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2006-W Proof American Buffalo 1 oz Gold Coin with Box & CoA

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Looking for your next great investment? Why not make it this first-year issue of the Proof American Buffalo Gold coin? Enclosed in a protective capsule and placed in a mint-issued box that includes the coins Certificate of Authenticity, this Proof Buffalo 1 oz Gold coin is protected so it can be treasured for years to come. Struck in 24-karat gold, the coin includes a W mint mark for the West Point Mint. Provident Metals currently has this first issue 2006-W Proof American Buffalo 1 oz Gold coin available for purchase.


  • Ships in its protective capsule in a display-ready box!
  • 1st year of the Proof American Buffalo Gold coins!
  • Consists of 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
  • An indigenous Tribal Leader adorns the obverse.
  • An American Buffalo adorns the reverse.
  • Total of 246,267 coins were minted in 2006.
  • Fully backed by the American government, with a face value of $50 (USD).
  • Includes a W mint mark.

The US Mint offered their first ever .9999 pure 24-karat gold coins when they began producing the American Buffalo Gold coins in 2006, in both bullion and proof versions. Other countries, such as Canada and China, already were producing 24-karat gold coins, the US needed to keep pace with them. It was widely known at this time that investors preferred .9999 pure gold coins.


The indigenous Tribal Leader profile that adorns the obverse of the 2006-W Proof American Buffalo Gold coin was designed by James Earle Fraser and first appeared in 1913 on the Indian Head nickel. Fraser had been allowed to sketch the chiefs of several different American Indian tribes. This particular profile is believed to be a composite of his sketches of Chief Big Tree of the Kiowa, Chief Iron Tail of the Oglala Lakota, and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne. Inscriptions included are LIBERTY and 2006.


The massive American Buffalo that adorns the reverse of the 2006-W Proof American Buffalo Gold coin was also designed by James Earle Fraser and appeared on the Indian Head nickel. Standing atop a dirt mound, this majestic buffalo is believed to have been inspired by Black Diamond of the Central Park Zoo. Inscriptions included are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD, and $50.


The creation of the American Buffalo Gold coin program was stipulated by Title II of Public Law 109-145, more commonly known as the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. It specified the minting of a $50 gold coin, weighing 1 ounce, containing 99.99% pure gold. It should be offered in both bullion and proof versions and produced using only gold mined from US resources. And for at least the first year, the obverse and reverse should feature the original James Earle Fraser designs from the Indian Head nickel.


Have questions about the Proof American Buffalo coins? If so, please contact our Provident Metals Customer Service team to get your answers. We can be reached via phone at 800-313-3315, via our online live chat, or via our email.

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Product Details

Year 2006
Mint Mark W - West Point
Metals Purity .9999
Producer US Mint
Thickness 2.95 mm
Diameter 32.7 mm
Condition Proof
Denomination $50
Country United States
Designer (Obverse) James Earle Fraser
Designer (Reverse) James Earle Fraser
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series American Buffalo
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
Packaging Presentation Packaging
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Packaging Dimensions 5.0 x 4.0 x 1.8
Provident ID 3952172