Gold Buffalo Coin Vs. a Gold Eagle Coin

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The Gold Buffalo Coin and the Gold Eagle Coin are both types of gold bullion made by the United States Mint. They each have a different appeal to investors and collectors.

History

  • The Gold Eagle Coin has been made by the United States Mint since 1986. The Gold Buffalo Coin has been made since 2006. Both are struck at the U.S. Mint at West Point

Appearance

  • The Gold Eagle Coin features a walking Lady Liberty on the obverse and an eagle landing in a nest on the reverse. The Gold Buffalo Coin features a native American on the obverse and a buffalo on the reverse.

Significance

  • The Gold Eagle Coin pays homage to the Augustus Saint-Gaudens designed $20 gold piece, produced from 1907 to 1933, and the American bald eagle. The Gold Buffalo Coin pays homage to the old buffalo nickel, one of the most popular U.S. coin designs of all time.

Collectability

  • The Gold Eagle Coin is the most established American bullion coin and has been collected for decades. The Gold Buffalo Coin is a more recent creation and is collected by fewer people. According to the U.S. Mint, approximately 1.14 million of all weights of the Gold Eagle Coins and 75,000 of all weights of the Gold Buffalo Coins were sold in 2008.

Specifications

  • Gold Eagle Coins and Gold Buffalo Coins are made of 22K gold in uncirculated and proof varieties. They are both made in one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce and tenth of an ounce sizes.

References

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