5 Cents "Buffalo Nickel" flat ground

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1913-1938
Value 5 Cents (0.05 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 5 g
Diameter 21.2 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 1109
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 134,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 132
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

The composite profile of Iron Tail, an Oglala Sioux chief, Two Moons, a Cheyenne chief, and Big Tree, a Kiowa chief

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1936
F

Engraver: James Earle Fraser

James Earle Fraser was an American sculptor during the first half of the 20th century. His work is integral to many of Washington, D.C.'s most iconic structures.

Reverse

A standing American bison facing left with the country name above and the denomination below

Lettering:
UNITED·STATES·OF·AMERICA
E
PLURIBUS
UNUM
FIVE CENTS

Translation:
United States of America
Out
of Many
One
FIve Cents

Engraver: James Earle Fraser

James Earle Fraser was an American sculptor during the first half of the 20th century. His work is integral to many of Washington, D.C.'s most iconic structures.

Edge

Smooth

5 Cents "Buffalo Nickel" (flat ground) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

There is some uncertainty about the 1914/3 overdate variety, as some claim it might have been caused by a damaged die.



According to the legend, the bison used as a model for this coin was "Black Diamond" (1893-1915), a famous bison at the Central Park zoo in New York City.
If there is a mintmark, it is below E C of FIVE CENTS.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1913  29 857 186 $ 4.72 $ 9.21 $ 9.19 $ 10 $ 19 $ 28 7%
1913  1 514 0.10% Proof
1913 D 4 156 000 $ 37 1.4%
1913 S 1 209 000 $ 47 0.9%
1914  20 664 463 $ 8.40 $ 10 $ 5.65 $ 5.54 4% Overdate variety possibly exists (1914/3)
1914  1 275 0.11% Proof
1914 D 3 912 000 $ 0.91 $ 49 $ 72 1.3%
1914 S 3 470 000 $ 5.62 $ 25 $ 24 1.5%
1915  20 986 220 $ 5.14 $ 5.86 $ 3.07 $ 5.02 $ 23 $ 119 6%
1915  1 050 0.14% Proof
1915 D 7 569 000 $ 11 $ 19 1.8%
1915 S 1 505 000 $ 4.92 $ 37 1.1%
1916  63 497 466 $ 1.88 $ 4.59 $ 2.63 $ 6.69 $ 14 $ 84 9%
1916  0.3% Doubled Die Obverse, mintage included with 1916
1916  600 0.11% Proof
1916 D 13 333 000 $ 7.16 $ 10 $ 21 2%
1916 S 11 860 000 $ 4.43 $ 6.44 $ 6.29 2%
1917  51 424 019 $ 2.23 $ 3.35 $ 3.07 $ 3.35 $ 16 9%
1917 D 9 910 000 $ 7.03 $ 4.59 $ 40 2%
1917 S 4 193 000 $ 13 $ 30 $ 51 1.6%
1918  32 086 314 $ 2.96 $ 1.10 $ 3.98 $ 4.46 $ 4.59 7%
1918 D 8 362 000 $ 3.87 $ 18 2% Overdate variety exists (1918/7)
1918 S 4 882 000 $ 3.27 $ 27 $ 40 2%
1919  60 868 000 $ 1.70 $ 2.33 $ 3.65 $ 3.90 $ 14 10%
1919 D 8 006 000 $ 5.94 $ 5.03 2%
1919 S 7 521 000 $ 3.09 $ 7.64 $ 30 $ 55 2%
1920  63 093 000 $ 0.95 $ 1.42 $ 2.26 $ 3.90 $ 10 $ 14 15%
1920 D 9 418 000 $ 7.22 $ 5.03 $ 2.12 3%
1920 S 9 689 000 $ 2.59 $ 5.03 $ 18 3%
1921  10 663 000 $ 2.33 $ 4.59 $ 5.25 $ 7.58 5%
1921 S 1 557 000 $ 9.85 $ 79 1.1%
1923  35 715 000 $ 0.50 $ 0.99 $ 3.35 $ 3.90 $ 1.05 11%
1923 S 6 142 000 $ 5.19 $ 8.64 3%
1924  21 620 000 $ 1.18 $ 1.27 $ 1.92 $ 3.72 9%
1924 D 5 258 000 $ 5.60 $ 4.12 $ 16 2%
1924 S 1 437 000 $ 9.35 $ 25 1.6%
1925  35 565 100 $ 1.68 $ 1.96 $ 2.73 $ 5.58 12%
1925 D 4 450 000 $ 5.05 $ 10 $ 25 3%
1925 S 6 256 000 $ 3.60 $ 5.12 $ 2.96 3%
1926  44 693 000 $ 0.48 $ 0.99 $ 2.01 $ 1.35 $ 4.54 14%
1926 D 5 638 000 $ 8.91 $ 8.01 2%
1926 S 970 000 $ 14 $ 19 $ 58 1.4%
1927  37 981 000 $ 0.99 $ 1.12 $ 1.52 $ 3.09 $ 4.37 15%
1927 D 5 730 000 $ 1.70 $ 3.30 $ 9.90 $ 24 4%
1927 S 3 430 000 $ 1.75 $ 1.19 $ 7.01 3%
1928  23 411 000 $ 0.80 $ 1.18 $ 1.99 $ 3.30 $ 4.55 15%
1928 D 6 436 000 $ 0.94 $ 1.95 $ 5.23 $ 11 4%
1928 S 6 936 000 $ 0.80 $ 0.98 $ 2.01 $ 11 5%
1929  36 446 000 $ 0.49 $ 1.28 $ 1.99 $ 2.50 $ 5.14 $ 19 15%
1929 D 8 370 000 $ 0.95 $ 0.91 $ 2.14 5%
1929 S 7 754 000 $ 1.17 $ 1.27 $ 1.45 $ 2.45 $ 12 7%
1930  22 849 000 $ 0.56 $ 1.42 $ 1.97 $ 2.82 $ 3.62 15%
1930 S 5 435 000 $ 2.03 $ 1.99 $ 3.13 $ 11 $ 26 6%
1931 S 1 200 000 $ 9.10 $ 13 $ 20 $ 24 2%
1934  20 213 003 $ 0.62 $ 0.99 $ 1.14 $ 3.36 $ 3.33 13%
1934 D 7 480 000 $ 0.98 $ 2.05 $ 1.23 $ 6.80 $ 155 6%
1935  58 264 000 $ 0.95 $ 0.95 $ 1.66 $ 1.97 $ 1.93 $ 10 $ 38 24%
1935  1.0% Doubled Die Reverse, mintage included with 1935
1935 D 12 092 000 $ 0.98 $ 1.51 $ 2.31 $ 2.23 $ 15 8%
1935 S 10 300 000 $ 0.95 $ 1.37 $ 1.68 $ 2.24 $ 4.12 8%
1936  118 997 000 $ 0.95 $ 0.99 $ 1.39 $ 1.96 $ 3.00 $ 7.80 $ 36 36%
1936  0.9% Brilliant
1936  0.5% Brilliant Proof, mintage included with 1936
1936  4 420 0.3% Proof
1936 D 24 814 000 $ 0.79 $ 0.95 $ 1.80 $ 1.83 $ 4.75 12%
1936 D 0.3% 3-1/2-legged buffalo, mintage included with 1936 D
1936 S 14 930 000 $ 1.00 $ 1.41 $ 1.56 $ 1.81 $ 1.96 10%
1937  79 480 000 $ 0.95 $ 0.95 $ 1.00 $ 1.84 $ 3.35 $ 8.96 $ 6.74 31%
1937  5 769 0.5% Proof
1937 D 17 826 000 $ 0.79 $ 1.09 $ 1.47 $ 2.72 $ 3.42 $ 6.17 $ 61 11%
1937 D 0.5% 3-legged buffalo, mintage included with 1937 D
1937 S 5 635 000 $ 2.12 $ 1.42 $ 2.05 $ 3.50 $ 14 $ 27 6%
1938 D 7 020 000 $ 1.45 $ 1.86 $ 3.09 $ 4.82 $ 5.82 $ 54 9%
1938 D $ 51 1.0% Repunched mintmark (D over S; many varieties), mintage included with 1938 D

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