How Much Is a 1921 Nickel Worth?

Last Updated on June 1, 2022

A 1921 Buffalo Nickel is quite a rare and valuable coin to have as a collector. While 10,663,000 Buffalo nickels were made at the Philadelphia mint, only 1,557,000 were struck in San Francisco, with none being made at the Denver mint that year. 

These Copper Nickel coins had a value of just five cents. They depict a Native American on one side of the coin and a Buffalo on the other, hence the nickname, and were designed by James Earle Fraser.


How much is a 1921 Nickel worth?

The value of a 1921 Buffalo Nickel with no mint mark (minted in Philadelphia) in good condition is $4. In fine condition expect to get around $8, the value of a 1921 Nickel in extra fine condition would be $50. If you have an uncirculated coin it could be worth $75 on average. 

Of course, as with all coins of this age, it heavily depends on the condition of your coin to how much it is worth; it’s always best to get your coin professionally graded to get a fair price at auction.

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How much is a 1921-S Nickel worth?

The 1921 S Nickel is well known throughout the collecting world and has been sought after for many years due to its unusually low mintage. The value of a 1921 S Nickel in average circulated condition is around $75, but the value quickly moves into the hundreds of dollars for nicer condition coins. 

For a coin in fine condition expect the value to be $200, if you have a coin in extra fine condition you can expect to fetch around $950. The value of a 1921 S Nickel in uncirculated condition is estimated at $1200. 

However, it has been known on the open market for 1921 S Nickels in pristine, uncirculated condition to sell for as much as $22000. Making the 1921 S Nickel an incredibly exciting coin to have, especially if it’s in mint condition.

Where is the mint mark on a 1921 Buffalo nickel?

If you are wondering how to tell if you have the rarer San Francisco Buffalo Nickel, you will need to locate the mint mark. The mint mark “S” was placed on the reverse under the Buffalo by the San Francisco mint. The main mint in Philadelphia did not use a mintmark.

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What year nickels are worth a lot of money?

While you may think $22,000 is a good price for such a small coin there are plenty of other nickels that fetch a high asking price. The estimated value of a Liberty Head V Nickel from 1913 is $3,737,500! 

Other popular nickels from that time period among collectors include the 7-D Buffalo Nickel from 1918 with an estimated value of $350,750, another S Buffalo Nickel but this time from 1926 valued at $322,000 and the 1916 Buffalo Nickel with an estimated value of $281,750.

What is the value of an Indian Head Nickel?

The Indian Head Nickel or “Buffalo Nickel” as it’s commonly known was produced from 1913 to 1938. It replaced the Liberty “V” nickel and preceded the Jefferson nickel that is in circulation today. 

The value of your Buffalo Nickel will largely depend on the year it was made, where it was minted and what condition it is in now. But a word of warning for budding collectors, nickels are especially susceptible to unscrupulous people trying to add a mint mark to a coin in order to increase its value. 

It is therefore vital if you are looking to buy a rare coin to make sure a reputable coin dealer authenticates it first. Only buy from reputable sources and you can avoid ending up with a coin of little to no value.

How can you tell if a nickel is rare?

It’s interesting to know that the dates on many Buffalo Nickels have worn off making them uncollectable. This is due to the fact that the date was on a raised portion of the design when it was first struck in 1913, it was a flaw that was soon corrected but led to the dates on many coins wearing off. 

Unfortunately if the date is not present on the coin, the coin will not carry a numismatic premium as there is no way of knowing what year the coin is from. 

To have a rare nickel of high value it must have a date (usually with low mintage), be in good condition (uncirculated coins fetch the highest price) and check to see if it has a mint mark; this may make it even more valuable.

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.