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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1914 BUFFALO 5C PR68

GEM FLASHY WHITE LUSTROUS PROOF. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$15,125.00

1914-S BUFFALO 5C MS67+

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A SINGLE MS68 GRADED HIGHER.
$54,500.00

1915-D BUFFALO 5C MS67

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. RAZOR SHARP STRIKE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$14,850.00

1916/16 BUFFALO 5C, DOUBLED DIE OBVERSE MS63

DOUBLE DIE OBVERSE. WELL STRUCK WITH LIGHT SILVER BLUE PATINA. VERY SHARP DOUBLE DIE. CONDITION CENSUS. HIGHEST GRADE IS A MS64. CAC.
$199,500.00

1918/7-D BUFFALO 5C MS64

SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH A SHARP CLEAR OVERDATE.
$93,500.00

1920-D BUFFALO 5C MS66

GEM SATIN WHITE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$49,500.00

1920-S BUFFALO 5C MS66

WELL STRUCK. GOLDEN LUSTER. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$55,000.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C MS65

LUSTROUS GEM. ONLY 20 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$5,950.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C MS66

*QUALITY. ONE MS66+ COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$32,950.00

1924-S BUFFALO 5C MS66

GEM FULL STRIKE. JUST FIVE COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$23,000.00

1925-D BUFFALO 5C MS66

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. EXTREMELY WELL STRUCK FOR THE DATE. ONLY THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$14,850.00

1926-S BUFFALO 5C MS65

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 6 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$82,500.00

1927-D BUFFALO 5C MS66+

ABSOLUTE GEM. RADIANT LUSTER THAT IS KISSED WITH SLIGHT ROSE GOLD TONING. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$41,250.00

1927-S BUFFALO 5C MS66

*QUALITY. GLORIOUS COLOR. JUST A SINGLE MS66+ GRADED HIGHER.
$55,000.00

1937 BUFFALO 5C MS68

GEM BRILLIANT LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY EIGHT MS68+ COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$5,500.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS65

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$26,400.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS65

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. VERY POPULAR VARIETY.
$22,950.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS65

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$22,950.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS66

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. THIS VERY POPULAR VARIETY EXHIBITS RICH LUSTER WITH A TINGE OF ROSE BLUE PATINA.
$39,500.00