The 1 oz. American Gold Buffalo, the first 24-karat pure gold (.9999 fine) coin produced by the U.S. Mint, was introduced in 2006 as a tribute to James Earle Fraser’s acclaimed “Buffalo Nickel” design first minted in 1913. This iconic coin features a Native American profile on the obverse and an American bison on the reverse, both designs originally created by Fraser. With its unique textured finish and high-purity gold content, the American Gold Buffalo represents a modern reimagining of the classic Buffalo Nickel motif – honoring an enduring symbol of America’s frontier spirit in a stunning new form. These coins provide investors and collectors alike a beautiful way to own highly pure 24K gold backed by the U.S. government.
- 1 troy oz of .9999 fine gold.
- Will arrive in protective packaging in uncirculated condition.
- Obverse design – Inspired by James Earle Fraser’s “Buffalo Nickel”, displays the profile of an American Indian.
- Reverse design – Displays an American buffalo, inspired by “Black Diamond”, a famed bison living in New York City’s Central Park Zoo in the early 1900’s.
- Maintains a face value of $50 backed by the US Government.
- Minted by the US Mint and backed by the US Government.
The American Gold Buffalo derives its iconic design directly from James Earle Fraser’s famous Buffalo nickel first minted in 1913 – which served as a replacement for the Liberty Head nickels. The Indian Head design was created by the renowned American sculptor James Earle Fraser, who sought to honor the rich history of the United States through his acclaimed artwork. His obverse depicts a proud Native American chief, based on references of various prominent Native American figures of this time, most notably Chief Iron Tail, Two Moons, and Big Tree.
The reverse features the image of a buffalo standing on a small hill, representing the once vast herds that roamed the Great Plains. When the U.S. Mint set out to develop a .9999 fine gold coin, they fittingly revived Fraser’s timeless Buffalo nickel motifs. The 2023 Gold Buffalo adapts these designs to create a stunning tribute to an earlier artistic vision, translating the quintessential American frontier imagery into a new 24-karat format. The result is a coin that pays respect to artistic roots while also introducing new collectability and value.
This is your opportunity to grab your piece of American history, with the 2023 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo. Grow your stack with this US Minted 24k gold piece!