The Coin Look - Counterfeit Detection - 1937-D "3-Legged" Buffalo Nickel

This coin is the result of excessive die polishing, resulting in a look that gives the buffalo just 3 legs.

It may seem somewhat minor, but a 1937-D Buffalo Nickel ranging in value from $1-$5 now ranges from $500-$1,000.

When a counterfeit example of this surfaces, it is normally accomplished by grinding down the front leg of the buffalo, to give it the "3-Legged" look.

Pictured below is a geuine 1937-D "3-Legged" Buffalo Nickel. Notice the front leg is just simply gone, however the hoof is still there.

Also notice the moth-eaten appearance pointed out by the arrows.

The picture below is a 1937-D Buffalo Nickel. Notice all 4 legs, and it does not show the pitting. When modified, it is often that the whole leg, including the hoof is gone. And the coin will not show the pitting as does the coin above.


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