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Is a coin with a buffalo on one side and an Indian head on the other dated 1877 a real coin?

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2015-07-16 18:11:52
2015-07-16 18:11:52

Not with that date. The Buffalo Nickel was minted from 1913 through 1938.

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The coin you have described sounds like a novelity coin and has no value other than the materials it is made from.

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Buffalo nickels were made from 1913 to 1938. Any coin dated 1877 is a replica or fantasy piece whose value depends on whether it contains any precious metals. Of course, all genuine buffalo nickels were struck in an alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel so they have almost no intrinsic value, only collector value.

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If you mean an 1877 US Indian Head cent, 19 mm, the same as all cents minted since Large Cents were discontinued in 1857.If you mean an 1877 British penny, 30.8 mm.If you're wondering about an enormous (~100 mm) "Indian head penny" dated 1877, please take another look! It's a coaster that sells for a few bucks in gift shops. 1877 is shown because it's the rarest year for a genuine (and much smaller) Indian head penny.

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Depending on condition, it's a contest between those minted in 1877 and those from San Francisco dated 1909. There's more information at the Related Questions.

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Indian head nickels were minted from 1913 to 1938. For unknown reasons 1877 is a commonly-used date for replica and fantasy pieces.


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