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How to Grade Circulated Buffalo Nickels “Archival Copy” ~ Only Available on CD-ROM
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  “Quirky Buffaloes, a collection of Buffalo Nickels by date and mintmark” −by Amanda    
How to Grade Circulated Buffalo Nickels  
Buffalo nickels are very tricky little coins to grade, MS especially as the Mint practice of the time was to use the dies as long as possible. But worn pieces are difficult, too, for much of the same reasons. One commonly held notion is that in order to be VF, a coin must have a full horn. This is not true. There are some coins that are certainly MS that don't even have a full horn! I am going to delineate most of the circulated grades and point out why the coins grade as they do.
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