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As the first .9999 fine Gold coin ever produced by the U.S. Mint, the Gold Buffalo pays homage to the classic design of the 1913 Buffalo Nickel. Struck on specially-prepared planchets, these Proof coins bear a beautiful mirror finish and exquisite detail.
- Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
- This 2023 offering from the U.S. Mint is available with a mintage of just 16,000 coins!
- Obverse: James Earle Fraser's iconic portrait of a Native American in profile, as first seen on the widely collected Buffalo Nickel in 1913.
- Reverse: An American buffalo, adapted from the original reverse of the classic Buffalo Nickel. This image is thought to be based on Black Diamond, a buffalo living in the Central Park Zoo in the early 20th century.
- Sovereign coin backed by the U.S. government.
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Bring one of America’s most iconic designs to your collection by adding this 2023-W 1 oz Proof Gold Buffalo to your cart today!
2023-W 1 oz Proof Gold Buffalo
In 2006, the 1 oz American Gold Buffalo series was the first .9999 fine Gold bullion to be released from the U.S. Mint. American Gold Buffalo coins are highly valued worldwide because along with their classic design, they adhere to strict U.S. Mint standards.
The Gold Buffalo coin design is based on James Earle Fraser's well-known 1913 Buffalo Nickel artwork. The obverse portrays the iconic Indian Head design, while the reverse features a magnificent American buffalo that was modeled after Black Diamond, the bison who once lived in New York City's Central Park Zoo in the 20th century.
Proof Gold Buffalo coins are struck multiple times on individually prepared planchets to provide a distinctive finish that appeals to collectors. The dies used during this process give the Proof Gold coins the popular mirror-like finish, causing the coin’s device to appear to be floating over the liquid of the field. The 2023 1 oz Proof Gold Buffalo brings back the design with greater detail, creating a collectible coin that is both beautiful and valuable.
The Influence of James Earle Fraser
James Earle Fraser began his art career as an illustrator for books and magazines before he later turned to sculpting, which is what he is most famous for. His sculptures were often based on Native American stories and themes – like his famous Buffalo Nickel.
Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel is one of the most well-known and loved coin designs in U.S. history; the design was later reimagined for the American Gold Buffalo series. The obverse depicting the well-known Indian Head design was created by combining images of three Native American chiefs: Iron Tail (Lakota), Two Moons (Cheyenne) and John Big Tree (Seneca). The design remained on the nickel until 1938.
James Earle Fraser’s designs on the Buffalo Nickel and the American Gold Buffalo coins are both beautiful and historically significant – perfectly capturing the essence of America in a coin. The Gold and Proof Gold Buffalo coins continue to be popular among investors and collectors alike due to their unique design and high quality.
Precious Metals IRA
For products to be eligible for a Precious Metals IRA, they must meet the minimum fineness requirements set by the IRS. These 2023 1 oz American Proof Gold Buffalo coins are eligible for Precious Metals IRAs because they meet the .999 fineness requirement.
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