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Proof Gold Buffalos

(Box and COA)

The U.S. Mint’s Proof Gold Buffalo coin series features the iconic James Earle Fraser designs of the Indian Head Nickel, or Buffalo Nickel, originally dated 1913-1938. These coins are housed in the original box of issue and come with a certificate of authenticity which adds to their increasing value over time. These Proof Gold Buffalo coins are made specifically for collectors and feature lower mintages than the regular bullion coins. This allows for a higher return on your investment in the future.

Investor Advantages:

  • Proof coins are treated with a special minting process so the softly frosted, yet detailed images seem to float above a mirrorlike field.
  • The Gold Buffalo features an adaptation of one of the most popular designs in American coinage: The original Indian Head Nickel design of 1913-1938.
  • The 2016 Proof Gold Buffalo had a mintage of just 21,878 coins, while the bullion Gold Buffalo saw a mintage of 219,500 coins the same year.

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Box and COA Proof Gold Buffalos obverse

Get Lasting Value with Gold Buffalo Coins

American Buffalo Gold coins feature the same design originally featured on the Buffalo Nickel, minted from 1913 to 1938, when William Taft's administration commissioned sculptor James Earle Fraser to create a replacement for the Liberty Head Nickel. The reverse of the Gold Buffalo displays an American bison. It is widely believed that Fraser used Black Diamond from the Central Park Zoo as his model. However, Fraser once stated that he viewed the model bison at the Bronx Zoo. If the animal was indeed viewed at the Bronx Zoo, it is more likely that an American bison known as Bronx was used for the design.

Value, beauty and presentation come together flawlessly in the Proof Gold Buffalos with Box and COA. Gold Buffalo coins are a stunning addition to any portfolio thanks to their storied design and intriguing heritage. Purchase this Gold Buffalo and you will enjoy all the exquisite detail featured in the original Buffalo Nickel design along with a beautiful mirrorlike, Proof finish that adds eye-catching shine to your piece.

This sovereign coin is backed by the U.S. government, ensuring reliable value and production quality. The Proof Gold Buffalo coin comes in the original packaging, complete with a certificate of authenticity and elegant presentation box. When you want more than a simple investment, this elegant issue is the obvious choice. The American Buffalo Gold coin offers exquisite detail on both sides with a beautiful sheen that makes it a charming piece to behold. With 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold, this is a valuable choice that gives you a Gold investment you can enjoy right in your hand.

Proof Gold Buffalo coins have historically retained their original value and even enjoyed sustained appreciation over time. Much like the timeless Gold American Eagle coins, these are a staple that should have a place in any American coinage collection. If you are shopping for modern U.S. Mint Gold, the Gold Buffalo coin is a design you cannot afford to ignore. This 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold may appreciate to have a far greater value for mindful investors who protect these items long into the future.


Premium Appreciation Over Time

This Premium Appreciation Over Time matrix gives you a better idea of how the Box and COA Proof Gold Buffalos are trending with approximate value increases.* The percentage of change is an indicator of increased value over time.

All premiums are dollars over the spot price.


The additional cost of a coin or bullion item, over and above the spot or metal price of the Precious Metal contained in the coin. The premium includes the costs of fabrication, distribution and a minimal dealer fee. Rare coins carry an additional premium representing numismatic value, which is based on scarcity, quality, demand and intangible factors.

Coin Premium Appreciation

Over time (usually at least 3-5 years after release), the premium of a particular coin may increase due to limited availability or other factors such as demand and quality of the coin.

Introductory Premium

APMEX’s initial premium above the spot or melt price at the time of a coin’s release.

Current Premium

The premium or additional cost of a bullion coin above and beyond the metal value of the Precious Metal it contains.

Buy Back Premium

The premium above spot or metal price that APMEX is currently paying to buy back a given item. These premiums are subject to change based on market conditions, inventory position, and quantity to be bought back.


Refers to the number of coins struck by a mint per release of a particular coin. This will vary by mint, year, design and size.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.

Grading and Warranties

Our company uses the numerical Mint State (MS) grading system, which rates uncirculated coins from MS-60 to MS-70.

Typically, the higher the grade, the better the quality of the coin and in turn, the higher the value. The grade assigned to a coin reflects its strike, luster, marks, scratches and overall eye appeal. Grading is a subjective art and depends on the opinion of the person grading the coin or currency. Thus, grading can and does vary from numismatic coin firm to numismatic coin firm, from grading service to grading service, and from expert to expert. A difference of one grade (e.g., MS-64 to MS-65) can result in a significant change in the valuation of a numismatic coin or currency. Grades and descriptions of numismatic coins and currency are opinions, not statements of fact or guarantees, and are based on standards and interpretations in place at the time of grading.

When you acquire a coin or currency from APMEX that is independently graded by a third-party grading service such as Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), APMEX relies entirely on the expertise/determination of the grading service. In addition, we rely upon definitions provided by these independent grading services, including definitions of such terms as PCGS' "First Strike®" which refers to coins packaged and delivered by the U.S. Mint in the thirty (30)-day period following the initial sales date of a new product. We do not re-grade or independently evaluate the product's grade in its sealed holder. APMEX reserves the right to deliver independently graded coins that have been graded by an independent grading service of APMEX's choice such as PCGS or NGC. APMEX guarantees that the numismatic coins and Precious Metals it sells are genuine. APMEX expressly disclaims any other warranties with respect to coins or Precious Metals, express or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. See our User Agreement for a full disclaimer of warranties.

Premium Appreciation

You should know that different market factors may influence the price of a specific Precious Metal or the associated premium. For example, the price of a numismatic coin may be affected by such factors as grade, scarcity and marketplace demand, while the price of a bullion coin is closely tied to the spot price for the metal content of the coin as well as year-specific mintages. Past performance and growth projections for one type of Precious Metal may not apply to other types of Precious Metals that APMEX may offer.

Holding Period

Our experience suggests coins of specific quality or scarcity that have demonstrated historical premium appreciation tend to do so at least 3 to 5 years after the coin was produced. Market conditions and other factors will always impact the future value for coins, and therefore premium appreciation should never be considered to be guaranteed.

Our Prices

Our prices are set internally based upon our analysis of a variety of factors and are not necessarily tied to the prices quoted by any other organization. Prices are subject to change based on market conditions.
  APMEX acts as a dealer and generally owns the Precious Metals it buys and sells.


All investments involve risk and Precious Metals are no exception. The Precious Metals market is speculative, unregulated and volatile, and prices for these items may rise or fall over time.

APMEX generally classifies coins as bullion, semi-numismatic and numismatic. Some coins may fall within more than one category, depending on their specific grade or condition. Other dealers and organizations may define these terms or classify these coins differently.

Precious Metals generally have a premium above their melt value. Premiums may increase or decrease based upon current market conditions such as supply and demand. Changes in premiums may affect a Precious Metal’s pricing beyond changes in spot prices.

Precious Metals can go down as well as up in value. These items may not be suitable for everyone. APMEX does not determine the suitability of any specific person to purchase Precious Metals. You should consult with your independent financial advisor regarding whether such an investment is right for you. You should not acquire any products from APMEX if you are not competent or qualified to make your own financial decisions. You should obtain a thorough understanding of the Precious Metals products before you acquire these products as a collector or investor.

The investment value of Precious Metals depends in large part on the price you pay. If you are acquiring any of APMEX's products as an investment, you should evaluate its current market value, potential for appreciation and liquidity, and consult independent sources regarding these factors. APMEX does not guarantee that any client will be able to sell Precious Metals at the original purchase price or a higher price in the future.

APMEX is not responsible for any changes in tax laws or other statutes which may affect any profit or salability of your coins or currency.


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What People Are Saying

It's perfect... Oh so shiny. reverse proof coin with all the glam desired. Mint box, new condition. I think with the limited, one year only mintage, the years will be very kind. APMEX delivered again. Great job with this package.
Magpie from Colorado
The detail and finish of the Proof Buffalo is so well done. A Beautiful coin that everyone should get a chance to own.
Silver Rabbit from California

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