The 1921 Buffalo Nickel was minted at the Philadelphia mint and had a total mintage of 10,663,000 coins. It has a much lower mintage than the more common buffalo nickels and as a result is worth a bit more. A nice circulated 1921 Buffalo Nickel will range in price from around $5 to upwards of $60. A uncirculated specimen can start around $160 and run into the $1,000's for gem quality coins. Overall, the 1921 Buffalo Nickel is a semi-key date in the series.
The original design for the Buffalo Nickel was first introduced in 1913. It was designed by mint engraver James Earl Fraser. The obverse of the coin featured a Native American while the reverse featured a standing bison. The Native American on the obverse of the coin was a combination of different Native American tribes while the reverse was inspired by a bison that was housed in the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The bison's name was "Black Diamond".
The buffalo nickel series started with the 1913 Buffalo Nickel and ended 25 years later with the 1938 Buffalo Nickel. The coin was composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel, had a weight of 5 grams, and had a diameter of 21mm. The design of the Buffalo Nickel stayed constant throughout the series except for a few minor variations. Many collectors are often fooled thinking that there is a silver buffalo nickel, however this is simply not true.