History of the Gold American Buffalo

The Gold American Buffalo was modeled after the Indian Head, or Buffalo Nickel, which was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser, a one-time student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

American Buffalo Coins are the first .9999 fine 24-karat gold coins ever struck by the United States Mint. These $50 gold coins are available to members of the public seeking a simple and tangible way to own and invest in 24-karat gold in the form of legal tender coins whose content and purity is guaranteed by the U.S. government.

The United States Mint produces a limited number of proof versions of this coin each year, which are made through a special minting process that produces a softly frosted coin and a highly detailed image. Due to their rarity and market demand, these proof coins are highly prized by investors and collectors


Highly Prized by both Investors & Collectors

Mintage Year PF70 Population Rarity Rank Initial Price Current Price Price Increase % Price Change
2006 $50 Coin 17,782 14 $750 $2,750 $2,000 267%
2007 $50 Coin 5,274 11 $825 $2,825 $2,000 242%
2008 4-Coin Set 3,306 7 $2,450 $12,800 $10,350 422%
2009 $50 Coin 5,917 12 $1,575 $2,850 $1,275 81%
2010 $50 Coin 3,954 8 $1,625 $3,250 $1,625 100%
2011 $50 Coin 3,238 5 $1,890 $3,245 $1,355 72%
2012 $50 Coin 2,613 1 $2,150 $4,030 $1,880 87%
2013 $50 Coin 3,001 4 $2,593 $3,720 $1,127 43%
2013 $50 Rev PF 9,312 13 $2,050 $3,294 $1,244 61%
2014 $50 Coin 2,765 3 $2,295 $3,045 $750 33%
2015 $50 Coin 2,720 2 $2,195 $3,600 $1,405 64%
2016 $50 Coin 4,915 10 $2,275 $3,045 $770 34%
2017 $50 Coin 4,186 9 $2,675 $3,023 $348 13%
2018 $50 Coin 3,265 6 $2,875 $3,075 $200 7%

Source: Mintage figures provided by the United States Mint. "Proof 70 Population" indicates the number of coins in the given year that have been certified in perfect “Proof 70” condition (NGC, August 2018).


Ed Moy Signature Series Gold Buffalo Proof 70 Coins

Wholesale Coins Direct has partnered with former Director of the U.S. Mint, Ed Moy, to offer hand-signed certification labels on Gold American Buffalo Proof 70 coins. The Ed Moy Signature Series of Gold American Buffalo Proof 70 coins will be highly sought after by investors and collectors, meaning population for Proof 70 coins and Date Runs will be extremely low, adding to their investment potential. Each coin contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 fine gold.

• Ultra-rare Ed Moy Signature Series
• Beautiful and Affordable Gold American Buffalo
• Very Low Population of Proof 70 Coins
• 1 Troy oz of .9999 fine gold

Edmund C. Moy served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. After September 11, 2001, Mr. Moy helped with the transition to the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security. During his tenure as Director, the United States Mint struck over $1 billion in numismatic collectibles. In his first year alone, over 16 billion coins were struck. Highlights for the U.S. Mint under his leadership include the 50 State Quarter program, Presidential $1 Coin, and the National Parks Quarter program.

Coins with Ed Moy signature labels have made headlines due to their extreme popularity and premiums investors are willing to pay at auction. The Ed Moy Signature Series of Gold American Buffalo Proof 70 coins are no exception and are an excellent way to diversify your portfolio within precious metals.

Ed Moy Signature Series Gold American Buffalo Proof 70 are available as single coins, 4-coin sets, and even a full Date Run featuring one of each Gold American Buffalo minted since 2006. Demand for these hand-signed coins is expected to outpace supply as investors and collectors realize the tremendous investment potential of these coins. The Ed Moy Signature Series is also available in Gold American Eagle and Silver American Eagle Proof 70 coins. Please contact us for more information about the Ed Moy Signature Series Proof 70 coins available through Wholesale Coins Direct.

Ed Moy Signature Series Gold Buffalo Proof 70 Coins

The Gold Buffalo Date Run 2006 - 2018 (17 Coin Set)

Looking for something even more unique? Consider a "Date Run Set," including one of each Gold Buffalo ever minted. This set contains all the Gold American Buffalo Proof coins minted since 2006 including the 2008 4-coin set. All coins are graded in a perfect Proof 70 grade.

The Date Run Includes:

  1. 2006 $50 Buffalo PF70
  2. 2007 $50 Buffalo PF70
  3. 2008 4-Coin Set PF70
  4. 2009 $50 Buffalo PF70
  5. 2010 $50 Buffalo PF70
  6. 2011 $50 Buffalo PF70
  7. 2012 $50 Buffalo PF70
  1. 2013 $50 Buffalo PF70
  2. 2013 $50 Buffalo Reverse PF70
  3. 2014 $50 Buffalo PF70
  4. 2015 $50 Buffalo PF70
  5. 2016 $50 Buffalo PF70
  6. 2017 $50 Buffalo PF70
  7. 2018 $50 Buffalo PF70

Gold American Buffalo Date Run

Packaged in 1 NGC 20-Slab Container Box


The 2013 100th Anniversary Reverse Buffalo Proof 70 Coin

The Gold American Buffalo Date Run includes the popular 2013 Reverse Proof 70 Coin. Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Buffalo Coin, the U.S. Mint reversed the mirror-like background finish of the traditional proof coin and applied it instead to the design elements of the coin achieving a magnificent visual contrast against the uniquely frosted background.

This unique anniversary edition captures the beauty of coin design and the modernization of coin production over the last 100 years in one magnificent showpiece.

2013 100th Anniversary Reverse Buffalo

The Classic Buffalo Design

All of the American Buffalo Gold coins feature a front-side (obverse) design created by James Earle Fraser and used on the original "Buffalo Nickel" issued in 1913. It is a Native American portrait believed to be based on a mix of three Indian chiefs, from three separate tribes: Big Tree, Iron Tail and Two Moons.

Atop a mound of dirt on the reverse (back) of the coin stands an American Bison, which commonly are referred to as buffalo. The animal depicted on the reverse is believed by most to be the bison named Black Diamond, who lived in the New York City Central Park Zoo during the 1910s. It is said that Fraser had to have someone distract the buffalo while he sneaked to a position beside it to draw. Otherwise, the buffalo would turn to face him and Fraser couldn't get the profile he wanted.

2013 100th Anniversary Reverse Buffalo

James Earle Fraser (November 4, 1876 – October 11, 1953) was one of the most prominent American sculptors of the first half of the 20th century.