The Gold American Buffalo coin from the United States Mint set an important mark when it was introduced in 2006. Prior to this point in American history, the Gold American Eagle stood as the purest gold coin from the US Mint at 22-karat gold. However, the 24-karat Gold American Buffalo became the nation’s first-ever .9999 pure gold coin. The 2016 1 oz Proof Gold American Buffalo coin is available now with a perfect certification from the PCGS, and is yours to purchase on Silver.com.
- 10th anniversary of the Gold American Buffalo’s release!
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the PCGS.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Issued a face value of $50 (USD) by the United States government.
- Bears a grade of PR70 from the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Deep-cameo finish. First Strike designation.
- Original design from James Earle Fraser in 1913.
- Native American tribal leader on the obverse.
- Black Diamond, the bison, on the reverse.
Each 2016 1 oz Proof Gold American Buffalo in this listing has a perfect PR70 grade from the PCGS. Coins in this condition exhibit full, original mint luster and lack all detracting flaws. The deep-cameo finish, or DCAM, is reserved for proof coins with a stark contrast between the design set and background field.
DCAM coins have a strong, frosted matte finish on the design set, and a contrasting deeply-mirrored, clear background field. These differing finishes give the image the impression of floating above the coin’s surface.
The First Strike designation gives this coin a special status. It signifies that it was received by the PCGS for certification within the first 30 days of the release date the US Mint set for its 2016 1 oz. Proof Gold American Buffalo coins.
On the obverse of the 2016 1 oz Proof Gold American Buffalo you’ll find the image of Fraser’s Native American leader. He crafted this tribal leader’s image by combining the facial features and characteristics of three tribal elders alive during the early 20th century.
The reverse face of the coin bears a depiction of Black Diamond, a popular resident bison at New York City’s Central Park Zoo in the early 20th century. Bison used to number in the millions on the North American continent, but plummeted during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today there are some 30,000 wild bison and 300,000 more in herds on farms.
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