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Coins Certified as of 12/5

Everyman Buffalo Nickels (1913-1938): The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection

The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection - The Number One Finest Set of All Time

Current Statistics
Rank 1
GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 58.861
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 58.861
Retired Statistics (11/15/2015)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 58.861
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 58.861
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About this set: I’ve been a coin collector on and off for most of my life. Much of my “on” time has been spent in the pursuit of original mid-grade Barber Halves. Most of the serious Barber guys know me for my expertise and eye for quality in that series (the CU forumites will recognize me by my handle “BarberFanatic”). Having spent 15 years of coin hunting and serious study of that series, I ended up becoming “burnt out” with the hobby. But instead of abandoning it to pursue other interests like I’ve done periodically in the past, this time I decided quietly to focus my efforts on another series without any of my coin friends being aware of it.

My grandfather got me interested in coin collecting back in 1975. I remember he gave me a well-worn Buffalo Nickel with no date on it and said he used to get this kind of nickel in his change when he was a young paperboy back in the early 1920s. It was this coin that got me hooked on the hobby at the ripe old age of five. I still possess that nickel and although it isn't worth much more than its metal content, the coin is priceless to me. Since the Buffalo Nickel was my grandfather’s favorite coin series, and since he was just a normal man of humble means (an “everyman” if you will), I decided to put together an Everyman Set of AU Buffalo Nickels to honor the influence that he has on me as a collector and as a human being. Although he passed away in 1986, not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and the positive influence he had and continues to have on my life. Coincidentally, my grandfather was born in 1913 - the first year of the Buffalo Nickel series.

I knew from the outset that Buffalo Nickels present a couple of challenges for the collector beyond the acquisition of the key dates. First, there are the numerous weakly-struck dates scattered throughout the series, most notably the branch mint coins from the late '10s to the late '20s. Finding a well-struck example of some of these coins is a daunting task to say the least. Then there’s the issue of impaired luster that many of the dates notoriously possess. Putting together a perfectly matched, highly lustrous, well-struck circulated set of these coins can literally be a life-long endeavor should one wish to pursue it.

If anyone reading this owns any of the existing AU58+ coins (or can put me in touch with anyone who does) I really would like to acquire them.

The James J. Gammalo, Sr. Memorial Collection
PCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
39151913 Type 15CAU5833503350
39161913-D Type 15CAU5820802090
39171913-S Type 15CAU5823802380
39211913 Type 25CAU5819102020
39221913-D Type 25CAU5819201920
39231913-S Type 25CAU5838113811CAC
392419145CAU5816801850
39251914-D5CAU58+1010
39261914-S5CAU5831223122
392719155CAU5813901440
39281915-D5CAU5823802390
39291915-S5CAU5811821192
393019165CAU5824502620
39321916-D5CAU5830103010
39331916-S5CAU5821102110CAC
393419175CAU5810201040former NGC AU58
39351917-D5CAU5814301530
39361917-S5CAU5810501060CAC
393719185CAU58820820former NGC AU58
39381918-D5CAU588501181
39401918-S5CAU58690690
394119195CAU5812201230
39421919-D5CAU58760760
39431919-S5CAU5811101110
394419205CAU58970970
39451920-D5CAU58530530
39461920-S5CAU5812201250
394719215CAU58740740
39481921-S5CAU58510520CAC
394919235CAU5810001000
39501923-S5CAU58950950
395119245CAU58760760
39521924-D5CAU58640640
39531924-S5CAU58180180
395419255CAU58330330
39551925-D5CAU58651651
39561925-S5CAU5811501160
395719265CAU58330330former ICG AU58
39581926-D5CAU58560560
39591926-S5CAU58530530
396019275CAU58460460
39611927-D5CAU58581601
39621927-S5CAU5812111211
396319285CAU58610610
39641928-D5CAU58280280
39651928-S5CAU5811701170
396619295CAU58650660former NGC AU58
39671929-D5CAU58390390
39681929-S5CAU58630630former NGC AU58
396919305CAU58650741
39701930-S5CAU58630630
39711931-S5CAU58500500
397219345CAU5810301030
39731934-D5CAU58640640
397419355CAU5810201120former NGC AU58
39751935-D5CAU58460480
39761935-S5CAU58350390
397719365CAU5823302430
39781936-D5CAU58300331
39791936-S5CAU58460510former NGC AU58
398019375CAU5815401540
39811937-D5CAU587509914
39831937-S5CAU58400400
39841938-D Buffalo5CAU58570750