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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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   Buffalo Nickels Various Date Bag of 200 Assorted Ugly Buffalo Nickels No Returns $32.00
   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
   1923 Hobo Buffalo Nickel Carved Obverse Nice Example of this Art Form $110.00

1913 Type 1

   1913-P Type 1 Buffalo Nickel Nice BU+ Nice Luster GREAT COLOR $30.00
   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-S Type 1 Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Great Eye Appeal GREAT COLOR $120.00
   1937 Buffalo Nickel PCGS PR66 Superb Eye Appeal $1,680.00
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1913 Type 2-1919

   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel F- Rotated $145.00
   1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Choice VG/F Superb Eye Appeal Nice Strike $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
   1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Color NICE STRIKE $265.00
   1914-D Buffalo Nickel G/VG Key Date Nice Original $92.00
   1914-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VG Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $74.00
   1914-S Buffalo Nickel G Honest Wear $15.00
   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
   1914-S Buffalo Nickel NGC MS63 Nice Luster NICE COLOR $320.00
   1915-D Buffalo Nickel Choice AU/BU Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $150.00
   1915-S Buffalo Nickel Nice G/VG Nice Eye Appeal Nice Color $37.00
   1915-S Buffalo Nickel Nice G/VG Nice Strike Great Eye Appeal $43.00
   1916-P Buffalo Nickel Choice AU/BU Nice Strike Nice Color $29.00
   1916-P Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Superb Eye Appeal Nice Strike $75.00
   1917-D Buffalo Nickel VG/F Original Color $30.00
   1917-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VF Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike $58.00
   1918-P Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 Superb Eye Appeal GREAT COLOR $1,160.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel VG Decent Eye Appeal NICE COLOR $19.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG Great Eye Appeal Great Color $29.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG/F Nice Strike Great Eye Appeal $29.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Nice VF/XF Nice Strike NICE COLOR $95.00
   1918-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VF/XF Great Color and Surfaces Wonderfully Original $125.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel VG $24.00
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel VG/F Nice Original $35.00
   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
   1918-S Buffalo Nickel Choice F Nice Strike GREAT COLOR $45.00
   1919-D Buffalo Nickel Choice VG+ Nice Strike GREAT COLOR $27.00
   1919-D Buffalo Nickel Choice F/VF Nice Strike GREAT COLOR $64.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel F- Full Date $45.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $32.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F Original Better Date $41.00
   1919-S Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Nice Surfaces $46.00
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1920-1929

   1921-P Buffalo Nickel Choice VF/XF Nice Strike GREAT COLOR $22.00
   1921-P Buffalo Nickel Nice XF Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $34.00
   1923-P Buffalo Nickel Choice AU/BU Nice Luster NICE COLOR $37.00
   1923-P HOBO NICKEL Original $43.00
   1923-S Buffalo Nickel Nice VF Nice Strike Great Color $64.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel F Decent Eye Appeal Good Value $14.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F Detail Great Color Nice Eye Appeal $15.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F+ Great Eye Appeal Great Color $19.00
   1924-D Buffalo Nickel Nice F/VF Nice Strike NICE EYE APPEAL $24.00
   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-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 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 F Nice Eye Appeal $80.00
   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 PCGS MS65 Full Luster GREAT EYE APPEAL $265.00
   1934-P Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ BLAST WHITE Full Luster GREAT EYE APPEAL $43.00
   1934-D Buffalo Nickel Nice BU Nice Luster Tough to Find $85.00
   1935-D Buffalo Nickel Nice XF Nice Eye Appeal Nice Surfaces $13.00
   1935-D Buffalo Nickel Choice BU++ Nice Strike GREAT COLOR $85.00
   1935-D Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS64 Nice Luster GREAT COLOR $130.00
   1936-D Buffalo Nickel Nice Unc Nice Eye Appeal $26.00
   1936-D Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS65 NICE LUSTER Great Color $85.00
   1936-S Buffalo Nickel Choice XF S over S FS-05-1936S-501 $70.00
   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 Choice XF+ THREE LEG VARIETY Great Surfaces $760.00
   1937-D Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS62 3 Legs Nice Strike Nice Eye Appeal $2,895.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel Nice BU Rich Thick Luster Excellent Color $24.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel Choice BU Nice Strike GREAT COLOR $26.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel Choice BU+ Very Nice Golden Toning Thick Mint Luster $29.00
   1938-D Buffalo Nickel Gem BU Detail OVER D OR OVER S $37.00
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