1938 Buffalo Nickel Coin Collectors Wall Clock


Demonstrate your love of numismatics with this great image of an iconic coin! Our 12 inch Wall Clock Collection features a quartz accurate movement. Unlike plastic wall clocks, you experience superior visibility with our mineral glass crystal. The printed ring on the crystal displays the numbers with a color coordinated outer bezel. Perfect for display at home or in your office!

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The Buffalo Nickel, also known as the Indian Head Nickel, is a coin that was minted by the United States from 1913 to 1938. It is one of the most iconic and beloved coins in American numismatic history. Here’s a brief history of the Buffalo Nickel:

Design and Creation: The Buffalo Nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser, a prominent American sculptor. Fraser was inspired by the beauty of the American West and wanted to create a coin that reflected the spirit of the region. He used a composite image of three different Native American chiefs as models for the obverse (front) of the coin, and an American bison, commonly known as a buffalo, for the reverse (back) side.

Mintage Years and Varieties: The Buffalo Nickel was minted from 1913 to 1938, excluding the years 1922, 1932, and 1933. Throughout its mintage, there were a few notable design variations and changes:

  1. Type 1 (1913): The initial version of the coin lacked the words “FIVE CENTS” on the reverse side below the buffalo. This created confusion, as the denomination was not clearly indicated, so the design was modified later that year.
  2. Type 2 (1913-1938): The revised version added the inscription “FIVE CENTS” below the buffalo on the reverse side, making it easier to identify the coin’s value.
  3. Date Placement (1913-1938): In the early years of mintage (1913-1916), the date was located on the raised mound or ground line that the buffalo stood on. However, this area quickly wore down during circulation, resulting in weak or illegible dates. To address this issue, the date was moved to the obverse side (next to the profile of the Native American chief) from 1916 onwards.

Significance and Legacy: The Buffalo Nickel holds significant cultural and historical value. Fraser’s design captured the essence of the American West and its Native American heritage. The buffalo depicted on the coin symbolizes the strength, resilience, and vastness of the American frontier. The Buffalo Nickel remains an enduring symbol of the American spirit and a favorite among coin collectors and enthusiasts.

In 1938, the Buffalo Nickel was replaced by the Jefferson Nickel, which is still in production today. However, the Buffalo Nickel’s legacy lives on, and it continues to be cherished for its unique design and historical significance.