Buffalo Nickel Mintage

The Buffalo Nickel was struck for circulation from 1913 to 1938 at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mint facilities. Mintages cover a fairly wide range from a low of just 970,000 pieces for the 1926-S to a high of more than 100 million for the 1936. Many of the earlier dates of the series command premiums even in lower circulated grades.

The typical pattern throughout the series is for the Philadelphia Mint issue to have the highest mintage, followed by the Denver Mint issue, and finally the San Francisco Mint issue with the lowest mintage. As such, for most dates the values for circulated pieces fall into the same order.

For the first year of issue, production was divided between two types. The Variety 1 Buffalo Nickels feature the bison standing on a raised mound, while the Variety 2 coins feature a flat mound and recessed inscription FIVE CENTS. This change was performed to avoid having the denomination wear away in circulation. No other modifications were made to the design for the duration of the series.

For many of the “D” and “S” mint issues throughout the 1920′s, coins can show areas of light striking at the highest points of the design. Some uncirculated pieces will have the appearance of lower grades due to the lack of detail.

The table below contains the mintage figures for circulation strike coins. Proof Buffalo Nickels were produced from 1913 to 1916 and from 1936 to 1937 in limited quantities.

Date Mintage
1913 Variety 1 30,993,520
1913-D Variety 1 5,337,000
1913-S Variety 1 2,105,000
1913 Variety 2 29,858,700
1913-D Variety 2 4,156,000
1913-S Variety 2 1,290,000
1914 20,665,738
1914-D 3,912,000
1914-S 3,470,000
1915 20,987,270
1915-D 7,569,000
1915-S 1,505,000
1916 63,498,066
1916-D 13,333,000
1916-S 11,860,000
1917 51,424,019
1917-D 9,910,000
1917-S 4,193,000
1918 32,086,314
1918-D 8,362,000
1918-S 4,882,000
1919 60,868,000
1919-D 8,006,000
1919-S 7,521,000
1920 63,093,000
1920-D 9,418,000
1920-S 9,689,000
1921 10,663,000
1921-S 1,557,000
1923 35,715,000
1923-S 6,142,000
1924 21,620,000
1924-D 5,258,000
1924-S 1,437,000
1925 35,565,100
1925-D 4,450,000
1925-S 6,256,000
1926 44,693,000
1926-D 5,638,000
1926-S 970,000
1927 37,981,000
1927-D 5,730,000
1927-S 3,430,000
1928 23,411,000
1928-D 6,436,000
1928-S 6,936,000
1929 36,446,000
1929-D 8,370,000
1929-S 7,754,000
1930 22,849,000
1930-S 5,435,000
1931-S 1,200,000
1934 20,213,003
1934-D 7,480,000
1935 58,264,000
1935-D 12,092,000
1935-S 10,300,000
1936 119,001,420
1936-D 24,814,000
1936-S 14,930,000
1937 79,485,769
1937-D 17,826,000
1937-S 5,635,000
1938-D 7,020,000