Certified PR 70!
The Buffalo Nickel is one of the most beloved coins in American history – but few collectors know that starting in 2006, the U.S. Mint began producing a one-ounce 99.99% (24 karat) gold bullion coin with the classic Buffalo Nickel design. Known as the American Buffalo gold coin, it is a stunning re-creation of the original design.
The 2017 edition of the American Buffalo gold coin was just released by the U.S. Mint – and now, a small number of these exceptional coins are available in perfect Proof 70 (abbreviated as PR 70) condition, as certified by a major independent coin grading company. All coins are graded on a 70-point scale, and “PR70” is the highest grade possible for a proof coin.
When the original Buffalo Nickel was first released in 1913, it revolutionized American coinage for its incredible realistic sculptured designs by famed artist James Earle Fraser. Fraser was renowned for his images of Western life, including Native Americans and wildlife such as buffalo.
The obverse of the coin depicts a composite portrait of three Native American chiefs: Iron Tail (a Sioux who fought against Gen. George A. Custer at Little Bighorn in 1876 and who was a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show), Two Moons (a Cheyenne who also fought at Little Bighorn), and John Big Tree (a Seneca).
The reverse features a buffalo, which is one of the most revered symbols of the United States. Millions of buffalo once roamed across America, and in the 1800’s they became synonymous with the American West. Fraser used Black Diamond from the New York Zoological Gardens as the model for the coin, and Black Diamond was still alive when the nickel was first issued.
The American Buffalo gold coin has a $50 face value; it is about the size of a Saint-Gaudens $20 gold coin, although it contains oven more gold. All coins were struck at the West Point Mint in New York and feature the “W” mint mark on the obverse, above the date; the small “F” below the date is designer Fraser’s initial.
Typically, the proof mintage of American Buffalo gold coins is minuscule – and just a fraction can ever be certified as PR 70. Order now, before they’re gone!