1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel MS 65+

  • This 1918/7-D Buffalo nickel displays a rare "overdate" error on its obverse
  • In the 1918 year stamp, the number 7 is noticeable beneath the 8
  • It is one of the first U.S. coins to feature an accurate portrait of a Native American
  • This nickel is graded Mint State 65, placing it as the second finest known of its type
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Item No. 31-3548

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One of the most recognizable and rare overdates in American coinage, the 1918/7-D Buffalo nickel stands not only among the most valuable Buffalo nickels, but also one of the most important American coins period. The term “overdate” refers to a die error to the raised date mark on the obverse. Within the “8” in 1918, you can clearly see a “7” underneath, created as a result of a hubbing error in which a working die was first impressed with a hub dated 1917 and subsequently pressed with another hub dated 1918. This example is graded Mint State 65, placing it as the second finest known, with only one other of its type graded higher.

The Buffalo nickel came about through the Coinage Act of 1890, which approved new coin designs after 25 years; it was to replace the Liberty Head nickel designed by chief engraver of the United States Mint, Charles Barber. Secretary of the Treasury Franklin MacVeagh bypassed Barber and instead went to sculptor James Earle Fraser to design the new nickel, which became a reality in 1913. Fraser's design was entirely unique. Previously (with the exception of Bela Lyon Pratt's quarter and half eagle of 1908), Native Americans depicted on U.S. coins were clearly white men wearing a native headdress. Fraser instead accurately portrayed a Native American man on the coin's obverse, a portrait created from a composite of three chiefs who had sat for him. The reverse features a distinctly American buffalo and is inscribed, “United States of America / E Pluribus Unum.”

In Mint State condition, this particular coin is cleanly and deeply struck. While often Buffalo nickels have a flat strike on the reverse, that is not the case here, with the buffalo’s hair and tail displaying sharp, clearly defined lines. The Denver mint mark “D” is stamped on the reverse while Fraser’s signature “F” is below the date on the obverse. It is, overall, an important and artfully designed piece of American numismatics history.
1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel MS 65+
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Coins

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