Gold American Buffalo coins are immensely popular with investors seeking 24-karat gold content in their precious metal products. Prior to the release of the Gold American Buffalo in 2006, the United States Mint had never struck a .9999 pure gold coin and only recently (1986) moved from .900 gold content to 22-karat gold when the Gold American Eagle was introduced. Right now, the 2017 1 oz Gold American Buffalo Coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the PCGS.
- 12th issue of the Gold American Buffalo coin!
- Limited availability of certified coins!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of $50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a grade of Mint State 69 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- First Strike designation.
- James Earle Fraser’s bison design on the reverse.
- Native American Chieftain from Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel on the obverse.
All 2017 1 oz Gold American Buffalo Coins listed here today have been deemed near-perfect specimens by the Professional Coin Grading Service. Coins with an MS69 grade exhibit full, original mint luster, but also feature a maximum of two minor detracting flaws. These flaws are minor and consist of miniscule hairlines or contact marks.
The First Strike designation is for those coins which arrive during the first 30 days following issue of 2017 Gold Buffalo coins. The release date is set by the US Mint, and coins must arrive for certification at the PCGS within that timeframe to earn the designation.
For many Native American tribes from the Western Plains, the buffalo made the difference between life and death. Tribes in this region often migrated to follow the seasonal paths of the buffalo, ensuring access to food (meat), clothing (pelts), and shelter (skins and bones) courtesy of the bison. The bison was a central figure in the creation of the Buffalo Nickel from James Earle Fraser in 1913.
The reverse of the 2017 1 oz Gold American Buffalo coin features the image of a wild buffalo. This depiction was inspired by Black Diamond, a bison housed at New York City’s Central Park Zoo at the turn of the 20th century.
On the obverse face of the coin is the right-profile portrait of a Native American tribal leader, along with an engraving of the word “Liberty.” Fraser used a combination of facial features from three different real-world tribal leaders in the early 20th century to create his famous Buffalo Nickel obverse design.
Premiums on American Buffalo Coins are typically low, but since this is a graded First Strike, there is more value over gold price per oz.
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