8 Rare Nickels & Factors to Determine Their Value

Buffalo Nickel became the new five-cent piece design in 1913. Five nickels were produced with the Liberty Head V design, however. Of these five startlingly valuable rare coins, three are privately held. In 2018, Stack's Bowers Galleries sold one for $4,560,000

Liberty Head V Nickel (1913)

Buffalo Nickels from 1918/7-D have prominent overdates. In the 1930s, the double-stricken date with seven underneath the eight was found. Genuine 1918/7-D nickels feature a left-tilting mintmark. One nickel sold for $350,750 in 2006 at Bowers & Merena

7-D Buffalo Nickel (1918)

The 1926 S Buffalo Nickel is rare because the San Francisco mint manufactured just 970,000 Buffalo nickels, while other mints produced millions. Bowers & Merena (formerly Stack's Bowers Galleries) sold a coin for $322,000 in 2008.

S Buffalo Nickel (1926)

Double dye is seen on the 1916 rare Buffalo nickels' date and Chief's chin. One of 200 known sold for $281,750 in 2004 via Bowers & Merena (now Stack's Bowers Galleries).

Buffalo Nickel (1916)

Nickel designs changed from Liberty Head V to Buffalo in 1913. Buffalo designs debuted twice in 1913. Start with Five Cents. This was omitted from Type 2 models. Bowers & Merena (formerly Stack's Bowers Galleries) sold a Type 2 Buffalo Nickel for $143,750 in 2008.

D Buffalo Nickel (1913)

The San Francisco Mint variety of 1917 Buffalo Nickels shows a strange dye quality, leading to the rarity of this coin. One sold for $138,000 in 2008 via Heritage Auctions.

S Buffalo Nickel (1917)

Only a handful Denver Mint Buffalo Nickels are high-quality out of 9.5 million. Bowers & Merena (formerly Stack's Bowers Galleries) sold a high-grade example for $138,000 in 2008.

D Buffalo Nickel (1920)

The rays are removed from 1867 Shield Nickels. Some nickels from this year still have rays around the five. Approximately 10 are still in existence, one of which sold for $132,250 in 2004 via Heritage Auctions

Shield Nickel (1867)