Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1913 Type One Buffalo Nickel, PR68
    Beautifully Toned Top-Grade Rarity

    1913 5C Type One PR68 NGC. The Type One Buffalo nickel is a famous one-year type. Many collectors know it as the type with the bison standing on a mound rather than a plain, but there are other characteristics of the inaugural issue that differ from the later Type Two variety, including the "chiseled" appearance of the fields, which lends itself well to the portrayal of American Midwest symbolism in the Indian chief's portrait and the bison. James Earle Fraser consumed the entirety of the 21.2 mm planchet to render his design in sculptural relief and simplicity, creating what could be described as more of a miniature medal than a coin.

    The boldness of the Type One design is most appreciated on matte proofs. The sharpness of the strike, combined with the fine surface texturing, beautifully portrays Fraser's artistic handiwork. Proof coinage for the Type One issue amounted to 1,520 pieces, few of which survive in Superb Gem condition today. This PR68 example is one of the finest certified, with only 10 others reported in this grade by NGC and PCGS combined (11/19). The strike is razor-sharp, and each side delivers beautiful rainbow toning in concentric pastel rings. Census: 6 in 68 (2 in 68 ), 0 finer (11/19).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 278R, PCGS# 3988)

    Weight: 5.00 grams

    Metal: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 387

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 38 days left to consign to the 2020 July 12 - 13 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong!

    Learn about consigning with us

    If/when you are considering selling your treasured collection, it would be in your best interest to consider Heritage.
    The White Rose Collection
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search