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1935 Indian Head Nickel - Buffalo Nickel - Good Condition

1935 Indian Head Nickel - Buffalo Nickel - Good Condition
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The Indian Head Nickel was introduced by the US Mint in 1913 and was struck for circulating currency through 1938. While the official name "Indian Head Nickel" certainly describes the coin, most refer to it as the Buffalo Nickel.

Featured on the reverse of the coin is an image of an American Bison, known incorrectly by most as a Buffalo. When settlers first encountered these enormous creatures, they did not know what to call them and compared them to the water buffalo they were familiar with from other continents. Consequently, the name stuck and today Americans use the terms buffalo and bison interchangeably.

Designer James Earl Fraser supposedly used a bison known as 'Black Diamond" in the New York Park Central Zoo as his model for the coin, which originally had the animal on a mound. Premature wear of the denominational inscription of "Five Cents" forced an almost immediate design change to lower the profile of that mound.
Collectors will find that Indian Head Nickels are quite easy and for the most part affordable to collect. It was quite common for many of these coins to be found in pocket change well into the 1960's.
  • Mint: United States Mint
  • Finish/Condition: Circulated
  • Metal Content: 75% copper, 25% nickel 
  • Weight: 5 gms 
  • Diameter: 21.2mm 
  • Edge: plain
  • Issue Date: 1913-1938
  • Face Value: $.05
  • Designer/Sculptor: James Earle Fraser
* Actual Coin Received may be Different than Item Pictured

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Width4 Inches
Height1 Inches

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