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2009 American Buffalo 1 oz Gold Coin

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The first .9999 pure gold coins produced by the US Mint, the American Buffalo Gold coins are now in their fourth year. They are investment grade coins, due to their weight, content, and purity being guaranteed by the US government. Both the Bullion and Proof coins are struck at the West Point Mint, however, only the Proof coin carries the W mint mark. Right now, Provident Metals has the 2009 American Buffalo 1 oz Gold coin available for purchase.


  • Received in a protective plastic flip!
  • 4th year of the American Buffalo Gold coin series!
  • Consists of 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
  • A Native American is featured on the obverse.
  • An American Buffalo is featured on the reverse.
  • Its face value of $50 (USD) is fully guaranteed by the US government.
  • A total of 200,000 coins were minted in 2009.

The production suspension of American Buffalo Gold coins in late 2008 carried over into 2009. The 2009 Buffalo Gold bullion coins did not become available for purchase until October 15th, and as a result of the pent-up demand for them, sales were so strong right from the start that by December 4th the US Mint had sold its entire inventory of 200,000 coins. This took less than 2 months!


The profile of a Native American Chief is spotlighted on the obverse of the American Buffalo Gold coin. Originally created by James Earle Fraser for the Indian Head or Buffalo Nickel, this profile is considered to be a composite of 3 Chiefs – Chief Two Moons, Chief John Big Tree, and Chief Iron Tail. This design is known by collectors as Frasers 1913, Type I design. The Buffalo Nickels obverse, having been regarded as one of the best designs on a US coin, led to its selection as the obverse of the Buffalo Gold coin. Inscriptions on the obverse are LIBERTY and 2009.


The profile of an American Buffalo is spotlighted on the reverse of the American Buffalo Gold coin. Created by James Earle Fraser, it was originally designed for the Buffalo Nickel. Central Park Zoos Black Diamond, the massive American buffalo, is believed to be Frasers inspiration for the buffalo profile. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, 1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD, and $50.


The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 authorized the US Mint to produce the first US coin made of one ounce .9999 pure gold. Investors generally preferred .9999 pure gold coins, but the US had only the .9167 American Eagle Gold coin to offer them. The creation of the Buffalo Gold coins allowed the US to keep pace with other countries, such as Canada and China, who already had 24 karat gold coin options for investors to purchase. The Act also mandated that the obverse and reverse designs of the Buffalo Nickel be used as the obverse and reverse of the American Buffalo Gold coin series.


Our Provident Metals Customer Service team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. We can be reached via phone at 800-313-3315, online via our live chat, or via our email.

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When the subtotal of your purchase, including applicable discounts, is $199 or more, you receive free shipping for your entire order. In order to receive free shipping on purchases of $199 or more, you must live within the 50 US states. For orders less than $199, a $9.95 shipping fee applies. All products are discreetly packaged and shipped with full insurance included.

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Product Details

Year 2009
Mint Mark Not Shown
Metals Purity .9999
Producer US Mint
Thickness 2.98 mm
Diameter 32.7 mm
Inner Pack 20
Outer Pack 500
Condition Uncirculated
Denomination $50
Country United States
Designer (Obverse) James Earle Fraser
Designer (Reverse) James Earle Fraser
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Buffalo
Certificate of Authenticity No
Capsule Size 32 mm
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Packaging Dimensions 1.3 x 1.3 x 0.1
Provident ID 3914039