The Native American image featured on the 1 oz Buffalo Silver Round was originally designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser in 1913, and was first featured on the Indian Head Nickel. The image features a portrait of a Native American chieftain. In addition to the image, the word “Liberty” appears to the right of the round.
The opposite image features the left-facing profile of an American Bison as it grazes on a small patch of land. The buffalo used to model the image reportedly came from an animal named Black Diamond who lived at the Central Park Zoo in New York City around the same time James Earle Fraser created the Indian Head Nickel. The phrase “One Troy Ounce” is stamped above the bison, while the purity and metal is stamped below.
American history is full of iconic images that bring to mind thoughts of a time that has come and gone. Two of the most iconic images from the history of the American West are the buffalo and Native Americans. The 1 oz Buffalo Silver Round features both of these images from American history.