Category Archives: James Earle Fraser

Understanding the 1938-D D Over S Buffalo Nickel Variety

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Buffalo Nickel series, running from 1913 through 1938 and designed by James Earle Fraser, yields many rare and alluring varieties. These include rare overdates, scarce doubled dies, and even missing anatomy on the bison that appears on the reverse of the coin. And then there is the fascinating […]

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Keys to Collecting the Buffalo Nickel and Other Nickels

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The five-cent coin was born in the aftermath of the Civil War when copper, silver and gold coinage had been hoarded. After the war there was growing need for circulating coinage not made of a metal that would be hoarded, and nickel fit that bill. But these coins were not […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… The 1924-S Buffalo Nickel is a prime target for counterfeiters. In particular, sharp-eyed graders will pay close attention to additions or other alterations made to the mintmark. Prominent sculptor James Earle Fraser created an iconic design deeply rooted in Western Americana for the Buffalo […]

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2020 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin on Sale April 9

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2020 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 20EL) on April 9 at noon EDT. First issued in 2006, the American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin was the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever struck by the Mint and is the collector […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Vikings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. On JUNE 8, 793, A BAND of Norse raiders sacked Lindisfarne, a monastery on the Holy Island off the northeast coast of England. Historians date this as the beginning of the Viking Age. And over the next three centuries, these fierce Scandinavian warriors shaped much […]

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Collecting Short Sets – Four Ideal Short Sets for Collectors of US Coins

Short Sets Collecting Strategies By Adrian Chacon for PCGS …… Collecting Short sets  of coins that represents a portion of an entire series. There is a particular range of years which accommodates these sets, and many of these short sets are very popular among collectors. All sets mentioned below can be found in the PCGS […]

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Top Pop 1935 Buffalo Nickel in NGC MS-68 Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek ….   On Sunday, December 29, as part of its last auction for the year, GreatCollections.com will end bidding on this 1935 Buffalo nickel, graded MS-68 by NGC. Even though 58,264,000 Buffalo nickels were struck in 1935, it is nevertheless an interesting study in condition rarity. In grades up to and including Mint […]

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Maine Centennial Half Dollar Turns 100 in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ….. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Maine Centennial Commemorative half dollar, a coin that was issued in 1920 to honor the 100th anniversary of Maine’s admission to the Union in 1820. As a pre-1930 issue, the Maine Centennial is among the earlier group of Classic United […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln – Beyond Brenner

Abraham Lincoln By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln […]

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A Man, a Plan, a Coin: The Classic Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… For many, the Oregon Trail evokes thoughts of untouched terrain, the untamed wild, and new beginnings. The reality was much different. Many lost their lives traveling the 2,170 miles spanning the distance of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. It is estimated that 20,000 people lie in unmarked graves. The […]

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Jim Bisognani: The Tale of Two Washingtons

A bureaucratic struggle behind the scenes in 1931 decided how the first US president would be portrayed on coins for years to come   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. The year is moving right along; I can’t believe that the Fourth of July, our greatest American holiday, is but a week away! Seemingly in […]

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Classic US Coins: The 1921 Peace Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… The 1921 Peace Dollar has origins dating back to 1878 when the United States Congress passed the Bland-Allison Act. This measure required the Treasury Department to make a monthly purchase of $2 million in silver for the sole purpose of converting the metal into silver dollars. These pieces carried the […]

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United States Mint 24-Karat Gold Buffalo Proof Coin on Sale April 12

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2019 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 19EL) on April 12 at noon EDT. The American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin is a 24-karat gold proof coin struck by the Mint and is the collector version of the official United States Mint […]

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Condition Rarity 1913-D Buffalo Nickel Highlights Recent GreatCollections Sale

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday evening, February 17, a Type I 1913-D Buffalo Nickel, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC, sold for $4,850 USD ($5,456.25 including buyer’s premium). While the 1913-D is a fairly common coin (thanks to the public’s enthusiasm for first-year-of-issue coins and the “hoarding” that goes along with it), population […]

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Hidden in plain sight: Reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar pays subtle homage to the legendary designer of the Buffalo nickel

If you are interested in the new American Innovation $1 Coin Program and have a fancy for Buffalo nickels, we have some good news for you. A commonly unnoticed (or at least undiscussed) detail on the reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar hints toward a connection with the designer of the Buffalo (or Indian Head) nickel, James Earle Fraser

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Hidden in plain sight: Reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar pays subtle homage to the legendary designer of the Buffalo nickel

If you are interested in the new American Innovation $1 Coin Program and have a fancy for Buffalo nickels, we have some good news for you. A commonly unnoticed (or at least undiscussed) detail on the reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar hints toward a connection with the designer of the Buffalo (or Indian Head) nickel, James Earle Fraser

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Hidden in plain sight: Reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar pays subtle homage to the legendary designer of the Buffalo nickel

If you are interested in the new American Innovation $1 Coin Program and have a fancy for Buffalo nickels, we have some good news for you. A commonly unnoticed (or at least undiscussed) detail on the reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar hints toward a connection with the designer of the Buffalo (or Indian Head) nickel, James Earle Fraser

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Hidden in plain sight: Reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar pays subtle homage to the legendary designer of the Buffalo nickel

If you are interested in the new American Innovation $1 Coin Program and have a fancy for Buffalo nickels, we have some good news for you. A commonly unnoticed (or at least undiscussed) detail on the reverse of the 2018 American Innovation dollar hints toward a connection with the designer of the Buffalo (or Indian Head) nickel, James Earle Fraser

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2018 American Buffalo One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin goes on sale on May 10

Washington — The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2018 American Buffalo One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 18EL) on May 10 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The Mint introduced the American Buffalo One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin in 2006

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United States Mint 2018 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin on Sale May 10

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2018  One Ounce American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin (product code 18EL) on May 10 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The Mint introduced the One Ounce American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin in 2006. It is the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever struck by the Mint […]

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Stone Mountain: Birth of the Klan Half Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. It was in 1923 that renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum wrote to influential senator Henry Cabot Lodge, urging him to support legislation for a Stone Mountain commemorative half dollar. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge on March 17, 1924. The money raised […]

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Classic US Coins – Building a Set of Buffalo Nickels at Very Low Cost

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #396 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. With more than two dozen dates costing less than $20 each and a half-dozen costing less than $2 each, a set of Very Fine to Extremely Fine grade ‘Normal Date’ Buffalo nickels can […]

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10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 1

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Selecting with absolute precision 10 of the greatest moments in the history of coin collecting in the United States is a daunting task. Numismatics has enjoyed more than 160 years of growth in the U.S. since its murky beginnings in the early 19th century. Its rollicking career has […]

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Whitman Publishes Expanded 2nd Edition of Guide Book of Buffalo, Jefferson Nickels

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new second edition of the Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page softcover book is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $19.95 USD. Bowers will autograph copies at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair […]

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U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

The United States Mint 2017 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 17EL) will be available for purchase beginning on May 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Produced since 2006, this .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin features designs that are based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle […]

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Editorials on the Buffalo nickel, written shortly after its release

On May 11, the Mint will release the 2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coin. James Earle Fraser’s iconic Indian Head / Buffalo design debuted on the nickel five-cent piece in 1913, and today is a beloved classic

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Editorials on the Buffalo nickel, written shortly after its release

On May 11, the Mint will release the 2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coin. James Earle Fraser’s iconic Indian Head / Buffalo design debuted on the nickel five-cent piece in 1913, and today is a beloved classic

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Sweet Tea Currency Notes, Virtually Flawless 1936 Satin Proof Buffalo Featured in DLRC Auction #956 – Bidding Ends Sunday!

By CoinWeek ….. On 8:00 pm Sunday night, David Lawrence Rare Coins will wrap up Auction #956. Featuring 385 certified coins and 49 notes from the Sweet Tea Collection, the latest lot offering offers collectors of all budgets and interest areas an opportunity to add high-quality material to their collection without paying the high buyer’s […]

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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Publish September Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce the availability of their latest catalogue, featuring works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue aims to include a wide variety of material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com. A few highlights from this May offering include: The magnificent 1645 Icones volume […]

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Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly all […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln cent was […]

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First Read: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …. The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein The period of our nation’s monetary history that began shortly after the turn of the century and ran until about 1932 or ’33 […]

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Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Online Auctions Tide Collectors Over – My Five–0 Season Continues Summer 2016 has certainly been busy and eventful. Numismatically speaking I can’t recall having enjoyed our hobby as much as I continue on my Five-0—fifty years as a collector-season. Things have changed in so many ways […]

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Coin Grading – NGC Baltimore Show Designation for Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50

NGC will offer several designations for qualifying 2016-W Gold Buffalo $50 coins, including a special BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation See other coins eligible for the BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation The US Mint has confirmed that the Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 will be released on the first day (March 31) of the Whitman Baltimore Expo. […]

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Precious Metals – The Benefits of Silver Bullion Rounds

By Bullion Shark, LLC……… Silver Stackers’ heads are spinning as the price of silver bullion is finally experiencing some positive movement after a tough few years. This has a lot to do with the current state of the stock market and the high gold-to-silver ratio. Consumers are buying silver bullion hand over fist as seen […]

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US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921. Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold coins, each had its own unique appearance. These designs were a clear departure from […]

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U.S. Mint to Open Sales for 2015 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin April 9

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2015 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin (product code PM6) starting April 9 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The bureau has priced the coin based on its pricing strategy for numismatic products containing precious metals. Current pricing information is available at catalog.usmint.gov. Orders will be accepted […]

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