Buffalo Nickels - APMEX offers a superb selection of certified Buffalo Nickels. The Buffalo Nickel is one of the most popular designs with coin collectors. Its design of a Native American chief on the obverse and a buffalo on the reverse have made it a national favorite. Designed by James Earle Fraser, the Buffalo (or Indian Head) nickel was minted between 1913 and 1938. A notable coin is the 1937-D Buffalo nickel that has only 3 legs, which was caused by excessive die polishing.
What is an Indian Head Nickel?
Indian Head Nickels, more commonly known as Buffalo Nickels, are a U.S. five-cent piece minted from 1913 to 1938. Indian Head Nickels are famous for their iconic James Earle Fraser artwork, reimagined on the U.S. Gold Buffalo series.
In 1913, two distinct types of this nickel were created. Type 1 was only minted for a few months and features the words “five cents” on a raised mound on the reverse. Recognizing that this mound would quickly wear down, the mound was removed to create the Type 2 Buffalo Nickel. Buffalo nickels are plagued by the fact that their dates are high points on the coins and consequently wear off very quickly. See Buffalo Nickel coin values to empower your purchasing power.
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