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On rare occasions, the U.S. Mint ends one coin denomination design in the same year that its replacement design is introduced. This set features both the last of the old design and the first of the new design, with both coins bearing the same date. These coins are long out of issue and are seldom seen alone yet you get them in this spectacular pair!

First struck in 1913, the Buffalo nickel had long been difficult to coin, and after it completed the 25-year term in which it could only be replaced by Congress, the Mint quickly replaced it with a new design. The Mint conducted a design competition in early 1938, requiring that Jefferson be depicted on the obverse and Jefferson's house Monticello on the reverse. Felix Schlag won but was required to submit an entirely new reverse and make other changes before the new piece went into production in October 1938.

Coin Set Includes

  • One 1938 Buffalo Nickel Five-Cent Coin
  • One 1938 Jefferson Nickel Five-Cent Coin
  • Display box
  • Certificate of authenticity

Coin Specifications

  • Coin Grade: Circulated
  • Denomination: Five cents
  • Diameter: 21.2mm
  • Mintage Year(s):
  • Buffalo nickel: 1913-1938
  • Jefferson nickel: 1938-2004
  • Obverse:
  • Buffalo nickel: Features a Native American
  • Jefferson nickel: Features Thomas Jefferson
  • Reverse:
  • Buffalo nickel: Features an American bison
  • Jefferson nickel: Features Monticello
  • Country of Origin: USA (coins), China (display box)

Display Box Dimensions

  • 4-3/8" x 3-3/4" x 1-1/8"

Distributed by The Franklin Mint.


Buffalo Nickel:
The Buffalo Nickel was designed by James Earle Fraser and first minted in 1913. This extremely popular and legendary coin features the profile of a Native American man on the obverse and the image of a bison on a small hill on the reverse. Fraser revealed before his death that his depiction of the man on the obverse was a composite profile based upon Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux, Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne, and possibly a third man. Although this third person was not specified by Fraser, many believe him to be Chief Big Tree of the Kiowa. The reverse design is thought to be an image of a famous bison at the time named Black Diamond, which lived at the New York Zoo.

The United States Mint produced the coin up until 1938 when it was replaced by Felix Schlag's portrait of Thomas Jefferson on the obverse and an image of the third President's home, Monticello, on the reverse. In 2006, James Earle Fraser's definitive work on the Buffalo Nickel was again used as the design for the new 24K gold American Buffalo coin. The U.S. Mint also struck a coin in 2001 featuring Fraser's famous Buffalo Nickel design to commemorate the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in the Smithsonian Institution.

About the Collection

Discover the collectability of The Franklin Mint - the world’s leading private mint for more than 45 years. Founded in 1964, the Franklin Mint first stepped into the international arena by striking legal tender coins for foreign nations. Shortly after, the company expanded and began offering the general public coins and collectibles of the utmost quality.

Today, Franklin Mint is known throughout the world for its impeccably crafted minted coins, die-cast models and collectible art. Offering rare pieces for first time and serious collectors, each item from the mint is an instant heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

About the Guest

Walter Kole is the Brand Curator for The Franklin Mint. As a member of the American Numismatic Association, Walter has over 30 years’ experience in the field of numismatics, philatelics, and related collectibles. He has purchased in excess of one million U.S. Mint and International official coins and limited commemorate issues. His decades of experience and passion for coins and collecting are evident in each rare piece that he presents.