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American bison nickel

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Jerry Olson/Post-Bulletin Valerie Shannon gives Cody a final touch-up as she and Mike Fogel prepare to take the buffalo to Washington D.C. The 18 year-old, 2,200 pound buffalo has starred in several movies, including Dances With Wolves. Shannon and Fogel operate the Buffalo Gal Ranch near Houston MN.

Let's hope the phrase "American bison nickel" doesn't catch on -- "buffalo nickel" has worked just fine for about a hundred years.

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