The silver content in a Buffalo 5-cent piece is zero percent, as it does not contain any silver. The metal content of the coin consists of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel.
Nickel silver is an alloy made from 50 to 80 percent copper, 5 to 30 percent nickel, and 10 to 35 percent zinc. Although it is silvery in appearance, it is non-precious and contains no silver.
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 va...
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 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 Fra...
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.
Numerous buffalo nickels from the 2005 run depict an unusual error that makes one leg of the bison appear to be detached from the animal's body. Abrasions on the die used to cast the nickels caused the error, which made the nickels initially more valuable.