2011 Gold American Buffalo coin front
2011 Gold American Buffalo coin front
1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin, View of Back

1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin

Look no further for the ultimate standard in U.S. gold coin production than our nation’s first-ever 24-karat gold coin. Extremely popular since its initial release in 2006, the 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin takes its inspiration from one of the most famous designs ever struck by the U.S. Mint. Authorized U.S. legal tender, this one-ounce gold coin is a perfect addition to any gold buyer’s portfolio.

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Buy Gold American Buffalo Coin

The first 24-karat gold coin minted in the United States. The only gold coin to bear the iconic imagery that graced the historic Buffalo Nickel almost a century ago. The gold coin minted with such American character that it could not be mistaken for any other country’s coin. The Gold American Buffalo Coin boasts credentials few other gold coins can match! But that’s not the end of this gold coin’s extraordinary saga. The 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin is made from 99.99% pure gold, the maximum purity possible. Combine that with its remarkable history and cherished artistry, and you have an extraordinary American gold coin: the Gold American Buffalo.

Why Buy the Gold American Buffalo Coin?

Noted for its 99.99% gold purity, the 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin can be traded easily. Factors influencing that ease are the coin’s weight in gold and gold’s current market price. The 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin provides a high level of financial liquidity and portability. It is wealth that can be held in your hands. In a global economy vulnerable to the ups and downs of governments around the world, the Gold American Buffalo represents a level of financial security. Ever since its first release in 2006, the Gold Buffalo Coin has become one of the most popular additions to gold bullion portfolios worldwide.
  • Year:Varied
  • Denomination:$50 (USD)
  • Condition:Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Grading Service:NA
  • Metal Content:1 troy oz.
  • Purity:.9999 Pure Gold (24k)
  • Mint Mark:Not Shown (West Point)
  • Mint Facility/Manufacturer:U.S. Mint
  • Issuing Country:United States
  • Diameter:32.7 mm
  • Thickness:2.95 mm
  • Obverse Designer:James Earle Fraser
  • Reverse Designer:James Earle Fraser

History & Design of the Gold American Buffalo Coin

The Gold Buffalo Coin design was first seen on the Buffalo Nickel, or Indian Head Nickel. This copper nickel five-cent piece was designed by American sculptor James Earle Fraser and struck by the U.S. Mint from 1913 to 1938. The effort was part of the Mint's campaign to beautify American coinage.

The story behind the Buffalo Nickel design dates back to the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. That’s when the father of Buffalo Nickel artist James Earle Fraser found himself among the men dispatched to claim the fallen soldiers of that armed engagement, referred to by many as Custer’s Last Stand. The younger Fraser’s exposure to such frontier life influenced many of his works, including the Buffalo Nickel.

Years later, Fraser's designs for the Buffalo Nickel were resurrected on the Gold American Buffalo Coin.

Gold American Buffalo Coins were first released to the public in June 2006 under Public Law 109-145, also called the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. Title II of this act announced the striking and issuing of $50 Gold American Buffalo bullion and proof coins. It stipulated that James Earle Fraser’s designs for the Buffalo Nickel be used on the obverse and reverse of the coin.

The Presidential $1 Coin Act marked the first time in history that the U.S. Mint produced a .9999 pure 24-karat gold coin. In part, the coins were created to keep pace with 24-karat bullion options from other countries, like the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf and the Chinese Gold Panda.

Obverse Gold Buffalo Design: Native American Portrait

As previously noted, the obverse of the Gold American Buffalo Coin features James Earle Fraser’s design for the original Buffalo Nickel: a chiefly profile of a Native American man. Many believe the Chief is a composite of three men: Chief Iron Tail of the Oglala Lakota, Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne, and Chief John Big Tree of the Kiowa. The year “2006” and the word “LIBERTY” also appear on the obverse.

Reverse Gold Buffalo Design: American Buffalo

Matching in majesty any creature represented on a coin, the American buffalo gracing the reverse of the 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin is something to behold. The inspiration for this depiction is believed to be the most massive American buffalo ever held in captivity at the time—the monumentally-named Black Diamond. “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “$50,” and “1 OZ .9999 FINE GOLD” appear on the reverse as well.

Both images are stunning works of art presented on this coin with perhaps their clearest and most enduring clarity ever. That’s because the images’ first canvas, the Buffalo Nickels minted from 1913 to 1938, could not be struck to reproduce the imagery distinctly. Furthermore, the Nickels were especially prone to wear. That makes the Gold American Buffalo Coin the best place to take in the astonishing detail of Fraser’s work.

Gold Buffalos Are IRA-Approved Gold Coins

The Internal Revenue Code enforces strict requirements on what’s accepted for inclusion in Self-Directed IRAs. Composed of 24-karat gold, the 1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coin meets those requirements, making it a perfect addition to any gold owner's Self-Directed IRA or precious metals portfolio.

Minted at the esteemed West Point Mint Facility, this 99.99% pure gold coin can act as a form of wealth insurance, helping to preserve your hard-earned savings for future use and perhaps for generations to come. With a Self-Directed Precious Metals IRA through U.S. Money Reserve's Gold Standard Precious Metals IRA program, you’re in complete control of how well you can set yourself up financially. There are few retirement portfolio strategies as compelling as gold. Call now to learn more about gold-backed IRAs.

How Much Do Gold Buffalo Coins Cost?

The gold content of Gold American Buffalo Coins is imprinted on the reverse of each piece: “1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD.” It is minted bearing a legal tender denomination of $50. Prices may vary based on gold’s current market price (one reason Gold Buffalos can be an ideal choice for liquid, short-term holding); local, national, and global economic conditions; and gold supply. U.S. Money Reserve Account Executives are available for you today with more information on Gold American Buffalo prices.

Where Can I Buy Gold American Buffalo Coins?

1 oz. Gold American Buffalo Coins are available online or over the phone, courtesy of U.S. Money Reserve. This distinctly American gold bullion coin is only available in a 1 oz. weight; however, fractional sizes are offered in proof versions. Gold coins of this purity are potentially a great addition to your precious metals strategy, whether you're a market veteran or just getting started. If your interests extend to gold, precious metals in general, or renowned artistry and American history, contact us today. Certified Proof Gold American Buffalo Coins are also available through U.S. Money Reserve, while inventory lasts.
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