Prairie Walkers Vintage genuine buffalo, Indian head nickels graced by a Sonoran turquoise cabochon in fine silver bezel setting with stamped accents. 7 1/4" The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel is a copper-nickel five-cent piece that was struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser. Throughout the arid world, native and aboriginal peoples held turquoise in high regard for spiritual reasons. For some tribes, turquoise represented strength, skill, or even invincibility. ... The Apaches associated turquoise with rain at the end of the rainbow.