NGC Baltimore Show Designation For Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50

Posted on 3/16/2016

NGC will offer several designations for qualifying 2016-W Gold Buffalo $50 coins, including a speical BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation! See other coins eligible for the BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation.

The US Mint has confirmed that the Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 will be released on the first day (March 31) of the Whitman Baltimore Expo. This is the 10th anniversary of the Gold Buffalo series, which is immensely popular with collectors for its design — adapted from James Earle Fraser's iconic Buffalo Nickel — and its pure gold .9999 fine composition.

To commemorate the release of these coins, NGC will offer a special BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES designation for all 2016-W Proof Gold Buffalo $50 coins purchased at the US Mint booth at the Baltimore Expo and submitted to NGC at that show. The original US Mint purchase receipt is required to receive this designation. Coins with the Baltimore Show Releases designation will receive a separate listing in the online NGC Census.

2016-W Gold Buffalo $50 coin in an NGC First Day of Issue label (left),
NGC Buffalo label (center) and NGC Early Releases label (right)
Click image to enlarge.

Coins received by NGC on the first day of sales (March 31) at the Baltimore Expo may instead receive NGC's FIRST DAY OF ISSUE designation. The US Mint purchase receipt is NOT required for this designation but coins must be received by NGC at the Baltimore Show on March 31. Bulk submitters may send coins directly to NGC's Sarasota, Florida, headquarters for the First day of Issue designation provided the coins arrive by the following business day (April 1). Coins with the First Day of Issue designation will receive a separate listing in the online NGC Census.

Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 coins received within the first 30 days of release will be eligible for NGC's popular EARLY RELEASES® and FIRST RELEASES® designations, which are also listed separately in the NGC Census.

Scroll below for complete submission instructions.

BALTIMORE SHOW RELEASES Submission Instructions:

Available for Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 coins purchased at the US Mint booth at the Baltimore Expo (March 31-April 2) and submitted to NGC at that show. The submission instructions below must be followed to receive this special designation.

  • Coins must be purchased at the US Mint booth at the Baltimore Expo and submitted to NGC at the Baltimore Expo to qualify. Call for Saturday cut-off times.
  • The original US Mint sales receipt is required.
  • Submit the coins under the Early Bird grading tier or higher. Select Special Label/Designation — Other under Services (section 7).
  • Write "Baltimore Show Releases" in bold letters on the NGC submission form.
  • The default label will be NGC's Buffalo label shown below:
  • Remove the coins from the US Mint packaging and submit them raw in capsules. Do not submit the Mint packaging.
  • If you would like Mint capsules returned, select “Return Mint Packaging” in section 3.

FIRST DAY OF ISSUE Submission Instructions:

Available for Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 coins received by NGC at the Baltimore Expo on the first day of sale (March 31). Bulk submitters may ship their coins to NGC's headquarters for this designation provided the coins arrive by April 1.

  • Coins must be purchased at the US Mint booth at the Baltimore Expo on March 31 and submitted to NGC at the Baltimore Expo on March 31 to qualify.
  • Submit the coins under the Express grading tier or higher. Select Special Label/Designation — Other under Services (section 7). The Special Label/Designation fee is waived for this designation.
  • Write "Baltimore Show Releases" in bold letters on the NGC submission form.
  • The default label will be NGC's Blue First Day of Issue label shown below:
  • Remove the coins from the US Mint packaging and submit them raw in capsules. Do not submit the Mint packaging.
  • If you would like Mint capsules returned, select “Return Mint Packaging” in section 3.

EARLY RELEASES/FIRST RELEASES Submission Instructions:

Available for Proof 2016-W Buffalo Gold $50 coins received by NGC within 30 days of release. Check the NGC website for cutoff dates. The submission instructions below must be followed to receive these special designations.

  • Submit the coins under the Early Bird grading tier or higher. Select Special Designation/Label and check either Early Releases or First Releases.
  • No receipts are required but coins must be received by NGC before the Early Releases/First Releases cutoff date.
  • The default label will be NGC's blue Early Releases label or blue First Releases label, as applicable (shown below).
  • Remove the coins from the US Mint packaging and submit them raw in capsules. Do not submit the Mint packaging.
  • If you would like Mint capsules returned, select “Return Mint Packaging” in section 3.

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

Dealers should contact Miles Standish at Miles@NGCcoin.com or Scott Heller at SHeller@NGCcoin.com for bulk submissions.

Collectors Society paid members can submit their coins directly to NGC. Not an NGC Collectors Society member? Paid memberships start at just $39/year. Join today.


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