2001-P American Buffalo Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

The US Mint released the 2001-P American Buffalo Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar featuring one of the most celebrated designs in American Coinage history.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 272,869
Sold Out Date: June 21, 2001
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Both the obverse (heads side) and the reverse (tails side) feature reproductions of the five-cent Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser and minted from 1913-1938. This unique coin is also commonly called the "Indian Head Nickel." These silver dollar reproductions of the Buffalo Nickel were so popular that they sold out in two weeks.

Funds raised from a surcharge on each coin were to be used to commemorate the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian itself was established in 1846 with the American Indian Museum opening in 2004.

Previous Commemorative Coins

Many commemorative coins have been struck by the US Mint since its creation. However, the modern commemorative coin era began in 1982. Some of the more notable coins in the program preceding the American Buffalo Commemorative strike 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 Proof American Buffalo Coin on June 7, 2001.

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the American Buffalo Proof Coin was $33.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

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

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

James Earle Fraser originally designed both the obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) of the American Buffalo Silver Dollar for the five-cent Buffalo nickel which was minted from 1913-1938. Considered one of the best examples of American Coinage, the design was used again for this Silver Dollar.

Coin Specifications

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

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