Indian Head HatbandRegular price $112.00
Replicated Buffalo Nickels feature the flip side of the coin. 11 Conchos on this hatband. Mounted on reconditioned horse tack. Ties on with leather lace and a deer antler bead. 23" long.
Hat not included.
Introduced in 1913, the Buffalo Nickel was an early hit with collectors and a major circulation workhorse through 1938 when the series ended.
Although aficionados prefer the name Buffalo Nickel, the official name of the coin is the Five Cent Indian Head.
The popularity of the Buffalo nickel is rooted primarily in its design by James Earle Fraser with a right-facing profile of an Indian chief in a headdress on the obverse, and an American bison or buffalo on the reverse.
The Indian on the coin is a composite image of (at least) three different Native American chiefs, while the bison was based on Black Diamond, who was held in the Central Park Zoo at the time. These motifs also tap into the American romance with the “Wild West” ever since the period of expansion that began in 1803 with the Lewis and Clark expedition that reached the Pacific Northwest by 1805.