5 Cents "Buffalo Nickel" flat ground

Features

Country United States
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
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 134,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 132
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Helmut Kahnt, Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Gerhard Schön, Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461383.

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
0.18 0.30 15%
1913  29,857,186 5.57 5.52 9.05 9.21 15.69 29.94 6%
1913  1,514 0.11% Proof
1913 D 4,156,000 72.42 1.3%
1913 S 1,209,000 113.73 0.8%
1914  20,664,463 21.57 4.61 2.31 6.00 4% Overdate variety possibly exists (1914/3)
1914  1,275 0.13% Proof
1914 D 3,912,000 12.91 52.57 77.45 1.3%
1914 S 3,470,000 25.97 1.4%
1915  20,986,220 5.56 6.34 3.32 5.43 128.57 6%
1915  1,050 0.16% Proof
1915 D 7,569,000 12.30 16.32 1.7%
1915 S 1,505,000 42.70 1.1%
1916  63,497,466 2.15 3.62 2.41 7.24 13.01 91.19 9%
1916  0.3% Doubled Die Obverse, mintage included with 1916
1916  600 0.13% Proof
1916 D 13,333,000 10.88 2%
1916 S 11,860,000 6.57 6.97 6.81 2%
1917  51,424,019 2.04 3.62 3.32 3.62 16.90 9%
1917 D 9,910,000 12.97 4.97 2%
1917 S 4,193,000 15.79 54.81 1.5%
1918  32,086,314 3.75 1.20 4.31 3.54 11.38 7%
1918 D 8,362,000 4.18 19.46 2.0% Overdate variety exists (1918/7)
1918 S 4,882,000 7.98 28.85 2%
1919  60,868,000 2.09 2.25 3.44 4.82 15.44 10%
1919 D 8,006,000 6.43 3.34 2%
1919 S 7,521,000 7.52 8.27 59.93 2%
1920  63,093,000 1.06 1.53 2.41 3.71 16.21 15.69 15%
1920 D 9,418,000 7.81 5.44 2.29 3%
1920 S 9,689,000 2.85 5.44 3%
1921  10,663,000 4.97 4.93 5%
1921 S 1,557,000 17.15 86.05 1.0%
1923  35,715,000 0.54 1.07 3.94 4.23 11%
1923 S 6,142,000 6.84 9.36 3%
1924  21,620,000 1.50 1.38 1.34 4.06 9%
1924 D 5,258,000 6.06 4.45 17.07 2%
1924 S 1,437,000 27.20 1.5%
1925  35,565,100 2.04 2.39 3.34 6.04 12%
1925 D 4,450,000 5.47 38.69 2%
1925 S 6,256,000 4.59 5.54 2.12 3%
1926  44,693,000 0.52 1.23 2.17 1.21 4.91 14%
1926 D 5,638,000 9.65 4.97 2%
1926 S 970,000 20.08 20.39 54.38 1.2%
1927  37,981,000 1.15 1.21 1.57 2.97 4.00 15%
1927 D 5,730,000 2.25 4.27 26.10 3%
1927 S 3,430,000 2.12 2.31 5.99 3%
1928  23,411,000 0.88 1.29 2.15 2.41 4.80 15%
1928 D 6,436,000 1.28 1.77 5.38 4%
1928 S 6,936,000 0.54 1.96 2.12 12.64 5%
1929  36,446,000 1.09 1.39 2.19 2.64 5.57 15%
1929 D 8,370,000 1.24 0.99 2.09 5%
1929 S 7,754,000 1.42 1.28 1.57 2.12 12.52 7%
1930  22,849,000 1.17 1.28 2.41 3.40 4.45 15%
1930 S 5,435,000 2.19 2.15 3.39 27.75 6%
1931 S 1,200,000 14.43 25.05 25.56 2%
1934  20,213,003 1.11 1.07 1.96 3.14 4.90 12%
1934 D 7,480,000 2.41 1.33 6.27 70.19 5%
1935  58,264,000 1.03 1.03 1.75 2.16 2.31 11.11 24%
1935  1.0% Doubled Die Reverse (rare), mintage included with 1935
1935 D 12,092,000 1.62 1.63 1.36 2.41 19.93 8%
1935 S 10,300,000 1.03 1.56 1.82 2.57 2.64 8%
1936  118,997,000 1.03 1.07 1.51 2.12 3.26 2.00 25.39 36%
1936  1.0% Brilliant
1936  0.6% Brilliant Proof, mintage included with 1936
1936  4,420 0.4% Proof
1936 D 24,814,000 1.09 1.09 1.94 2.11 5.14 12%
1936 D 0.3% 3-1/2-legged buffalo (ultra rare), mintage included with 1936 D
1936 S 14,930,000 1.52 1.69 1.63 2.12 9%
1937  79,480,000 1.03 1.04 1.09 1.91 3.62 8.91 10.88 31%
1937  5,769 0.4% Proof
1937 D 17,826,000 0.53 1.18 1.90 2.25 4.08 11%
1937 D 0.5% 3-legged buffalo (ultra rare), mintage included with 1937 D
1937 S 5,635,000 2.22 15.08 52.08 5%
1938 D 7,020,000 2.12 2.02 4.18 4.99 6.30 53.77 8%
1938 D 54.72 1.0% Repunched mintmark (D over S; many varieties), mintage included with 1938 D

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