The 24-karat 2009 Proof Buffalos have proved to be extremely popular since their release on October 29. US Mint sales figures show 19,468 one ounce proofs sold in the first few days, which is quite amazing when you compare it to the fact that only 19,591 were sold in all of last year for the 2008 versions.
Of course, last year the Mint offered fractional sizes of the Proof Buffalos as well as a four coin collector set. They were discontinued after a review of product offerings by the Mint. Still, with a price tag of $1,360, those who purchased fractional Buffalos last year did not necessarily upgrade to the one ounce size this year.