In 1939, the Buffalo nickel was replaced by the Thomas Jefferson nickel
The Thomas Jefferson nickel
debuted in 1938, nudging aside the 25-yearold coin known as the Indian Head nickel or buffalo nickel.
It disappeared from the five-cent coin in 1883, and did not reappear until production of the Jefferson nickel
The nickel, which became known as the Jefferson Nickel
, split in two and out came a tiny piece of film containing a set of numbers too small to read.
The Jefferson nickel
has been around since 1938, but a redesign of the five-cent coin features a more realistic portrait of the third President.
Both the Jefferson nickel
and Buffalo nickel designs are entirely indigenous, with only the barest nod to another culture in the motto E Pluribus Unum (from many--one).
From the Lincoln cent in 1909, through the Jefferson nickel
in 1938, Roosevelt dime in 1946, Washington quarter in 1932, Kennedy half in 1964 (after a brief interlude for Ben Franklin, 1948-1963), and the Eisenhower dollar in 1971, America deified its favored sons.
Along with Jefferson nickel
holders, Lionel train sets and umpteen different kinds of X-Acto knives, you can find plastic noise makers, hula hoops, doll houses and even fake doggie-doo.
A Jefferson nickel
does not occasion the reviewer's meditation on Monticello.
Stretching from the late 18th century to the early 21st, this volume covers half cents, large cents, flying eagle cents, Indian head cents, Lincoln cents, two-cent pieces, silver and nickel three-cent pieces, shield nickels, liberty head nickels, buffalo nickels, and Jefferson nickels
. Arrows on enlarged images of the coins point out where the anomalies are.
Those who have used the prior edition will discover this volume olds 48 more pages than its predecessor and includes well over a hundred new varieties, along with expanded references to Lincoln cents and Buffalo and Jefferson nickels
. The result blends the expertise of over 15 die-variety specialists from around the country and represents a major revision that shouldn't be missed by any avid coin collector.
A Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels
is the eighth entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic references: while general-interest holdings might find it too specialized a reference, any library strong in coin collecting must have this.