American Buffalo

American Buffalo gold coins, between design, quality and investment


The $50 gold coin dedicated to the American Buffalo is an iconic United States coin, on a par with the American Eagle. It is the only gold coin produced by the United States Mint to feature a 99.99% pure gold content (24 carats). Design, the US Mint's quality guarantee and purity make this coin a particularly attractive investment, on a par with a gold bullion bar.
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American Buffalo as a form of gold coin investment


The American Buffalo gold coins that you can find in the Orovilla online shop are available in the 1-ounce format for several years of minting. The value engraved on the coins is expressed in dollars (USD), but this is just the face value, which is quite different from the real value of the bullion coin, which is instead based on the gold price at the time of purchase.

The American Buffalo has always been considered one of the best and purest gold bullion coins for investment. Like all physical gold purchased, it has value for capital protection in the medium and long term, and the credibility and guarantee associated with the US Mint make it particularly easy to liquidate without problems, which is a key feature when it comes to investment coins.

History and characteristics of American Buffalo coins


The American Buffalo bullion coin is a fairly recent 24-karat gold coin, first issued by the US Mint in 2006.

It is the first coin issued by the US Mint to have a purity of 999.9/1000 intended for investors worldwide. The Gold Buffalo coin was authorised by Congress in 2005 with the Presidential Act to produce a one-ounce 24K gold bullion coin with a face value of $50 and a production limited to 300,000 coins.

Although the American Eagle still remains America's best-selling investment coin, increased investor demand for high purity bullion coins prompted the US Mint to produce coins it had never produced before, with a purity on par with the Maple Lief or the Gold Pound.

The US Gold Buffalo was designed after the famous Buffalo Nickel Type 1 of 1913 created by James Earle Fraser, one of the most famous American sculptors of the first half of the 20th century, assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, author of the Lady Liberty effigy on the Gold Eagle coins.

James Fraser spent many years of his young life on the frontier and had the opportunity to meet and get to know Native Americans. The Gold Eagle bullion coin bears on the obverse the image of the Indian Head, a combination of the face of the Lakota, Cheyenne and Seneca, 3 great American Tribal Chiefs who were very influential in the 1920s. To the right of the effigy is the inscription LIBERTY, at the bottom the year of mintage and the F for James Earle Fraser.

On the reverse is the effigy of the American bison Black Diamond. Black Diamond was a North American bison weighing 1550 pounds, the main attraction of the New York Zoo in the late 19th century.

Around the buffalo are engraved the inscriptions E PLURIBUS UNUM (From many one), IN GOD WE TRUST, which has appeared on US gold coins since 1908, the face value ($50), the weight of the coin (1 OZ) and the purity title (.9999 FINE GOLD).

The American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin represents the convergence of the symbolism of American icons, the elegance of designer design and the quality guaranteed by the American Mint. The result is a coin that provides a secure investment, one that does not lose value over time and is easily liquidated.

The US Mint has also produced proof examples of the American Gold Buffalo, recognisable to collectors by the presence of a W behind the head of the Indian chief, the unmistakable mark of the mint.

Why buy an American Buffalo gold bullion coin?


American Buffalo gold bullion coins have characteristics that make them valuable to enthusiasts and extremely attractive to gold investors.

  • They are investment gold coins and as such, in addition to being VAT-free, they are a smart way to shelter your savings in a safe haven asset.
  • They have a pure gold content of 999.9/1000, equal to 24 carats, among the purest in the world.
  • Their design is unique, unmistakable and rich in history and symbolism; this makes them easy to recognise, buy and sell.
  • American Buffalo coins are particularly interesting from a historical point of view and make a perfect gift at important events and ceremonies.
  • Shipping is secure, confidential and insured.


Gifting a gold coin: the American Buffalo


Gifting a gold coin represents a form of investment in the future. The gold coin in fact retains its value in terms of the price of the physical gold it contains, increases its value over time and is a form of savings protection.

Classic jewellery, a classic example of a valuable gift, while containing precious metals, suffers depreciation, sometimes significant, due to use. In contrast, gold in coinage represents a de facto cash reserve to be used in case of need.

Physical gold has always been the refuge asset par excellence, its value historically increasing steadily and regularly.

Of all the historical gold coins, from American Eagle to Maple Leaf,  from Pound Sterling to Gold Marengo, Gold Buffalo remains a safe investment with a truly important story to tell and pass on.

How to resell your American Buffalo coins


You can disinvest your American Buffalo at any time. Orovilla buys investment gold coins: all common gold coins, coin collections and rare and collector gold coins.

At the time of purchase we appraise the coins, check them carefully for gold content, authenticity and condition.

The possibility of selling physical gold in any form and state of preservation, at any time and place, is its advantage over other forms of investment.

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