Since first arriving on the numismatic scene in 2006, the Gold Buffalo coin has excited more than its fair share of attention, and for good reason. Authorized by the Presidential Coin Act of 2005, the Gold American Buffalo coin is the first offering from the United States Mint featuring a one-ounce gold coin with the highly vaunted gold purity of .9999. Prior to issuance of the Gold Buffalo coin, previous United State gold coins boasted a 22-karat (.9167) purity of fine gold, so from both a collector and investor point of view, the Gold Buffalo coin is a coveted addition to anyone’s collection or portfolio.
Instantly popular, the Gold American Buffalo coin rivaled such staples as the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf with more than 300,000 coins issued in its first year of circulation, and they show no signs of a waning in interest a decade later.
Evocative of the giant herds of buffalo that once roamed the Great Plains, the reverse image of an American bison actually depicts a famous denizen of Central Park Zoo, Diamond Jack, who called New York City his home. Additionally, the coin features the words “United States of America” and E Pluribus Unum” across the top, while “In God We Trust,” “$50,” and “1 oz. .9999 Fine Gold” adorns the bottom section of the coin.
The coin’s front is a showcase of James Earle Fraser’s acclaimed 1913 “Buffalo Nickel,” which features an American Indian I profile with the words “Liberty,” and the year engraved on the coin.
Struck at the United States Mint at West Point, the American Gold Buffalo coin remains one of the post popular gold coins to enter circulation.
|Face Value||50 USD|
|Mass||1 troy oz|
|Years of Minting||2006 – Present|