Coin Type Specifications
Region: US
Denomination: 5C
Diameter: 21.21 (mm)
Coin Metal Composition:
Copper [75%] 3.75 (g)
Nickel [25%] 1.25 (g)
Total Mass: 5 (g)

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Buffalo Nickel
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US - Buffalo Nickel

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This section of Obscure Finds Numismatic Collection is made up of coins from the US region and specializes in Buffalo Nickel coins from coin category Nickel . If you are looking for coin facts, numismatic data or simple melt value composition of the US - Buffalo Nickel coin, you can find it here at Obscure Finds.

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Coin Type Coins
Buffalo Nickel Coin Composition
Composition Totals From 25 Coins
Copper : 93.75 Grams
Nickel : 31.25 Grams
Total Mass : 125 Grams

Metal USD/Pound USD/Troy Ounce USD/Gram Grams/Coin USD/Coin
Copper $2.091 $0.143 $0.005 3.75 g $0.017
Nickel $4.494 $0.308 $0.010 1.25 g $0.012
Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For Each Coin: $0.029
Combined Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For 25 Coins: $0.742
- Precious Metal prices updated on 07-23-2024
25 Example Coins Found...


Coin Type Description
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Years Minted: 1913-1938
Mint Marks: NONE (P), D, S
Denomination: 5C
Obverse Design: Right profile of an American Indian
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Design: An American bison
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel was a copper-nickel five-cent piece struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser.

As part of a drive to beautify the coinage, five denominations of US coins had received new designs between 1907 and 1909. In 1911, Taft administration officials decided to replace Charles E. Barber's Liberty Head design for the nickel, and commissioned Fraser to do the work. They were impressed by Fraser's designs showing a Native American and an American bison. The designs were approved in 1912, but were delayed several months because of objections from the Hobbs Manufacturing Company, which made mechanisms to detect slugs in nickel-operated machines. The company was not satisfied by changes made in the coin by Fraser, and in February 1913, Treasury Secretary Franklin MacVeagh decided to issue the coins despite the objections.

Despite attempts by the Mint to adjust the design, the coins proved to strike indistinctly, and to be subject to wear—the dates were easily worn away in circulation. In 1938, after the minimum 25-year period during which the design could not be replaced without congressional authorization had expired, it was replaced by the Jefferson nickel designed by Felix Schlag.

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