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1 oz Silver Round .999 Pure Silver Buffalo Design - New

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The Silver Buffalo Round: A Tribute to the Buffalo Nickel

The Silver Buffalo round pays homage to the design of a Native American chief created by sculptor James Earle Fraser in 1913. Fraser used three different American Indians as models for the portrait, creating a composite image that incorporated elements from each of the men.

To clarify, these Buffalo silver rounds don't use the original Fraser design. There are laws against doing so as prescribed by the Hobby Act, which forbids the reproduction of U.S. coin designs on any other coin-like objects so as to avoid confusion over whether or not the privately-minted replica is actual currency. For that reason, the images on these rounds are not exactly like the real Buffalo nickel design that appeared on five-cent coins from 1913 to 1938.

The same law requires that such designs that resemble the images on U.S. coins from the present or past must be stamped with the word "COPY" somewhere on the piece. This provides an added layer of assurance that no consumer will mistake the item for a real coin. For the same reason, Buffalo silver rounds do not bear a date (or year) of issue like legal tender coins do.

Nonetheless, the appearance of the Silver Buffalo round is quite similar to the famous design that it is based on. On the front side, it depicts an Indian chief wearing a series of feathers in his hair while a tail of braided locks hangs over his shoulder. The word "LIBERTY" is inscribed to the right.

The back side of the round also mimics the reverse design found on Fraser's Buffalo nickel. An American bison (also known as a buffalo) is shown facing toward the left, mirroring the arrangement of Fraser's classic design. The required "COPY" stamp appears on the ground beneath the buffalo's hooves. The round's weight and purity specifications are inscribed along the top rim, reading "ONE TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER."

History of the Design

The story goes that James Earle Fraser used a buffalo named Black Diamond at the Central Park Zoo in New York City as his model for the design. Black Diamond was known for having a very docile temperament, yet the artist had a difficult time getting the 1,500-pound creature to sit still for very long.

However, this quaint backstory is by many accounts a fictionalized legend. Even the United States Mint doubts its veracity. For one thing, Fraser identified his model buffalo as a resident of the Bronx Zoo, not the one located in Central Park.

Moreover, observers have noted that the shape of the horns on the coin's design were not a good match for the horns on the well-known Black Diamond. Interestingly enough, Black Diamond does have at least one undeniable appearance on U.S. currency to his credit: He was featured on a ten-dollar bill in 1901.

The supposed inspiration behind the Native American profile found on the front side of the round is at least equally complicated.

What is known for certain is that Fraser did not use a single person as the model for his portrait of an American Indian. The accomplished sculptor always maintained that the image was a composite of several different men.

When asked about their identities, Fraser consistently named two people: one named Chief Iron Tail, who was from a Sioux tribe, which is part of the Lakota people; and another man named Two Moons, who he claimed was a member of the Cheyenne people. Despite the consistency of his memory about these two men, Fraser also told reporters that his inspiration additionally came from a third or perhaps even fourth person.

Unfortunately, the artist gave conflicting answers over the years about the identity of the (possible) models. In Fraser's defense, he readily admitted that his memory failed him about who else inspired his design, which he characterized as a "type" rather than a true portrait of an individual.

The problem with this case of fuzzy memory meant that a number of different people tried to lay claim to being the face that inspired the Buffalo nickel design. In most cases, this was simply an attempt to drum up publicity. Such claims were often successful in drawing considerable attention in the media, nevertheless.

Fraser actually completed his sketches and sculpting of the designs in 1911, but various delays prevented the finished coin from entering circulation until 1913.

The Buffalo nickel was unfortunately met with almost uniformly negative reviews and criticisms from the numismatic press at the time it was introduced. As a result, the design was retired by the U.S. Mint after 25 years of service (in 1938). This is the minimum amount of time a circulating American coin design must be used before it can be replaced.

The Buffalo Design Returns to Gold and Silver Bullion

It wasn't until long after it had ceased production in favor of the Jefferson nickel that Fraser's design came to be appreciated by coin collectors on its own terms. It eventually was reproduced as a commemorative silver dollar by the U.S. Mint in 2001.

Then, beginning in 2006, the mint began issuing an annual gold bullion coin bearing a slightly modified version of Fraser's design. This .9999 fine gold coin (in other words, 99.99% pure gold) is known as the American Gold Buffalo, or sometimes simply the Gold Buffalo. Each of these bullion coins contains a full one troy ounce of gold content by weight.

Of course, the Silver Buffalo round also capitalizes upon the distinctly American symbolism of Fraser's art.

All of these more recent homages to the original Buffalo nickel speak to the resurgent popularity of the design. In each case, the modernized versions of both the Native American portrait and the buffalo image are used.

It's worth pointing out that difficulties with the dies used to strike the original Buffalo nickel led to a number of problems in minting the coin. Even worse, the array of solutions that were implemented to try and fix these problems often proved ineffective -- or even backfired.

For instance, mint employees attempted to adjust various design elements in order to make the features of the coin more durable. The denomination on the reverse design, the relief of the cheek of the Native American, and especially the numbers of the date all showed a tendency to wear away too easily.

This posed a problem aside from merely aesthetics or artistic integrity: If certain parts of the coin design routinely wore away, it would make the denomination more attractive to counterfeiting operations or leave it susceptible to other types of fraud.

Buy Silver Buffalo Rounds at Gainesville Coins

This extremely popular privately minted 1 oz silver round brings back the famous "Buffalo Nickel" design of James Earle Fraser, the famous sculptor and designer. The front carries the American Indian profile of the 1913 original, while the reverse shows the American Bison known as "Black Diamond." This 99.9% pure low premium silver one ounce round changes the back of the original design, replacing the denomination with "One Troy Ounce" and "999 Fine Silver".

The "Buffalo Design" 1 troy oz silver round is a best seller at Gainesville Coins. Many silver buyers use the tiered pricing at Gainesville Coins on these bullion items to purchase them in bulk for a low cost, easily liquidated way to stack 99.9% pure silver.

This popular low premium silver round is an excellent way to diversify your portfolio. Gainesville Coins only contracts with ISO 9001 -certified American mints to supply this round, for your peace of mind. This means that the silver buffalo round can be used for an IRA purchase along with the traditional buying experience.

The 1 oz Silver Buffalo round allows you to capture the essence of this classic design without paying a huge premium for a well-preserved collectible coin. Sharp examples of original Buffalo nickels are difficult to come by.

On top of that, each Silver Buffalo is struck from .999 silver, meaning it is 99.9% pure. By weight, each round contains a total of one troy ounce (31.1 grams) of pure silver.

What Are Silver Rounds? How Are Silver Rounds Different From Coins and Bars?

Silver bullion comes in a breathtaking array of different forms, from old silver coins to silver bars to a more recent innovation, silver rounds.

Despite misconceptions to the contrary, silver rounds are not the same as legal tender coins. If you feel confused about what a silver round actually is, rest assured that they are exactly what they sound like: round pieces of silver bullion. The name literally says it all.

The key difference between rounds and coins comes down to the concept of face value. A silver round is not issued by a government mint and does not carry a legal tender denomination. Instead, they are manufactured by private mints or refining facilities and are more akin to silver bars. In fact, the only difference between a silver bar and a silver round is the shape.

One thing that sets silver rounds apart from their rectangular cousins is the quality of the designs that rounds can offer. In most cases -- though not all -- silver bars bear rather unimaginative designs. The buyer's choice between different silver bars is usually limited to just two options: 1) poured silver bars, which use the Old World technique of simply pouring molten silver into a mold; or 2) minted silver bars, which are produced by machines to create a more standardized and uniform appearance.

Poured bars do have the advantages of coming in a variety of unique shapes and providing the hand-crafted feel of an independent artisan. Thus no two poured bars are ever exactly the same. Meanwhile, minted bars may have more appeal when the time comes to sell your silver on the secondary market. This would likely be due to their precise dimensions, which makes verifying authenticity easier, and their name brand pedigree, ensuring a higher degree of trust from a potential buyer.

Pros and Cons

As with any precious metal product, there are benefits and drawbacks for each different type of item, depending on what you are looking for.

This same principle of pros and cons applies to silver rounds. It's entirely up to the preferences of the person making the purchasing decision. This holds true whether you are comparing rounds to bars or considering the differences between silver rounds and silver coins.

The trade-offs can take a wide variety of forms: As just one example, silver rounds will often have more artistic freedom with their designs, making them more visually appealing in many cases, but coins (at least those that are not explicitly collectibles) will always have the advantage of stacking neatly one on top of the other.

The ability to stack conveniently is not always true of bullion rounds because of high relief or avant-garde design elements. In an instance such as this, you would have to decide whether an artistic design and aesthetic appeal is more important to you or if you are more concerned with simply maximizing how much silver you can store in a compact space. If the latter is of greater importance to a buyer, they would be better off choosing a silver coin issued by a government mint rather than a privately-minted round.

Low Premium Silver

At the same time, however, there are several reasons why someone might choose to buy a round instead of some other form of silver. Chief among these reasons is the fact that silver rounds typically carry a lower premium than coins that contain a comparable amount of precious metal.

This is especially appealing to bullion investors that are only looking to get the largest amount of silver by weight for each dollar they spend. Even if the difference is only $1 saved per coin, these savings will quickly add up over time when someone is buying hundreds of ounces of silver.

Another consideration that is in favor of silver rounds, as mentioned before, is the wide range of designs that you can find on bullion rounds. Private mints have much greater freedom when it comes to what subject matter can be used on their products. There are virtually no restrictions outside of physical limits on how much detail can be imparted onto the piece of metal.

By contrast, coin designs must be approved by a panel of experts (known as the Citizens Coin Advisory Committee) and are often planned years in advance. Moreover, laws regarding United States coinage provide a number of guidelines about how the country's coins must be designed. For instance, legal tender coins are prohibited from depicting any living people.

Another example is that there are very specific rules outlined in U.S. law regarding the weight, composition, purity, and diameter of different coin denominations. Silver rounds do not have to adhere to these rules, opening up many more possibilities for the artists and engravers that create their designs.

Accordingly, there really is an almost limitless selection of different silver round designs to choose from.

Be sure to buy your Silver Buffalo 1 oz round for competitive pricing from Gainesville Coins!

Purchase 1 oz Buffalo Silver Rounds online or over the phone today from your trusted online precious metals dealer, Gainesville Coins.

Please note: This round is not an official government issue, but still contains 1 oz of .999 Fine Silver.


Actual Metal Weight:
1 ozt
Edge Design:
Classic Design
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Review Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Thanks for a great price on these buffalos and keep up the great work your company does!
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Silver Buffalos
On time, packaged well, best deal on the internet. Will buy again!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
close to spot silver
I learned when I first started buying silver bullion to buy the items that were the closest to the silver price. These are priced very competitive and quality is great. The order arrived quick and packaged very well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Buffalo rounds are by far the most popular rounds on the market. Gainesville Coins has an awesome price for 58 cents over spot! Coins were received on time and my customer service rep was extremely helpful. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Buffalo Shipment
Quality coins and the shipment was received 4 days early. Great Service. Thanks
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Buffalo Silver Round
I love these rounds, easy to store, easy to buy and sell. My kids love when I get a new order. The feel in your hand can't be reproduced. They always ask me why they feel better than "real money". Makes me laugh every time. If you're hesitant about ordering online don't. I've been buying and selling online with Gainesville Coins for years. They are the best. Best pricing, best service by far! My orders always get to me on time or early, they are shipped confidentially so no one knows what's inside.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Random Guy
Review Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Thumbs Up
I was hesitant to order at first, as you never know about sites and whether or not you might get scammed or what not. After placing my order and getting my rounds in the mail (love the shipping) all I can say is I will be ordering more as soon as the price falls back down a little. The quality is top notch, though the relief is a little shallow it still looks and feels amazingly with great effort put into the details. Highly recommend!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Buffalo Rounds - Exceptional Insurance Tool
These rounds are absolutely fantastic for silver stacking. The premium over spot is hard to beat (as with most Highland Mint silver rounds found here at Gainesville) and in my opinion this is one of the best designs. When you are looking for the recognition aspect to a piece of silver (for future sale or barter) without the premium attached to eagles, buffalo rounds are a great instrument. I would also recommend 90% silver even though the premiums are slightly higher.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Great investment
I am very pleased with Gainesville as a whole. I am especially happy with the buffalo rounds. The ones I have purchased have only been in uncirculated condition but at .999 pure and the cheap premiums they charge for them they are one of the best investment tools around. You might look into the shot as well its 99.99 pure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Gainesville Coins is the best place to purchase. I am very lucky I don't live far from them so I don't have to ship them. The Buffalo Rounds are great. If your looking for weight value then this is it. Been a customer for some time now and will keep doing business with them. Thanks
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, December 6, 2013
Brilliant Silver Option!
I have bought Silver Maples and Silver Eagles from Gainesville for a year now, but was intrigue by the "generic" rounds. No more mystery! Three orders later and I can't find of a better silver investment. Super low premiums, fast delivery, and brilliant coins. I was shocked at how awesome they look and feel especially on the pocketbook! Gainesville is hands down THE best online bullion dealer on the net. 20 rounds packed in a tube every month...smart investing!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
great looking rounds
they arrived quickly and were in great shape. The design looks very nice.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
low price, smooth transaction
I was lured by the low prices and ordered 500 of them. I got 25 rolls of 20 coins which makes them easy to store. Some of them were slightly scratched but for the price i think its a great deal. You can really see the savings add up when you purchase a whole box vs say a box of maples or eagles.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
great service
Placed my order over the phone and received my package in a reasonable amount of time. My only gripe is that i missed the mail and had to go pick it up to sign for it. but then again i don't want silver hanging out on my front door. Thanks GC!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Absolutely adore these rounds, i no longer have to buy used silver products to get it at the lowest possible price, these are brand new and super shinny. I ordered 20 and they came in a tube. thanks!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Monday, October 7, 2013
Super Shiny Silver!
Worried about a dollar collapse? Don't know what precious metal thing to get? Get these well made silver coins that are not only beautiful but valuable! Get 'em now while they last and while prices are still artificially low!
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Great Prices On Silver Rounds
I visited the showroom in Tampa and have made several purchases over the past couple of months. The silver rounds are very nice and prices are great. I will continue to purchase my silver from Gainesville as they have some of the best prices and customer service is great !!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Monday, July 29, 2013
Love the low premium silver
The buffalo round is my favorite low premium silver round. I love the silver eagles, but these coins provide more value in my opinion
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Brett J
Review Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Best Premium
I have been researching the major bullion dealers on the web for the past 2 weeks and finally decided on Gainesville. Their overall price was the cheapest I could find. Shipping was also really fast
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Received my 20 rounds well packaged in a tube. I was surprised by how bright and shiny they are. I will order more for sure.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Great Value
If your looking to diversify your portfolio, and want to own pure silver rounds for the content, these are great. Silver Eagles are 3-4 dollars more.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Excellent Quality
I bought 40 pieces. They came in two tubes. Great size,quality and low premium. If you are looking to start an investment start here.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Nicer Than Expected
These rounds are very recognizeable and a great value at around $0.79 over spot. Look a lot nicer than I expected.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Portuguese prince
Review Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Great buy!
All I've been thinking about. I love these babys!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, August 3, 2012
Great Bang for the Buck
I have placed 3 orders for a total of 15 1 oz rounds. All have arrived faster then expected and in wonderful condiction. Will be buying more soon.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, July 27, 2012
Arrived Early
The invoice gave a shipping date of Aug 1st and my order arrived 4 days earlier than shipping date. Thanks.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A1 Silver Rounds
I am now awaiting my third order of these rounds. Very nice quality and nice bang for your buck if you are simply looking to invest in 1 oz silver rounds. Both of my first two orders arrived sooner then expected and were well packaged. With this third order I will have recieved 15 of these rounds and am completely happy with each of them. The only thing I would like to see added to the site is some type of loyalty program. Maybe free shipping to customers after their first 5 orders. Something to show returning customers that they are important. Just a thought Gainsville.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Good quality and nice investment grade
Excellent long term investment potential.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Love these rounds! Great quality. I bought quite a few and don't regret it.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
Very nice pice for the price
I liked the price and quality enough to buy multiple roles.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thank you for the fast shipping first off. Also I really like the way the box has a return name of 'Joe plumbing and supply'. My wife has no idea of what is in there. Thanks!!
42 of 48 people found the following review helpful

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