Buffalo Nickels Date & Mint Analysis Guide

[The following excerpt is published courtesy of DLRC Press and its author, David W. Lange. This information was originally published in 2006 in The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels.]

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1. “Ranking” refers to the placement of that particular date/mint combination’s mintage within the overall series from lowest mintage to highest. In other words, the date/mint with the lowest mintage is ranked 1/64, while the issue with the highest mintage is 64/64.

2. “B” numbers are taken from Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Coins.

3. “DDO, DDR, RPM, and OMM” designations are taken from CONECA’s master index.

4. “Combined NGC & PCGS Population” refer to the total number of coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Professional Coin Grading Service in the respective grades listed. The grades included are the ones most sought by collectors of Buffalo Nickels. These figures are taken from the October 2005 editions of the NGC Census Report and the PCGS Population Report.

5. “FS” numbers are taken from The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties by Bill Fivaz and J. T. Stanton and are used by permission from Whitman Publishing, LLC. A table for converting the new FS numbers into the old ones is found in Appendix C.

6. “VALUES” listed under 1940 are taken from the Standard Catalogue of United States Coins and Tokens 1940, Wayte Raymond, Editor. VALUES” listed under 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2006 are from the 4th, 13th, 23rd, 33rd, 43rd, 53rd and 59th editions of A Guide Book of United States Coins by R. S. Yeoman and are used by permission from Whitman Publishing, LLC. The earlier editions did not use numerical grading, but it may be assumed that entries described simply as “UNC”described what we now call MS-60. Therefore, the values taken from these editions have been assigned the MS-60 grade for continuity with later entries. The values for higher grades are more volatile, being subject to changes in the certified population. Readers are referred to The Coin Dealer Newsletter, The Certified Coin Dealer Newsletter and Numismedia for current valuations.

7. The term “choice” in reference to grading describes a coin whose numerical grade would be MS-63 or MS-64. The term “gem” refers to a coin grading MS-65 or higher. The term “superb gem” refers to a coin grading MS-66 or higher.

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