Indian Head Nickel

January 15, 2009

The Indian Head Nickel is a very unique coin in the history of the United States.  For the first time, the US put into mint the image of a Native American.  It is said that the Indian Head Nickel (also known as the Buffalo Nickel) is a composite of three Native American Indians: Iron Tail, Two Moons, and John Big Tree.

So, although the image does not represent any one in particular, it does honor some of the great Native American Chiefs during early American history.  There has not been a nickel before or since that has featured a native American on its face. Except for the American Buffalo gold bullion coins which were commemorative coins released in 2001(Buffalo dollar) and 2006.

Other names given to the Indian Head Nickel are the Buffalo nickel (the most commonly used name) and sometimes the Hobo Nickel.  Although the Hobo Nickel name is only used when referring to coinage that has been re-sculpted by an artist to depict a different image completely.

Some of the most popular years of the Indian Nickel (or Nickel Head) are:

If you were to find one of these in circulation, it would be rare indeed.  They are all but extinct from common circulation as collectors and other are picking them out as soon as they are spotted.

However, if you would like to have your very own Indian Head Nickel, you can actually add one to your collection for a very reasonable price (depending on year, quality, etc.).  For your convenience, we have included some of the listings for Buffalo nickels selling on eBay right now.

Category: Buffalo Nickel, Hobo Nickel, Indian Head Nickels