The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2015 American Gold Buffalo Proof Coin. The release of this collectible version of the coin follows the release of the bullion version earlier in the year.
The American Gold Buffalo carries the classic design from the 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel created by James Earle Fraser. The obverse features the profile portrait of a Native American based on a composite of three real life models. These are believed to be Iron Tail of the Sioux, Two Moons of the Cheyenne, and John Big Tree of the Seneca nation, each of whom had each posed for Fraser years earlier. The obverse inscriptions include “Liberty”, “2015”, the “W” mint mark, and the design’s initial “F”.
The reverse design carries a depiction of a male North American Bison, commonly referred to as a buffalo, standing on a raised mound. According to numismatic legend, the image was based on Black Diamond from the Central Park Zoo. The reverse inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and “In God We Trust”. The legal tender face value along with the precious metal weight and purity appear incused on the mound.
The 2015 American Gold Buffalo Proof Coin is struck in one troy ounce of 24 karat (.9999 fine) gold with a diameter of 1.287 inches and a reeded edge. The coins are struck at the West Point Mint facility. Each coin comes packaged in an elegant hardwood box with matte finish with a certificate of authenticity included.
Pricing for the coins at the start of sales is $1,590 based on an average weekly market price of gold within the $1,200 to $1,249.99 range. The pricing for the coin may be adjusted as frequently as weekly in response to changes in the average market price of gold. There are no stated product limits or household ordering limits imposed for the product.