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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
1913 Type 2-1919
1920-1929
1930-1938


   Hobo Buffalo Nickel Rather crude, either unfinished or unskilled $22.00
   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

1913 Type 2-1919

   19146-P Buffalo Nickel Choice BU Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $64.00
   1914/13 Buffalo Nickel Great Eye Appeal Pretty Early Die State Nice VG $135.00
   1914-D Buffalo Nickel G/VG Key Date Nice Original $92.00
   1914-S Buffalo Nickel Nice G Nice Eye Appeal Honest Wear $18.00
   1914-S Buffalo Nickel Nice G+ Nice Color Honest Even Wear $19.00
   1915-D Buffalo Nickel Choice AU/BU Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $135.00
   1915-D Buffalo Nickel Choice AU/BU Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $135.00
   1915-D Buffalo Nickel Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $190.00
   1915-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 CAC Sticker Absolutely Stunning Color A True Gem $3,580.00
   1916-D Buffalo Nickel Choice AU/BU Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $90.00
   1916-D Buffalo Nickel ANACS MS63 Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $215.00
   1917-D Buffalo Nickel VG/F Original Color $30.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG Great Eye Appeal Great Color $29.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel VG $24.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel G/VG Decent Color Decent Surfaces $13.00
   1919-P Buffalo Nickel Nice BU+ Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $64.00
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1920-1929

   1921-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $765.00
   1923-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VF Nice Strike Great Color $64.00
   1924-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $740.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F Detail Great Color Nice Eye Appeal $15.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VG/F NICE COLOR Nice Eye Appeal $16.00
   1924-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS VF20 Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color and Surfaces $320.00
   1926-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS VF20 Nice Color and Surfaces Nice Eye Appeal $200.00
   1929 Buffalo Nickel Nice BU Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $45.00
   1929-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $195.00
   1929-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $200.00
   1929-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Great Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $200.00
   1929-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Great Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster $345.00
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1930-1938

   1930-P Buffalo Nickel XF Detail Double Die Reverse 5 Legged $60.00
   1931-S Buffalo Nickel CAC Sticker Outrageous Eye Appeal PCGS MS66 $635.00
   1934-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS63 Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike $48.00
   1934-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS64 Great Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $79.00
   1934-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS64 Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $90.00
   1934-D Buffalo Nickel Nice BU+ Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike $85.00
   1935-P Buffalo Nickel Nice F DDR Doubled Die Reverse Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike $64.00
   1935-P Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF DDR Doubled Die Reverse Wonderfully Original $74.00
   1935-D Buffalo Nickel ICG MS65 Great Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $185.00
   1936 Buffalo Nickel NGC PF65 Brilliant Proof Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster $1,790.00
   1936-P Buffalo Nickel NGC PF65 Satin CAC Sticker Light Pastel Rainbow Toning $1,110.00
   1937 Buffalo Nickel NGC PF65 Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster Nice Strike $1,370.00
   1937 Buffalo Nickel PCGS PR65 Great Eye Appeal $1,475.00
   1937 Buffalo Nickel PCGS PR66 Superb Eye Appeal $1,680.00
   1937-P Buffalo Nickel NGC MS67 $400.00
   1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel PCGS Genuine BU Detail $1,265.00
   1937-D Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS62 3 Legs Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $2,895.00
   1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel SEGS MS63 $2,975.00
   1938-D/S Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Wonderfully Original Great Eye Appeal $100.00
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