Club News & Updates Wednesday, June

2013 Meeting Dates: January 23rd, February 27th,
March 27th, April 24th, May 22nd, June 26th,
September 25th, October 23rd, November 27th, and
there is Christmas Dinner and date to be advised (no
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 321, Main Post Office,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2H6
Club Annual Dues: Family $15, Adult $10, Junior $2
meeting in July, August, Dec.)
Volume 60, Issue 6
June 2013
Not-For-Profit Numismatic Organization since 1954
The Manitoba Coin Club
(MCC) meets on the 4th
Wednesday of every
month at 7:30 p.m. in the
Golden Rule Seniors Room
of the Fort Rouge
Recreation & Leisure
Centre located at 625
Osborne Street (the corner
of Osborne and Walker),
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L
2B3 (GPS 49.863813,97.133152). Activities include
planning for upcoming shows,
auctions, guest speakers,
videos, show'n'tell, grading
challenges, and much more,
and new ideas are always
Club News & Updates
Convention Registration form at this link:
Our next meeting is Wednesday, June
26th, 2013—our last regular membership
Director Susan reports:
meeting until September, and before the
If you haven’t checked out our revamped
RCNA Convention. Brian Gibson
website, do so now at this link http://
reports this will be our Annual Pizza Night, — thank you
and there will be a Members’ Show’ n’ Tell
Landon for your support. It also links over
(rather than an auction), so members
to our Facebook page.
asked to bring a items to share, and their
You can now view the previous month’s
appetites. Given the MCC logo, and the
MCC newsletter on line.
RCNA 2013 convention coin, this
Remember I’m updating the newsletter
newsletter has a “Bison / Buffalo” theme.
and membership list, so if your
Next coin show at the Best Western
Charterhouse Hotel - Downtown 330
York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0N9,
Canada, Ph: (204) 942-0101 will be
Sunday, June 9th—the last one until after
summer. September to June the coin and
stamp shows are held on the second
Sunday of the month.
Secretary Brian Gibson reports:
Minutes of our May 22nd, 2013 Manitoba
Coin Club Membership Meeting—
The Manitoba Coin Club is
open to all persons in
accordance with its
objectives to promote the
science of numismatics, aid
its members in the study,
acquisition, and exhibition
of numismatic material,
while cooperating with all
numismatic organizations
and individuals.
For more information on the
Manitoba Coin Club please
contact Brian Gibson, club
Secretary by email to
[email protected]
We had 12 members and 2 guests present,
and are happy to return the guests have
decided to join the club.
The meeting was dedicated to RCNA
Convention business:
Display cases have been secured
from Calgary and will be picked up
closer to the event;
Members’ volunteer shirts and
pins have been ordered;
A list of names and work times for
volunteers has been started; and
Nobody stepped forward for
information has changed please give it to
me. Also to reduce club costs, provide your
e-mail address for electronic distribution
(but if you prefer snail mail, that is okay
Are You Our Next
MCC has been without a President since
mid-Feb. 2013 (4 months). We really
need a member to step forward who has
passion for the club and is willing to lead.
You don’t have to be a long-term member, newer members can step forward
too! We should have a clear club leader
in place before the RCNA convention and
definitely when we resume regular meetings in September 2013. If you would like
a opportunity to lead, please speak up at
our June 26th Membership meeting!!
Convention Chairman Bruce Taylor
Convention Exhibit forms now at this link:
Convention program is at this link: http://
Learn more inside
this issue
The Manitoba Coin Club Inc. is a
member of Royal Canadian
Numismatic Association, and the
Canadian Paper Money Society.
The MCC hosted the 1966 and
1982 Canadian Numismatic
Association’s (now RCNA)
annual conventions.
Manitoba Club History
If you have club newsletters /
memorabilia from prior to
September 2011, please mail them
to mail or e-mail to Judy
She will build a story about the
club’s history. Her preference
would be for the oldest (from day
of club creation) first working
forward to the current. If you put
a note with your address, they will
be returned to you. Please send to:
MCC History c/o
505 Redfox Rd.,
Waterloo, Ontario N2K 2V6.
E-mail: [email protected]
This is in preparation of MCC 60th
Anniversary! Let’s capture the
history to share it. If you have
pictures she can scan them to
include them, and return them to
you too.
RCNA 2013 Convention Team
General Chairman & Exhibits: Bruce Taylor
Registration: Susan Poseluzney, Ray Massey, Fern Massey
Publicity: Barre Hall, Brian Gibson
Security: Bill Stefiuk, Henry Smadella
Tours: Metro Hnytka
Bourse: Andy Zook, Jim Bailie, Bruce Taylor
Auctions: Sam Sheps
Medals / website: Susan Poseluzney, Landon Taraschuk
Hospitality: Susan Poseluzny, Fern Massey, Henry
Souvenir Program: Serge Pelletier
Banquet Program: Dan Gosling
Educational Symposium: Henry Nienhuis
Coin Kids Events: Chris Boyer
RCNA Convention Liaison: Paul Johnson
Official Auctioneer: The Canadian Numismatic Company, 5220 1st. Ave.,
Quebec City, Quebec, G1H 2V2, Toll-free
1-877-276-8627, Fax: 418-628-2790,
Hotel information: Delta Winnipeg,
350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C
3J2, Phone: 204-942-0551 / 204-9438702,
Room Category Room Rate
 Delta Room $ 119.00 CDN
 Premier Room $ 144.00 CDN
 Deluxe Room $ 154.00 CDN
 Signature Club $ 179.00 CDN
 Suites $ 350.00 CDN
Reservations must be made by June 25, 2013 to receive the convention room rate.
Book online at or contact the Delta
Reservations Department at 1-888-311-4990 or Global Reservations Office at
Medal: previously we reported the MCC side of the RCNA convention medal would
feature the riel-esplanade-bridge. However, in keeping with our long-standing club
logo, the design was resubmitted with this beautiful image the design and layout of
Susan Poseluzny (MCC Member and SP Coins
Dealer) whose initials SMP are on the coin. Image
provided by Paul Johnson, Executive Secretary
of the RCNA.
Special woods made below:
BVI Endangered European Bison!
This British Virgin Islands 1993 $25 European Bison (aka Wisent) Proof
coin is KM#171 in the Krause World Coin Catalogue. In 1993, BVI issued
an Endangered Wildlife Commemorative Set with 25 different silver coins
minted by the Franklin Mint. Each coin pictures a different endangered
wildlife of the world: African Elephant, Mountain Gorilla, Cape Mount
Zebra, Polar Bear, Bald Eagle, Snow Leopard, Javan Rhinoceros, Asian
Lion, Giant Panda, Pere David’s Deer, Spectacled Bear, Imperial Parrot,
Black-footed Ferrets, Large Rock Lizard, Parma Wallaby, Leatherback Sea
Turtle, Cheetah, European Bison, Flamingo, Siberian Tiger, Arabian Oryx,
Humpback Whale, Seal, Sea Otter, Golden Lion Tamarin. Each $25 BVI
Legal Tender coin is made of solid Sterling .925 Silver and 20.09g (.5977
oz ASW), 38mm. with total set weight of about 15 ounces and all in Proof
grade. The set comes in an original blue box. Obverse ruler is Elizabeth II.
The European bison, also known as wisent or the European wood bison, is a
Eurasian species of bison. It is one of two extant species of bison, alongside
the American bison. European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild,
with the last wild animals being shot in the Białowieża Forest (on the
Poland-Belarus border) in 1919 and in the North-Western Caucasus in 1927,
but have since been reintroduced from captivity into several countries in
Europe, all descendants of the Białowieża or lowland European bison. They
are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans), with
only scattered reports from the 19th century of wolf and bear predation.
European bison were first scientifically described by Carolus Linnaeus in
1758. Some later descriptions treat the European bison as conspecific with
the American bison. It is not to be confused with the aurochs, the extinct
ancestor of domestic cattle. In 1996 the IUCN classified the European bison
as an endangered species. It has since been downgraded to a vulnerable
species. In the past it was commonly killed to produce hides and drinking
horns, especially during the Middle Ages.
Bison Belovezhskaya Pushcha Ruble!
This ‘Giants of Belovezhskaya Pushcha’ 1 Ruble was issued for 2001 with a
limited edition of 5,000. The proof-like coins were put into circulation on the
30th, October, 2001. The coin was designed by S.P. Zaskevich (Belarus). Minting by the Join-Stock Company "State Mint", Warsaw (Poland). The coins have
the form of a circle and the edging setting out round in a circle on the obverse
and back sides. A lateral side of coins has the grooved surface. The obverse
side: the relief image of the State Emblem of the Republic of Belarus in a circle
framed with a geometrical ornament, under the Emblem the year of stamping is
specified; superscriptions are in a circle - "THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS" at
the top and "ONE RUBLE" at the bottom. The back side: a relief image of a
head of bison in the background of a styled wood; superscriptions are in a circle
- "BELOVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA" from the left up and "BISON" from the
left down. As of May 2006 count, 688 bison live in Belarus, according to the
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Valentin
Malishevskiy. He noted that 8 populations of bison are accounted for in the
country. Development of all populations is dynamic and sustainable, Deputy
Minister added. At the same time, as he said, today there are still some species
of animals in Belarus preservation of which populations causes fears by the
Belarusian scientists. For example, a marsh-otter living in woods of Belarus
supersedes a more aggressive mink once delivered to our country. "These
species are externally very similar against each other and we cannot eliminate
mink avoiding fear to eliminate the marsh-otter", Valentin Malishevskiy noted.
The Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection
reminded that the rare or endangered species of wild animals and plants are
under protection of the state and are listed in the Red Data Book of Belarus. A
third edition of this Book was recently issued. The Belarus bison is known as the ‘prehistoric survivor with Achilles’ heel’.
Bisons on Canadian Money!
May 16, 2013: Royal Canadian Mint offers $100 Silver Coin for $100. Following the success of their “$20 for $20” silver coin campaign, The Royal
Canadian Mint has launched a new series which uses the same concept for a
larger face value. Orders are now being accepted for the first “$100 for $100”
silver coin, which is the initial release for the Wildlife in Motion series. The
RCM indicates this is the first time in history that $100 can buy a coin worth
$100. The reverse of the coin designed by Claudio D’Angelo features three
members of a herd of stampeding bison racing across the grassy prairie. The
bison are pictured in profile, illustrating the movement and momentum of the
massive creatures. The background shows foothills which are backed by a
jagged mountain with clouds above. The inscriptions read “Canada 2013” and
the legal tender face value of “100 Dollars”. The obverse of the coin features
the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt. The 2013 $100
for $100 Bison Silver Coin is struck in 99.99% pure silver with a weight of 31.6
grams (1.016 troy ounces) and diameter of 40 mm. The maximum mintage is
limited to 50,000 pieces with a limit of three coins per household.
Comparisons to “$20 for $20” Silver Coins: The RCM has released eight coins
under the “$20 for $20” program. The $20 silver coins are struck in 99.99%
silver with a weight of 7.96 grams (0.256 troy ounces). The new $100 silver
coins are struck in 99.99% purity with a weight of 31.6 grams (1.016 troy
ounces). This represents less silver content proportional to the face value
when compared to the $20 coins. Five times the weight of the $20 coin would
have been 39.8 grams. The diameter of the $20 coins is 27 mm compared to
a diameter of 40 mm for the $100 coins. The finishes of the coins differ. For
the $20 coins, a specimen finish is used, compared to a matte proof finish for
the $100 coins. The $20 coins have carried mintage limits of 250,000 each.
The $100 coins carry a mintage limit of one-fifth the amount at 50,000 pieces. Both programs have imposed a limit of three coins per household.
The introduction of the
25-cent coin Wood Bison
announced in October 2011 as
launching on Monday, January 16, 2012. The Royal Canadian Mint has added color
to half of the 12.5
units produced.
"White Buffalo" 1998 Gold Coin with
face value of $200, and a RCM Limited Edition mintage of 7,100. Coin is
17.13 gram of 0.9167 or ½ oz .9999 pure
gold. The legend of the White Buffalo
tells of the healing and regeneration of
the Chipewyan people of Western Canada. When a White Buffalo calf “walks
back” – or is born – says the legend,
people will awaken to the light and
Mother Earth will be heard. Mintage was
limited to 7,100 coins.
February 27, 2013: 2013 Canadian Silver “Master of the Prairie Wind” Wood Bison
Arrives Tomorrow! – The highly-anticipated 2013 Canadian Wood Bison Silver
uncirculated coin is the last coin in the six-coin Canadian Wildlife series, and has seen
extraordinary levels of pre-purchase orders. This one troy ounce coin is the same size
as the Silver Maple Leaf, and is made from the same .9999 fineness. The coin’s face value is $5 and has a mintage of one million. The coin’s reverse features a Wood Bison
donning a thick winter coat and trudging through the snow with a grove of evergreens
behind him. It is inscribed with the words 9999 FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR and
the initials ED, honouring designer Emily S. Damstra – who also designed the Silver
Pronghorn Antelope, Lucky Loonie, and eleven other Canadian coins. The obverse of
each 2013 Canadian Silver Wood Bison features Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the inscriptions 5 DOLLARS, ELIZABETH II and 2013. Prior to the
1 oz Silver Wood Bison, the RCM issued five Wildlife Series designs, including wolf,
grizzly bear, cougar, moose and the pronghorn antelope. The Wood Bison is one of the
most iconic mammals in North America, even featured in the province of Manitoba’s
official flag.
2009 Bison Year in Ukraine!
2009 was the Bison (Bison bonasus / Wisent) Year in the
Ukraine. “It is true, that the north is inhabited by wisents.
They are fat, tameless and extremely fierce. Wisents hate
humanity, because many of them (people) hunt them for
food. They have citreous fur. In front they have spreading
exhibitive horns, helpful in fights and everyday life.” (Shedel
G., XV century) There has been a dramatic decrease of bison
livestock on the territory of Ukraine. In 2009, the Coalition of
Environmental Organizations of Ukraine, Ukrainian
Teriologicae Society, and Ministry of Environmental
Protection of Ukraine proclaimed the year of 2009 of the
wisent (“real lord of ancient European forests”) and declared
it an endangered species. The Bison is the only representative
of the wild bulls which have been living on the territory of
Europe since the Pliocene age. This unique animal was
Photo 2. Despite having evident morphological
already more than once under threat of extinction. In 1927
differences, European (a) and American (b)
wisents completely disappeared in nature, and only 52
bisons are very close species, able to intercross
freely with each other giving fertile progeny.
specimens were saved in different zoos. Thanks to enormous
That’s why they were believed by some
efforts, this population of wisents was successfully restored
scientists to be the same species.
and returned to the former habitats. According to its
vulnerability, wisent is protected by the International Red
Books and lists of neighbouring countries: Russia, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania. On January 2007 there were
730 wisents in Belarus, 380 individuals in Russia (350 Caucasian European bisons which have admixtures of
American bison’s blood are not taken into account), and near 900 individuals in Poland. However, in some
other countries European bison destiny is quite different. In particular, Bulgarian population is almost
completely exterminated. We can see abrupt decline in Ukrainian bisons population: 685 individuals in 1992, in 1995 there were
659 heads, in 2000 – 405 heads, in 2004 – 325 heads, in 2005 – 303 heads. By the state on 2007 there were already less than 255
bisons in Ukraine – bison’s quantity has fallen down in three times for the last 15 years. So, Ukraine is trying to stave off its
extinction. In 2003 The National Bank of Ukraine issued silver coins designed by Volodymyr Demyanenko with face value 2 and 10,
Ukrainian hryvnas with bison image.
How do Bisons and Buffalo fall on U.S. Money?
U.S. Kansas State 1/4 dollar: 2005P Philadelphia mintage 263,400,000; 2005D Denver
mintage 300,000.000 these 2 were circulation coins, and the non-circulation 2005S have
a San Francisco mintage 3,262,960, and 2005S Silver 1,678,649. Except for the silver, the
composition is outer layers copper-nickel (0.750 copper, 0.250 nickel) bonded to inner
core of pure copper, diameter 24.3 mm, reeded edge, weight 5.67 grams. The Silver
Proofs are pre-1965 standards. The theme was proposed and approved by the Governor of the State and the designs were created by
mint personnel.
This American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin: First .9999 fine 24-karat gold coins ever struck by the United States Mint. Each coin has a
legal tender of $50 and contains approx. 1 troy ounce of gold. The coin is First Day of
Issue (FDOI) Limited Edition (LE) and only 27 coins have this distinction. This PR70
Proof coin has the highest grading and was struct at least twice on highly polished coin
blanks to bring out the mirrored background and high-relief images. It has a Deep Cameo (DCAM) – deeply frosted devices and lettering that contrast with the fields to produce extra sharp details. Coin retails for around $3,000! The coin is encapsulated to
help maintain the coin’s ANACS certification.
Key specifications: Grade PR70 Proof; ANACS, Mint mark: West Point; Diameter:
approx. 1.287 inches; Weight: approx. 1 ounce; Packaging box comes from China
and measures approx. 6-5/6 inch long by 4-3/8 inch wide by 1-1/2 inch high.
Obverse: American Indian head; a composite of 3 chiefs: Iron Tail (a Sioux who
fought against Custer at Little Bighorn and who was a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild
West Show), Two Moons (a Cheyenne who also fought at Little Bighorn), and John
Big Tree (a Seneca).
Reverse: American bison; a stunning image of Black Diamond, a massive buffalo
that became one of the most famous animals in America because of his appearance
on the nickel.
The Pablo buffalo vs. The Black Diamond bison: Both stories agree that
the 1901 $10 legal tender note pays homage to the U.S. government’s dedication to the frontier. In 1804, president Thomas Jefferson had hired his
private secretary Meriwether Lewis, seen to the left of the bison, to explore the Pacific coast. In turn, Lewis requested the services of his military colleague and doctor, William Clark, pictured to the right of the bison, to help lead 33 men across the American plains in a journey that
would span 863 days and over 4,000 miles. No doubt, the bison note was
issued to commemorate the expedition of two great American explorers,
as well as garner interest in the upcoming Lewis and Clark centennial
exposition in Portland, Oregon in 1905. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
picture engraver G. F. C. Smillie engraved the portraits of Meriwether
Lewis and William Clark. The front side of the famous 1901 Buffalo Bill
features explorer Meriwether Lewis (left) and William Clark (right). The
back side of the Buffalo Bill. So, where does the bos bison fit in? Come
the turn of the 20th century the American bison’s numbers had
plummeted from 70 million to 1,091 according to the Wildlife
Conservation Society.
At this point, the first farms were set up to prevent the extinction of the animal, with rancher Michael Pablo purchasing 13 bisons
from a Native American. Some sources say the bison that would be featured on the note arrived at Washington Zoo on October 23,
1897, purchased from Michael Pablo for $500. Hence, many have called the animal the “Pablo Buffalo” to honor the rancher’s
commitment to preserving a great American icon. In 1902, one year after the buffalo bill was first issued, the federal government
started a restoration project in Yellowstone National Park and discontinued the hunting of buffalo. It appears coincidental that
Pablo’s heroics coincide with Lewis and Clark’s anniversary.
While many numismatists agree the note was issued to commemorate Lewis and Clark’s centennial celebrations, many also believe
the animal pictured did not roam the open plains. The second buffalo story explains how the portrait is of Black Diamond of the
Bronx Zoo, New York City, a 1500-pound animal reject from the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Either way, the bison image
(Miscellaneous Die # 5390) was based on a drawing by accomplished wildlife artist Charles R. Knight and was engraved by bureau
engraver Marcus W. Baldwin. Whichever story is true, the buffalo was no doubt chosen as a symbol of adventure, hard work and
success. And on April 10, 1901 the New York Times called it "as artistic as any [bill] that has been issued in many years." With
many collectors paying up to $5,000 for a buffalo bill today, one can see why. And while many enthusiasts, including CNN owner
Ted Turner, would love to see the U.S. Treasury reissue the century old $10 note, there may be some ergonomic issues preventing
this from becoming a reality. While the buffalo bill measures seven inches by three inches, today’s smaller wallets are only
equipped for 6 1/8-by 2 3/5-inch tender which was adopted in 1928, three years after the buffalo bill design was discontinued.
However, there is one place you can find the great American bison, and that place is on a bottle of Buffalo Water beer.
(this information is courtesy of Buffalo Waterloo Beer Brewery)
Another buffalo-inspired form of
legal tender bears its mark on the
neck label of Buffalo Water Beer
Company’s Bison Blonde beer. The
Indian Head Nickel, often referred to
as the “Buffalo Nickel,” was the first
of seven coins to feature the great
American animal and will soon
appear as the bottle cap for this
flagship brew. So, what’s the story behind this piece of historic currency? The Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 would define the
guidelines for all future coinage produced by the U.S. Mint. One part of the Coinage Act, or Mint Act as it was also known,
mandated the reverse side of all gold and silver coins to feature an eagle and the inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
However, in 1890 a new act was introduced allowing then Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber the power to change coinage
design if a coin had been in circulation for at least 25 years. Barber now planned to redesign the silver dime, quarter dollar and half
dollar coins. The new coins were introduced in 1892, much to the distaste of the public. However, the act of 1890 prevented the
U.S. Mint from changing circulating coins in response to public dissatisfaction. This would change during the early 20th century
when President Theodore Roosevelt (co-founder of the American Bison Society - now the National Bison Association) would
crusade to improve U.S. coinage designs. The first Buffalo Nickel, designed by accomplished sculptor James Earle Fraser, would be
introduced by the United States Mint in 1913 and was minted every year through 1938, except in 1922, 1932 and 1933. [Although
officially titled the Indian Head Nickel, this 1913 coin has become popularly known as the “Buffalo Nickel” by numismatists and
collectors alike.] When the buffalo nickel was discontinued in 1938, the image of a buffalo would not appear again on U.S. coinage
until 1991, when the robust beast would emerge on the Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary Half Dollar Coin. The buffalo would
return again several times, most notably on June 20, 2006, when the United
States Mint unveiled its 24-karat buffalo gold coin featuring the original
Indian Head and Buffalo designs from the 1913 nickel. The first-ever U.S.
Mint-issued 99.99% pure gold coins weighed one ounce and had a face value
of $50, but sold at a considerable premium Most of these collectible coins
sold for around $800 in 2006. [This is a 1991 Mount Rushmore Buffalo
Coin.] However, you don't have to spend large amounts of money to see that
famous American bison glistening in its golden coat. Instead, pick up a Bison
Blonde Golden Lager for a lot less and observe a piece of numismatic
history. [Information courtesy of Buffalo Water Beer Company]
In 2001, the U.S. Mint issued the American Buffalo Silver Dollar coin to
commemorate the Smithsonian Institution’s opening of the National Museum
of the American Indian. In addition to the sales price of this coin, a $10
surcharge was placed on each coin to support the museum’s opening and fund
educational and cultural outreach programs by the museum. A limited
number of 500,000 Silver Buffalo coins were produced. When they went on
sale for the first time on June 7th 2001, they were an instant hit. Within just
two short weeks, the coins were sold out on June 21st. The incredibly quick
sell-out had prompted the museum to ask the Treasury Secretary for the
production of up to an additional 500,000 coins, but the request was denied.
What was it about this coin that made it one of the most popular silver commemorative coins ever to come off the presses at the U.S.
Mint? It was the classic design of this coin, which borrowed from the old Buffalo Nickel design from artist James Earle Fraser that
prompted this quick sell-out. The 1913 Indian Head Buffalo Nickel design is one of the most beloved and well-regarded U.S. coins of
all time. The obverse of the Silver Buffalo features a profile image taken from a compilation of three prominent Native American
Chiefs and is inscribed with the word “Liberty” on the front with the date of 2001 resting on the shoulder. The reverse features an
American Bison, an iconic symbol of a historic period in American history – the opening of the west. The detailed image of a Buffalo
is inscribed with the words “United States of America” and “In God We Trust” across the top, while the words “E Pluribus Unum”,
and “One Dollar” are featured across the bottom Due to its limited mintage, and classic design, the prices for the Silver Buffalo coins
are very high. (courtesy of WorldPress)
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 45 to 60
cents each. Today's Buffalo nickel value listed just below, covers all dates, mint
marks and major varieties. Discover a 1926-S in your collection and you have
one of the "key" dates every collector needs. Minimum value $15.
If your 1926-S buffalo nickel is in "Fine" or better condition dealers are paying
$70 or more. This is only one example of a rare date, there are many more
scattered throughout the series. Other than rare dates and varieties, what you
are really hoping to find are better condition coins. An "Uncirculated" buffalo
nickel has a minimum value of $12 to $20 and quickly rises into the hundreds.
See "grading your coins" below, just after the buffalo nickel value table.
Buffalo Nickel Value and What Dealers Pay: The buffalo nickel value chart
clearly shows the higher price dealers pay for higher condition coins. In some
cases the difference is huge. If your buffalo nickels are closer to the next grade
and value difference, definitely have it graded by an independent grading service.
Buffalo Nickel Value Updated 2013: The above are wholesale coin values. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up
factors figured in. They reflect closely the value you would expect to receive when selling.
Variations in value do occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs. For more background
information, see how value listings in the Coin Value Guide are determined.
Buffalo Nickel Value and
Condition: Today dealers and
collectors are searching to find,
and have the funds to buy well
preserved coins. Your buffalo
nickel value increases
dramatically the better condition
of your coin. What is a $6 coin in
"Good" condition is suddenly a
$100 coin in "Extremely Fine"
condition. To assist in
determining your buffalo nickel
value, compare you coins to the
images below and assign each a
grade. The date is one of the first
elements to show wear. A clear
and distinct date separates a
"Fine" condition coin from a
lesser "Good" grade coin. If
necessary use a magnifying glass.
As you judge the reverse, the
Buffalos' horn is clearly visible on
better quality examples. Nice
sharp, crisp detail on both the
obverse and reverse is a highly
collectible coin with increased
buffalo nickel value.
Buffalo Nickel Value
Condition of Coin
1913 Type 1
Good Fine - F
1913 D Type 1
1913 S Type 1
1913 D Type 2
1913 S Type 2
1914 D
1914 S
1915 D
1915 S
1923 S
1924 D
1924 S
1913 Type 2
1925 D
1925 S
1926 D
1926 S
1927 D
1927 S
1928 D
1928 S
1929 D
1929 S
1916 D
1916 S
1930 S
1917 D
1931 S
1917 S
1934 D
1918 D
1935 D
1918 S
1935 S
1919 D
1936 D
1919 S
1936 S
1920 D
1937 D
1920 S
1937 D 3 Leg
1918/17 D
1921 S
1937 S
1938 D
Coin Values Worksheet
Print the Coin Values Worksheet to list your coins and record their values. Should you decide to
sell... use the worksheet as an invoice and packing slip when sending coins through the mail to
Name: ____________________
Address: ____________________
County/State: ____________________
Zip: _____________
Telephone: ____________________
E-Mail: _____________
By using a magnifying glass, look to magnify your buffalo nickel
value. Certain small details on some coins greatly influence their
value. Starting with the 1913 Type 1 and Type 2 reverses. Refer to the
top image, the buffalo is standing on the Type 1 raised ground variety.
This design was soon changed to the recess mound and continued for
the rest of the series. Next, look for mint marks, used to indicate the
different mints that produce the coins, they have a large effect on
your buffalo nickel value. Both the "S" for San Francisco and the "D"
for the Denver mint are located on the reverse below the "FIVE
CENTS". No mint mark was placed on coins from the Philadelphia
mint. The 1918/7-D over date, look carefully at the 8 and see if the 7
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is just visible. If so the value jumps to $535 for a coin in good
condition. The 1937-D 3 legged buffalo. Yes, the mint polished
away the front leg of the buffalo on one of the dies used to strike
the coins. Now a very exciting and popular variety worth
hundreds of dollars. Should you find one in your group, it is worth
$540 or more in Fine condition. Buffalo Nickels are very popular.
Older collectors who started by finding them in pocket change
still enjoy and add to their collections. The price of the lower
grade coins makes it easy for younger collectors to start. They are
attractive in their design and price, giving them a value boost.
Return and keep pace with your rising buffalo nickel value. The
coin value chart for each nickel series. All dates are listed, mint
marks are described with locations. Additionally, each nickel
series has "Grading" images to compare your coins and judge
their condition. Accurately determining value.
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Three Cent Nickel Values / A Special Coin: Your coins
date and how well it is preserved separates the common
from the rare. Not widely known, the three cent nickel is
a coin specialist favorite. They treasure certain rare
dates and all high condition coins. Shield Nickel Value /
High for the Right Coin: The 1880 is the right coin,
worth $500 or more. Although the 1880 is the leader,
many others dates have high values. Next, the condition
of your coins is important. Examine closely and
compare your coins to the grading images. The values
on the chart show large premiums for higher condition
coins. The Value of V Nickels / Common to Very Rare: A
nickel gaining in popularity. Causing all dates and mints
to rise in value. For example all but one date of "V"
Nickels in extremely fine condition is at least a $21 coin.
The earlier years are worth even more as collectors are
discovering them difficult to find. Grade your coins
carefully and compare to the old nickel values chart.
Buffalo Nickel Value / How to Find the Rare Ones: A
very popular coin rising in value. Even coins without
dates are valued over ten cents. Today, collectors are
closely examining their coins looking for dual punched
mint marks and over dates. Finding these coins very
rare and worth much more than their common counterparts. All dates and mints are listed with the rare
varieties and how to find them. Jefferson Nickel
Values / Gaining Popularity: From the early dates to
silver nickels many dates and mint marks standout from
the rest in value. Found every day, compare your coins
to the value charts. One of the few coins worth searching
through your pocket change.
Old Nickel Values Graded and Listed: Certain rare dates and mint marks dramatically
affect your coins value. For example, a 1939 Jefferson nickel, although a very old nickel, it
is only worth slightly above face value. However, find the "D" mintmark on the reverse and
the value jumps to $1 or more. Another example, a buffalo nickel with the date worn away
is a ten cent coin, a partial date is worth 15 cents and a full date is worth fifty cents or more.
You often discover higher value by looking closely at the condition of your coins. It is not
often you find rare dates and mint marks, they just don't show up every day. Of all your
coins, the ones in the nicest condition are probably the most valuable. To get an idea of
how valuable some of your coins are.
The following chart is a short list of old nickel values dealers pay for some of the most
common date coins in each nickel type, notice how condition affect the value of your old
HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT OUR coins. Full listings of dates and mint marks are found with each nickel series.
A Sampling of Old Nickel Values
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Good - G
Fine - F
Three Cent Nickels
Shield Nickels
1866-1867 With Rays
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A man and his pet buffalo walk into a bar. It's about 5pm, but they're ready for a good night of drinking. They start off slowly, watching TV,
drinking beer, eating peanuts. As the night goes on they move to mixed drinks, and then shooters, one after the other.
Finally, the bartender says: "Last call." So, the man says, "One more for me... and one more for my buffalo."
The bartender sets them up and they shoot them back. Suddenly, the buffalo falls over dead. The man throws some money on the bar, puts on
his coat and starts to leave. The bartender, yells: "Hey buddy, you can't just leave that lyin' there."
To which the man replies: "That's not a lion, that's a buffalo."