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"Buffalo Nickel" Or "Bison Nickel" - Which Is Correct?

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 Posted 08/16/2022  8:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Everest to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Buffalo is to Bison as Toning is to Tarnish & etc. Call it as you like. Numismatic terms can take on a different meaning to those perfectionists not in the numismatic community. Next time you are on a bourse floor stop by a dealers table and ask him if he has any nicely tarnished Bison nickels. Do not be surprised if he recognizes you as a neophyte and directs you to the Junk box
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Good read Earle42. Thank you for posting.
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 Posted 08/16/2022  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SaturnD51 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you ask someone do they have any bison nickels? They reply huh? They have been called Buffalo nickels for so long the term stuck. Even though that a a bison on the nickel. Bison live in America. lol
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 Posted 08/16/2022  9:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Buffalo nickels are what I collect.
Bison is what I prefer my hamburgers and hotdogs to be made of.
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 Posted 08/16/2022  10:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Collects82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Buffalo nickel because a few decades of common law oral history matters.

In other words, this is what what my grandma and mother called them ain't no one going to tell me they weren't right. They knew all.
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 Posted 08/17/2022  01:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Miss Liberty on the Walking Liberty half dollar is actually dancing. The real term for the coin is the dancing liberty half dollar. How can you look at one of those and not think it is dancing?
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Should we call Mercury dimes...Fasces Dimes...or would that be took politically incorrect?

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 Posted 08/17/2022  08:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ain't going to say Buffalo nickel no mo.
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 Posted 08/17/2022  11:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Notice how the forum hot-links Buffalo nickel but not Bison nickel.
You can fix that though. Come on, take a stand!
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 Posted 08/17/2022  12:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Glad we are having fun with this!

It's simply a case that some people have never been taught the difference between what a "common name*" is and what a "genus**" is, hence they misuse a genus.

*common names: dog, cat, horse, buffalo
*genus terms designed to narrow a scientific identification: Canis, Felinus, Equus, Bison respectively to the above list.

But we can call it what we want. Call it a Unicorn nickel if you choose! We speak American English...the baddest & most rad ever...dig?

At least now people desiring the verifiable/technical facts have a compiled resource with which to combat the adamant saying everyone needs to (mis)use a genus.

100 years from now...who will...

...think there won't still be some trying to make their point as being the only valid one b/c...it just is!

We all do it, y'know...unless we directly try to fight ourselves

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 Posted 08/17/2022  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
everest said:

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Buffalo is to Bison as Toning is to Tarnish & etc. Call it as you like.

Actually, and sorry, but I disagree...
Toning and tarnish are synonyms.
Bison and buffalo are not. In order from the last sentence, a genus, designed for classification in the scientific system, is not a common name. A genus and common name are not interchangeable by definition...unless we ignore established fact.

However, I also agree!
But only b/c we speak English which tends to throw facts out the window for awhile. We use whatever we feel like until everyone thinks it IS right.

Cool beans!
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 Posted 08/17/2022  3:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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You can fix that though. Come on, take a stand!
Actually, I cannot. It is done on the back-end. I do not have direct access.


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Call it a Unicorn nickel if you choose!
Only if the right hobo got a hold of it first.
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 Posted 08/17/2022  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 08/17/2022  6:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
According to what I can find, the buffalo and bison are in the same general family (bovidae), but are not even closely related. As noted, our beloved American symbol is simply a mis-named bison.
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 Posted 08/17/2022  6:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Technically we should call it the American Plains Bison nickel. There are two species of extant bison, American and European, and two sub-species of American bison, plains and wood bison. So... nyah nyah!
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