I seem to have had something of knack throughout the course of my life for acquiring Buffalo or Indian head nickels though I’m not a numismatist by any stretch of the imagination.
Never really made an effort to acquire any they just seem to come my way.
They don’t remain in my possession for long as they usually become part of a belt, bracelet, wristband, or accompanied by beads and jingles find their way onto a pouch, pipe bag, or some other item made from leather.
Notwithstanding this long association it was only recently that I did a little related research on the net and discovered they were minted from 1913 to 1938 and were designed by James Earle Fraser, apparently a sculptor of some renown.
The “tails” side of the coin employed a buffalo named Black Diamond from the NY Central Park Zoo as a model and the “heads” side is a composite of three indigenous men.
Some depending on condition are said to be worth a fair amount of money, I don’t know if any I’ve ever had were in that number but even so if any were I think the better purpose is served if used in Indigenous arts and crafts.
Different people I know have at times come up with one or two and offered them to me – such was the case yesterday when I acquired five more.
All showing a fair amount wear and in need of a little gentle cleaning but to be expected considering age and the fact that were they minted using a mixture of nickel and copper.
Like I said though, they don’t stay in my possession long and plans have already been made for them.
I used to do some sand casting, buckles,pendants, and bracelets – haven’t for a while but thinking of doing so again.
I only mention that as I have made belts using sand cast pieces, conchos, and at times this type of nickel.
A few in really nice condition have been set aside with the idea when more in comparable condition are gathered they will be used to create something special.