Who is on the Buffalo Nickel Coin?

Chief Iron Tail was the primary inspiration for the United States Buffalo Nickel. Iron Tail was a traveling performer of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. He belongs to the Oglala Lakota nation. James Earle Fraser the engraver also claimed to draw some inspiration from the Native American named Two Moons.

Buffalo Nickel Original Buffalo Nickel

Most valuable coins in this series

$80 1936 Buffalo Nickel
$75 1937 D Buffalo Nickel

Known errors. Coins in order by date. To learn more about each error simply click on the read more link.

1937 D 3 Legged Buffalo

The 1937 D 3 Legged Buffalo Nickel is the most coveted error to be found in the Bu...

Key Dates to remember and note.

1937 D 1937 D is a key date to look out for. There are variations of this coin, and the most...


Common Questions

Mint mark is located on the reverse bottom center under the words Five Cents.

Mint Mark Example Image

The Buffalo Nickel has a weight of 5 g.

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