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.