** Royalty Precious Metals offers these new Silver Buffalo Rounds from Mason Mint, that feature the iconic design from the ‘Buffalo Nickel’ or the ‘Indian Head Penny.’ These 1 oz Silver Buffalo rounds will make valuable additions to any American Silver bullion collection, especially ones that collect designs depicting the rich heritage of the United States of America.
1 oz Buffalo Silver Round Highlights:
- – 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- – Manufactured in the USA at ISO9001 approved Mason Mint.
- – These are IRA eligible rounds.
- – Individual coin ship in protective plastic flips, and increments of 20 coins ship in tubes.
- – Modeled after the famous James Earle Fraser design.
- – Design Focus: American Bison (Buffalo).
- – Diameter is 39 mm.
- — Thickness: 2.7 mm
- – Edge Design is Reeded.
- – Series: Classic Design.
About the silver buffalo design
The buffalo nickel debuted from the United States Mint in 1913. It was designed by celebrated artist James Earle Fraser during the Taft presidency (who’s usually remembered as our fattest President). Fraser brought his life’s experience growing up on the plains of Minnesota and the Dakotas to bear in the design. A native of Winona, Minnesota, Fraser traveled extensively throughout the West during the long sunset of the frontier days along with his father. The pair encountered sparse bands of American bison and met with a number of Native American tribes.
On the obverse of the 1 oz buffalo silver round is the right-profile portrait of a Native American. In the upper-right portion of the design field’s edge is an engraving of “Liberty.” Fraser’s portrait combined features of three different Native Americans he met and sketched, specifically Iron Tail, Big Tree and Two Moons. Once the coin began to circulate, many others claimed to have been the true subject of Fraser’s portrait. Fraser himself swore he couldn’t remember with certainty all the subjects he’d drawn, so the real answer is lost to the mists of time.
The reverse of all Buffalo Silver Rounds include the left-profile of an American bison standing on an outcrop patch of dirt. His original bison design was based upon Black Diamond, a resident of New York City’s Central Park Zoo in the early 20th century. Engravings on this side also remain similar to the buffalo nickel, with “United States of America” and “E Pluribus Unum” above the bison. Instead of a face value below, you’ll see only the weight, purity, and metal content of the round.
Fraser’s masterpiece was released in 1913. Despite its masterful design, the buffalo nickel was so poorly received by numismatists that the U.S. Mint pulled the plug on it after 25 years, the minimum circulating timeframe for any coin. The original nickels suffered from a mistake of measurements. They were what we’d today call “high-relief” coins, meaning that elements of their designs rose above the protective rim of the coin. This led to rapid wear of two key elements: the date on the obverse, and the coin’s face value on the reverse.
Even though the buffalo nickel is celebrated and commemorated today, during its original mintage, it was considered a failure. That’s a real shame, and we’re thrilled that Fraser’s epic work is commemorated in so many different forms today!
If you have any questions when you buy silver coins, please don’t hesitate to ask. Royalty Precious Metals customer service is available at 480-625-1784, or online via our email address: [email protected]
|Issuing Country||Private Mint|
|Series||American Buffalo Collection|
|Metal Weight||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Free Shipping on Orders Over $199|