How much are my U.S. Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type] nickel worth?

About Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type] Buffalo Nickels (Proof)

When the Buffalo nickel debuted in 1913, public reception was generally quite positive of James Fraser’s design, incorporating a Native American chief on the obverse and an American bison on the reverse. Collectors also loved the new motif and many ordered proof specimens of the new coin from the Philadelphia Mint, which at the time was where proof coinage was made. The 1913 Type 1 proof is not only a first-year piece but also a one-year-only production, as the reverse design was significantly modified later in 1913 to recess the words FIVE CENTS under a line.

Some 1,520 Type 1 proofs were made, and they were made with a matte finish. Matte proofs are distinctive from business strikes in that they show very clean details, flawless surfaces, and squared rims. While beautiful, collectors weren’t necessarily huge fans of the matte finish and a survival estimate of 800 to 850 PR60 or better proofs suggests many of these coins were later spent as money. Still, many are available in PR65 or PR66, several dozen in PR67, and NGC and PCGS have collectively graded 10 in PR68.



Denom: 5c / Nickel
Desg: PR
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Coinage Type: Buffalo Nickels,Ty.1 (FIVE CENTS on Raised Ground)
Coinage Years: 1913
Composition: 75% copper; 25% nickel
Variety: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1
Strike Type: Proof
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Weight: 5 gr
Designer: James Earle Fraser
Edge: Plain
Catalog #: 3986
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CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR68 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR68


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PR67 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR67


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PR66 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR66


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PR65 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR65


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PR64 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR64


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PR63 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR63


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PR62 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR62


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR61 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR61


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR60 CAC


CDN Market Values for: Buffalo Nickel, Ty.1 (1913) [Type]
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PR60


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