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Until 2006, the United States Mint had never struck a coin with 24-karat .9999 pure gold content. That was the year in which the United States Mint issued the American Gold Buffalo for the first time. The US Mint not only revived another iconic coin design from circulation history, but it also offered its first coin to ever feature .9999 pure gold content. The 2019 1 oz American Gold Buffalo Coin is currently available to you online for purchase from Metals.com.
- 14th issue year for American Gold Buffalo coins
- Contains 1 troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
- Issued a face value of $50 (USD) by the United States.
- On the obverse is the profile of a Native American.
- The reverse includes the depiction of Black Diamond, an American bison.
The American Gold Buffalo coins design focus is in keeping with the American Eagle Series of silver and gold coins. Both of those latter specimens use iconic American coin designs from the nation’s history, and the American Gold Buffalo follows suit with the use of the obverse and reverse designs from the Buffalo Nickel.
Issued in 1913 and halted in 1938, the Buffalo Nickel coin was designed by Minnesota native James Earle Fraser. His life experiences growing up on the plains of the Midwest and Upper Midwest are reflected in the design of the Buffalo Nickel. A Native American profile is featured on the obverse with an American bison, a crucial species to the life of indigenous Plains Tribes is depicted on the reverse.
The obverse of 2019 American Gold Buffalo Coins includes the image of a Native American in right-profile relief. The engravings are simple and include only the word Liberty along the right side of the design field and the year of issue 2019 on the shoulder of the Native American figure. There is also an F for Fraser on this side of the coin.
Fraser reportedly used three Native American leaders as the inspiration for the design of his figure on the obverse. Though some tribal leaders of the early 20th century claimed to be the sole inspiration, it is believed that Fraser combined facial features from various individuals to create this image.
On the reverse of 2019 1 oz American Gold Buffalo Coins is the depiction of Black Diamond. This American bison was a resident of the Central Park Zoo in New York City in the early 20th century and is depicted on a mound of grass in left-profile relief.
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