James Earle Fraser created what has gone into the history books as one of the most coveted American circulation coin designs. Known in its day as the Indian Head nickel, but later known more appropriately as the Buffalo Nickel, the nation’s five-cent piece in circulation from 1913 to 1938 carried classic images of the American frontier that now feature on Golden State Mint (GSM) silver rounds. Today, ¼ oz GSM Buffalo Silver Rounds are available to you online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in protective flips or in tubes of 20 rounds!
- 1 of the 3 weights available in the Buffalo design from GSM!
- Contains ¼ Troy oz of .999 pure silver.
- On the obverse is the effigy of an indigenous tribal leader.
- The reverse face has the image of Black Diamond.
- Designs created in 1913 by James Earle Fraser.
Fraser’s selection of a Native American tribal leader and an American bison for the images on the Buffalo Nickel in 1913 was in keeping with his experiences growing up on the plains of the American West and Upper Midwest. A native of Winona, Minnesota, Fraser accompanied his father who worked as an engineer for railroad companies laying track across the American West.
The ¼ oz GSM Buffalo Silver Rounds in this collection have the same primary designs from the Buffalo Nickel coins issued by the United States Mint between 1913 and 1938. Instead of engravings of the issuing mint, a date mark, and face value, these rounds have Golden State Mint inscriptions. “Liberty” remains on the obverse, but the reverse features “Golden State Mint” at the top with “1/4 Troy ounce .999 Silver” at the bottom.
Your purchase of ¼ oz GSM Buffalo Silver Rounds through this product listing includes individual silver rounds shipped inside of protective flips. For purchases of multiple rounds, the ¼ oz Buffalo Silver Round is available inside of tubes containing 20 rounds.
The obverse of the ¼ oz GSM Buffalo Silver Round includes Fraser’s depiction of a Native American. Fraser is said to have used several individuals as inspiration for his design on the Buffalo Nickel. Most believe that Native Americans Iron Tail, Two Moons, and Big Tree were the figures who inspired Fraser’s right-profile portrait on these rounds.
On the reverse of the GSM Buffalo Silver Round, you’ll find the image of an American bison. Integral to the lifestyle and survival of Native Americans living on the plains, the bison featured here is in left-profile relief standing on a mound of dirt with its head looking down toward the ground.
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