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-S BUFFALO 5C MS65

GEM SURFACES. WELL STRUCK.
$1,895.00

1915 BUFFALO 5C PR68+

GEM LUSTEROUS TONING. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN AS THE SECOND HIGHEST GRADED.
$35,000.00

1915-S BUFFALO 5C MS65+

GEM SURFACES. WELL STRUCK. CAC.
$3,750.00

1916 BUFFALO 5C, DOUBLED DIE OBVERSE AU55

DOUBLE DIE OBVERSE.
$34,950.00

1916-D BUFFALO 5C MS66

GEM IRIDESCENT TONING. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$6,950.00

1918/7-D BUFFALO 5C, FIVE CENTS IN RECESS MS66

FABULOUS OVERDATE. GREAT LUSTER. MAY BE FINEST KNOWN.
$450,000.00

1918/7-D BUFFALO 5C, FIVE CENTS IN RECESS XF45

VERY POPULAR OVERDATE.
$8,500.00

1918-D BUFFALO 5C MS65+

PERHAPS THE FINEST OVERDATE KNOWN. CAC.
$450,000.00

1920-D BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

GEM SATIN WHITE! TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$54,500.00

1920-S BUFFALO 5C MS65

WELL STRUCK. LIGHT IRIDESCNT TONING. JUST 5 GRADE HIGHER AT NGC.
$12,500.00

1920-S BUFFALO 5C MS65

GEM SATIN LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONLY 2 COINS GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,950.00

1920-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

WELL STRUCK. GOLDEN LUSTER. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$54,500.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C MS66+

ABSOLUTE GEM. VERY WELL STRUCK. THE SOLE HIGHEST GRADED BY EITHER SERVICE.
$59,500.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS65

LUSTEROUS GEM. ONLY 8 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$6,450.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

*QUALITY. ONLY A SINGLE MS66+ COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$22,500.00

1924-S BUFFALO 5C MS66

GEM FULL STRIKE. ONLY 1 COIN GRADE HIGHER AT NGC.
$27,500.00

1925-D BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

GEM SATIN FINISH. WELL STRUCK. JUST ONE MS66+ COIN HIGHER.
$11,950.00

1926-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS65

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 5 COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$75,000.00

1927-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

*QUALITY. GLORIOUS COLOR. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$59,500.00

1936 BUFFALO 5C, SATIN, TYPE 2 PR68

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