The Buffalo Nickel is highly regarded as one of America’s most original coin designs. Crafted by James Earle Fraser in 1913, it would remain the face of the nation’s five-cent piece until 1938. Fraser’s coin was among the first to feature designs considered uniquely, clearly American in nature. Right now, the 2017 5 oz Silver SilverTowne Buffalo Round is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of heat-sealed plastic.
- Based upon the Buffalo Nickel design!
- Consists of Five Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse features Fraser’s Native American tribal leader.
- Reverse depicts Black Diamond.
- Refined by SilverTowne in the United States.
Each of the 2017 5 oz Silver SilverTowne Buffalo Rounds in this listing ships in heat-sealed plastic for protection. These silver rounds from SilverTowne are part of an ongoing series of Buffalo Silver Rounds that celebrate the original Buffalo Nickel design from Fraser and the United States Mint.
James Earle Fraser was commissioned by the Taft Administration in 1912 to redesign the nation’s five-cent piece, replacing the previous design which had been in use since the mid-1890s. Fraser, who grew up on the plains, used his background for inspiration in designing the new nickel.
On the obverse of these 2017 5 oz Silver SilverTowne Buffalo Rounds you’ll find the image of a Native American tribal member. Captured in right-profile relief, Fraser is said to have used the facial features of three different leaders of the early 20th century to create the image used on the Buffalo Nickel.
The reverse of the SilverTowne Buffalo Silver Round includes a depiction of Black Diamond. The bison that inspired Fraser’s design was a resident of the Central Park Zoo in New York City in the early 20th century, and is featured on the reverse of these rounds with all original engravings aside from the face value.
In an early radio interview after the Buffalo Nickel’s design was released, Fraser explained his creation for the nickel simply. “When I was asked to do the nickel, I felt I wanted to something totally American – a coin that could not be mistaken for any other country’s coin,” he said.
SilverTowne is a private minting facility and distributor in the United States. The company began a humble operation in rural Indiana as a coin shop in 1949, and today is one of the biggest private mints in the United States, refining customer bars, medallions, and rounds.
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