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The Legendary Great White Buffalo - Immortalized in Gold!

By Gainesville Coins
Published July 23, 2014

The 1998 Canadian $200 gold White Buffalo coin was the second release in a four-coin series released by the Royal Canadian Mint to commemorate beliefs and traditions of First Nations people, the Native Canadians and Americans. Designed by native artist, Alex Janvier, the coin’s reverse depicts a white buffalo rearing up on its hind legs.

This Canadian 1998 gold coin honors the White Buffalo.
This Canadian 1998 gold coin honors the White Buffalo.

The White Buffalo is synonymous with the exceptionally rare, often used colloquially in the same sense as the “White Whale” of Melville’s Moby Dick. The significance of the elusive White Buffalo is derived from the legends of the Teton Dakota and related tribes of the plains of the northern U.S. and southern Canada. White Buffalo Calf Maiden is the legendary “wakan” or holy figure credited with introducing a sacred pipe ceremony to the Teton Dakota, and thus the birth of a white buffalo is seen as a sacred omen. In addition to the Teton Dakota, many tribes throughout the plains including the Chipewyan people of western Canada attribute significance to the white buffalo.

It is estimated that only one in every few million buffalo are born white, making them rare indeed. Fortunately, Gainesville Coins has this coin in stock, so look no further!

Check out other new arrivals at Gainesville Coins including the third and fourth coins from this series as well as other stunning collectible coins from the Royal Canadian Mint.




Here is a 1999 Canadian $100 coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of Newfoundland's confederation with Canada.






This 1999 Canadian $200 Butterfly coin featuring a design inspired by Canada's First Nations people






The 2000 Canadian $200 proof Arctic Warmth coin also features indigenous-inspired artwork.




By Marty Menz, Content Writer at Gainesville Coins. Comments and questions for the author can be submitted to


1: 1997 Robert L. Hall. An Archaeology of the Soul: North American Indian Belief and Ritual. University of Illinois Press.


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