First issued in 2006, the American 1 oz Gold Buffalo was the first .9999 fine Gold Bullion from the U.S. Mint. American Buffalo coins are made to exacting U.S. Mint standards and prized throughout the world. The Gold Buffalo coin design is based on James Earle Fraser's famous Buffalo Nickel. The obverse shows the famous Indian Head design. Classic buffalo artwork is on the reverse, modeled after Black Diamond, the bison who lived in New York City's Central Park Zoo in the early 1900s. The Gold Buffalo brings back the design with finer detail and glory, creating a collectible coin that is both beautiful and valuable.