The U.S. Mint created the first and only Silver American Buffalo coin in 2001. Original sales direct from the U.S. Mint included a $10 surcharge, with the proceeds going to support the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian.
The coin design is based on the original Buffalo Nickel that was engraved by James Earle Fraser and minted from 1913 to 1938. The portrait on the front (obverse) of the coin is based on three Native Americans (Chief Iron Tail, Chief Big Tree and Chief Two Moons) who posed for the engraver. Fraser found the men while they were working at a Wild West show in New York.
The buffalo on the reverse is the famous bison named Black Diamond, one of the main attractions at the time at the New York Zoo. Each coin has a face value of $1 and contains 90% silver.
Mint State (Denver Mint) original mintage: 227,131, population: 1,556. Available in 69 or 70 condition.
Proof (Philadelphia Mint) original mintage: 272,862, population: 1,461. Available in 69 or 70 condition.
Mintage and population numbers are sourced by NGC as of July 2012.
For current pricing and ordering information, contact your U.S. Gold Bureau Account Advisor at (800) 775-3504.