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Buffalo Nickel Value

Buffalo Nickel Value

Buffalo Nickel Type 2 (On A Plain) Reverse Mint State (MS)

Buffalo Nickel Value

1913 Buffalo Nickel Type 1 Reverse (On A Mound)

Mint state and key date listed Buffalo Nickel values is for graded, certified and authenticated coins in PCGS or NGC holders. The rest are a sample of raw coin sell but this is not a guarantee your coin with the same date, mint, grade and holder will sell for this exact value.

Buffalo Nickel value by date and mint:

Date/Mint Mark
Mintage
G
VG
F
VF
EF
AU
MS63
Type I “On A Mound”
1913-P
30,992,000
$10
$14
$16
$18
$23
$30
$55
1913-D
5,337,000
$13
$21
$24
$32
$35
$53
$79
1913-S
2,105,000
$40
$45
$47
$49
$55
$85
$140
Type 2 “On A Plain”
1913
29,857,186
$9
$12
$14
$16
$21
$28
$52
1913-D
4,156,000
$74
$97
$116
$130
$149
$204
$309
1913-S
1,209,000
$228
$281
$320
$352
$462
$581
$1006
1914
20,664,463
$18
$21
$25
$31
$34
$46
$83
1914/3 Over Date
Inc. above
$283
$432
$652
$764
$1494
$3737
1914-D
3,912,000
$58
$87
$108
$135
$247
$308
$549
1914-S
3,470,000
$24
$39
$47
$52
$91
$144
$316
1915
20,986,220
$5
$9
$11
$14
$27
$52
$75
1915-D
7,569,000
$18
$31
$44
$62
$105
$178
$289
1915-S
1,505,000
$45
$59
$82
$156
$245
$407
$820
1916
63,497,466
$5
$8
$9
$11
$16
$39
$86
1916 Double Die Obv
Inc. above
$3612
$6420
$8875
$13512
$20843
$30331
$160000
1916-D
13,333,000
$15
$28
$31
$42
$68
$107
$213
1916-S
11,860,000
$13
$15
$21
$35
$56
$126
$215
1917
51,424,019
$6
$8
$9
$11
$18
$39
$135
1917-D
9,910,000
$16
$32
$51
$59
$144
$245
$640
1917-S
4,193,000
$21
$40
$63
$109
$169
$430
$1374
1918
32,086,314
$5
$7
$10
$18
$37
$91
$232
1918-D
8,362,000
$22
$33
$43
$125
$192
$397
$837
1918-D 8/7 Over Date
Inc. above
$905
$1624
$2343
$5066
$7474
$17393
$44319
1918-S
4,882,000
$15
$28
$52
$91
$136
$369
$1978
1919
60,868,000
$2
$3
$4
$9
$17
$45
$91
1919-D
8,006,000
$16
$34
$50
$113
$212
$363
$1495
1919-S
7,521,000
$8
$23
$54
$94
$224
$374
$1643
1920
63,093,000
$1.50
$2.5
$3
$9
$18
$58
$124
1920-D
9,418,000
$9
$19
$46
$98
$180
$366
$1028
1920-S
9,689,000
$5
$12
$21
$76
$155
$282
$1849
1921
10,663,000
$4
$7
$10
$27
$53
$95
$253
1921-S
1,557,000
$59
$74
$123
$292
$977
$1308
$2875
1923
35,715,000
$1.50
$3
$5
$7
$19
$55
$122
1923-S
6,142,000
$7
$12
$32
$126
$229
$352
$747
1924
21,620,000
$1.25
$2
$4
$10
$25
$82
$167
1924-D
  5,258,000
$8
$14
$36
$93
$167
$330
$739
1924-S
1,437,000
$17
$30
$72
$242
$883
$1480
$3201
1925
35,565,100
$2
$3
$4
$10
$23
$55
$94
1925-D
4,450,000
$9
$21
$39
$75
$155
$335
$768
1925-S
6,256,000
$4
$10
$22
$103
$166
$354
$1437
1926
44,693,000
$1
$2
$3
$7
$10
$33
$55
1926-D
5,638,000
$10
$17
$29
$96
$172
$284
$459
1926-S
970,000
$22
$46
$110
$265
$869
$4197
$8337
1927
37,981,000
$1
$1.5
$2
$4
$12
$33
$78
1927-D
5,730,000
$2
$6
$11
$38
$67
$128
$334
1927-S
3,430,000
$1.50
$3
$6
$38
$116
$209
$1874
1928
23,411,000
$1
$2
$3
$6
$15
$39
$52
1928-D
6,436,000
$1.50
$3
$4
$17
$42
$58
$91
1928-S
6,936,000
$1.50
$2.50
$4
$12
$44
$217
$495
1929
36,446,000
$1
$1.50
$3
$5
$14
$20
$61
1929-D
8,370,000
$1
$2
$3
$9
$35
$48
$104
1929-S
7,754,000
$1
$1.50
$3
$5
$18
$32
$85
1930
22,849,000
$1
$1.50
$2.50
$5
$12
$29
$53
1930-S
5,435,000
$1
$1.50
$3
$5
$14
$37
$112
1931-S
1,200,000
$14
$18
$20
$24
$31
$44
$86
1934
20,213,003
$1
$1.50
$3
$5
$12
$19
$47
1934-D
7,480,000
$1.50
$3
$5
$11
$23
$54
$86
1935
58,264,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$3
$5
$18
$33
1935 Double Die Rev
Inc. above
$42
$67
$91
$301
$580
$1667
$5462
1935-D
12,092,000
$1
$1.50
$3
$8
$21
$47
$72
1935-S
10,300,000
$1
$1.50
$3
$5
$7
$23
$57
1936
118,997,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$3
$4
$13
$32
1936-D
24,814,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$4
$5
$15
$32
1936-D 3 1/2 Legs
Inc. above
$1175
$1423
$1710
$3334
$4504
1936-S
14,930,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$3
$7
$22
$31
1936 Satin Proof
1936 Brilliant Proof
1937
79,480,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$3
$4
$9
$23
1937-D
17,826,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$3
$5
$10
$26
Inc. above
$356
$528
$617
$646
$779
$1214
$5246
1937-S
5,635,000
$1
$1.50
$2
$3
$4
$12
$27
1938-D
7,020,000
$3
$6
$8
$9
$13
$16
$19
1938-D/D (RPM)
Inc. above
$9
$13
$14
$16
$18
$32
$38
1938-D/S (RPM)
Inc. above
$5
$8
$11
$15
$21
$42
$52

Buffalo Nickel Value Facts:

Date – Mint Rarity:

As popular as this coin series is the value for most Buffalo Nickels is .25 cents and up, since most dates are common; and many found have no dates or partial dates. So a Buffalo Nickel value is highest when the coin has a full date and no damage or uncleaned. It seems this series is plagued with coins that have scratches and a scratch will decrease the value.

You have two different reverse types for Buffalo Nickels, one is called “On A Mound” Type 1 and “On A Plane” Type 2 with the Type 1 is dated 1913 only and all three mints struck this type. (If you see a no date Buffalo Nickel and the reverse is Type 1 then it’s dated 1913). The 1913-S Type 1 is most rare and value starts at $50.

The 1913-S Type 2 is the key date based on mintage alone and value begins at $300. 1913 through 1918 are decent dates even in the lowest grades, and so are D (Denver) and S (San Francisco) mint mark coins from 1919 through 1926, these better dates start their value at $10 to $20 each. The 1921-S is a semi-key date and value starts at $60.

Proofs were minted in the years 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1935, 1936, 1937 and a Special Proof dated 1927 with the FIVE CENTS in a recess. Buffalo Nickel value for proofs begins $700 but the 1927 SP is worth $50,0000 and up.

Grade – Condition:

As stated before condition is important and coins with full dates, and full horns bring the most premium and obviously key dates rise in value more than common dates as the grade increases. However these coins, of any date, start to become rare in AU (About Uncirculated) and MS (Mint State examples are even more rare.

You can’t buy a Buffalo Nickel in MS condition for less than $50 and most go well over $100, and this stands to reason since most Buffalo Nickels are found worn, scratched and with only part of their dates showing.

Buffalo Nickel Value G4

G4 Buffalo Nickel

Varieties:

Buffalo Nickels are most famous for their valuable varieties and most notable and well known is the 1937-D Three Leg that’s has a beginning value of $350, but this is not the most valuable Buffalo Nickel variety; the 1916 DDO (Doubled Die Obverse) holds that title with a beginning value of $3,000+, depending on if the coin is certified or not.

You also have the 1914/3 Over Date, 1918/7-D Over Date, 1936-D 3 1/2 Legs and a few more minor varieties to look for; I recommend buying the Cherry Picker’s Guide and visiting sites like CONECA to learn different varieties not listed here.

Specifications:
Designer: James Earle Fraser
Diameter: 21.2 millimeters
Metal content: Copper – 75%, Nickel – 25%
Weight: 5 grams
Edge: Plain
Mint mark: None (for Philadelphia) on the reverse below FIVE CENTS.

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