2001-D AMERICAN BUFFALO DOLLAR
Circulation strikes: 500,000
Diameter: 1.500±.003 inches
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
Weight: 26.73 grams
Mintmark: "D" (for
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Signed by the President William
Jefferson Clinton on October, 27, 2000, Public Law 106-375 authorizes the
United States Mint to produce coins in commemoration of the opening of the
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).
The American Buffalo Silver
Dollar design is based on the original 5-cent Buffalo nickel, as designed
by James Earle Fraser and minted from 1913 through 1938. Mr. Fraser
(1876-1953), one of America's most renowned sculptors and medallic
artists, was a student of another famous American sculptor-Augustus
Saint-Gaudens. The silver dollar portrays a profile representation of a
Native American on the obverse side and a representation of an American
buffalo on the reverse side. This is a distinctive and appropriate coin to
commemorate the National Museum of the American Indian.
The Mint began accepting
mail, fax and phone orders for this coin on June 7, 2001 and Internet
order on June 11. By June 21, 2001, the entire issue of 500,000
coins was sold out.
This coin was offered in
Proof for $37 ($33 pre-issue), Uncirculated for $32 ($30 pre-issue), in a
two-coin set that included an Uncirculated and a Proof example for $64.95
($59.95 pre-issue), and in a "Coinage and Currency Set" for
$59.95 ($54.95 pre-issue).
U.S. Mint website at www.money.org
Numismatic News, July 3,