1913 Buffalo Head Nickel – The First Year For Buffalo Head Nickels - The first year the Buffalo Head Nickel (also known as the Indian Head Nickel) was minted was 1913. The coin was struck at each of the 3 Mints, Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.
What is a Shield Nickel? - A Shield Nickel is an American five cent coin minted between 1866 and 1883. The Shield Nickel is made from 75% copper and 25% nickel so this was the first 5-cent coin to be called a nickel. The coin takes it's name from the shield design (representing the United States) that appears on the obverse of the coin.
The Buffalo (or Indian Head) Nickel - The Buffalo Nickel, also known as the Indian Head Nickel or 5 cents was introduced in 1913 replacing the Liberty Head Nickel. It ran from 1913 until 1938. It was made at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints.