Buffalo or Bison Nickel??

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  1. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Hello everyone. I just had an idea and ran into a dilemma. The so called "Buffalo Nickel" is actually described as a Bison in at least one paragraph, not buffalo at the famous website "Wikipedia" ( Buffalo nickel - Wikipedia).
    So, my questions are, Is it a Bison or a Buffalo and which do you prefer in your opinion?
    Is it about the size/weight of the animal and how can we tell?
    Just something to ponder..... 5d4b3caf935075e3f7b835aa_thought-leadership-ohmconnect-t-o-u-rates-emoji.png 1938DBuffalo nickelside by side.jpg
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  3. Chris lefave

    Chris lefave Active Member

    I always thought it looked like a Bison but bison and buffalo are often mistaken for there similar looks
  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Okay! Thanks Chris. We have at least one person that cares. thumb.gif
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  5. Chris lefave

    Chris lefave Active Member

    It's a real mind twist I'm going with bison
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  6. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    I guess Bison are smaller than Buffalo. I'm going with Bison as well. wink.png
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  8. Jersey magic man

    Jersey magic man Well-Known Member

    I believe there are no Buffalos in the U.S.A. Only Bison.

    KBBPLL Well-Known Member

    If you've ever seen a water buffalo or Cape buffalo you know that bison and buffalo are two completely different animals, but people are probably never going to stop calling it a buffalo nickel. I'm not sure why, now that I think about it. Do you ever hear somebody talking about the buffalo they saw in Yellowstone? I think most people know now that they're bison. And yet the misnomer for the nickel lives on.
  10. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    What 2001 D Buffalo Dollar NGC MS69 1a-horz.jpg ever it's called, it makes for a nice looking coin.
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  11. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Well-Known Member

    It’s a Bison.
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  12. Mr. Numismatist

    Mr. Numismatist Strawberry Token Enthusiast

    It is a bison, however the Indian Head Nickel we call (or at least I do) the Buffalo Nickel, and the Westward Journey American Bison Nickel is the Bison Nickel.
    So I still call it the Buffalo Nickel as to not confuse the two.
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  13. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I grew up in Oklahoma and everyone called them Buffalo. Going to school each morning I went by a ranch that had a small herd. There were always lots of young ones running around. Pretty cool to see right in the city. I don't remember anyone calling them Bison.

    At my local bar/burger joint, the server always ask if you want beef or Bison. Many will ask the server if that's the same as Buffalo. Some just ask, what's a Bison? Oklahoma has always been a bit behind.
  14. BuffaloHunter

    BuffaloHunter Short of a full herd Supporter


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  16. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    You must have been near the Wichita Wildlife Refuge.

    In response to the original question... I prefer the way my grandson said it when he was still young... Buckalo.
  17. TheNickelGuy

    TheNickelGuy Yippie I Oh

    We mistakenly accept the animal as a Buffalo for 150 years.
    Remember Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves ?

    How about Buffalo Bill Cody?
    (my 1933 Goudey card)

    Today it might be technically a Bison because Buffalo live in Africa and India but I'm not ready to call my Indian Head or Buffalo Nickel Set a Bison Nickel Set.
    On the other hand, I have no problem calling this a Bison Nickel for some reason. I guess it separates it from the herd.
  18. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Well-Known Member

    Love the 1933 Goudey card.
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  19. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    I prefer Indian Head Cent or IHC. Enjoyed the post, thanks.
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  20. lardan

    lardan Supporter! Supporter

    I agree that at least a high percentage know it is actually a bison, but it will always be called a buffalo. "Bison Bill" just doesn't sound right.
  21. lardan

    lardan Supporter! Supporter

    Sorry duplicate
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