Buffalo nickels from 1936 are some of the least valuable from the Buffalo nickel series, valued between 43 cents and $21, as of 2014. Value depends on the condition and mintmark of the coin. The coins from San Francisco are worth the most, followed by those from Denver and Philadelphia.
The U.S. Mint believes that the Native American figure depicted on the Buffalo Indian Head nickel is a composite image of Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux, Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne and another unnamed American Indian. The coins were designed by James Earle Fraser.
The value of a U.S. 1937 Indian buffalo nickel ranges between $1.75 to $45. There is a very rare error in this coin in which the buffalo has only three legs. This error is worth upwards of $5,000.
The mint mark on the 1936 buffalo nickel is located on the reverse of the coin, just below the "Five Cents" designation beneath the buffalo. The copper coins were struck in Denver (D), San Francisco (S) and Philadelphia (no mint mark).
According to Daniel Harris at CoinStudy.com, the value of a 1935 Buffalo nickel ranges from as low as $0.43 to as high as $42. The exact value of a specific coin depends on several factors, including condition and mintmark.
Since the U.S. Mint dates all coins it produces, collectors consider a Buffalo Indian Head nickel with the date rubbed off as a low-grade coin likely worth about 50 cents. The intrinsic value of the metal in the coins is around 5 cents, as of 2014.
A 1929 buffalo nickel is part of the buffalo nickel design set produced by the U.S. Mint between 1913 and 1938. It features a right-facing Native American bust on its obverse side and an engraving of a buffalo on its reverse side.
The buffalo nickel is not particularly rare, even though it was only minted between 1913 and 1938. According to the U.S. Mint, more than 1.2 billion such nickels were made during this time period. Some buffalo nickels, however, are more rare than others and have more value to coin collectors.
It isn't unusual to see a buffalo nickel with the date worn away, because the date was printed on a raised part of the coin's design. Since determining the age and rarity of the coin is impossible without the date, such coins are usually of little value to coin collectors.
The value of a 2005 bison nickel is available online at NGCCoin.com and PCGS.com, as of 2015. The United States stopped minting buffalo nickels in 1937. There are many criteria that coin appraisal websites and companies use to value coins, including condition and proof or mint designation.