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UNITED STATES MINT
National Museum of the American Indian
AMERICAN BUFFALO COMMEMORATIVE COIN
This is the spectacular 2001-D UNCIRCULATED MINT STATE Buffalo Dollar. The 2001 Buffalo Silver Dollar program is one of the most successful Mint projects in history. Both the Proof and the Mint State coins have tremendous demand that has increased even more in recent months. The original packaging COA states:
American Buffalo Commemorative Coin
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY
Uncirculated Silver Dollar
The undersigned hereby certifies this Silver Dollar as a genuine American Buffalo Commemorative Coin, struck in accordance with legislation passed by Congress and signed by President William J. Clinton on October 27, 2000, as Public Law 106-375 cited as the "American Buffalo Coin Act of 2000." The Department of the Treasury, United States Mint has produced this coin in commemoration of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian established by an act of Congress in 1989, in Public Law 101-185. This coin is legal tender of the United States.
Jay W Johnson
Jay W Johnson Director, United States Mint
THE DESIGNER BEHIND THE COMMEMORATIVE COIN
James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), one of America's most renowned sculptors and medallic artists, was a student of another famous American sculptor - Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Mr. Fraser carried over his sculpting talent to the medallic arts. He is probably best known for his famous sculpture entitled "The End of the Trail." Having grown up in the Dakota Territory, Mr. Fraser witnessed first-hand this country's westward expansion and its impact on Native American communities.
WEIGHT 26.73 grams (+-0.400 grams)
DIAMETER 1.500 (+-0.003) inches or 38.10(+-0.08) mm
COMPOSITION 90% silver, 10% alloy
MINTAGE 500,000 (all options)
Designs: Based on the original Buffalo nickel, as designed by James Fraser and minted from 1913 through 1938.
Obverse: Portrays a profile representation of a Native American.
Reverse: A representative of an American buffalo (also known as a bison).
This is the highly sought 2001 American Buffalo Commemorative "Silver Dollar Business Strike Coin authorized by an Act of the U.S. Congress, made for the "Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian" and released by the U.S. Mint. It originally came with a Velvet Display Case, Box and Certificate of Authenticity.
This coin was authorized to commemorate the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum's opening, and to supplement the museum's ongoing endowment and educational funds.
The fate of the American Buffalo - or bison - was linked to the fate of the Native American, and vice versa. Native Americans hunted the bison and used the carcass for everything from shelter and food to needles and cooking implements --they were known for wasting nothing.
The study of Native Americans, including their language, literature, history, art and anthropology, is the purpose of the proposed National Museum of the American Indian. The museum will feature more than 10,000 years of American history. The 260,000 square foot museum is scheduled to open on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol in 2004 and is expected to attract about 6 million visitors a year. Ground was broken for the museum on September 28, 1999.
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