2001-D American Buffalo Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar

Featuring a reproduction of one of the most popular designs in American Coinage history, the US Mint released the 2001-D American Buffalo Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 227,131
Sold Out Date: June 21, 2001
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The design was the original work of James Earle Fraser and was featured on the 1913-1938 nickel known as either the "Buffalo Nickel" or the "Indian Head Nickel." The Silver Dollar reproduction proved so popular with collectors that it sold out within a few weeks.

Proceeds from a surcharge collected on the sale of each silver dollar was given to the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution to aid in its construction and operation.

Previous Commemorative Coins

Some of the more notable commemorative coins that preceded the Buffalo Silver Dollar included:

  • 2000 – Library of Congress Commemorative Coins
  • 1999 – Yellowstone National Park Silver Dollar
  • 1999 – George Washington Gold $5
  • 1996 – Smithsonian 150th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
  • 1995 – Civil War Battlefield Commemorative Coins
  • 1994 – Thomas Jefferson 250th Anniversary Dollar
  • 1993 – Bill of Rights Commemorative Coins

Surcharges are added to the sale of each commemorative coins. Funds raised by the surcharges are forwarded to organizations which have been selected by the authorizing legislation of each coin.

Issue Information

Struck from 90% silver, each American Buffalo Silver Dollar has a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Uncirculated American Buffalo Coin on June 7, 2001.

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the American Buffalo Uncirculated Coin was $30.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Each American Buffalo Proof Silver Dollar was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Denver and show the ‘D’ mintmark.

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

The design found on the obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) of the American Buffalo Silver Dollar was the original work of James Earle Fraser and was found first on the circulating nickel minted from 1913-1938. The obverse features a portrait of a Native American Chief while the reverse shows an American Buffalo (bison)

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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