Product Details: Buffalo 1/2 oz Silver Round
The Half-Ounce Buffalo Nickel Silver Round pays homage to the iconic Five Cent Indian Head Nickel, fondly known as the Buffalo Nickel, which holds a significant place in American numismatic history. Struck with precision in ½ oz of .999 bullion quality fine silver, this round is a stunning tribute, showcasing razor-sharp detail and a design that surpasses the original buffalo nickel in size and visual appeal.
- Made of 1/2 troy oz .999 fine silver
- James Earl Fraser design
- Obverse features a Native American in full headdress
- Reverse side showcases an American bison, commonly referred to as a buffalo
- Reeded edge
The Buffalo Nickel, introduced in 1913 with James Earl Fraser’s design, swiftly became an American favorite, encapsulating the essence of the frontier. Fraser aimed to capture the spirit of the American West, and his design resonated with the public. The coin’s popularity endured until 1938 when it was succeeded by the Jefferson nickel due to manufacturing challenges and wear issues. Despite its discontinuation, collectors seek the Buffalo Nickel for its captivating design and nostalgic charm.
The obverse side of the round features a stoic Native American facing right, meticulously rendered by the Highland Mint. The detail is impeccable, capturing the feathers, braids, and determined expression, a composite representation from three Native American models.
On the reverse side, an American bison, colloquially known as a buffalo, takes center stage. Inspired by the famed buffalo “Black Diamond” from the Bronx Zoo, the image depicts the majestic creature with lowered head, massive size, and dangerous-looking horns. The buffalo symbolizes the Old West, serving as a crucial resource for Native Americans while posing challenges to western expansion. Inscriptions “ONE HALF TROY OUNCE” and “.999 FINE SILVER” appear below the buffalo, accompanied by Highland Mint’s mark.
The Half-Ounce Buffalo Nickel Silver Round captures the spirit of a bygone era, paying tribute to the Buffalo Nickel’s legacy. This remarkable facsimile, with its spectacular design and fine craftsmanship, stands as a distinguished addition to any collection, providing collectors with a tangible piece of American history.