The American Gold Buffalo is one of the most spectacular gold coins ever struck by the United States Mint. It features a near exact rendition of the 1913 Buffalo Nickel, but minted in .9999 pure gold. The Buffalo Nickel struck between 1913 and 1938 is one of the most popular coins ever struck. It's classic Wild West design of a Native American Chief and an American bison symbolize the American frontier, which was still prevalent in the American consciousness in 1913.
For decades, many numismatists lamented the passing of the Buffalo's iconic design; however, in 2001, the U.S. Mint struck a Silver Dollar that replicated the nickel in both Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof condition. The coin was wildly popular with numismatists and sold out in a matter of days. Inspired by the success of the Buffalo Silver Dollar, the Mint reprised the design once again in 2006, making the American Gold Buffalo the first U.S. gold coin ever struck in .9999 gold.
The obverse of the coin features a noble Native American, which James Earle Fraser, the designer of the nickel said was a montage of the features of several different individuals. The bison on the reverse is modeled after "Black Diamond," a resident of the New York Central Park Zoo, and the most famous "buffalo" of the day.
The American Gold Buffalo is, without a doubt, one of the most artistic gold coins ever issued by the U. S. Mint. Its unique combination of a near exact replication of a classic coin design and pure gold content make it highly sought after by numismatists. Many numismatists prefer to own their Gold Buffalos in high independent grades certified by the world's leading coin grading companies, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Because the coins graded by these firms are sonically sealed in acrylic holders, the quality of the coins is protected from inadvertent damage, and you can enjoy holding and examining these exquisite gold treasures without concern.