What is a buffalo nickel with a soldier on the other side wearing a helmet?
You have what's known as a Hobo Nickel. The soldier design was carved into the coin after it left the mint. You would need an expert first-hand inspection to determine if you have a modern version (worth $5-$50) or an original (worth possibly hundreds of dollars).
This coin is commonly called either a buffalo nickel or an Indian head nickel (*). Please see the question "What is the value of a 1927 US nickel?" for more information. (*) But not a "buffalo head nickel" - after all, it shows the whole buffalo! Assuming the coin is circulated and has no mintmark, the 1927 Buffalo nickel is very common, average coins are $1.00-$5.00
A) The buffalo nickel design was not introduced until 1913 B) The buffalo design does not show the head of a buffalo, it shows the entire animal. If you are referring to a 1911 Liberty nickel, its retail value is $3 to $20 depending on condition. If you are referring to a Buffalo nickel (also called an Indian head nickel) you can find a range of values at this site, among others:
25 Most Valuable Nickels 1.) 1913 Liberty Head V Nickel - Worth $4,408,650 2.) 1880 Shield Nickel - Worth $20,000 3.) 1924 S Buffalo Nickel - Worth $14,000 4.) 1926 S Buffalo Nickel - Worth $7,600 5.) 1927 S Buffalo Nickel - Worth $5,000 6.) 1881 Shield Nickel - Worth $4,000 7.) 1883 Shield Nickel - Worth $3,900 8.) 1867 Shield Nickel - Worth $3,600 9.) 1920 D Buffalo Nickel - Worth $3,500 10.) 1928…
To clear things up: > It's not silver; all buffalo nickels were struck in the same alloy of 25% nickel and 75% copper used for modern nickels. > It's also not a "buffalo head nickel"; it's either "Indian head" or "buffalo", but not "buffalo head". Buffalo nickels show the whole animal! Please see the question "What is the value of a 1925 US nickel?" for more information.
No. This is a rumor that has crossed the country but there is no truth in it. While the buffalo is clearly male, there is very little difference in the buffalo on the 2005 buffalo from the buffalo on the Buffalo nickel produced from 1913 through 1938. Click on the link named "BUFFALO NICKEL" in the "RELATED LINKS" at the lower left corner of this box to see for yourself. Click on the link named…