American Buffalo Commemorative Silver Dollar
Minted from 1913 to 1938, James Earle Fraser’s buffalo nickel was one of the most popular — and uniquely American — coins the United States Mint ever produced. Because this coin earned a special place in the hearts of so many Americans, Congress decided to recreate it as an American Buffalo Commemorative Silver Dollar. This coin commemorates the opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
As a boy, the artist James Earle Fraser grew up on a Western prairie. So it was no surprise that he chose a buffalo and a Native American to feature in his design for a new American nickel. Celebrating the spirit of the Old West, the nickel featured the profile of a Native American with two feathers in his braided hair on its obverse. On its reverse stood a mighty buffalo.