The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017-W American Buffalo 1-ounce gold Proof coin (product code 17EL) at noon Eastern Time on May 11.
The American Buffalo gold Proof coin was the first 24-karat gold Proof to be struck by the Mint. The obverse and reverse designs are based on James Earle Fraser’s original Indian Head / Buffalo nickel designs. The obverse bears the profile of a Native American with the inscriptions LIBERTY, 2017, the initial F (for Fraser), and the mintmark W (for the U.S. Mint at West Point). The coin’s reverse features an American buffalo, also known as the bison, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, $50, 1OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD. Full specifications are as follows:
|Diameter||1.287 inches (32.70 mm)|
|Weight||1.0000 troy ounce (31.103 g)|
|Mint and mintmark||West Point (W)|
Each American Buffalo 1-ounce gold Proof coin is displayed on an adjustable platform in an elegant, matte-finish, hardwood presentation case. A certificate of authenticity is included.
The gold Buffalo Proof is the next-to-last item currently listed on the Mint’s product schedule; it is followed by the annual Uncirculated Set (17RJ) on May 17. Mint News Blog is watching for updates to the schedule and will post them as soon as they are available. ❑