What is the metal content of a buffalo head nickel?
It's either "Indian head" or "buffalo", but not "buffalo head". Buffalo nickels show the whole animal!
All buffalo nickels are made of the same 25% nickel / 75% copper alloy used in modern nickels. Internet rumors notwithstanding, NO buffalo nickels ever contained any silver.
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:
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
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.
Check under the "FIVE CENTS" on the reverse of the coin. Possible mint marks are: No mint mark = Philadelphia D = Denver S = San Francisco Also note that the coin is called either a Buffalo Nickel or Indian Head Nickel, but not "buffalo head". After all, it shows the whole buffalo, not just its head!
There's no such coin as a "buffalo head" nickel. The coin is called either an Indian Head nickel or a buffalo nickel, but not "buffalo head" - after all, it shows the whole buffalo on the back, LOL! Buffalo nickels sell for about 15 to 25 cents if the date is worn off. If you want to sell one a flea market dealer might give you 5 to 10 cents. Buffalo nickels minted from 1913…
Please check again and post a new question: > Buffalo nickels were made from 1913 to 1938. An 1899 nickel would have a picture of Miss Liberty on the front and the Roman numeral V (= 5) on the back. > All nickels except those from WWII (1942-45) are made of copper-nickel, not silver. > There's no coin called a "buffalo head" nickel. The names are either an Indian Head nickel or a buffalo nickel.
Please check your coin again and post a new, separate question with its date. Buffalo* nickels were minted at Denver from 1913 to 1938 so it's not possible to give a specific answer without that information. (*) The coin is called a buffalo nickel or an Indian head nickel, but not "buffalo head" because it shows the entire animal :)