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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wondering About 1913 Buffalo Nickles

I got wondering about buffalo nickles.  Did you know that in 1913 there were two different designs coined and released into circulation?  That seemed odd to me and of course I had to check a little further and discovered the reason.  Can you guess what it was?

The first picture is of an early 1913 stamping of the nickle:



This next picture is also of a 1913 nickle but a later stamping.  Can you see the difference?



The difference was on the back of the coin.  The coin on the left was the early stamping and the one on the right was the later stamping.  

The buffalo in the first stamping was shown standing on a raised mound.  The later stamping shows a little bit of the mound but has a raised line underneath just above where it says "FIVE CENTS". That raised line was put in to help protect the inscription of "FIVE CENTS" from wear and thus to help keep it readable for a longer time.

Isn't it amazing what one learns just by browsing the internet.  Yep, I found the above information at:
  http://buffalonickel.org/1913-buffalo-nickel-type-1-and-type-2/

Go to that site if you want to read more about the two types of 1913 Buffalo Nickles.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

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I just noticed that John Wells posted about the buffalo nickel, also.  Great minds think alike, (grin).  Now you wouldn't believe that I stole his idea, do you???

8 comments:

  1. Believe it or not, but I have a jar that has nothing but buffalo nickles in it. Came from a change collection my Dad had. I never investigated them to see what they were worth. Maybe I should do that!

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    1. When I was in college, my dorm room had a picture hanging groove on all the walls. I filled them with those nickels. One day someone slammed the door too hard and we had nickels all over the room.

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  2. Was wondering how you came up with that, then the last paragraph told me,,hahahaha.

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    1. I need all the help I can get to come up with blob posting ideas.

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  3. I'm going to have to check my mom's coin collection... I know there's lots of liberty head coins, a few Indian head pennies, and a bunch of old silver dollars... but Buffalo nickels? I don't know....

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    1. Would be a good idea to check. There may be a lot of valuable coins in it. They will at least be of more value than the face value.

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  4. Glad to see a post from you--always check your blog periodically, and just figure if the blog is still here! I think your blog was one of the first I ever left a comment on, so I'm not going to let a little time between posts stop me from seeing if there's anything new... :) Take care, and thanks for posting!

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