While not as important an indicator of the gold market as the American Gold Eagle 22kt bullion coin, the yearly mintage of the Buffalo is of interest regardless. Unchanged since its debut in 2006, mintages remain relatively immune from the whims of the collector market and the coin remains a useful alternative to the AGE in countries where tax laws are unfavourable to the 0.9167 fineness of the Eagle.
Compared to the AGE, sales have remained relatively steady around the 200,000 ounces mark, with none of the startling blips that can make sales rise or fall precipitously.
In 2008 when the unciculated versions were available, sales were 17,249 for the 1/10oz, 9,949 for the 1/4oz, 16,908 for the 1/2oz and 9,074 for the 1oz. This finish was never offered again. Those numbers include coins sold individually packaged and those in the four-coin set.
Likewise in 2008, proof versions of the fractional sizes appeared on the market, and like the uncirculated version, were never offered again, although the one-ounce version remains a staple part of the range. Sales were 28,884 for the 1/10oz, 13,125 for the 1/4oz, and 11,169 for the 1/2oz. Again, the numbers include coins sold individually packaged and those in the four-coin set.