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Buffalo Nickel Hoax


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Since 1964 when Leonard J. Ratzman's article, "The Buffalo Nickel, a 50-Year-Old Mystery," appeared in the Whitman Numismatic Journal supporting Chief John Big Tree, a Seneca Indian, as one of the three models of the obverse of James Earle Fraser's Indian Head nickel design, numismatic writers and collectors have been misled. Bob Van Ryzin shows that, when Fraser ?nally recalled the name of the third model, he named Chief Adoeette, a Kiowa, whose name translates as "Big Tree." He also discusses Chief Two Guns White Calf, a Blackfoot, who, in the late 1920's and early 1930's, was thought to have been the third model as well as other interesting stories. Speaker(s): Robert Van Ryzin.
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