Two Buffalo Nickels

1 Feb

The year was 1936. The U.S. was deep into the Great Depression and in Germany Jesse Owens was kicking some serious butt. In Philadelphia, a bright shiny Buffalo nickel was being struck. Sometime later, a person in Wichita sat down to take a break in Riverside park and dropped the nickel along with another Buffalo nickel.

The year is 2012. I dig the two Buffalo nickels from a hole five inches deep. Elation followed by sadness as I discover that I scratched the better of the two coins.

Riverside park continues to give up old coins. No silver yet but I know it’s there. Waiting…

1936 Buffalo Nickel

Freshly dug

1936 Buffalo Nickel obverse

Such nice detail

1936 Buffalo Nickel reverse


detail of Buffalo Nickel

Nice detail on the date

1935 Buffalo nickel obvers

If you look very very closely, you can see the 1935

These are my first Buffalo Nickels of 2012 and two of only four for my whole metal detecting career.

One Response to “Two Buffalo Nickels”

  1. Rosie February 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    That’s a nice looking 1936 nickel! Most of the buffalo nickels I have seen are so worn, you can’t even make out the date! Congrats! At least you didn’t scratch a silver! I usually put scratches in clad coins that I find. I have to get better about that, but it’s so easy just to hack at the dirt, because you are so excited to dig the target! 🙂

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