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Your Guide to American Coins and Coin Collecting
Friday February 15, 2019

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Indian Head/Buffalo Nickel
Years of Production: 1913 through 1938
Compostion: Copper and nickel
Minted at: Buffalo nickels were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint.
Location of Mint Mark: Reverse side, bottom, below "FIVE CENTS."
Designer: The Indian Head/Buffalo nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser.
Comments: Three different Indians posed for the obverse portrait. "Black Diamond" of the New York Zoo was the model for the buffalo. Click coins at right to view obverse and reverse coin detail.

How much is my Buffalo Nickel worth? A nickel -- with a face value of 5 cents -- can be worth more depending on certain factors. Coin value is dependant on the coin's condition, often rated as Fair, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF) or Extremely Fine (EF or XF). Proof coins are specially struck coins with mirrored surfaces.

In addition to the quality of a coin, its value is also dependant on how rare it is. Below is a list of the approximate mintages of Buffalo Nickels.

1913 (Var. 1) 31 Million
1913-D (Var. 1) 5 Million
1913-S (Var. 1) 2 Million
1913 (Var. 2) 30 Million
1913-D (Var. 2) 4 Million
1913-S (Var. 2) 1 Million
1914 21 Million
1914-D 4 Million
1914-S 3 Million
1915 21 Million
1915-D 8 Million
1915-S 2 Million
1916 63 Million
1916-D 13 Million
1916-S 12 Million
1917 51 Million
1917-D 10 Million
1917-S 4 Million
1918 32 Million
1918-D 8 Million
1918-S 5 Million
1919 61 Million
1919-D 8 Million
1919-S 8 Million
1920 63 Million
1920-D 9 Million
1920-S 10 Million
1921 11 Million
1921-S 2 Million
1923 36 Million
1923-S 6 Million
1924 22 Million
1924-D 5 Million
1924-S 1 Million
1925 36 Million
1925-D 4 Million
1925-S 6 Million
1926 45 Million
1926-D 6 Million
1926-S 970 Thousand
1927 38 Million
1927-D 6 Million
1927-S 3 Million
1928 23 Million
1928-D 6 Million
1928-S 7 Million
1929 36 Million
1929-D 8 Million
1929-S 8 Million
1930 23 Million
1930-S 5 Million
1931-S 1 Million
1934 20 Million
1934-D 7 Million
1935 58 Million
1935-D 12 Million
1935-S 10 Million
1936 119 Million
1936-D 25 Million
1936-S 15 Million
1937 79 Million

Coins - Nickels - Buffalo Nickels

Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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