Buffalo Nickel Coin Specifications


The Buffalo Nickel was introduced to replace the prior Liberty Head design by Charles E. Barber. The same specifications were used for new design of the five cent nickel denomination.

Coins were struck for a period just over the 25 year statutory limit for a coin design. During the series from 1913 to 1938, coins were produced at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.

The design was created by James Earle Fraser and features an American Bison on the reverse, from which the series takes its common name, and a Native American Indian chief on the obverse. The mint mark location is on the reverse of the coins, below the denomination.

Buffalo Nickel
Buffalo Nickel 1913-1938




Year:
1913-1938



Mint:
Denver ("D" mint mark)
Philadelphia (no mint mark)
San Francisco ("S" mint mark)



Edge:
Plain



Designer:
James E. Fraser



Weight:
5 grams



Composition:
75% copper, 25% nickel



Diameter:
21.2 mm