Buffalo NickelsThe Buffalo Nickel is one of the most popular United States circulating coin design for its use of uniquely American images on the obverse and reverse. The series was issued from 1913 to 1938 and produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. Many collectors will seek to assemble a complete set by date and mint mark, which can be a difficult task in higher mint state grades.
Designed by James Earle Fraser, the obverse design features the head of a Native American facing right. This image has also resulted in some referring to the series as the Indian Head Nickel. The inscription "Liberty" appears in the right field, while the date appears on the shoulder next to the designer's initial "F".
The reverse design features an American Bison, commonly referred to as a buffalo, standing on a mount. The inscriptions above read "United States of America" and "E Pluribus Unum". The denomination "Five Cents" appears on the mount. During the first year of issue for the series, this design was altered by replacing the raised mound with a flat plane and placing the denomination within a recessed area.
Several notable varieties exist within the series. The 1916 Double Die Nickel features strong doubling on the date and profile of the Native American. The 1918-D "8 over 7" is one of the few over dates of the 20th century. The 1937-D "Three Legged" Buffalo Nickel famously omits one of the buffalo's legs on the reverse.
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