Buffalo Nickels

(1913-1938)

It was a difficult time for Charles Barber, chief engraver of the United States Mint. Although Theodore Roosevelt was no longer in office, his desire to have more classical designs on our coins, as expressed to Augustus Saint-Gaudens over dinner in 1905, was very much alive.

Barber’s uninspired Liberty Head nickel had been in production since 1883. Under the Coinage Act of 1890, a change in the design was permitted after 25 years. Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh, originally a Roosevelt appointee, wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity. Reminded by his son in May, 1911 that a new nickel would be “A permanent souvenir of the most attractive sort,” MacVeagh, pointedly bypassing the competent but mediocre Barber, started the process for a new design.

The Buffalo nickel became a reality less than two years later. On March 4, 1913, coins.... (Expand Text)

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1927-D BUFFALO 5C MS65

GEM SURFACES. WELL STRUCK.
$4,500.00

1927-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

*QUALITY. GLORIOUS COLOR. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$47,500.00

1929-S BUFFALO 5C MS67

GEM FLASHY AND LUSTEROUS. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$8,500.00

1936 BUFFALO 5C, SATIN, TYPE 2 PR68

GEM SATIN FINISHED PROOF. ONLY 3 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$8,750.00

1936 BUFFALO 5C, SATIN, TYPE 2 PR68

SATIN FINISH. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$6,450.00

1936 BUFFALO 5C, SATIN, TYPE 2 PR68

GEM SATIN PROOF. ONLY 3 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$9,950.00

1937 BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 PR68

GEM FLASHY BRILLIANT PROOF. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$7,500.00

1937 BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 PR68

GEM FLASHY BRILLIANT PROOF. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$14,950.00

1937 BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 PR68

BLAST WHITE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$5,750.00

1937 BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 PR68

GEM BRILLIANT PROOF. ONLY 1 GRADE HIGHER.
$7,500.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS, TYPE 2 MS65

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. JUST 13 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$31,500.00