An important part of value with any old coin is condition. You can judge the condition of your old nickel yourself by following the How to Video - Grading Buffalo Nickels. Dates and mintmarks are only a part of the value process. Recognize the better grade coins to find accurately how much they are worth.
A clear bold date indicates a higher grade; ample detail along the buffalo's back also indicates a high grade. Compare your old nickels to those highlighted in the video, determine the grade of your coin and an accurate value.
Combine the grading video above with the descriptions and close-up images that follow and you can sharpen your grading skills. Take your time... grading Buffalo nickels is a process, run through it a couple of times for the best results. The difference in grades become apparent quickly.
Collectors strive to own these rare condition coins. The uncirculated grade describes a Buffalo nickel with no wear from use. As you rotate the coin under a light, surface wear would appear as breaks in luster, first evident just below the eye of the Indian. Note: A single light source is helpful in bringing out the radiating effect of luster.
Grading Buffalo nickels that have begun to wear is a matter of judging the amount of metal removed from the surface. A coin in the "extremely fine" grade show very minor loss of metal. Although wear is noticeable, it still appears sharp and crisp to reach this grade.
Also a collectible grade for a Buffalo nickel, many dates, especially the early years are worth a premium. In the "fine" grade your coin has a worn but pleasing appearance. With a full bold date and legends separated from the rim, clearly a strong candidate for the fine grade.
This Buffalo nickel represents a coin that fits solidly in the "good" grade. Overall heavy wear has taken a toll on the finer details; however the boldness of the design allows the deeper recesses to remain. Notice that despite a lack of the finer details, complete outlines of the Indian and Buffalo are visible. Also lettering on both the obverse and reverse is also readable.
Approach the judging of condition conservatively to realize a fair value. Grading Buffalo nickels is subjective, especially from the point of view of the seller and the point of view of the buyer. Follow the elements outlined above in the video, images and descriptions. Very soon many of the subtle differences in condition become easier to recognize and grade.
Date by Date Buffalo Nickel Value
With your ability to see the difference in condition and grade Buffalo nickels visit the value charts. Listing of Dates | Mintmarks | Condition - finds an accurate Buffalo nickel value.
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Value charts in combination with grading images to judge condition. Discover how much your old coin are worth. Get the best price if selling by knowing the accurate value of your coins.