Buffalo nickels .....lets see your herd...
One of my favorite coin series is the Buffalo nickel. To me between the Bald Eagle ,and the American Buffalo are the two symbols that are iconic symbols of the United States. As a YN in the 1960's these could be found in pocket change daily. I will confess that a many a Hershey bas as well ice cream cone I ate were paid with a buffalo ,and or a war nickel.
In the 1960s many of us older members were paper boys..... delivered the news daily and collected monthly for the daliy news.
Also durring this time peroid a TV game show hosted by a man by the name of Gary Moore. The show called "To Tell The Truth" the shows premises was a pannel of 4 Hollywood stars... and 3 guest.
The pannel would ask questions to the guest to the 3 guest in order to find out who was the real person whom the show was highlighting.
Now as a YN who loved the Buffalo nickel imagine my excitement when I learned that on tonights show the Native American chief who was the model for the buffalo nickel was going to be on the show.
Now remember in 1960 there were still people alive who fought in the Civil war, WW I ,and our dads the veterns whom fought in WW ll . So yeah the Native American chief who modeled for the coin was still very much alive.
Now the show begins seating the 3 guest...the pannel would ask a series of questions...to each they were numbered 1 2 & 3 .
From the questions the pannel would have to decided who was the person that the host described as to why they were famous.
After they asked the questions a short break ....where " Bucky Beaver would sell you some tooth paste" and back to the show....
Then the host would ask the pannel to vote... as to which of the 3 guest was telling the truth.... the vote written on a card placed in front of the somewhat notable Hollywood stars and then the moment of truth....
Gary would ask for the real person to stand...... to add a tad bit of drama....the guest's would usually each make a move like they were standing......and that they were the person in question.
Imagine the surprise of a 6 y/o Y/N when all 3 stood!!!
Yes you see 3 native american chiefs stood....from 3 different tribes . Each part of their profile used by the artist to design the obverse of the nickel.
The host explained the reasons why.... one needs to look at other American coinage that features the native American only the face is that of a white man or woman.
They wanted what an Native American looked like.... not a white model.
What else that really stands out about this series.... go anywhere in the world.... and no matter where you go if asked a person from that area about American coins..... they may not know a lot....but they know the buffalo nickel.
I've have traveled and seen in other countries people wearing one....ear rings, jacket snaps, etc...etc... as even a worn smooth coin has that iconic face of a great Chief.....and the majestic buffalo known here as " Black Diamond"
The dinosaurs here will appreciate this post, many recalling this time of our lives....where a paper boy could for face value fill his 5 & dime store cards, with coin he's picked from change.
He could witness on a black and white TV the very person's on the nickel he just purchased a Hershey bar.
And while he savored that sweet chocolate... he also glows not only from the sugar rush.....but seeing a REAL American Chief.....before an 8:30 bedtime....and brushing with new Ipana tooth paste!
I hope that you enjoyed this post... just a little insight as to 1960 America.... a time I for one feel blessed to have witnessed..... they were years of change in so many ways some good some not.....
Please lets see some of your herd..... post them below and tells us about your experience collecting them.
"That's why I wander and follow La Vie Dansante"