Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Iriegirl, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Iriegirl

    Iriegirl New Member

    I am interested in anyone that has a constructive opinion on this coin I am considering purchasing. Could it possibly be the elusive 3 legged buffalo?

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  3. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

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  4. Iriegirl

    Iriegirl New Member

    Hi Jim,
    Very good info, thanks. I did not know about the obverse differences. I am pretty sure ruling it out as real on the reverse problems with the e. plurb touching the bisons back. (TY PCGS) Now please know, this was not advertised as a 3 legger. I just bought it in a lot. What I am finding very interesting about this coin is it may be a really cool old fake. Someone even mentioned spray paint it another post. My humble opinion, that is age pitting. Regardless, I bought it and am looking forward to checking it out for myself. That's part of the fun for sure!
  5. SilverDollar2017

    SilverDollar2017 Did someone say Morgan Dollars?

    I see a 4th leg. Therefore, I'm going to say this one is not the 3-legged variety. ;)
  6. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Twenty cents.
  7. coinquest1961

    coinquest1961 Active Member

    It's a badly corroded four legged coin, worth maybe 15c.
  8. LuckyCoin

    LuckyCoin HappyHunting

    I'm a newbie but ifuts real it's a cool find the date is very clear. I just found my 1st buffalo last week roll hunting. It had no date but so many stories say its commen for that 2 to happen. Luckily this community has great people with knowledge. Some1 suggested the vinager and peroxide it worked for me.. well great find and happy hunting.

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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Not the rare 3 legged variety. A common 4 leg Buffalo.
  10. KarlB

    KarlB Active Member

    Normally a die has to be polished because of clashed dies. In the case of the the 3-legged Buffalo, the accepted reason for the die having to be polished is not because of clashed dies, but to clean up corrosion.

    When a die is polished by lapping, the field of the die (the high part of the die) is removed, which can take away some of the edge of the incuse design. That being said, when the reverse die of the Buffalo Nickel was polished, heavy polishing occurred because of heavy corrosion, resulting in the removal of the front right leg, and a portion of the the right rear leg (so-called moth eaten). In addition to the removal of leg/leg-parts, the size of the Buffalo actually was reduced (edge removal of the incuse design), resulting in the back of the Buffalo 'moving away' from the 'P' and 'U' of E Pluribus Unum, and the Buffalo positioned further away from the rim compared to other nickels.

    The raised bumps under the belly of the Buffalo are corrosion/pitting on the working die that was not polished down/off. If those pits were removed, we may have ended up with a no-legged, floating Buffalo...
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  11. Iriegirl

    Iriegirl New Member

    All good comments and info. I so really like this site! I bought this off a good seller on e-bay. Paid one dollar, no hollar. I'll post some pics when I receive that bad boy bison!
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  12. Iriegirl

    Iriegirl New Member

    Well, received the coin, just a badly worn leg. But thanks all for your input!
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  13. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Sounds like the learning experience was worth the $1
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