Official Photographic Grading Guide for United States Coins
by James F. Ruddy
edited and updated by Ron Guth
BUFFALO NICKELS 1913-1938
About Good (AG-3)
Obverse: The rim will be worn down well into the letters. Only a partial
date will show, but date must be recognizable.
Reverse: The rim will be worn down into the letters.
Obverse: The rim will be worn down into the tops of the letters of
"LIBERTY." The date will be readable but some of the numbers
will be well worn.
Reverse: The rim may be worn down into the tops of the letters. The horn
need not show.
Very Good (VG-8)
Obverse: The rim may touch the tops of the letters of "Liberty".
The date will be distinct.
Reverse: There will be a full rim. Half of the horn will show. The
bison's back will be almost smooth.
Obverse: LIBERTY will be separated from the rim. The date will be very
Reverse: Two-thirds of the horn will show. The major detail on the bison's
back will show.