Olevian Numismatic Rarities
U.S. Buffalo Nickel (1916-1938) // Icons of American Coinage Series // Deluxe Display Box
The Buffalo Nickel is a vintage American coin minted from 1913 to 1938. Today, they are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. Offered here is a pleasant example hand-selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye-appeal. Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a plush-lined box with display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated between 1916 and 1938, and will match the quality of the one shown.
As part of a drive to beautify our nation’s coinage, President Taft commissioned artist James Earle Fraser to redesign the 5-cent piece. The result was the Indian Head or “Buffalo” nickel—an American icon that became one of the most widely collected coins of the 20th century. The new nickel embodied the spirit of the Old West, with an obverse design featuring an authentic composite portrait of three Native American subjects and an American Bison on the reverse. Unlike most prior U.S. coins that possessed abundant and smooth background fields, the Buffalo nickel was boldly filled with design elements stretching to all edges and set on an irregular background in bas-relief. Production continued until the design was replaced by the Jefferson nickel in 1938. Today, the Buffalo nickel is vanishingly scarce in circulation but lives on strongly in the hearts and cabinets of coin collectors and enthusiasts.
3"L x 3"W x 1"H
- OriginUnited States
— Type: Buffalo Nickel (1913-1938)
— Designer: James Earle Fraser
— Weight: 5 grams
— Diameter: 21.2 mm
— Composition: 0.750 copper, 0.250 nickel
— Obverse Design: Bust of Indian Chief
— Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / DATE
— Reverse Design: American Bison
— Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / FIVE CENTS
Please Note: The item(s) you receive will match the quality of the one shown, but may vary slightly due to the nature of original historical artifacts.
All of our coins are authentic. A certificate of authenticity is included.
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