Where to find a Buffalo Nickel?

January 16, 2009

If you are going to look for a Buffalo Nickel, where would you look?  There are many places that you might be able to find a buffalo nickel, and here are a few.

First, wouldn’t it be great if you could find one for free in circulation?  Although, this is quite a long shot, it IS possible.  The coins were minted from 1913 to 1938 and were still in use for quite some time after that.  In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 25,000 nickels in circulation today are in fact Indian head nickels.  There are a couple of places that you can start.

First, look at the change that you get from your local grocery store or convenience store, or anywhere else for that matter.  You might be surprised what you find.  While getting the buffalo nickel is unlikely, there are many other coins that are still valuable (such as silver quarters and dimes).

Second, you can do what is called coin-roll hunting.  Coin roll hunting is essentially going to your local bank and asking for several rolls (or an entire box) of nickels and searching through all of them one by one.  Once you have pulled out all the coins that you want, you take back the remaining coins and exchange it for new rolls of coins!  Many people do this and have been able to find valuable coins that have simply been looked over by other people.

Now, the most realistic way to get your hands on a buffalo nickel is to simply purchase one.  You can purchase a nickel online for only a few dollars.  However, if you are looking for a more rare variety or an uncirculated coin, you will have to pay a premium.  Overall, there is a very active market for these Indian Head coins, so you will have no problem finding one.

In fact, we have included some live listings from eBay below as a sample of what you might be able to find.

Category: Buffalo Nickel, Indian Head Nickels