As the precious metals market continues to grow in the 21st century, the number of private minting facilities in the United States (in particular) continues to grow. The intense demand for silver, gold, platinum, palladium, and copper products has outstripped what sovereign mints alone could match, and a number of investors and companies are stepping in to fill the void.
MK Barz is one of the market’s newest names. This private American mint fills that gap in the market that tends to attract a wider range of investors and collectors, primarily due to the variety of design and more affordable pricing of its products compared to sovereign mint issues. Read on to learn more about MK Barz and the exciting variety of products now available from JM Bullion.
MK Barz was just recently established in Los Angeles, California in 2014. The company works to provide specialized, hand-poured silver bullion and American coinage to customers in the United States and Canada. The company was founded by a primary owner who has been grading and collection, as well as hoarding, American silver coins for more than 35 years. The co-owner of MK Barz grew up in a family that owned and operated a foundry over the course of 32 years, specifically focused on refining bronze statues and awards.
Today, the company provides a wide variety of products. Among its most popular are hand-poured bars and bullion, but it also custom stamps and makes other silver bars, rounds, hearts, hexagons, and just about any other shape collectors might be looking for on that special gift-giving occasion. JM Bullion is happy to carry the range of MK Barz products now in production from the private mint.
Silver rounds have grown in popularity in recent years, due in large part to more affordable prices when compared to silver coins. However, the designs and unique shapes silver rounds take on often attract more than just investors, grabbing their fair share of collectors as well. To date, MK Barz has two exciting silver products in this range on JM Bullion. One is a silver round, while the other takes on a square shape instead.
For all of the silver and gold stole and hoarded by pirates throughout the centuries, it is unknown how much was lost forever to Davey Jones' locker. The murky depths of the seas and oceans of the world sometimes reveal their treasures, and shipwreck gold or silver make for stunning collection pieces.
The obverse of the 1 oz MK Barz Shipwreck Silver Round features the skull and crossbones image often found on the pirate flag. A symbol of danger known to millions over the years, today it is often associated with poisonous products that should not be consumed.
On the reverse of each Shipwreck Silver Round you'll find a flat finish and simple engravings that feature the mint name, as well as the weight, purity, and metal content of the 1 oz MK Barz Shipwreck Silver round.
Options such as the 1 oz MK Barz Pirate Silver Square are more affordable because the mintage figures are higher and/or the production process is simpler. This particular product follows in the footsteps of a common design theme from MK Barz, that of pirate-themed designs and product shapes.
Each 1 oz MK Barz Pirate Silver Square is made with hand-poured and hand-stamped techniques, which makes each one of these beautiful silver products intricately unique from the next. The minor differences in the specific finish adds flare and creativity, while ensuring that no two squares are exactly alike.
On the obverse face of the 1 oz MK Barz Pirate Silver Square is the image of a pirate skull and crossbones, the famous symbol used on many pirate flags. The compass image in the background is indicative of the pirate-map theme, and engravings are located on this side as well identifying the mint, as well as the weight, purity, and metal content of the square.
Just as its silver round collection is diverse, so too is the variety of silver bar products from MK Barz. As with all of its other products, the silver bars produced by MK Barz are all hand-poured and hand-stamped to give each one its own unique look and feel, contributing to collectability because no two products are exactly alike.
Piracy is often associated with the Caribbean Sea and the so-called Golden Age in the 17th and 18th centuries, but the reality is that pirates existed for centuries prior to that and continue to roam the seas today. These particular 3 oz MK Barz Pirate Silver Wafer Bars feature the first pirate design used by the mint. To date, three designs have been released that play on the pirate theme, but this first one focuses on one of the most common piracy images known to man.
On the obverse face of each wafer bar you’ll find the image of a pirate skull with bandana over the top, complete with crossing swords behind the skull. There are engravings on this face that include the bar’s metal content and purity, as well as the mint name.
Pirates first emerged in the form of French corsairs patrolling the waters of the Mediterranean Sea during the Middle Ages. Strapped by tough economic conditions of the era, these men would loot any ship, or opposing ships of the French crown during wartime, for loot and survival. The concept of piracy spread around the world in the following centuries.
If you're looking for unique, one-of-a-kind silver bars to invest in or add to your collection as a true conversation starter, MK Barz has the products you are looking for in the precious metals market. The 2 oz MK Barz Gun is a silver bar made from .999 pure silver. Each hand-poured bar replicates the appearance of an actual gun in a small, collectible silver bar. On the obverse of each 2 oz MK Barz Silver Guns you'll find the image of a gun in silver bar form. It features the main design elements of a real gun, without any of the operating pieces of functions of a real gun.
On the reverse of the Silver Gun bar you'll find a flat surface. Only the outline of the bar gives away the shape of a gun, with a matte finish and engravings that identify the mint, the weight, purity, and metal content of the bar.
One of the most ancient symbols in human civilization is the pyramid. Found throughout the world, but most notably in Egypt, the pyramid has been a marvel of ancient construction that has baffled mankind for thousands of years. This 5 oz MK Barz Antique Pyramid Silver Statue is modeled after some of the famous pyramids of the ancient world, notably it bears a resemblance to some of those found in Egypt. It is believed that there are somewhere between 118 and 138 pyramids that have been verified to exist in Egypt, most build as tombs for pharaohs thousands of years ago during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods of Ancient Egypt.
Each of these 5 oz MK Barz Antique Pyramid Silver Statues is a 3D model of a real pyramid. The statues feature ridged stairs going upward to the center point at the top, decreasing in size as it nears the very top. In the middle of each side a smooth strap of silver represents the walkable stairs one might have climbed on a real pyramid to reach the apex.
All 5 oz MK Barz Antique Pyramid Silver Statues feature an antique finish. This is a modern application that uses chemical treatments to give new silver products the appearance of age, handling, and wear without actually exposing it to any of those factors. It increases the collectible value and enhances the visual appeal.
If you’re interested in purchasing products from the MK Barz collection on JM Bullion, you’ll have a variety of options for payment methods when browsing and purchasing from our online catalog. JM Bullion proudly accepts all major credit/debit cards, with the exception of American Express. Paper checks, bank wire transfers, and PayPal fund transfers are also accepted on JM Bullion.
Credit/debit cards take up to one business day to process, while bank wire and PayPal transfers often clear immediately. Paper checks take up to six business days to process. Once your payment has cleared, your products are sent to our fulfilment center for packaging and shipping.
JM Bullion offers free standard shipping and insurance on all purchases over $199. Your products are packaged and shipped in discreet boxes, protecting the identity of the precious metals within. If you’d like expedited shipping, it is available at an additional cost. All packages ship via the US Postal Service or UPS.
If you have any further questions about MK Barz products, please contact JM Bullion. Our associates are available at 800-276-6508, online using our live web chat, or via email.