Buffalo nickel turns 100 years old; celebrations at Money Museum

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6) Nickel_buffalo_1913_revA little more than 100 years ago, a bison named Black Diamond served as a model for the Buffalo nickel.

Now the American Numismatic Association Money Museum will celebrate 100 years of the Buffalo nickel with a free open house from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  April 27.

Black Diamond was a model for sculptor James Earle Fraser, said Andy Dickes, the Money Museum’s collections manager. When it debuted in 1913, the Buffalo nickel was considered the first truly American coin design, with a Native American portrait on the front and an American bison on the back.

“The coin’s beautiful Native American obverse and buffalo reverse make it uniquely American, extremely popular and a great theme for celebrating National Coin Week. Black Diamond shines again in 2013,” Dickes said.

Events will include coin-making and hobo nickel-carving demonstrations, free museum admission and children’s classes and games. The event culminates National Coin Week, April 21-27.

  • The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students or military and free for children 12 and under. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 719-632-2646.