New Issue: 2018 American Buffalo collector coin released by U.S. Mint

The American Buffalo one-ounce gold Proof coin is the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever struck by the U.S. Mint and is the collector version of the mint’s official American Buffalo gold bullion coin.

Containing one ounce of .9999 Fine 24-karat gold, the coin features designs based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser. Minted at the West Point Mint, each coin is presented in a hardwood box with a matte finish and a leather-like inset. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.


Denomination $50
Finish Proof
Composition 99.99 per cent gold
Diameter 32.70 mm
Weight 31.103 grams
Edge Reeded
Mint and mint mark West Point – W

U.S. buffalo coins are collector versions of the official U.S. Mint American Buffalo gold bullion coins.


Gold buffalo coins are limited-edition Proof coins based on the popular Type I Buffalo nickel. They were reintroduced as the first 24-karat gold Proof coin ever struck by the U.S. Mint.

U.S. buffalo coins are collector versions of the official U.S. Mint American Buffalo gold bullion coins. Each coin contains one ounce of .9999 Fine 24-karat gold.

Designed by James Earle Fraser, a student of the legendary sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this design remained in use for 25 years and then was not seen again until 2001 with the release of the American Buffalo commemorative coin.

The American Buffalo gold coin’s obverse and reverse designs feature images created for America’s five-cent coin originally introduced in 1913. That popular coin, known as the “Indian Head”—or “Buffalo Nickel”—showcases the native beauty of the American West.

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