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Art, you know what this means. I may have to look at my Buffalo's and start taking pictures of them also. :blink:

 

:hysterical::hysterical: Truly a collector's work is never done.

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Working on mining them out of roll and bank bag searches, I have found back to the 1913 T1, and several S mints. I only have one BU example, I think a 1937 that I bought a long time ago. Doing all this circulation stuff has stoked the fires of interests in the BU stuff too. Would like to get some of the rares in BU.

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Wow, guys! I might have to get a high grade buff myself!

 

 

They are so tempting, especially when you realise the difficulty that was involved in striking them to be satisfactory - the whole reason the series was dumped when the 25 year design came due in 1938. They were a high relief problematic coin from the get go. The mint never did seem to solve the date wearing off problem, at least they took care of the "Five Cents" on the reverse in 1913. But when you get one that is all original in BU they are just awesome. A fairly smallish coin but with high relief.

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The buffalos do wear quickly and somewhat badly. I have a few well circulated coins in my albums but the 37-S is the only really high grade in my collection. I saw one of those lucite holders with an entire set of Buffalo nickels at the last FUN show I attended. WOW! It was quite impressive. Perhaps another Gem Buffalo should make it to my 2012 want list.

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Beautiful buffalos Bob. Great color on that 36-S.

Thanks, Art! I always imagine it as a beautiful sunset on some Western plain back in the days when native Americans could live freely together with the buffalo.

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I saw and touched and hefted a genuine Buffalo Robe -- Navajo if I remember correctly, in a little museum that we stopped at while wondering around parts of New Mexico. That thing was thick and heavy. It's no wonder the Native folks treasured those animals so much.

 

I was checking on ebay and it looks like for less the $100 I can pick up a really nice Gem Buffalo.

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I saw and touched and hefted a genuine Buffalo Robe -- Navajo if I remember correctly, in a little museum that we stopped at while wondering around parts of New Mexico. That thing was thick and heavy. It's no wonder the Native folks treasured those animals so much.

Not to mention the nutritional value of the animals!

 

I was checking on ebay and it looks like for less the $100 I can pick up a really nice Gem Buffalo.

Go for it! :bthumbsup:

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Thought I would show and tell one of my favourite buffs, cant quite see the colours on this but they are Blue Purple and Gold.

Would like to show closeups of this coin but, not sure how to go about this yet.

Still feeling my way around the boards here.. :confus:

I love the way Buffalo nickels tone ... especially when they get purplish/golden hues.

 

Unfortunately, it is fairly impossible to store any files larger than a few kilobytes directly on this server, or attach large files to a message (well, maybe one or two, then you will have used up your 500kb or so allowable storage space) but you can always insert a link to an external image in your message. There are lots of boards which don't allow this, probably because they don't want pornographic images showing up where a coin picture used to be. ;) Fortunately, you can still do that here.

 

You would have to take your large closeups and put them in a directory on another site which has public access, copy the URL of the image, then click on the "Insert image" button up next to the smiley in the board editor window, then paste the copied URL into the little dialog that pops up. Or you can just surround the text of the URL address with  and tags -- which amounts to the same thing.

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Thought I would show and tell one of my favourite buffs, cant quite see the colours on this but they are Blue Purple and Gold.

Would like to show closeups of this coin but, not sure how to go about this yet.

Still feeling my way around the boards here.. :confus:

 

Great nickel. I really like the color. To add to what Bob said, you can a free account at flickr, and a number of other sites, and store large image files there.

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Bob, Your Photos are excellent. The blue background really makes the design pop. Do you have a photo taking tips to share.?

Thank you! :art:

 

In all fairness, I must admit that the photos of the toned 1936-S nickel are from the Heritage auction from which I won it. I just haven't been able to take it home with me yet ("home" being Zurich, Switzerland ... right now, it's lying around at my Mom's house in Texas). When I get it home, I'll make some photos of my own.

 

I like to experiment with different backgrounds. Usually I will use a light red or pink colored paper for copper and gold, whereas blue works well for silver and nickel. But I find that plain black is also good.

 

I learned a lot from reading other people's advice on this very forum. In the meantime, we have had a numismatic photography forum going on here for over a year now:

http://www.coinpeople.com/index.php?/forum/263-numismatic-photography-forum/

 

You might want to use that as a starting point. Good luck!

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Nice Buffalos. This design was quite unusual for the Mint to undertake. The relief coupled with the difficulty in striking nickel made for many challenges in production. On top of that the coin was subject to quick wear in several areas most notably the date.

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Nice Buffalos. This design was quite unusual for the Mint to undertake. The relief coupled with the difficulty in striking nickel made for many challenges in production. On top of that the coin was subject to quick wear in several areas most notably the date.

 

 

Which is most unfortunate - because when you see a lot of nickels like I do you come to appreciate what a beautiful coin the Buffalo/Indian nickel is. Today I found the first one in nearly four weeks in a box search, but it was soon eclipsed by something about 30 years older - an 1890 Liberty in FR-2. But even in nice condition the liberties are not that pretty. The Buffalos just have such a contrasting relief to them that they even have good eye appeal with a lot of the coin worn away. Buffs have to be the most attractive well worn coin around.

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