The Gold American Buffalo was the nation’s first-ever 24-karat gold coin, and in 2016 the program celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally introduced with a design inspired by the Buffalo Nickel, today the Gold American Buffalo enjoys new status as a guaranteed, annual coin from the United States Mint. The 2017 1 oz Gold American Buffalo Coin is available online now at Silver.com with perfect certification.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the NGC.
- 12th issue of the Gold American Buffalo coin!
- Limited availability of certified coins!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Issued a face value of $50 (USD) by the United States.
- Bears a grade of Mint State 70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Early Release designation.
- James Earle Fraser’s bison design on the reverse.
- Native American Chieftain from Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel on the obverse.
James Earle Fraser designed the five-cent piece for the US Mint in 1913. Growing up on the plains of the Upper Midwest, he experienced frontier life firsthand as he followed his father throughout Minnesota and the Dakotas. This lifestyle was a direct inspiration for the Buffalo Nickel, which was in circulation from 1913 to 1938.
On the obverse of the 2017 1 oz 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 2017 1 oz Gold American Buffalo 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.
All 2017 1 oz Gold American Buffalo coins in this listing are perfect specimens in the eyes of the NGC. Coins with an MS70 grade feature full, original mint luster and bear no detracting flaws anywhere on the surface areas of the coin.
Early Release coins enjoy a special designation dependent upon their time of arrival for certification. In order to qualify, these coins must arrive at the NGC or an approved third-party depository within the first 30 days of the issue date set by the US Mint for its 2017 Gold American Buffalo coins.
Premiums on American Buffalo Coins are typically low, but since it’s an Early Release designation, there may be more value over gold price per ounce. As always, this depends on market demand and other factors.
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