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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1913 BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 1 MS68

TYPE 1. GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,950.00

1915 BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 PR68

GEM PROOF. ROSE BLUE TONE. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$19,950.00

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 BUFFALO 5C, DOUBLED DIE OBVERSE, TYPE 2 MS63

DOUBLE DIE OBVERSE. VERY WELL DEFINED. CAC.
$175,000.00

1916-D BUFFALO 5C MS66

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

1918/7-D BUFFALO 5C MS65+

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

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

1920-D BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

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

1920-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

WELL STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$52,500.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS65

LUSTEROUS GEM. ONLY 7 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$6,950.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

*QUALITY. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$26,000.00

1923-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$26,000.00

1925-D BUFFALO 5C MS66

GEM LUSTEROUS AND WELL STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$14,950.00

1925-D BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS66

GEM SATIN FINISH. WELL STRUCK. JUST ONE PLUS COIN HIGHER.
$12,500.00

1925-S BUFFALO 5C MS65

GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$21,500.00

1926-S BUFFALO 5C, TYPE 2 MS65

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER.
$75,000.00

1927-D BUFFALO 5C MS65

GEM SURFACES. WELL STRUCK.
$4,950.00

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.
$8,950.00