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14 Dec 2016

Proof Buffalo nickels

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I love Buffalo nickels. This is the all-American coin, with so much to offer collectors. Minted from 1913-1938, a collector can pursue a basic date-and-mintmark set in any condition. A set in high grade is a challenge, and a set with well-struck coins can prove more challenging. And then there are the proofs.
The Buffalo nickel was struck in matte proof from 1913-1916 (with both Type I and II) and from 1936-1937. The 1936 comes in both satin and brilliant proof. These beautiful coins show off the rugged but handsome design in all its detail, the way James Fraser imagined it.
Matte proofs have always been a favorite series. Long ignored and underrated, some collectors at the time spent these coins, unhappy with the appearance, as they were not flashy and brilliant. I see matte proofs as fine pieces of sculpture. A set of matte proof Buffalo nickels includes only five coins, all tough. It's a good idea to have matte proof Buffalo nickels professionally graded and slabbed, so there is no question as to their proof status.
I once visited a downtown coin shop after a major show. There, on display, was a set of five matte proofs. The 1915, in particular, was choice. The braid, the buffalo's tail and horn, even its shoulder, all in full detail. What a spectacular coin! On my next visit, all of the coins were gone. Some astute collectors--or collector--snapped them up. I would bet that 1915 coin was the first to be sold.
Some of the most beautiful and scarce coins in the American series are proof Buffalo nickels. If you own even one, you have something special.



Level 5

Buffalo nickels are indeed worthy of much praise. Artistic and meaningful.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

most of the buffalo nickels collectors find now are worn in at least one spot because they were circulated greatly among everyday people


Level 6

Buffaloes are probably my favorite design on coins.


Level 7

Very nice blog. I have always believed that the beautiful coin was always underrated. Just look at the prices. I have a MS 67 I think it's worth a hundred bucks. These coins were used so much it's very hard to find in good condition. But like you said it's the American coin and I don't care it's only worth a hundred bucks I can look at its beauty. Thanks for writing . It's well appreciated.

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