Buffalo Nickel Specifications

The Buffalo Nickel shared the same specifications as the prior series for the denomination. The composition consisted of 75% copper and 25% nickel. Each coin has a standard weight of 5 grams, or 77 grains, with a diameter of 21.2 mm. The edge of the coin is plain.

For pieces struck at the Denver or San Francisco Mint, the mint mark either “D” or “S” appears below the inscription “FIVE CENTS” on the reverse. Coins struck at Philadelphia do not contain a mint mark, as was the case for all coins of this era.

Because of the placement of the date, Buffalo Nickels which have experienced circulation may become “dateless.” This refers to coins where the date has been completely worn away due to circulation.

Designer: James Earle Fraser
Dates:
1913-1938
Mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco
Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel
Weight: 5 grams
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Edge: plain