What is this?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by ChrisKjr, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. ChrisKjr

    ChrisKjr New Member

    I just found a bag of my old coins from when i collected, what is this? I know its a buffalo nickel but what I don't know is any year range, value, or even what they're supposed to look like. My first post so pardon my formatting. 20190821_184615.jpg 20190821_184627.jpg 20190821_184637.jpg 20190821_184643.jpg
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It is a dateless buffalo nickel minted between 1913 and 1938.
    I do believe I "may" see a bit of "23" where the date would be though. So, possibly 1923.
  4. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

  5. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    ...also made in Philadelphia as seen from there being no mint mark below the "FIVE CENTS" under the buffalo...uh...bison(?). S would be San Francisco and D would be Denver. Welcome to CT
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  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to CT. You did fine on your first post..... There was a design flaw with Buffalo nickels. The flaw is that the date was on the highest point of the coin. So the dates wore off many of these grand old nickels. Still is a cool old piece of history that you can hold and treasure.
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  7. ChrisKjr

    ChrisKjr New Member

    Thanks! I appreciate your eyes :)
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  8. ChrisKjr

    ChrisKjr New Member

    Yeah I figured I would get more specific information about this specific one out of a community like this, which I guess I have!
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  9. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Actually Google does a pretty good job if you stay away from Youtube. Best is to get yourself a Red Book (A Guidebook To United States Coins - Yeoman), find a used one, because you really can't explicitly trust their prices, but the information is great.
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  10. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    Okay, I know there has been talk here before about using Nic-A-Date, which might be helpful not only to OP but also to me. I did a search on the forums but couldn't find anything on how to use it to expose the date. Why can't I find any previous discussions when I do a search using the name? I know I've seen it here, which is why I just bought a bottle of the stuff because of the chatter here. Help me out, folks!
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Nic-a-Date eats the surface of the nickel away but it exposes the date. If you want a date, it works great but the coin will be forever damaged by using it.
  12. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted

    Yes, but looking at the coin above, I don’t think it really matters.
  13. xCoin-Hoarder'92x

    xCoin-Hoarder'92x Storm Tracker

    My coin shop regularly has a box of 200 of these, think last time I picked some up they were sold to me for 75 cents each. Of course that's only regarding the most common buffalos.
  14. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    True but my response was based on the post just above mine, not the coin.
  15. John Skelton

    John Skelton Morgan man!

    Good enough, and I understand, but I guess you're saying it then devalues the coin. I don't want to do that, but then what do you do with buffalos when you can't read the date? Toss them? I don't see any real value to them when you can't read the date.
  16. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    A lot of people use no ddte Buffslos to make jewelry. Others just save them in rolls. I know one person that uses nic-a-date and it trying to build a complete collection of Buffalos that have been damaged by restoring the date.
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