Gold Buffalo Coin Specifications


The coin specifications included below apply to the one ounce version of the Gold Buffalo coins. This is the only weight that has been offered for the bullion version of the coin. Each year, the one ounce coin has also been offered in proof version.

For 2008, fractional denominations were issued in 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, and 1/10 ounce sizes. These issues carry different specifications.

The design for the coin is based on James Earle Fraser's original 1913 Type I Buffalo Nickel. The image of a Native American appears on the obverse and the American Buffalo or bison appears on the reverse. The authorizing legislation for the series actually allows the obverse and reverse design to be changed annually, however so far the US Mint has chosen not to exercise this option.

Year: 2006 to present
Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: 0.9999 fine gold
Weight: 31.108 g (1.0001 ounces)
Diameter: 32.70 mm (1.287 inches)
Thickness: 2.95 mm (0.116 inches)

2008 Gold Buffalo