The United States Mint is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury responsible for producing coinage for the United States to conduct its trade and commerce, as well as controlling the movement of bullion. It does not produce paper money; that responsibility belongs to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The American Buffalo is the first 24 carat (99.99% fine) one ounce gold coin produced by the U.S. Mint. Designed after James Earle Fraser’s famous 1913 Buffalo Nickel, the .9999 fine gold coins are the collector’s edition of the official U.S. Mint American Buffalo Bullion Coins. The gold coin displays the well-known Indian profile, designed in the image of Native American chiefs. The reverse features “Black Diamond,” the popular American bison living in the New York City Central Park’s Zoo in the early 1900s. The American Buffalo is a highly secure and liquid legal tender with $50 face value. Its quality and purity are guaranteed by the United States Government. The world-class appeal and protection the Gold Buffalo provides to investors have made it widely popular since its first release in 1996.