2013-W Proof American Gold Buffalo Sells Out, Lowest Mintage

2013-W Proof American Gold Buffalo
Sales ended today for the 2013-W $50 proof American Gold Buffalo

2013-W $50 Proof American Gold Buffalo coins are not available from the United States Mint.

Today, Dec. 9, the U.S. Mint placed the one-ounce, 24-karat gold coin on its list of "No Longer Available" products.

As of Sunday, Dec. 8, the Mint had sales of the American Gold Buffalo at 18,555. If final sales stay near the mark, it will have the lowest mintage among all the other one-ounce coins struck since their introduction in 2006. This coin news article will get updated if a new sales figure becomes available.

The grid below shows the proof American Gold Buffalo sales/mintages over the years.

Coin News Update: Sales for the 2013 Buffalo as of Sunday, Dec. 15., were adjusted up by 41 to 18,596. The table below has been updated with the new total.

Proof Gold Buffalo Mintages

Year 1/10 oz 1/4 oz 1/2 oz 1 oz
2013     N/A         18,596
2012 19,765
2011 28,693
2010 49,263
2009 49,306
2008* 18,884 13,125 12,169 18,863
2007 N/A       58,998
2006 246,267


*In 2008, the Mint offered four proof American Gold Buffalo sizes and a four-coin set. Breakouts are 11,060 for the one ounce; 4,366 for the one-half ounce; 5,322 for the one-quarter ounce; 11,081 for the one-tenth ounce; and 7,803 for the four-coin set.

This year the U.S. Mint also released its special edition 2013-W Reverse Proof that celebrated the centennial anniversary of the American Buffalo design by James Earle Fraser. It went off sale on Sept. 5, and the last reported orders reached 47,836.

The United States Mint adjusts prices up to weekly on its collector gold coins when values of precious metals fluctuate significantly. The proof Gold Buffalo launched on May 23, 2013 and had a starting price of $1,790. It was last available for $200 less than that, at $1,590.

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According to the U.S. Mint Sales figures on Monday November 23, 2015, the no longer available 2015-W American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin had sold only16,243 units since their release on April 9, 2015. That would mean, this coin now has the lowest mintage in the series of American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coins. The previous lowest mintage was the 2013-W American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin @ 18,594. Prior to that, the lowest mintage had been the 2008-W American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin @ 18,863.