When it first hit the numismatic scene in 2006, the American Gold Buffalo revived one of the U.S. Mint's most memorable coin designs, originally created by James Earle Fraser in 1913 for the "Buffalo" nickel. Today, this classic image graces the surface of the .9999 fine (99.99% pure) Gold Buffalo. This 2018 1 oz American Gold Buffalo PCGS MS69 First Strike has been certified as MS69 by PCGS, and comes protected in the grading service's hard plastic holder. As legal tender, the coin bears a $50 face value. Its actual gold weight (AGW) is 1 troy ounce.
Fraser's composite portrait of an Indian chief appears on the obverse. He faces toward the right and wears feathers in his hair in a traditional Native American style. "LIBERTY" is inscribed along the rim to the right. The year of issue "2018" can be seen in the bottom-left corner of the design on the figure's shoulder. Just below, an incuse "F" indicates that Fraser was the artist. Unlike the original Buffalo nickel, the edge is reeded.
The reverse design was also created by Fraser for the original nickel design. The same image is revived for the Gold Buffalo but on a much larger coin, bringing out the full detail and beauty of the engraving. The buffalo is abutted on each side by the mottoes "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "IN GOD WE TRUST" while the issuing country is indicated at the top rim. The specifications "1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD" are inscribed at the bottom rim along with the denomination of "$50."
The 99.99% pure (.9999 fine) gold used to strike the Gold Buffalo sets it apart from the rest of the U.S. Mint's bullion coins. Like the American Silver Eagle and its counterpart the American Gold Eagle, the design of the Gold Buffalo was originally used in the early 20th century. Add a piece of modern history to your collection with the 2018 $50 American Gold Buffalo (PCGS MS69 First Strike) from Gainesville Coins!