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Are buffalo nickels with no date worth anything?

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It isn't unusual to see a buffalo nickel with the date worn away, because the date was printed on a raised part of the coin's design. Since determining the age and rarity of the coin is impossible without the date, such coins are usually of little value to coin collectors.

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No buffalo nickels were ever minted without a date. If the date is not visible, that means it has been worn away by time and use. Sometimes it is possible to determine the date of a worn nickel by putting a drop of ferric chloride on the spot where the date was. On a buffalo nickel, the date is printed on the obverse side on the Indian's shoulder. Ferric chloride may make the date visible temporarily, but it will also leave a rough, blotchy acid mark, rendering the coin valueless to collectors.

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