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 PCGS

GEM SATIN WHITE PROOF SURFACES. JUST A SINGLE PR68+ COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$20,900.00

1914 BUFFALO 5C PR68 NGC

GEM FLASHY WHITE LUSTROUS PROOF. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$14,850.00

1914-S BUFFALO 5C MS67+ NGC

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A SINGLE MS68 GRADED HIGHER.
$38,500.00

1915-D BUFFALO 5C MS67 NGC

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. RAZOR SHARP STRIKE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$13,200.00

1916/1916 BUFFALO 5C, DOUBLED DIE OBVERSE MS61 NGC

DOUBLE DIE OBVERSE. WELL STRUCK WITH SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. THIS KEY DATE BUFFALO NICKEL IS SELDOM SEEN IN MINT SATE CONDITION.
$82,500.00

1918/7 BUFFALO 5C MS64 PCGS

SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH A SHARP CLEAR OVERDATE.
$124,850.00

1920-D BUFFALO 5C MS66 PCGS

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$59,950.00

1920-D BUFFALO 5C MS66 NGC

GEM SATIN WHITE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$38,500.00

1920-S BUFFALO 5C MS66 NGC

WELL STRUCK. GOLDEN LUSTER. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$49,500.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C MS65 PCGS

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

1923-S BUFFALO 5C MS66 NGC

*QUALITY. ONE MS66+ COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$27,500.00

1925-D BUFFALO 5C MS66 PCGS

GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. EXTREMELY WELL STRUCK FOR THE DATE. ONLY THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$13,200.00

1926-S BUFFALO 5C MS65 NGC

GEM LUSTROUS, WELL STRUCK SURFACES. ONLY 4 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$77,000.00

1926-S BUFFALO 5C MS65 NGC

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 4 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$77,000.00

1927-D BUFFALO 5C MS66+ NGC

ABSOLUTE GEM. RADIANT LUSTER THAT IS KISSED WITH SLIGHT ROSE GOLD TONING. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$27,500.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS65 NGC

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$23,000.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS65 NGC

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. VERY POPULAR VARIETY.
$23,000.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS65+ PCGS

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. CAC.
$44,000.00

1937-D BUFFALO 5C, 3 LEGS MS66 PCGS

3-LEGGED BUFFALO. GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY FIVE MS66+ COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$55,000.00