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May 22, 2001


Capturing the mystique of the classic Buffalo nickel, the United States Mint released the American Buffalo Commemorative silver dollar in 2001.

First Buffalo dollars struck

On May 4, the U.S. Mint hosted a striking ceremony to mark the release of the American Buffalo Commemorative silver dollar.

Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill spoke from Washington, D.C., citing Fraser’s images as “icons of the original Americans.”

The coin has James Earle Fraser’s observe and reverse designs that adorned the nickel from 1913-1938. Mint sculptor/engravers designed the commemorative with Fraser’s design as the model.

It measures 1.5 inches in diameter and weighs 26.73 grams. The metal is 90 percent silver and 10 percent alloy.

The date and “F,” for Fraser, on the observe and ONE DOLLAR and mintmark on the reverse are incuse.

On the observe, LIBERTY appears in high relief, as does UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / IN GOD WE TRUST / and E PLURIBUS UNUM on the revers. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST did not appear on the original coin.