2001 American Buffalo Commemorative Coins
The 2001 Buffalo Silver Dollar was released to commemorate the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, located within the Smithsonian Institution. The design chosen for the silver dollar was taken from the Buffalo Nickel first issued for circulation in 1913.
Because of the use of the classic design, the issue was extremely popular with collectors. The 2001 Buffalo Silver Dollars sold out in a time frame of weeks and secondary market prices quickly rose.
The mintages were 227,131 of he uncirculated version struck at Denver, and 272,869 of the proof version struck at Philadelphia.