Name that bison

This question comes from Ron (although, it’s really not a question, as much as a statement saying he wants to know something, but that’s good enough for me).

Question: I would like to know the name given to the buffalo on the new nickel.

Answer: The design for the nickel was drawn by Jamie Franki, an associate professor of illustration and design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. According to a press release from UNC, “Franki said while creating his design for the nickel, he looked at endless photographs of buffalo for inspiration. He also researched the history of numismatic design to hone his artistic process.”

So it looks like there isn’t a name because the design was modeled after so many different ones. It’s a combination of all of them.

However, in honor of the designer, perhaps we can call it Frank.

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