2011 $50 American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin

The 2011 $50 American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin will mark the sixth year in which the US Mint has struck this bullion quality piece.

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Originally authorized as part of the Presidential Coin Act of 2005 along with several other series of coins, these strikes marked the first bullion coins produced by the Mint from one ounce of .9999 fine 24-karat gold. The Mint also produces proof quality versions of this same coin for numismatic purposes.

Adding to the coin’s collectability aside from its obvious intrinsic value is the fact that the design used on the coin is a re-creation of one of the most popular designs ever produced by the Mint – the 1913 circulating nickel which earned the nickname of "Indian Head Nickel" or "Buffalo Nickel." The designs were the work of noted artist James Earle Fraser.

Previous American Buffalo Bullion Mintages

Since 2006, the Bullion American Buffalo Coins have seen the following mintage:

  • 2006 – 337,012
  • 2007 – 136,503
  • 2008 – 189,500
  • 2009 – 200,000
  • 2010 – tbd

The Mint also produces a proof version of this coin for collectors.

Issue Information

Each Buffalo is struck to bullion quality from one ounce of .9999 fine gold.

Release Date

The US Mint has not announced a release date for the Bullion Buffalo Coins.

Issue Price

The Mint sells the bullion Buffalos only to its network of authorized purchasers who then resell them to the public for a small premium over the current spot price of the gold contained within them.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Buffalos are struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

Featuring a portrait of a Native American on the obverse (heads side) and the image of an American Bison (also known as a buffalo) on the reverse (tails side), the design was first used on the 1913 circulating nickel by James Earle Fraser. That nickel had earned the nickname of "Indian Head Nickel" or "Buffalo Nickel."

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $50
Finish: Bullion
Composition: .9999 fine gold
Standard Weight: 1.0001 troy oz. or 31.108 g
Standard Diameter: 32.70 mm
Edge: Reeded

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