Silver Buffalo Coins

Silver Buffalo Dollar Coins

In 2001, the U.S. Mint issued the American Silver Buffalo coins to commemorate the Smithsonian Institution’s opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. The design is based on the five cent Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser which was minted from 1913-1938.  The design features two American icons:  a Native American profile, and the American Buffalo. Fraser (1876-1953) was known for his famous western sculpture, The End of the Trail. He also designed the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition Medal, the Victory Army and Navy medal, the Navy Cross Medal; and the Norse-American Centennial medal.

Despite having a maximum mintage of 500,000 coins, the silver dollars sold out in two weeks making it one of the few modern commemorative coins to do so. Proof American Buffalo Commemorative Silver Dollars were struck at the US Mint’sfacility in Philadelphia. The uncirculated silver dollars were struck in Denver.

Due to its limited mintage, and classic design, the prices for the Silver Buffalo coin are very high.

Silver Dollar proof:  Philadelphia, PA ("P" Mint Mark);
Silver Dollar uncirculated:  Denver, CO ("D" Mint Mark)

 

Silver Buffalo Commemorative Dollars

 

2001 Buffalo Coin

2001 Silver Buffalo Commemorative Dollar Reverse

The reverse of the buffalo dollar features the american buffalo, the design was engraved by James Earle Fraser, from his 1913 design. A total of 227,131 coins were minted.



2001 Buffalo Coin

2001 Silver Buffalo Commemorative Dollar Observe

The observe of the buffalo dollar features an american indian profile, the design was engraved by James Earle Fraser, from his 1913 design. A total of 227,131 coins were minted.



2001 Buffalo Proof Coin

2001 Silver Buffalo Commemorative Proof Dollar Reverse

The reverse of the buffalo proof dollar features the american buffalo, the design was engraved by James Earle Fraser, from his 1913 design. A total of 272,869 coins were minted.



2001 Buffalo Proof Coin

2001 Silver Buffalo Commemorative Proof Dollar Observe

The observe of the buffalo proof dollar features an american indian profile, the design was engraved by James Earle Fraser, from his 1913 design. A total of 272,869 coins were minted.


 

 

Silver Buffalo Coin Specifications

Mint: United States Mint
Weight: 26.730 grams
Diameter: 1.5 inches
Edge: Reeded
Composition: 90% silver
Authorized Mintage: 272,869 proof, 227,131 uncirculated
Issued Date: 2001
Mintmark: (P) Proof, (D) Uncirculated

 

Further Coin Information

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