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    1976 Bicentennial Colorized 3-Coin Set

    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America, the United States Mint issued a special Bicentennial Coinage range in 1975 and 1976. The coins were struck as proof specimens and available in the standard cupro-nickel alloy for circulation. The Bicentennial Coinage consisted of the circulating US dollar, half dollar, and quarter, each with its traditional presidential effigy on the obverse and a special, limited... Read More

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    1976 Bicentennial Black Ruthenium Colorized Coin Set

    Starting in 1975, the United States Mint introduced its Bicentennial coinage programs. The combined coinage program brought 200th-anniversary designs to the reverse of the US dollar, half dollar, and quarter dollar. While the obverse of each coin remained the same, the reverse of each coin was altered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the nation’s birth. Right now, 1... Read More

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    1921-2021 Morgan Silver Dollar Black Ruthenium Tribute Round (Gold Clad)

    In 1921, the United States Mint issued the Morgan Dollar for the final time. The popular silver dollar design was first issued from 1878 to 1904. After a 17-year hiatus in silver dollar coining, the United States resumed striking silver dollars in 1921 with the Morgan Dollar design back in circulation. 2021 marks the centennial of that final release. Right now, 1921-2021 M... Read More

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    Tribute Rounds from JM Bullion

    The precious metals industry is full of products that are issued for commemorative and other celebratory purposes. From anniversary date marks in major bullion collections to national milestones and other moments, gold, silver, and platinum coins have been struck by sovereign mints for decades to attract the eye of collectors. Outside of the traditional realm of precious metals, you will find other commemorative pieces that have all the visual appeal of precious metal pieces, with only a fraction of the precious metal content and all of the visual beauty. Learn more about tribute rounds as you hunt for collectible commemoratives.

    What is a Tribute Round?

    You might be wondering what makes a tribute round different than a silver or gold round. These products are classified differently because, even though they may feature clad layers of gold or other precious metals, the products are not precious metal blanks at the core. In most cases, tribute rounds are produced using a metallic alloy in the blank known as nickel-silver that consists of 60% copper, 20% nickel, and 20% zinc. The finished appearance of the product is that of a silver round, but it contains no silver content. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for tribute rounds. Keep in mind, beautiful designs can be struck on these nickel-silver blanks and clad with beautiful precious metals to stand out visually.

    Examples of Tribute Rounds

    In 2021, a number of tribute rounds were struck using nickel-silver blanks that honored the Centennial of the Morgan Dollar and Peace Dollar. These were the last two US silver dollar coins with 90% silver content to enter circulation in the United States prior to the end of silver coining in the US. The Morgan Dollar had been available from 1878 to 1904, and returned for the better part of 12 months in 1921. On December 28, 1921, the US Mint struck the Peace Dollar design for the first time, making 1921 the Centennial of the end of the Morgan and the start of the Peace designs.

    Morgan and Peace Dollar Tribute Rounds were struck in 2021 honoring this important moment in American coining history. Though the rounds did not contain silver, but instead the nickel-silver alloy, they did beautifully replicate the original designs from those coins.

    Special Finishes

    If the visual brilliance of the designs on the tribute rounds wasn’t enough, select tribute rounds were enhanced with clad layers that helped the designs stand out even more. Tribute rounds are often clad with a layer of black ruthenium throughout the background field and finished with a thin layer of 24-karat gold on the design elements to create impressive visual contrast.

    Collecting Tribute Rounds from JM Bullion

    If you’re interested in our tribute rounds, please feel free to ask. JM Bullion customer service is available at 800-276-6508, online using our live chat, and through our email address. Our Payment Methods page can help you find easy answers to common payment-related questions without contacting our customer service team. If you need further clarification, you are always welcome to reach out to us.