Indian Head or Buffalo Nickels can be simple and affordable to collect for the intermediate coin collector, or challenging enough for the advanced coin collector. Buffalo nickel values range from just a few cents for common dates in well-circulated grades to thousands of dollars for key dates in pristine uncirculated condition. The obverse features a rustic design of a Native American facing right. Contrary to several claims, the portrait is a composition of several Native American tribal chiefs. Numismatic researchers have not been able to confirm nor refute this claim. This design flaw caused the denomination to prematurely wear off of the nickel.
1936 D Indian head buffalo nickel
Buffalo or Indian Head Nickel Values and Prices
Collector Coins. Soon after the Indian Head or Buffalo Nickel went into circulation, it became apparent that the reverse design was problematic; the "FIVE CENTS" inscription, which was on a raised mound at the bottom of the reverse, was one of the highest spots on the coin and thus, wore away very quickly. As a result, the design was modified by Charles Barber during its first year of production. Barber removed the raised mound and lowered the relief of the inscription so that it would not wear away so quickly, along with making other design changes, however, one problem that was not addressed, was the placement of the date. Horn worn off. VG8 Very Good - Half horn shows.
1936 Buffalo Nickel: How to Determine Grade and Value
Your buffalo nickel value begins at 10 cents each for a heavily circulated, dateless coin. Common dates in full good or better condition are worth 60 to 70 cents each. Today's Buffalo nickel value listed just below, covers all dates, mint marks and major varieties. Discover a S in your collection and you have one of the "key" dates every collector needs.
No Buffalo nickels were made in , , or Collectors should note that many of these coins suffer from poor strike. Even uncirculated coins may show poor detail. Well struck coins command a significant premium.