   1919-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VG/F Wonderfully Original Great Color and Surfaces $26.00
   1919-D Buffalo Nickel F Nice Eye Appeal Nice Surfaces $55.00
   1919-D Buffalo Nickel Choice F/VF Nice Strike Great Color $58.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel F- Full Date $45.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel G/VG Detail Nice Color Nice Eye Appeal $8.50
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel G/VG Decent Surfaces Decent Color $8.50
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $32.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Great Color $40.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Original Better Date $41.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Nice Surfaces $46.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Nice Surfaces $55.00
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1920-1929

   1921-P Buffalo Nickel Nice XF Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $34.00
   1923-P HOBO NICKEL Original $43.00
   1923-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VF Nice Strike Great Color $64.00
   1924-P Buffalo Nickel Nice XF Nice Color and Surfaces Nice Eye Appeal $13.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel F Decent Eye Appeal Good Value $14.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel F/VF Detail Very Nice Color Nice Eye Appeal $22.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nearly VF Great Eye Appeal Tough to Find $27.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Great Eye Appeal Very Nice Color $27.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $32.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Color and Surfaces $22.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Eye Appeal Nice Surfaces $22.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $22.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel Choice VG/F Great Eye Appeal Great Surfaces $37.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel VG/F Detail Decent Overall Color $41.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VG/F Nice Eye Appeal $55.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel F Nice Eye Appeal $80.00
   1926-D Buffalo Nickel Nice G/VG Decent Color Decent Surfaces $7.50
   1926-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG Nice Eye Appeal Problem Free Example $13.00
   1926-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Nice Strike Nice Surfaces $79.00
   1926-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Good Value Nice Color Typical Horn $140.00
   1928-D Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Nice Luster Great Eye Appeal $85.00
   1928-S Buffalo Nickel Nice BU+ Tough Coin $430.00
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1930-1938

   1930-P Buffalo Nickel XF Detail Double Die Reverse 5 Legged $60.00
   1931-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $14.00
   1931-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Even Wear Nice Eye Appeal $15.00
   1931-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VF Nice Color Nice Eye Appeal $16.00
   1931-S Buffalo Nickel Choice VF/XF Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike $18.00
   1935-D Buffalo Nickel VG Detail REPUNCHED MINT MARK $6.00
   1935-D Buffalo Nickel Nice XF Nice Eye Appeal Nice Surfaces $13.00
   1936-D Buffalo Nickel Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal $26.00
   1936-D Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65 Nice Strike Decent Eye Appeal $75.00
   1936-S OVER S Buffalo Nickel Choice XF FS-05-1936S-501 $22.00
   1936-S Buffalo Nickel Choice XF S over S FS-05-1936S-501 $70.00
   1936-S Buffalo Nickel NGC MS65 Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike Nice Luster $85.00
   1937 Buffalo Nickel PCGS PR66 Superb Eye Appeal $1,680.00
   1937 Buffalo Nickel PCGS PR65 Great Eye Appeal $1,475.00
   1937-P Buffalo Nickel NGC MS67 $400.00
   1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel PCGS Genuine BU Detail $1,265.00
   1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel SEGS MS63 $2,975.00
   1937-D Buffalo Nickel NGC MS 66 Strong Strike Wonderful Golden Color $65.00
   1937-D Buffalo Nickel Choice XF+ THREE LEG VARIETY Great Surfaces $760.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel Nice BU Rich Thick Luster Excellent Color $24.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Very Nice Golden Toning Thick Mint Luster $29.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66 Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster $64.00
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