Introduced in 2006, the American Gold Buffalo coin is the purest annual release gold coin from the United States Mint. Before its introduction, the United States had never struck a coin with 24-karat pure gold. Now, the American Gold Buffalo is the only regular issue coin from the mint with .9999 pure gold content. Right now, 2018 1 oz American Gold Buffalo Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in individual protective plastic or mint tubes of 20 coins!
- 13th issue of the American Gold Buffalo coin!
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse includes the effigy of a Native American chieftain.
- Reverse features the American bison design adapted from Black Diamond.
- Original design created in 1913 by James Earle Fraser!
Each 2018 1 oz American Gold Buffalo Coin in this listing is available in BU condition. Coins in this condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, though the possibility for minor flaws from the coining process does exist. These flaws range from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks.
The American Gold Buffalo coin followed the lead of the American Eagle Series in using former circulation coin designs from the golden age of American coining in the early 20th century. For the Gold Buffalo, James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel design was chosen. Fraser, a native of Winona, Minnesota, looked to the plains and prairies of the Upper Midwest for design inspiration.
Buffalo Nickel coins featured a portrait of an American Indian leader on one side, and the image of an American bison on the other. The change to the nickel design was authorized by President William Howard Taft’s administration, and Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel was in circulation from 1913 to 1938.
On the obverse of the 2018 1 oz American Gold Buffalo Coin you’ll find the right-profile portrait of the tribal leader. It is said Fraser used the facial features of three different American Indian leaders of the 19th and 20th century for inspiration in his design. Engravings include the word “Liberty,” the year of issue, and Fraser’s last name initial of “F.”
The reverse of all American Gold Buffalo coins includes the left-side image of a bison. It is depicted standing on a mound of dirt and grass, with engravings around that include the nation of issue, national motto, weight, purity, metal content, and the face value. Inspiration for the bison is believed to have come from Black Diamond, a resident bison of the Central Park Zoo at the time.
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