UNITED STATES MINT
National Museum of the American Indian
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
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.
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 Director, United States Mint
DESIGNER BEHIND THE COMMEMORATIVE COIN
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
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
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
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.