Buffalo Nickel Value Trends

Long term trends for Buffalo Nickel values begin on this page. The Coin Value Tables provide numismatic researchers data on price movements from 1950 to the present for individual Buffalo Nickels across a wide spectrum of conditions.

You may use the links directly below to navigate to dates of interest to you. Buffalo Nickel prices 1913 through 1915 are on this page. The links for the 1916 onward will take you to another page.

To learn about Buffalo Nickel history, we refer you to the introductory material for the Buffalo Nickels.

Should you wish to study another US coinage type, then you'll want to return to the Coin Value Tables listing of online reports, or utilize the "Get Historic US Coin Values" option in the upper right hand corner of this page.

BUFFALO NICKELS
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1913 T1 1913 T2 1913-D T1 1913-D T2
1913-S T1 1913-S T2 1914 1914-D
1914-S 1915 1915-D 1915-S
1916-1920 1921-1926 1927-1931 1934-1938
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1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 30,993,250 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.15 0.20 0.35 0.45 0.55 0.60 0.75 --- --- --- 6.50
1955 0.20 0.30 0.50 0.65 0.75 1.00 1.50 --- --- --- 8.50
1960 0.50 0.65 0.85 1.25 1.50 2.25 3.50 --- --- --- 20.00
1965 1.00 1.50 2.35 3.25 4.00 5.50 9.00 --- --- --- 185
1970 1.15 1.50 2.00 3.00 4.50 6.00 11.00 --- --- --- 215
1975 1.75 2.25 2.75 5.00 8.00 11.00 25.00 --- --- --- 300
1980 2.50 3.25 4.00 6.50 10.00 16.00 32.00 --- --- --- 900
1985 2.00 3.15 3.75 6.25 12.00 22.00 32.00 --- --- --- 3150
1990 4.25 4.75 5.75 8.00 11.00 22.00 29.00 45.00 200 --- 2500
1995 4.25 5.00 6.00 7.25 10.00 17.50 30.00 50.00 85.00 --- 2500
2000 5.00 5.50 6.00 7.50 12.50 20.00 30.00 40.00 120 775 2400
2002 5.75 6.25 7.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 32.50 45.00 120 800 2400
2004 7.75 10.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 150 1500 4000
2006 7.75 10.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 150 1500 4000
2008 12.50 15.00 16.00 17.50 22.50 30.00 40.00 60.00 200 1250 4000
2010 10.00 15.00 16.00 17.50 20.00 25.00 37.50 60.00 200 975 4000
2012 12.00 15.00 16.00 18.50 20.00 25.00 36.50 50.00 175 975 4000
2014 12.00 15.00 16.00 18.50 21.00 25.00 36.50 50.00 160 975 3250
2016 12.50 15.50 16.00 17.50 20.00 25.00 36.50 50.00 150 925 3250
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.00 6.81 5.96 5.79 5.75 5.81 6.06 --- --- --- 9.87
1980 4.57 4.43 3.93 2.95 2.21 1.25 0.37 --- --- --- 3.63
2000 5.89 6.69 6.32 5.81 3.60 1.40 1.23 1.40 1.40 1.11 1.91
2010 3.79 0.55 0.00 0.93 1.60 0.00 -0.45 -2.99 -4.68 -0.87 -3.40

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1913 Type 2 Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 29,858,700 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.20 0.30 0.45 0.80 1.00 1.25 1.50 --- --- --- 6.00
1955 0.25 0.45 0.65 1.00 1.25 1.75 2.90 --- --- --- 9.00
1960 0.40 0.60 0.90 1.25 1.60 2.50 4.00 --- --- --- 20.00
1965 1.50 2.25 3.50 4.50 6.25 7.50 11.00 --- --- --- 225
1970 1.50 2.25 3.25 4.00 5.25 7.50 12.50 --- --- --- 265
1975 2.50 3.00 3.75 5.00 6.00 9.50 23.50 --- --- --- 325
1980 3.00 3.75 4.75 6.00 9.00 14.00 25.00 --- --- --- 800
1985 3.50 4.00 5.00 7.50 13.50 25.00 32.00 --- --- --- 2950
1990 4.25 5.00 6.00 8.25 11.00 24.00 27.50 50.00 300 --- 1700
1995 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.50 12.50 17.50 27.50 45.00 325 --- 1500
2000 6.00 6.50 7.00 8.00 12.50 22.50 33.00 50.00 325 2750 1250
2002 8.00 9.00 10.00 11.00 17.50 25.00 32.50 60.00 350 --- 1750
2004 9.00 10.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 60.00 350 5500 3000
2006 9.00 10.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 60.00 350 6250 3000
2008 10.00 12.00 13.50 15.00 20.00 30.00 50.00 75.00 400 7250 3000
2010 9.00 11.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 75.00 400 5750 3000
2012 10.00 11.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 75.00 400 5300 3000
2014 12.00 13.00 14.50 17.00 21.00 25.00 40.00 75.00 325 4000 2500
2016 12.00 13.00 14.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 40.00 75.00 325 4000 2000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.00 5.88 5.40 4.74 4.72 4.64 5.10 --- --- --- 9.20
1980 3.93 3.51 3.15 2.94 2.38 1.62 1.31 --- --- --- 2.58
2000 4.43 4.43 4.66 4.82 3.30 0.66 1.21 2.57 0.00 2.37 2.98
2010 4.91 2.82 2.50 2.11 0.82 0.00 0.00 0.00 -3.40 -5.87 -6.53

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1913-D Type 1 Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 5,337,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 0.35 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.75 2.50 4.50 --- --- ---
1955 0.60 0.90 1.25 1.75 2.50 3.50 6.00 --- --- ---
1960 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.25 5.00 7.00 10.00 --- --- ---
1965 3.00 4.00 5.50 8.00 12.00 17.00 25.00 --- --- ---
1970 3.25 4.50 6.00 8.00 10.00 15.00 24.00 --- --- ---
1975 4.25 5.00 6.25 9.00 11.00 17.50 35.00 --- --- ---
1980 5.50 6.00 7.00 8.50 14.00 25.00 55.00 --- --- ---
1985 5.00 7.50 9.50 13.50 24.00 45.00 70.00 --- --- ---
1990 7.25 8.00 10.00 13.00 24.00 39.00 47.50 57.50 250 ---
1995 6.50 8.00 10.00 13.00 20.00 35.00 50.00 65.00 200 ---
2000 7.00 8.50 10.00 12.50 20.00 35.00 47.50 60.00 175 2000
2002 10.00 12.50 15.00 20.00 27.50 42.50 55.00 75.00 350 ---
2004 12.50 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 60.00 75.00 350 4000
2006 12.50 15.00 22.50 27.50 37.50 50.00 65.00 80.00 350 3750
2008 20.00 22.50 25.00 30.00 40.00 75.00 85.00 100 350 3750
2010 15.00 20.00 22.50 30.00 35.00 60.00 75.00 100 500 3000
2012 15.00 20.00 22.50 30.00 35.00 60.00 75.00 100 400 3000
2014 16.00 18.25 20.25 30.00 35.00 55.00 75.00 85.00 300 2750
2016 16.00 18.25 20.25 30.00 35.00 55.00 75.00 85.00 300 2500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 5.96 5.60 5.12 5.29 4.64 4.79 4.35 --- --- ---
1980 3.01 3.14 2.99 3.57 2.58 2.21 0.87 --- --- ---
2000 5.30 4.89 4.51 5.62 3.56 2.87 2.90 2.20 3.43 1.40
2010 1.08 -1.51 -1.74 0.00 0.00 -1.44 0.00 -2.67 -8.16 -2.99

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1913-D Type 2 Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 4,156,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 0.75 1.25 3.50 5.00 7.00 9.00 11.00 --- --- ---
1955 5.00 6.50 9.00 12.00 14.00 16.00 20.00 --- --- ---
1960 9.00 11.50 16.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 40.00 --- --- ---
1965 16.00 20.00 28.00 33.00 47.50 54.00 85.00 --- --- ---
1970 17.50 21.00 27.50 32.50 42.00 47.50 76.50 --- --- ---
1975 19.00 23.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 50.00 80.00 --- --- ---
1980 25.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 120 --- --- ---
1985 42.00 48.00 57.00 70.00 110 125 240 --- --- ---
1990 31.00 33.00 45.00 53.00 70.00 95.00 140 200 1650 ---
1995 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 70.00 100 150 225 825 ---
2000 40.00 45.00 60.00 65.00 75.00 125 175 250 775 ---
2002 50.00 60.00 75.00 85.00 100 125 160 250 1000 ---
2004 100 125 150 175 200 250 300 400 1750 20000
2006 100 125 175 200 225 275 325 400 1750 20000
2008 150 185 225 235 250 300 350 475 1750 20000
2010 125 175 200 225 250 275 325 500 1500 15000
2012 100 150 175 200 225 250 325 450 1275 14000
2014 125 150 175 200 225 250 300 375 1425 7000
2016 125 150 165 200 225 250 285 375 1425 7000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 8.06 7.52 6.01 5.75 5.40 5.17 5.05 --- --- ---
1980 4.57 4.57 4.40 4.23 3.99 3.60 2.43 --- --- ---
2000 7.38 7.82 6.53 7.28 7.11 4.43 3.10 2.57 3.88 ---
2010 0.00 -2.54 -3.16 -1.94 -1.74 -1.58 -2.17 -4.68 -0.85 -11.93

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1913-S Type 1 Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 2,105,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 0.75 1.25 1.75 3.50 5.00 7.00 10.00 --- --- ---
1955 1.25 2.00 3.50 6.00 7.50 10.00 13.50 --- --- ---
1960 2.75 4.50 6.00 8.00 10.00 14.00 19.00 --- --- ---
1965 5.50 7.75 9.50 12.50 20.00 26.00 42.50 --- --- ---
1970 4.75 6.75 8.50 11.00 15.00 23.00 37.50 --- --- ---
1975 5.00 7.00 9.00 13.00 16.00 25.00 42.50 --- --- ---
1980 6.25 8.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 40.00 75.00 --- --- ---
1985 9.00 11.00 16.00 25.00 45.00 75.00 100 --- --- ---
1990 10.00 12.00 16.00 25.00 35.00 45.00 60.00 80.00 375 ---
1995 10.00 12.50 17.50 25.00 36.00 50.00 65.00 125 700 ---
2000 15.00 17.50 22.50 27.50 42.50 50.00 65.00 100 675 2250
2002 17.50 21.00 27.50 37.50 50.00 62.50 75.00 100 600 ---
2004 35.00 40.00 47.50 57.50 75.00 87.50 100 150 1000 5750
2006 37.50 42.50 52.50 62.50 80.00 100 125 200 1000 6000
2008 50.00 55.00 60.00 75.00 100 125 150 250 1000 6500
2010 40.00 50.00 60.00 75.00 90.00 100 125 250 900 5350
2012 40.00 45.50 60.00 70.00 85.00 90.00 125 225 815 5350
2014 45.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 85.00 95.00 125 200 815 4450
2016 45.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 85.00 95.00 125 175 785 5575
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 6.40 5.75 5.50 4.64 4.39 4.03 3.90 --- --- ---
1980 5.64 5.22 5.10 4.37 4.10 2.43 1.43 --- --- ---
2000 7.11 6.78 6.32 6.01 4.43 4.09 4.17 3.56 0.95 5.83
2010 1.98 0.00 0.00 -1.14 -0.95 -0.85 0.00 -5.77 -2.25 0.69

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1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 1,209,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 4.50 6.00 8.50 12.50 15.00 19.00 25.00 --- --- ---
1955 7.50 11.00 17.50 20.00 22.50 30.00 45.00 --- --- ---
1960 14.50 17.00 32.50 37.50 50.00 57.50 75.00 --- --- ---
1965 30.00 38.00 55.00 65.00 82.50 92.50 130 --- --- ---
1970 29.00 36.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 85.00 120 --- --- ---
1975 35.00 42.50 50.00 62.50 70.00 85.00 125 --- --- ---
1980 41.00 47.50 62.50 72.00 90.00 125 175 --- --- ---
1985 77.00 75.00 135 160 195 250 375 --- --- ---
1990 75.00 90.00 115 150 175 225 300 400 2500 ---
1995 75.00 90.00 100 150 200 250 300 525 3250 ---
2000 90.00 125 150 175 200 275 375 525 2750 3250
2002 125 175 200 225 250 300 375 600 3000 ---
2004 250 325 350 400 450 500 600 1000 5000 ---
2006 275 350 400 500 550 650 1000 1250 5000 25000
2008 400 500 550 600 700 800 1100 1500 5000 35000
2010 375 450 500 550 650 750 900 1250 3500 32750
2012 350 400 450 500 600 700 900 1250 5000 32750
2014 350 400 425 450 575 700 950 1250 3750 32750
2016 350 400 425 450 575 700 895 1250 3750 41000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 6.82 6.57 6.11 5.58 5.68 5.62 5.57 --- --- ---
1980 6.14 6.10 5.47 5.22 5.29 4.90 4.64 --- --- ---
2000 8.86 7.54 6.73 6.08 6.82 6.01 5.59 5.57 1.96 17.17
2010 -1.14 -1.94 -2.67 -3.29 -2.02 -1.14 -0.09 0.00 1.16 3.82

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1914
Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 20,665,738 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.25 0.35 0.60 1.00 1.50 2.25 3.00 --- --- --- 6.50
1955 0.30 0.50 0.90 1.50 2.00 3.50 4.50 --- --- --- 9.00
1960 0.75 1.10 2.00 2.75 3.50 5.00 7.00 --- --- --- 24.00
1965 1.50 2.25 3.50 5.25 10.00 11.00 21.00 --- --- --- 200
1970 1.50 2.25 3.25 5.00 8.75 10.00 23.00 --- --- --- 240
1975 3.00 3.25 4.50 6.00 9.00 11.00 27.50 --- --- --- 300
1980 3.75 4.50 5.75 7.00 13.50 16.00 30.00 --- --- --- 800
1985 4.00 5.00 6.50 8.00 15.00 33.00 75.00 --- --- --- 3000
1990 4.25 5.25 7.00 9.00 16.00 32.00 45.00 55.00 460 --- 1750
1995 5.00 6.00 7.50 10.00 15.00 25.00 40.00 60.00 375 --- 1375
2000 10.00 10.75 11.50 13.00 17.50 25.00 40.00 75.00 325 --- 1200
2002 13.50 14.25 15.00 20.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 75.00 425 --- 1500
2004 17.50 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 100 575 8000 3000
2006 17.50 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 100 575 7500 3000
2008 20.00 25.00 27.50 30.00 35.00 50.00 60.00 100 575 6750 3000
2010 17.50 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 60.00 100 550 5750 3000
2012 17.50 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 60.00 91.00 500 5750 3000
2014 21.50 23.00 25.00 27.50 30.00 37.50 50.00 91.00 450 5750 2250
2016 21.50 23.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 53.00 86.00 400 6900 2100
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.00 6.55 5.81 5.15 4.64 4.35 4.45 --- --- --- 9.15
1980 4.97 4.64 4.17 3.87 2.24 2.39 1.59 --- --- --- 2.72
2000 4.90 4.87 4.97 4.79 3.43 2.57 1.77 0.86 1.31 --- 3.56
2010 3.49 2.36 0.00 -1.44 -2.54 -1.07 -2.05 -2.48 -5.17 3.09 -5.77

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1914-D
Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 3,912,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 1.50 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.50 8.00 15.00 --- --- ---
1955 4.50 6.00 9.00 12.00 16.00 20.00 25.00 --- --- ---
1960 7.75 10.00 15.00 19.00 24.00 29.00 42.50 --- --- ---
1965 16.00 20.00 28.00 37.50 55.00 70.00 110 --- --- ---
1970 16.00 21.00 27.50 35.00 50.00 70.00 115 --- --- ---
1975 17.50 22.50 30.00 40.00 52.50 72.00 120 --- --- ---
1980 19.50 25.00 33.50 45.00 57.50 80.00 150 --- --- ---
1985 16.00 25.00 35.00 63.00 110 125 275 --- --- ---
1990 30.00 35.00 45.00 60.00 100 150 225 275 2750 ---
1995 30.00 37.50 50.00 62.50 100 125 175 325 1250 ---
2000 35.00 45.00 60.00 70.00 100 150 200 325 1250 ---
2002 45.00 60.00 75.00 85.00 140 175 225 400 1450 ---
2004 75.00 100 125 150 250 300 400 500 3000 12500
2006 75.00 125 175 225 300 375 450 600 2750 18750
2008 125 150 200 250 350 450 600 750 2500 20000
2010 100 150 175 225 325 375 475 750 1500 25000
2012 100 150 175 200 300 350 410 650 1500 15000
2014 90.00 125 150 200 325 375 450 575 1500 20000
2016 90.00 115 140 185 300 325 425 550 1400 20000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 6.40 6.33 6.00 5.98 6.25 5.77 5.20 --- --- ---
1980 4.34 4.33 4.05 4.01 4.70 3.97 2.94 --- --- ---
2000 6.08 6.04 5.44 6.26 7.11 4.95 4.82 3.34 0.71 ---
2010 -1.74 -4.33 -3.65 -3.21 -1.33 -2.36 -1.84 -5.04 -1.14 -3.65

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1914-S
Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 3,470,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 0.45 0.75 1.25 2.50 6.00 9.00 13.50 --- --- ---
1955 0.90 1.50 2.50 3.75 8.00 14.00 22.50 --- --- ---
1960 2.00 3.00 5.50 12.50 17.50 25.00 37.50 --- --- ---
1965 4.50 6.50 11.00 18.00 32.50 37.50 65.00 --- --- ---
1970 3.50 5.25 9.00 13.50 22.50 30.00 67.50 --- --- ---
1975 3.75 4.75 7.50 11.00 18.00 30.00 70.00 --- --- ---
1980 4.50 5.50 8.00 11.50 19.00 32.00 80.00 --- --- ---
1985 8.00 10.00 14.00 21.00 40.00 60.00 115 --- --- ---
1990 5.25 6.50 11.00 20.00 40.00 50.00 10.00 225 4700 ---
1995 6.00 7.50 12.50 20.00 30.00 50.00 125 300 3000 ---
2000 10.00 12.50 16.00 22.50 35.00 75.00 175 350 1650 ---
2002 13.00 14.00 22.50 30.00 50.00 75.00 140 400 1700 ---
2004 20.00 30.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 125 200 500 3000 13500
2006 25.00 35.00 50.00 65.00 100 150 200 500 3000 13500
2008 35.00 50.00 60.00 75.00 125 175 250 500 3000 13500
2010 30.00 45.00 50.00 65.00 100 150 225 500 2500 30000
2012 30.00 40.00 45.50 60.00 100 140 200 450 2250 17500
2014 26.00 35.00 41.00 60.00 95.00 150 200 425 2250 14500
2016 26.00 37.50 41.00 60.00 95.00 140 200 400 2000 14500
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 6.34 6.11 5.43 4.93 4.27 4.25 4.17 --- --- ---
1980 4.99 5.48 4.64 4.70 4.57 4.18 2.58 --- --- ---
2000 6.15 7.11 6.06 6.32 6.44 3.98 0.84 0.84 1.21 ---
2010 -2.36 -2.99 -3.25 -1.33 -0.85 -1.14 -1.94 -3.65 -3.65 -11.41

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1915
Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 20,987,270 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.25 0.35 0.60 0.80 1.35 2.25 3.50 --- --- --- 7.50
1955 0.30 0.50 1.00 1.25 2.25 3.00 5.00 --- --- --- 9.00
1960 0.60 1.00 1.50 2.00 3.50 5.00 7.50 --- --- --- 25.00
1965 1.35 2.00 3.25 5.50 9.25 11.25 20.00 --- --- --- 225
1970 1.10 1.75 3.00 5.50 10.00 12.00 22.50 --- --- --- 265
1975 1.40 2.25 3.00 5.50 10.00 12.50 26.00 --- --- --- 300
1980 1.75 2.50 3.25 5.50 11.50 14.00 35.00 --- --- --- 800
1985 1.25 2.50 4.50 6.50 12.00 24.00 55.00 --- --- --- 3100
1990 2.25 3.25 5.00 7.00 12.75 25.00 45.00 53.00 375 --- 4350
1995 3.00 4.00 5.00 7.00 12.50 22.50 45.00 65.00 275 --- 1250
2000 4.50 5.00 5.50 6.75 15.00 27.50 42.50 62.50 250 1325 1250
2002 5.00 6.00 7.00 11.00 17.50 37.50 50.00 65.00 300 --- 1350
2004 5.00 6.00 7.50 12.00 20.00 40.00 50.00 80.00 350 2750 2500
2006 5.00 6.00 7.50 12.50 22.50 40.00 52.50 100 350 3000 2500
2008 7.50 9.00 10.00 15.00 27.50 50.00 60.00 100 350 3300 2500
2010 7.00 9.00 10.00 12.50 20.00 35.00 50.00 100 350 2800 2500
2012 7.00 9.00 10.00 12.50 20.00 35.00 50.00 100 375 2400 2500
2014 7.00 8.50 9.00 12.50 21.00 38.00 50.00 90.00 350 2200 2250
2016 7.00 8.50 9.00 12.50 20.00 35.00 50.00 90.00 300 2400 2000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67 PF-65
1950 0.00 4.95 4.19 4.31 4.35 4.38 4.11 --- --- --- 8.83
1980 3.93 3.46 2.87 2.42 1.88 2.81 1.00 --- --- --- 2.58
2000 2.80 3.37 3.13 4.18 2.57 2.04 1.02 2.31 1.15 3.78 2.98
2010 0.00 -0.95 -1.74 0.66 1.98 1.38 0.00 -1.74 -2.54 -2.54 -3.65

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1915-D
Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 7,569,500 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 0.75 1.25 2.00 3.25 7.00 10.00 15.00 --- --- ---
1955 1.10 2.00 3.50 4.50 10.00 14.00 20.00 --- --- ---
1960 1.75 2.75 5.50 8.00 12.50 17.50 30.00 --- --- ---
1965 4.00 6.00 10.00 14.25 23.00 30.00 65.00 --- --- ---
1970 4.25 6.25 10.50 15.00 24.00 30.00 65.00 --- --- ---
1975 5.00 6.50 10.50 17.00 25.00 30.00 67.50 --- --- ---
1980 5.50 7.00 11.25 16.50 25.00 38.00 80.00 --- --- ---
1985 4.00 6.00 12.50 33.00 50.00 85.00 150 --- --- ---
1990 6.75 10.00 17.50 37.25 50.00 70.00 125 300 3625 ---
1995 6.75 10.00 25.00 35.00 50.00 70.00 150 300 2500 ---
2000 9.00 12.50 20.00 35.00 65.00 90.00 150 300 2000 ---
2002 14.50 16.50 30.00 40.00 75.00 100 200 300 1750 ---
2004 15.00 20.00 35.00 50.00 125 150 250 350 4000 ---
2006 17.50 25.00 42.50 62.50 125 175 250 350 3500 27500
2008 25.00 40.00 50.00 75.00 125 175 250 350 3500 35000
2010 20.00 30.00 50.00 75.00 125 150 225 350 2000 31500
2012 20.00 30.00 50.00 75.00 125 150 220 350 2000 31500
2014 21.00 31.00 40.00 70.00 125 150 220 350 1750 26250
2016 21.00 31.00 40.00 70.00 115 145 230 350 1750 26250
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 5.18 4.99 4.64 4.76 4.33 4.13 4.22 --- --- ---
1980 3.79 4.22 3.59 4.10 4.33 3.79 2.98 --- --- ---
2000 5.44 5.84 4.43 4.43 3.63 3.03 2.71 0.97 -0.83 ---
2010 0.82 0.55 -3.65 -1.14 -1.38 -0.56 0.37 0.00 -2.20 -2.99

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1915-S
Buffalo Nickels
Mintage: 1,505,000 Historical Value Trends
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 0.75 1.25 1.75 3.50 5.00 7.50 13.50 --- --- ---
1955 1.50 2.50 4.50 9.00 14.50 17.00 22.50 --- --- ---
1960 3.25 4.25 8.50 12.50 20.00 25.00 37.50 --- --- ---
1965 8.00 11.00 17.50 25.00 40.00 50.00 125 --- --- ---
1970 7.25 10.25 16.00 25.00 44.00 52.50 130 --- --- ---
1975 6.75 10.00 20.00 32.00 47.50 55.00 130 --- --- ---
1980 8.00 11.00 22.50 35.00 52.50 80.00 165 --- --- ---
1985 13.50 20.00 30.00 60.00 115 145 275 --- --- ---
1990 10.00 17.50 25.00 62.50 125 175 275 500 3250 ---
1995 12.50 17.50 30.00 75.00 125 200 425 800 2900 ---
2000 15.00 20.00 40.00 75.00 125 250 450 625 2100 ---
2002 22.00 32.50 65.00 100 175 325 475 750 2200 ---
2004 30.00 40.00 75.00 150 250 400 500 750 3500 17500
2006 40.00 60.00 100 200 325 500 650 1000 4000 21500
2008 60.00 85.00 125 225 375 600 750 1000 4000 30000
2010 50.00 75.00 125 175 325 500 700 1000 3000 40000
2012 50.00 75.00 125 175 325 500 700 1000 3000 30000
2014 50.00 75.00 115 175 325 500 650 1000 3250 35000
2016 50.00 75.00 115 175 325 500 650 1050 3000 35000
Compounded Annual % Return Rate Since…
Computed from year indicated in left-most column to the year 2016
Year G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 XF-40 AU-50 MS-60 MS-63 MS-65 MS-67
1950 6.57 6.40 6.55 6.11 6.53 6.57 6.05 --- --- ---
1980 5.22 5.48 4.64 4.57 5.19 5.22 3.88 --- --- ---
2000 7.82 8.61 6.82 5.44 6.15 4.43 2.32 3.30 2.25 ---
2010 0.00 0.00 -1.38 0.00 0.00 0.00 -1.23 0.82 0.00 -2.20

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In the 1950s, grading practices grading practices were radically different from what we have today. A coin's condition was described using simple adjectives such as "Very Good" or "Uncirculated". Accordingly, numismatic references of those times conformed to the same set of adjectives to approximate retail coin values. Varying distinctions of Uncirculated (today's equivalent of MS-60, MS-61, etc) and Proof were recognized in some advertisements and auction bills by employing modifying descriptors such as "Brilliant Uncirculated" or "Choice Proof", for example. However, with no clear point of reference or consistency on how the modifying descriptors were invoked, most publishers resorted to listing values for only one "Uncirculated" grade and one "Proof" grade.

The 70-point numeric system (G-4, VG-8, etc.) in widespread use today was popularized by the American Numismatic Association in the late 1970s, an era when coin values were escalating dramatically, most notably for high quality specimens. Vague descriptors such as "Choice" and "Brilliant" were replaced by the more precise numerically determined grades. Thus, finely differentiated grades like MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65 eventually became commonplace, and by the late 1980s, the practice of assigning a numerical grade to indicate quality was universal (this does not imply the 70-point system eliminated grading inconsistencies, but it did help to stabilize the coin collecting hobby).

In February 1986, the ANA changed its grading interpretations to match the tightening standards demanded by the marketplace. This meant that many coins correctly graded as MS-65 in the early 1980s became MS-63 or less, so as to be consistent with the newly revised interpretation. Conversely, a coin graded after 1986 as MS-63 was about equal in quality to an MS-65 before 1986. Thus, the Mint State prices published in numismatic periodicals prior to 1986 are not directly comparable to those published later. The Coin Value Tables of this website relied heavily on periodicals from before 1986, but we did not attempt to compensate for the revised grading standards of 1986; we reported what we found. One must take this into account when studying trends for an MS-65 coin from, say, 1980 to the present. On the other hand, because of the dearth of Mint State price estimates published prior to 1986, more than 98% of the Coin Value Table data is not affected by anything mentioned in this paragraph!

The Coin Value Tables trend data for Buffalo nickels reflect the historic availability of numeric grades to describe coins. For the 1950-1985 rows, the values in the "G-4" column correspond to the "Good" listing of those years, "VG-8" corresponds to "Very Good", and so on. The "MS-60" column records the "Uncirculated" value reported during those same decades. Similarly, "PF-65" corresponds to simple "Proof" figures. Starting in the 1990 row, coin values strictly correspond to numeric grades grades. Furthermore, "Uncirculated" grades are broken down into "MS-60", "MS-63", and "MS-65", because by 1990, this type of Uncirculated value data for Buffalo nickels was readily available. Beginning in the 1990 row and onward, the "PF-65" figure can be precisely viewed as the value for a Proof nickel ranking 65 on the 70 point scale.

For those interested, we have a coin grading section with more details on the evolution of grading coins.



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