Your 1927 nickel value is part of the later years of production, where many coins survive until today.
However, the appeal of the series and the large numbers of collectors assembling collections has continued to drive values up. Certain date and mintmark combinations are especially elusive.
1927 nickel value is stronger for the branch mints of this year. The "D" and "S" mint Buffalo's are found less often.
It is the condition of your nickel that has the greatest impact on value. The "Uncirculated" 1927 Buffalo nickel pictured is highly prized by rare coin dealers because of condition. Huge swings in value follow the better condition coins. There are "Grading" images below to help guide through this part of determining value.
The date, the mint that struck the coin, and very important- the condition. This combination uncovers how much your buffalo nickel is worth.
1927 nickel value is listed according to the three different mints that produced the coins and in four grading categories.
More about grading your coins is found below.
The "D" or "S" in the listing indicates the mint that produced the coin. D - Denver Mint, S - San Francisco Mint, no mintmark for the Philadelphia Mint. Locate the mintmark on the reverse under the Buffalo.
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The goal of a collector is finding a 1927 Buffalo nickel with the least amount of disturbance to the surface and the smallest of imperfections.
However, the handling of coins is not kind to them. Starting at the mint, just after striking, a pristine coin emerges. The rest of their journey from then until now begins to quickly take its toll on the surface of the coin.
Freshly minted coins are emptied into large bins, later scooped and counted into bags. Many bags are heaped onto one another. All of this shaking about inflicts abrasions, nicks and bruises to the coin's surface. Once a perfect coin is now quickly showing the effects of grouping with other coins.
At least one San Francisco minted 1927 nickel avoided unwanted harm. A bright, lustrous and with a few light marks, an outstanding example realized $2990 at a David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction. A committed search added one more coin to a determined collector's collection.
Of the many variables considered as you value your old nickel, accurate "grading" of its condition is one of the more challenging. Compare your coins to the images, and with a little study, it is possible to identify those in the valuable, higher grades.
Uncirculated: A 1927 buffalo nickel in this condition stands out as a superior coin. It never circulated, therefore its surfaces show no signs of wear. Handle coins in Uncirculated condition by their edges to preserve their surfaces. Rotate the coin under a light, examine the cheek of the Indian and upper back of the buffalo for signs of wear, appearing as dullness on the high spots.
Extremely Fine: This coin shows evidence of use and was collected from circulation before to much wear took place. A nice coin with abundant detail, although the hair braid is reduced and shows some loss of detail.
Fine: Also a collectable grade for a 1927 nickel, the coin has a pleasing but worn appearance. A full bold date with legends separated from the rims, increases this grade from a lesser one. Design details are visible on both the Buffalo and Indian.
Good: The top edges of the lettering next to the rim have joined and blurred the distinction, noticeable on both obverse and reverse. Also defining the grade are extensive flat areas of the head, shoulder and hip across the Buffalo.
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