James Earle Fraser helped propel the beautification of American silver coins in the early 20th century. As the US government sought to revitalize circulation currency in the country, many sculptors and engravers were tasked with helping. Although Fraser’s famous Buffalo Nickel is now difficult to find, you can obtain it courtesy of Great American Mint on a brilliant silver round. Right now, ¼ oz Great American Mint Silver Buffalo Rounds are available now on Silver.com.
- Consists of one-quarter ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Produced in the USA.
- Features the iconic Buffalo Nickel design.
- Created in 1913 by James Earle Fraser.
- Available in brand-new condition.
- Coins ship in individual plastic flips, tubes of 20, or boxes with a total weight of 500 oz. of silver.
Fraser was a gifted sculptor by trade who was born in Winona, Minnesota in 1876. He grew up exposed to frontier life in the Midwest, and that upbringing immensely influenced his designs. This is particularly noticeable on the Buffalo Nickel, which was produced from 1913 to 1938 as a replacement for the Liberty Head Nickel (1883-1912).
President William Howard Taft continued the drive to beautify American coins that began under President Theodore Roosevelt. While President Roosevelt spearheaded gold coin beautification, President Taft selected Fraser as one of the first men to redesign silver coins. Fraser’s public works, aside from the Buffalo Nickel, include the Benjamin Franklin Memorial in Philadelphia and the Contemplation of Justice statue at the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C.
On the obverse side of each silver round is the famous right-profile image of a Native American chieftain from the Buffalo Nickel. Designed by combining the facial features of three real-life Native American tribal leaders, the image is accompanied by the lone engraving of “Liberty.”
The reverse side of the ¼ oz Great American Mint Silver Buffalo Round features Black Diamond. Fraser’s bison image was inspired by this resident of the Central Park Zoo in New York City. It is accompanied by engravings that read “United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” and the weight, purity, and metal content of the round.
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