1913 5c MS Type 1

Mintage: 30,992,000

1913-D 5c MS Type 1

Mintage: 5,337,000

1913-S 5c MS Type 1

Mintage: 2,105,000

1913 5c MS Type 2

Mintage: 29,857,186

1913-D 5c MS Type 2

Mintage: 4,156,000

1913-S 5c MS Type 2

Mintage: 1,209,000

1914 5c MS

Mintage: 20,664,463

1914/3 5c MS

Mintage: 20,664,463

1914-D 5c MS

Mintage: 3,912,000

1914-S 5c MS

Mintage: 3,470,000

1915 5c MS

Mintage: 20,986,220

1915-D 5c MS

Mintage: 7,569,000

1915-S 5c MS

Mintage: 1,505,000

1916 5c MS

Mintage: 63,497,466

1916-D 5c MS

Mintage: 13,333,000

1916-S 5c MS

Mintage: 11,860,000

1917 5c MS

Mintage: 51,424,019

1917-D 5c MS

Mintage: 9,910,000

1917-S 5c MS

Mintage: 4,193,000

1918 5c MS

Mintage: 32,086,314

1918-D 5c MS

Mintage: 8,362,000

1918/7-D 5c MS

Mintage: 8,362,000

1918-S 5c MS

Mintage: 4,882,000

1919 5c MS

Mintage: 60,868,000

1919-D 5c MS

Mintage: 8,006,000

1919-S 5c MS

Mintage: 7,521,000

1920 5c MS

Mintage: 63,093,000

1920-D 5c MS

Mintage: 9,418,000

1920-S 5c MS

Mintage: 9,689,000

1921 5c MS

Mintage: 10,663,000

1921-S 5c MS

Mintage: 1,557,000

1923 5c MS

Mintage: 35,715,000

1923-S 5c MS

Mintage: 6,142,000

1924 5c MS

Mintage: 21,620,000

1924-D 5c MS

Mintage: 5,258,000

1924-S 5c MS

Mintage: 1,437,000

1925 5c MS

Mintage: 35,565,100

1925-D 5c MS

Mintage: 4,450,000

1925-S 5c MS

Mintage: 6,256,000

1926 5c MS

Mintage: 44,693,000

1926-D 5c MS

Mintage: 5,638,000

1926-D 5c MS FS-901 3 1/2 Legs

Mintage: 5,638,000

1926-S 5c MS

Mintage: 970,000

1927 5c MS

Mintage: 37,981,000

1927-D 5c MS

Mintage: 5,730,000

1927-S 5c MS

Mintage: 3,430,000

1928 5c MS

Mintage: 23,411,000

1928-D 5c MS

Mintage: 6,436,000

1928-S 5c MS

Mintage: 6,936,000

1929 5c MS

Mintage: 36,446,000

1929-D 5c MS

Mintage: 8,370,000

1929-S 5c MS

Mintage: 7,754,000

1930 5c MS

Mintage: 22,849,000

1930 5c MS DDR, FS-801

Mintage: 22,849,000

1930-S 5c MS

Mintage: 5,435,000

1931-S 5c MS

Mintage: 1,200,000

1934 5c MS

Mintage: 20,213,003

1934-D 5c MS

Mintage: 7,480,000

1935 5c MS

Mintage: 58,264,000

1935 5c MS Doubled Die Reverse

Mintage: 58,264,000

1935-D 5c MS

Mintage: 12,092,000

1935-S 5c MS

Mintage: 10,300,000

1936 5c MS

Mintage: 118,997,000

1936-D 5c MS

Mintage: 24,814,000

1936-D 5c MS 3 1/2 Legs

Mintage: 24,814,000

1936-S 5c MS

Mintage: 14,930,000

1936-S/S 5c MS FS-501

Mintage: 14,930,000

1937 5c MS

Mintage: 79,480,000

1937-D 5c MS

Mintage: 17,826,000

1937-D 3 Legs 5c MS

Mintage: 17,826,000

1937-S 5c MS

Mintage: 5,635,000

1938-D Buffalo 5c MS

Mintage: 7,020,000

1938-D/D Buffalo 5c MS

Mintage: 7,020,000

1938-D/S Buffalo 5c MS

Mintage: 7,020,000

Series Overview

Buffalo nickels, also widely called Indian Head nickels, were struck from 1913 through 1938 and designed by James Earle Fraser. The popular "Buffalo nickel" name is a misnomer in this case, as the large animal as seen on the reverse of this coin is an American bison. Meanwhile, the Native American on the obverse is a design based on a composite image of several individuals whom Fraser sketched in the process of designing this coin.

Several issues were released in 1913, the year that the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints produced two varieties of the Buffalo nickel. One variety shows the bison atop a mound, while the other shows the land beast standing on a plane. The words FIVE CENTS are inscribed on the mound on Variety 1 coins, while the denomination is expressed in a recessed area of the coin on Variety 2 pieces.

Among the series' scarcest issues are the 1913-S Variety 1, 1913-D Variety 2, and 1913-S Variety 2 coins. Other semi keys include the 1914-D, 1915-S, and 1921-S, with several other dates ranking as substantially scarce particularly in the better circulated grades. Several error varieties are also popular with collectors, with the most important of these being the 1937-D 3-Legged variety. The 1936-D 3-1/2-Legged Buffalo nickel is another scarce favorite. The 1916 doubled die Buffalo nickel is a rare coin with six-figure prices in the mid-range uncirculated grades, while the 1918-D 8/7 overdate is a very scarce coin in any grade.