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American Gold Buffalos

American Buffalo coins were first produced in 2006. They are known primarily for their use of 24-karat, 0.9999 fine gold, as well as their classic design — attributes that make them popular with investors and collectors alike. Mint State Gold is a long-standing vendor of rare coins and precious metals. Our inventory of American Gold Buffalos changes regularly but always includes several high-quality examples. Browse our current selection below, or contact our office for help finding a particular item.

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History and Background

The American Buffalo series was the result of the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, which authorized the production of up to 300,000 1-oz., 24-karat gold bullion coins with a face value of $50. Upon its release the following year, the coin was well-received by both collectors, who praised its design, and investors looking for U.S. alternatives to the 22-karat, 91.67% pure American Eagle series.

The popularity of the initial run led to the 2008 release of three fractional denominations: $5 (1/10 oz.), $10 (1/4 oz.) and $25 (1/2 oz.).

Design and Minting

The U.S. Mint modeled the Gold Buffalo design after the famous Indian Head nickel of 1913. That coin, created by sculptor James Earle Fraser, featured a Native American chief on the obverse — a composite of models from three tribes — and an American Bison on the reverse. The Gold Buffalo mostly preserved this design, with the main differences being the presence of the words "$50 1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the Bison side.

American Buffalos are minted at the West Point facility. Both bullion and Proof versions are available, the latter of which is distinguishable by a “W” mint mark found on the obverse.

In 2008, the U.S. Mint produced a small quantity of burnished American Gold Buffalo coins. These were created using a similar minting process as the Proof coins, but the Proof die is left unpolished for a matte appearance some collectors prefer.

Buying American Buffalo Gold Coins

Mint State Gold has different American Gold Buffalo coins for sale based on your needs. In addition to bullion coins for the investors’ market, we also carry Proof and burnished American Buffalos to add to your collection. A majority of our products are certified by either the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). In addition to Proof (PR) and Mint State (MS) Buffalos, we also carry ungraded Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins.

Shop with Confidence at Mint State Gold

The team at Mint State Gold has more than 50 years of experience in rare coins and precious metals. We provide excellent customer service, transparent pricing, and open communication every step of the way. We back all numismatic products in our online store with a 14-day money back guarantee and offer free shipping for all purchases.

If there’s something particular you’re looking for that you can’t find online, we can help — just get in touch for assistance from one of our knowledgeable representatives.

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