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Single U.S. Coins > Nickels > Indian Head/Buffalo Nickels : 1913-1938

Indian Head/Buffalo Nickels 1913-1938

Indian Head/Buffalo Nickels

1913-1938

The Indian Head Nickel (also referred to as the Buffalo nickel) was minted by the U.S. Mint from 1913 to 1938, however no nickels were minted in 1922, 1932 and 1933. Designed by James Earle Fraser, the obverse design portrays a male Native American which is a composite of three chiefs who had posed for Fraser years earlier. The reverse depicts an American bison with the inscriptions “United States of America” and “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many, One) placed over the buffalo, and the denomination “five cents” below.

Over 1.2 billion Buffalo Nickels were minted from 1913 through 1938 at three mints; Philadelphia (no mintmark), San Francisco (S), and Denver (D). The mintmark can be found on the reverse under the denomination, while the designer’s initial “F” is below the date.

There were two varieties made. Type I nickels, minted only during the first few months of 1913, these coins had the denomination “five cents” on a raised mound. Rapid wear in this area became evident on the coins in circulation so the design was modified. Type II nickels contain this modification and included the loss of the original detail in the Indian’s portrait and the bison’s hide.

Composition: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel



Indian Head/Buffalo Nickels: 1913-1938
Date &
Mint Mark
AGGVGFVFXFAUBUSelect
Grade
Qty
1913 D TP1$32.00$37.50$50.00$60.00$75.00$80.00$125.00$160.00
 
1913 D TP2$195.00$250.00$315.00$380.00$400.00$450.00$530.00$630.00
 
1913 P TP1$18.00$22.00$27.50$32.00$38.00$42.00$55.00$80.00
 
1913 P TP2$18.00$22.00$30.00$35.00$42.00$45.00$60.00$75.00
 
1913 S TP1$69.00$82.50$99.00$115.00$145.00$165.00$210.00$270.00
 
1913 S TP2n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
 
1914 D$145.00$180.00$250.00$375.00$475.00$660.00$775.00$990.00
 
1914 P$32.00$44.00$50.00$55.00$65.00$75.00$85.00$100.00
 
1914 S$44.00$55.00$85.00$105.00$150.00$200.00$310.00$375.00
 
1915 D$40.00$55.00$70.00$90.00$150.00$250.00$330.00$495.00
 
1915 P$18.00$22.00$27.50$31.00$36.00$45.00$90.00$120.00
 
1915 S$65.00n/an/a$210.00$445.00$600.00$900.00$1,100.00
 
1916 D$32.00$44.00$55.00$77.00$85.00$180.00$240.00$330.00
 
1916 P$13.00$16.00$19.00$23.00$27.00$32.00$40.00$105.00
 
1916 S$21.00$28.00$33.00$44.00$82.00$165.00$265.00$390.00
 
1917 D$30.00$36.00$50.00$105.00$180.00$300.00$550.00$700.00
 
1917 P$11.00$13.00$14.00$17.50$23.00$32.00$72.00$132.00
 
1917 S$45.00$60.00$93.00$165.00$260.00$390.00$600.00$850.00
 
1918 D$30.00$43.00$72.00$115.00$295.00$480.00$700.00$900.00
 
1918 P$11.00$13.00$14.00$17.00$27.50$65.00$115.00$225.00
 
1918 S$25.00$33.00$66.00$115.00$230.00$390.00$675.00$1,000.00
 
1919 D$32.00$44.00$64.00$132.00$280.00$525.00$750.00$1,150.00
 
1919 P$9.75$11.00$14.00$16.00$20.00$30.00$60.00$105.00
 
1919 S$30.00$39.00$64.00$109.00$265.00$495.00$800.00$1,050.00
 
1920 D$30.00$39.00$52.00$79.00$270.00$600.00$765.00$1,100.00
 
1920 P$8.50$10.00$12.00$14.00$16.50$30.00$60.00$120.00
 
1920 S$16.00$20.00$28.50$66.00$230.00$450.00$675.00$1,075.00
 
1921 P$11.50$13.00$15.50$16.50$55.00$115.00$165.00$280.00
 
1921 S$110.00$143.00$255.00$495.00$1,200.00$1,400.00$1,700.00$2,800.00
 
1923 P$8.00$9.00$10.00$12.00$14.00$30.00$75.00$120.00
 
1923 S$18.00$22.00$24.00$53.00$300.00$570.00$750.00$925.00
 
1924 D$18.00$22.00$25.00$72.00$215.00$450.00$650.00$825.00
 
1924 P$8.00$9.00$10.00$12.00$20.00$40.00$90.00$150.00
 
1924 S$32.00$44.00$79.00$230.00$1,155.00$1,600.00$2,500.00$3,400.00
 
1925 D$26.00$33.00$55.00$93.50$198.00$360.00$540.00$800.00
 
1925 P$6.50$8.00$9.00$10.00$20.00$40.00$65.00$99.00
 
1925 S$26.00$33.00$44.00$60.00$187.00$370.00$540.00$925.00
 
1926 D$28.00$33.00$42.00$66.00$230.00$375.00$620.00$690.00
 
1926 P$6.00$7.00$8.00$10.00$12.00$23.00$45.00$70.00
 
1926 S$50.00$60.00$88.00$198.00$990.00$1,300.00$3,800.00$5,800.00
 
1927 D$11.75$13.00$17.50$28.50$66.00$165.00$250.00$330.00
 
1927 P$6.00$7.00$8.00$10.00$13.00$26.00$45.00$70.00
 
1927 S$10.00$11.00$13.00$17.50$77.00$180.00$360.00$975.00
 
1928 D$6.25$7.00$9.00$11.00$36.00$90.00$105.00$125.00
 
1928 P$5.50$7.00$8.00$10.00$12.00$16.50$52.00$75.00
 
1928 S$6.25$7.00$9.00$11.00$26.00$60.00$210.00$450.00
 
1929 D$6.25$7.00$9.00$10.00$15.50$75.00$95.00$120.00
 
1929 P$5.25$6.00$7.00$8.00$10.00$24.00$45.00$75.00
 
1929 S$7.00$8.00$9.00$11.00$15.50$25.00$60.00$95.00
 
1930 P$7.00$8.00$9.00$11.00$12.00$14.00$35.00$68.00
 
1930 S$7.75$9.00$10.00$11.00$15.50$33.00$72.00$115.00
 
1931 S$31.00$35.00$40.00$44.00$48.00$63.00$105.00$125.00
 
1934 D$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$20.00$46.00$105.00$180.00
 
1934 P$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$11.00$21.00$40.00$110.00
 
1935 D$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$16.50$35.00$100.00$150.00
 
1935 P$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$10.00$12.00$24.00$54.00
 
1935 S$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$11.00$13.00$42.00$110.00
 
1936 D$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$11.00$13.00$30.00$75.00
 
1936 P$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$10.00$11.00$20.00$35.00
 
1936 S$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$11.00$12.00$25.00$75.00
 
1937 D$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$11.00$12.00$21.00$65.00
 
1937 D 3-LEGn/an/a$960.00$1,320.00$1,540.00$1,760.00$2,090.00$3,630.00
 
1937 P$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$10.00$11.00$20.00$35.00
 
1937 S$5.25$6.00$7.00$9.00$11.00$13.00$20.00$60.00
 
1938 D$7.25$8.00$9.00$10.00$12.00$15.00$20.00$35.00