James Earle Fraser was one of the most popular artists and sculptors of his day in the United States. He had completed many private works of art before the United States Mint tasked him with redesigning the appearance of the nation’s five-cent piece. His iconic Buffalo Nickel design celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, and the US Mint showcased it in style. Right now, the 2013 1 oz Reverse Proof American Gold Buffalo Coin is available to purchase online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in a beautiful United States Mint protective box.
- Complete with Certificate of Authenticity!
- Reverse proof striking celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Buffalo Nickel!
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
- Bears a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse includes the image of Fraser’s Native American chieftain.
- Reverse features Black Diamond buffalo design.
- Includes a “W” mint mark from the West Point Mint.
Each of these stunning gold coins was struck by the United States Mint in reverse proof. This type of striking lends a strong, frosted appearance to the background field of the coin, which is offset brilliantly by the clear, mirrored finish of the design features.
The 2013-W 1 oz Reverse Proof American Gold Buffalo Coin was struck as such by the US Mint to celebrate 100 years of the Buffalo Nickel design. Fraser’s iconic creation first hit circulation on the five-cent piece in 1913, and remained there until it was replaced in 1939.
Both designs on the American Gold Buffalo were created in 1913 by James Earle Fraser for the nation’s five-cent piece, which became known as the Buffalo Nickel. Fraser, a native of Winona, Minnesota, grew up in the American Midwest and Plains and used his early childhood experiences as influence for his design of the Buffalo Nickel.
On the obverse of the American Gold Buffalo coin is the left-profile portrait of a Native American chieftain. The image does not represent a singular individual, but rather, was designed by James Earle Fraser using a combination of facial features from numerous early 20th century Native Americans.
The reverse of each 2013 1 oz Reverse Proof American Gold Buffalo coin includes the depiction of Black Diamond. This bison was a resident of the Central Park Zoo in New York City in the early 20th century, and served as inspiration for Fraser’s design.
All American Gold Buffalo coins are struck by the United States Mint at its West Point Mint facility, the same facility tasked with producing the American Silver and American Gold Eagle bullion coins.
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