Buffalo Nickel 1/2 rolls - from the Fifth Ave. Bank of New York
Fifth Ave. Bank of New York was founded in 1875 and in 1948 merged with Bank Of New York. In 1948, the bank merged for the second time, joining forces with the Fifth Avenue Bank of mid-town Manhattan;
This is an unopened $1 roll (also called a "shotgun or 1/2 roll) of 20 Indian head - buffalo nickels - rubber stamped with the bank name and most likely rolled up before 1936 when the Jefferson nickel first was minted. These came from an old, old East coast estate. At one time we had almost 500 of these rolls (from 9 different banks of the day) ... but now down to just these last few. Great little time capsules. Most of the nickels have the full or at least part of the mint date still readable.