1913 5C Type Two PR68 NGC - Obverse

Proof Buffalo Nickels

The Philadelphia Mint struck proof versions of the Buffalo Nickel for only six years of the series. Collectively, there were only 16,148 Proof Buffalo Nickels issued compared to more than 1.2 billion circulation strikes. The proofs were struck during two separate periods at the beginning and near the end of the series.

Proof Buffalo Nickels were first issued from 1913 to 1916. The first year would include both the Type 1 and Type 2 varieties, with the buffalo standing on a raised mound or flat ground. The proof coins of this period carry matte proof surfaces, often toned to a natural gray-blue-pink color. Most are well-struck and pieces are always in demand.

1913 5C Type Two PR68 NGC - Reverse

After a long hiatus, proof coins were next produced for the years 1936 and 1937. For the first year, the proofs can be found with either matte or brilliant surfaces, while for the second year the proofs were only struck with brilliant surfaces. These coins were struck in larger numbers, but remain popular with collectors as the first two years of the modern proof set era. The coins were originally issued as part of the 1936 Proof Set, 1937 Proof Set, or offered individually at 20 cents each.

Proof Buffalo Nickel Mintages

1913 Variety 11,520
1913 Variety 21,514
19141,275
19151,050
1916600
19364,420
19375,769

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