In conjunction with the expanded number of collectible Gold Buffalo coins for the year, the United States Mint offered the 2008 Gold Buffalo Four Coin Set. For the first time, the US Mint had produced fractional weight coins for the popular 24 karat gold series in addition to the previously offered one ounce coins. Collectible uncirculated versions across the full range of denominations were also offered. The additional coins were available individually, or as part of the 4 Coin Sets produced for collectors who wanted a convenient way to purchase all four denominations.
Each 2008 Gold Buffalo 4 Coin Set included the one ounce $50 denomination, one-half ounce $25 denomination , one-quarter ounce $10 denomination, and one-tenth ounce $5 denomination. The coins were presented in a custom hardwood box with a matte finish and faux leather insert. The boxes were constructed so that the coins could be placed at an angle for display. Each set included a certificate of authenticity signed by the Director of the United States Mint. Separate 4 Coin Sets were available for proof and uncirculated coins.
The sets first went on sale July 22, 2008 at 12:00 Noon ET. There were no household ordering limits placed on the sets, even though collectible Gold Buffalo coins offered in prior years carried initial ordering limits. The prices were initially $2,219.95 and $1,959.95 for the proof and uncirculated sets, respectively. Later in the year, on November 13, 2008, the prices were adjusted to $2,005,45 and $1,902.45 for proof and uncirculated sets, respectively. This was the result of a decline in the price of gold.
In late 2008, the US Mint announced the discontinuation of all of the newly introduced collectible Gold Buffalo coins. This included all of the collectible uncirculated Gold Buffalo offerings and all of the fractional Proof Gold Buffalo offerings. For 2009 and subsequent years, the only Gold Buffalo produced for collectors would be the one ounce proof coin.
Accordingly, there will be no additional Gold Buffalo Four Coin sets issued in the foreseeable future.
2008 Gold Buffalo 4 Coin Set Sales:
2008-W Gold Buffalo 4 Coin Proof Set: 7,803
2008-W Gold Buffalo 4 Coin Uncirculated Set: 6,049