Use a magnifier or microscope to carefully examine a possible missing leg Buffalo. If you see fine lines, scratches or "rub" marks the coin may be altered, and not an authentic 3 Legged Buffalo. All examples should be submitted to a top tier grading company for grading, protection (that an airtight slab offers) and authentication. It's not advised that a collector buy raw examples of this variety or any variety without a reputable dealer's advice or slabbed in a top tier grading service holder.
One should also check for date and mint mark alterations, as these have been found. The only date and mints that are 3 Legged Buffalo Nickels is the 1937-D. The 1936-D is referred to as 3 1/2 legs, because some or half of the leg is missing, however, this is the most valuable of the two. Refer to our price list below.