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.
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.Learn More
Two nickels, which are worth 5 U.S. cents each, equal one dime, which is worth 10 U.S. cents. The diameter of a nickel is 0.835 inches with a width of 1.96 millimeters, while a dime is smaller, at 0.705 inches in diameter and 1.35 millimeters in thickness.Full Answer >
There are exactly 20 nickels in a dollar. Each individual nickel is worth 5 cents, and there are 100 cents in a dollar. Since 20 multiplied by 5 is equal to 100, there are 20 nickels per dollar.Full Answer >
The combined height of three nickels, two nickels and one nickel is 0.46 inches, or just a little less than 1/2 inch. One nickel has a thickness of approximately 0.077 inches.Full Answer >
Buffalo nickels from 1936 are some of the least valuable from the Buffalo nickel series, valued between 43 cents and $21, as of 2014. Value depends on the condition and mintmark of the coin. The coins from San Francisco are worth the most, followed by those from Denver and Philadelphia.Full Answer >