Delve into a 90-year old mystery involving five of the most valuable coins in America – collectively worth over 12 million dollars. Million Dollar Nickels invites the reader into an outlandish industry where $10,000 buys the privilege to look at a coin, and a million dollars just might coax a nickel out of hiding. Framed in the backdrop of a nation-wide media frenzy and a public mad with the hope of hitting the jackpot, Million Dollar Nickels unveils a story of America’s most eccentric and famous collectors

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  1. My father, was born on April 14, 1886, and when he died in February 21, 1996, at 109 years old; he had a collection of old money, and I have the 1913, Buffalo nickel; it so large I thought it was a joke, until I search the web site. I am 81 years old, and I would like to know if my coin is of any valuable? Thank you!

    • A buffalo (a/k/a Indian Head) nickel dated 1913 is far more common than a Liberty Head nickel with the same date. Over 70 million buffalo nickels were struck that year and were regular circulation coins. The best research indicates only 5 Liberty head nickels were minted and they apparently were made by a few rogue Mint employees without authorization.

      That said, a genuine 1913 buffalo nickel can still be worth anywhere from about 8 dollars to several hundred, depending on its condition, whether the back side shows the buffalo standing on a flat plain or a sloping mound, and whether there’s a small letter (especially an “S”) under the words FIVE CENTS.

      Finally, the fact that you said your nickel is “so large I thought it was a joke” makes me think it’s not a real buffalo nickel. US nickels have always been essentially the same size and weight since the coin was introduced in 1866. If your coin is larger than a standard nickel, my suspicion is that it’s actually a novelty item and not a real coin. For example, I have a collection of coasters that look like coins but they’re 4 inches across! :)