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Lot 1254

1914. PCGS graded Proof 65. Pleasing natural golden toning. Only 1,275 Proofs struck. An desirable and lustrous gem with sizzling detail beneath the natural toning. The reverse and obverse centers play host to a brilliance and satin quality always associated with the best quality Proof Buffalo Nickels of this decade; the stronger buyers will want to jump in. In short, a lovely coin, one that certainly meets the qualifications for the grade. Pop 129 (PCGS # 3991) .

An immediate question that arose following the introduction of the Indian head nickel was the identity of the obverse model. Pressed for an answer, designer James Earle Fraser eventually felt compelled to respond: he revealed the names of Iron Tail, a Sioux, and Two Moons, a Cheyenne, as being among the three models engaged. His memory failed him on the identity of the third, but the most reliable evidence suggests that the third model was Big Tree, a Kiowa.
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.

Realized $1,610

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