The Gold American Buffalo coin is the purest example of gold bullion from the United States Mint. Introduced in 2006, it became an instant sensation as the first-ever 24-karat gold coin from the mint and because of its use of an iconic American coin design. Today, the 2017 1 oz Proof Gold American Buffalo Coin is available to you online at Silver.com with near-perfect certification.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the NGC.
- Eleventh release of the Gold American Buffalo!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Face value of $50 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Graded PF69 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Early Release designation.
- Obverse features the portrait of a Native American leader.
- Reverse includes the depiction of Black Diamond.
- Includes the West Point Mint’s “W” mint mark.
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.
Each of the 2017 1 oz Proof Gold American Buffalo Coins in this product listing are near-perfect specimens from the NGC. Coins in PF69 condition show full, original mint luster and a maximum of two minor detracting flaws. Those flaws are limited to minuscule contact marks or hairlines, and are found only outside of the primary focal areas of the coin.
The Early Release designation is reserved for coins that arrive at the NGC within a certain timeframe. The coins must arrive at the NGC or an approved third-party depository within the first 30 days of the release date set by the United States Mint.
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.
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