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If there has been one constant in the global community for thousands of years, it has been precious metals. Gold and silver, and more recently platinum and palladium, have been popular vehicles for personal and national wealth protection. Today, increasing prices for and interest in silver, gold, platinum, and palladium among investors and collectors alike keep sovereign government mint facilities busy around the clock, working to meet intense demand.
Silver is one of the leading precious metals at the moment, and the demand for silver coins from sovereign mint programs and a select few private mints has at times threatened to put all coin programs on halt due to silver shortages. JM Bullion is proud to carry some of the world’s most well-known, and up-and-coming, silver bullion coins. Below you can learn more about the products and specializations of mints from various countries.
United States Mint Silver
With passage of the Coinage Act of 1792, the United States Mint was formed to produce circulation coinage for the newly-formed United States of America. The US Mint has come a long way from the days of using horse, oxen, and men to power its coining presses. As of 2015, the United States Mint has the capacity to produce as many as 28 billion coins annually. Among the most visible silver coin programs in the world is the American Silver Eagle, and together with the America the Beautiful collection, these coins represent the pinnacle of silver coin production at the US Mint.
American Silver Eagle Coins
Introduced in 1986, the American Silver Eagle was authorized by Congressional passage of the Liberty Coin Act of 1985. The program features only a 1 oz coin, and was originally available in the bullion and proof versions alone, with the aforementioned burnished coin added specifically for collectors in 2006.
On the obverse of all coins you’ll find the image of Walking Liberty. Created in 1916 by Adolph A. Weinman, this image is considered one of the finest in American coinage history. It appeared on the Walking Liberty Half Dollar from 1916 to 1947. In the design, Liberty is featured walking toward the setting sun with the American flag draped across her shoulders. Her outstretched hand reaches for a brighter future, while her left arm clutches the oak and laurel branches representing the nation’s civic and military accomplishments.
The reverse of all PCGS Certified American Silver Eagle coins include the heraldic eagle of the United States. First used on American coinage in 1794, the heraldic eagle design has been modified several times during the course of American history to modernize its appearance. This latest design of the bald eagle with its wings spread wide, clutching arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other, is set behind the nation’s heraldic shield and was created in 1986 by John Mercanti. At the time, Mercanti was the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
Important Details on the American Silver Eagle
The American Silver Eagle is, arguably, the single most popular coin in the world today. The bullion version of the Silver Eagle, available since 1986, has some of the most astounding annual mintage figures of any coin in the world. Prior to the Great Recession in 2008, the single highest year of production for the Silver Eagle bullion coin came in 1987, with 11.4 million coins struck in just the second year of availability.
However, the recession and lingering questions surrounding the financial stability of global markets have pushed the American Silver Eagle to unbelievable heights. The highest mintage figures in program history have continually been broken in recent years, with the top-five mintage years listed below from 1 to 5:
- 3 million – 2015
- 3 million – 2014
- 6 million – 2013
- 02 million – 2011
- 7 million – 2016
Each American Silver Eagle coin contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver content backed by the United States, and features a face value of $1 (USD) also supported by the federal government of the United States of America.
In addition to the bullion version of the coin, a collectible proof version of the coin has been struck since 1986 as well. In 2006, the burnished coin was added to the program and it features a unique production process. The specially treated blanks, which are spun in a barrel of materials that polish them, are hand loaded, struck one at a time and then removed by hand again for immediate packaging to create a truly unique, beautiful finish.
America the Beautiful Coins
From 1999 to 2008, the United States Mint released a series of special state quarters into circulation in the American economy. These quarters featured the standard reverse imagery of President George Washington, but the obverse side design had be revised to represent a different landmark, national park, or national forest from each of the 50 states. This program was followed up by in 2009 by the District of Columbia and US Territories quarters.
Following these successful coin programs, the US Mint embarked on a program to mint and release a series of bullion quarters in a rare 5 oz weight to honor national parks, national forests, and monuments from across the nation. This new coin series debuted in 2010, and is named the America the Beautiful coin series.
From 1999 to 2008, the United States Mint released a series of special state quarters into circulation in the American economy. These quarters featured the standard reverse imagery of President George Washington, but the obverse side design had be revised to represent a different landmark, national park, or national forest from each of the 50 states. This program was followed up by in 2009 by the District of Columbia and US Territories quarters.
Following these successful coin programs, the US Mint embarked on a program to mint and release a series of bullion quarters in a rare 5 oz weight to honor national parks, national forests, and monuments from across the nation. Each release is also available in a collector’s version as well with a beautiful proof finish. This new coin series debuted in 2010, and is named the America the Beautiful coin series.
Design Details of America the Beautiful Silver Coins
All silver coins from the America the Beautiful collection on JM Bullion have the same obverse design, but not the same reverse. As each coin is representative of a particular jurisdiction within the country, the reverse side features imagery from a national park, national forest, or monument found only in that particular area.
Design sets featured on the reverse side of each coin were selected using a collaborative decision-making process. The governor or chief executive of each jurisdiction consulted with the US Department of the Interior, the Secretary of the Treasury, the US Commission of Fine Arts, and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Although all parties were given a say in the design and location, the Secretary of the Treasury held the right to approve all final designs.
On the reverse side of each coin is the standard left-profile portrait image of President George Washington found on circulation quarters. The image of the president was created in 1932 by artist John Flanagan, but was based upon an original bust of President Washington created in 1786 by William Cousins. Standard phrases and mottos such as “United States of America” and “In God We Trust” are featured on this side, along with the face value of the coin.
America the Beautiful Releases
There are five new designs released each year by the United States Mint in this beautiful silver collection. Starting in 2010, the US Mint began its full release series for the ATB coins with the initial offering of coins. The following paragraphs run through the breadth and scope of each design.
2010 America the Beautiful Silver
The five states represented in the 2010 ATB Silver coin series include Arkansas, Wyoming, California, Arizona, and Oregon. The designs featured on each coin breakdown as follows:
- Arkansas: The very first coin in the ATB Series, the Arkansas quarter honors the Hot Springs National Park. The park was established on April 20, 1832, and featured a total mintage of 69,600,000.
- Wyoming: As you might expect, Yellowstone National Park was chosen to represent Wyoming on the ATB quarter series. Established on March 1, 1872, the park is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations. A total of 68,400,000 coins were struck.
- California: Yosemite National Park represents California on the ATB Silver series. The park is another of the nation’s top tourist destinations, and was established on October 1, 1890. Total mintage for these coins was 70,000,000.
- Arizona: One of the three coin’s to feature a reused image from the circulation State Quarters series, Arizona is represented by the Grand Canyon. Stretching 18 miles across at its widest, and plunging one mile at its deepest, the park was established on February 20, 1893. Total mintage was 70,200,000.
- Oregon: The final coin of the 2010 ATB Silver Coin series, Oregon is represented by Mt. Hood National Forest. The forest in Oregon was established as a US Forest Service protection area on September 26, 1893. Total mintage for this coin was 68,800,000.
2011 America the Beautiful Silver
At JM Bullion, we proudly offer investors and collectors each of the five coins released during the 2011 America the Beautiful coin program. In just the second year of the ATB series, the Mint released coins representing the following states and places:
- Pennsylvania: The first coin released in the 2011 series featured stoic images from Gettysburg National Military Park. The site of America’s bloodiest battle ever, this coin commemorates the battlefield, which was established as a national park on February 11, 1895.
- Montana: Glacier National Park is one of the most spectacular in the lower 48 states. The area was established as a national park on February 22, 1897.
- Washington: Olympic National Park is home to Mount Olympia, one of the highest peaks in the lower 48 states. The mountain and its surrounding environment were established as a protected park on the same day as Glacier National Park in 1897.
- Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates one of the Civil War’s most significant turning points. Following a 47-day siege by Union forces, Vicksburg, MS and its Confederate defenders fell to the Union. Following Confederate defeat in Vicksburg, the Union took control of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two.
- Oklahoma: Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a unique environment within the otherwise dry, arid state of Oklahoma. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the banks of quiet rivers and enjoy picnics in the shade of the area’s many trees. The region was established as a federally protected area on July 1, 1902.
2012 America the Beautiful Silver
As with the previous two years of America the Beautiful coins, there are five new designs available for investors and collectors to look at on JM Bullion. The following is a breakdown of the new coins introduced as part of the 2012 ATB Silver coin series:
- Puerto Rico: The first coin of the 2012 series is also the first coin to represent a territory of the US. El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest found in US territory. The area was originally established as a protected area by the ruling Spanish, but recognized by American officials on January 17, 1903 following annexation of the island after the Spanish-American War.
- New Mexico: The Chaco Ravine in New Mexico was once a cultural hub for numerous Southwestern tribes, and today its brilliant clay pueblos remain as a testimony of the area’s former glory. Chaco Culture National Historic Park was established on March 11, 1907.
- Maine: Acadia National Park is home to the highest peak in the Eastern United States. Established as a park on July 8, 1916, the park is home to a variety of different environments, from towering peaks to rocky coastlines.
- Hawaii: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, drawing millions of visitors each year to this island state. The park was established as a protective zone on August 1, 1916.
- Alaska: Denali National Park and Reserve is home to Denali, otherwise known as Mount McKinley, which is the highest peak in the United States and North America. The preserve was set aside as protected land on February 26, 1917.
2013 America the Beautiful Silver
In 2013, the United States Mint released a brand-new selection of five coins in the ATB series. As with other years, the new coins represented five different jurisdictions from across the country. The coins introduced as part of the 2013 ATB Silver Coin series include:
- New Hampshire: White Mountain National Forest was established as a protectorate of the US Forest Service on May 16, 1918. The park covers 750,852 acres of land in eastern New Hampshire, with 5% of the park’s ground actually falling in Maine.
- Ohio: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry led an overmatched US naval force against the British Navy in the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. His victory held the British at bay, keeping them out of America’s interior. The park and International Peace Memorial honoring lasting peace between the US, UK, and Canada, was established on March 3, 1919.
- Nevada: The Great Basin Park National Park in Nevada was established on January 24, 1922. Its famous resident is the bristlecone pine, which is featured on the reverse-side design.
- Maryland: As Francis Scott Key watched the British naval bombardment of Fort. McHenry during the War of 1812, he penned what would become the national anthem of the United States. The battle at Fort McHenry was a turning point in the war, as the young US Army withstood the British attack. The fort was established as a protected site on March 3, 1925.
- South Dakota: In the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota, the faces of four of America’s greatest presidents were carved into a craggy rock face following World War I. The Mount Rushmore design used on the ATB series is the same as that from the state quarters series, one of just three designs recycled from that program.
2014 America the Beautiful Silver
As the America the Beautiful coin series entered its fifth production year, the United States Mint unveiled five new coin designs. Mintage levels in 2014 reached new heights, in some cases doubling the mintage levels of coin designs from previous years. States represented in the 2014 ATB Silver coin series include:
- Tennessee: Great Smokey Mountains National Park honors the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern United States. Running from New York down to the northern reaches of Alabama, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Appalachians is found in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. The park was established on May 22, 1926.
- Virginia: Shenandoah National Park offers stunning vistas, beautiful forests, and captivating images of the Shenandoah River. The park was established on May 22, 1926.
- Utah: Arches National Park is home to some of the most unique geological formations in the United States. The local area features a large, underground sand deposit that has slowly eroded, leaving freestanding sandstone arches that are a marvel to behold. The park was established April 12, 1929.
- Colorado: In a state known for the majestic Rocky Mountains, it was the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve chosen for the ATB Silver Coin series. The park was established on March 17, 1932.
- Florida: Everglades National Park is known across the country as one of the largest swamps in the United States. The area is home to beautiful birds, countless fish species, deadly alligators, and even poisonous snakes. It was established on May 30, 1934.
2015 America the Beautiful Silver
The 2015 ATB Silver coins available on JM Bullion represent forests, parks, and even a parkway, from across the country. The details of the coins included in the 2015 series of the ATB program are featured below:
- Nebraska: Homestead National Monument of America. Located in the southeastern corner of the state, this monument honors the first tract of land claimed by an American citizen following passage of the Homestead Act by President Lincoln’s administration. The monument was approved on March 19, 1936.
- Louisiana: Well known for its bayous in the south, the Kisatchie National Forest in the northern stretches of the state includes some of the oldest rock formations in the state, as well as longleaf pine trees. The area was offered protected status on June 3, 1936.
- North Carolina: One of the only coins in the series not to feature a national park or forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a highway that stretches more than 400 miles through the Appalachian Mountains, and connects North Carolina through the mountains to its neighboring state of Virginia.
- Delaware: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located on Delaware Bay along the eastern coast of Kent County. It covers 15,978 acres of land, and was established as a protective region in 1937 under the administration of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
- New York: The final coin released in 2015 honors Saratoga National Historical Park. IT was here in 1777 that the Colonial Army struck its first major blow to the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. American victory in Saratoga convinced France to recognize an independent America, and was the first time a major British division surrendered.
2016 America the Beautiful Silver
In 2016, the US Mint’s America the Beautiful Silver collection highlighted the states of Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Carolina. As with all other releases, these silver coins focused on national monuments, parks, forests, and historic locations within each respective state:
- Illinois: Established as a federally protected region on September 6, 1939, Shawnee National Forest covers 265,616 acres of land in southern Illinois. The land used to establish the Shawnee National Forest was acquired through Illini and Shawnee Purchase Units under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, the president’s Civilian Conservation Corps planted pine trees throughout the region to prevent erosion and rebuild the top soil as the region had been depleted by generations of farming.
- Kentucky: The Cumberland Gap was America’s first open passageway to the inland regions of the United States, and eventually the West Coast. Established as a protected historical park on June 11, 1940, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park covers a relatively small 20,508 acres, but holds a significant place in American history. Early Native American tribes used the Cumberland Gap as a fertile hunting ground as numerous migratory species moved through the region from north to south on an annual basis.
- West Virginia: Harpers Ferry, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in West Virginia, was at the heart of many important occurrences in American history from the Revolutionary War to the first shots of the Civil War. Robert Harper purchased the land on the peninsula from Virginia’s legislature in 1752, establishing a ferry business on the land. Following the Revolutionary War, George Washington established a national armory on the site to use waterpower from the rivers for manufacturing. Most importantly in American history, John Brown led a group of abolitionists on a raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 to capture arms stored there, hand them to slaves, and help overthrow slavery through force in the South.
- North Dakota: North Dakota doesn’t often capture the imagination of the nation, but it did captivate the mind of the original Rough Rider, Theodore Roosevelt. The future President of the United States first visited North Dakota during a bison hunt in September 1883. From that original visit, he was in love with the rusted nature and wide-open spaces of North Dakota. What started as a $14,000 investment in a ranch near Medora, North Dakota, eventually grew to become a 70,446 acre national park.
- South Carolina: Fort Moultrie is a part of the 171-year history of American East Coast sea defenses that guarded the fledgling nation from the early threats of the British Navy during the Revolutionary War, all the way through to the close of World War II. Fort Moultrie was the first major piece in the series, guarding the port city of Charleston, South Carolina.
2017 America the Beautiful Silver
The most recent set of coins in the ATB collection represent the 2017 release schedule, which is highlighted by the inclusion of the nation’s capital city of Washington D.C. For the 2017 release of America the Beautiful silver coins, you’ll find the following states or territories represented in the program (in order of release):
- Iowa: The Effigy Mounds National Monument is a federally protected area in the state of Iowa, in Allamakee and Clayton Counties, that preserves more than 200 prehistoric mounds built by various Native American tribes. The mounds have various shapes, with the most common including bears and birds, and were built during the first millennium.
- Washington DC: The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is located in Washington D.C. and is administered by the National Park Service. The site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and prominent African American in 19th century America.
- Missouri: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is an 80,000 acre park located in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. The park protects the Current and Jacks Forks rivers in the area. It not only provides protection to the abundant plant and animal species in the area, but also provides clean recreational options for Americans, of which canoeing the rivers is the most popular past time.
- New Jersey: The penultimate release of 2017 honors Ellis Island and represents New Jersey in the ATB Series. Ellis Island is actually just one part of the larger Statue of Liberty National Monument complex run by the U.S. National Park Service. Comprised of two islands, the national monument includes Liberty Island with the famed Statue of Liberty reaching her torch high into the sky as a light for the oppressed people of the world. On neighboring Ellis Island, the main building of the former immigration complex was the busiest immigration center on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Between 1892 and 1954 when the complex was active, an estimated 12 million immigrants came to the US through the immigration processing center on Ellis Island.
- Indiana: On the banks of the Wabash River in Vincennes, Indiana sits the site believed to be home to Fort Sackville. Originally the site was a trading post established by Sieur Juchereau, Lieutenant General of Montreal in 1702. It was renamed Fort Sackville in 1766 by British Lt. John Ramsey after he took control of the settlement and built up the fort in the name of George Germain, Lord Sackville. Today, the site is known as George Rogers Clark National Historical Park after Lt. Col. Rogers Clark who led American forces in a siege on the fort in 1779. The brother of William Clark, he defeated the British forces under British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and captured the fort, which remained in American hands throughout the remainder of the Revolution.
Royal Canadian Mint Silver
The Royal Canadian Mint is not only the preeminent mint in Canada, it is also one of the most respected facilities in the world. Operating state-of-the-art refining operations in Ottawa and Winnipeg, the Royal Canadian Mint offers a variety of silver products, with the vast majority of bullion coinage from the mint containing .9999 or even .99999 pure silver. Some of the Royal Canadian Mint’s proof offerings contain .999 pure silver content as a minimum. Below are some of its most popular collections available when you buy silver from JM Bullion.
Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin
The official bullion coin series of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian nation, the Canadian Maple Leaf is one of the world’s most popular coin programs. Introduced for the first time in 1979 as the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, these were the first coins in the world to rival the South African Krugerrand in terms of gold bullion demand. No other gold coin, aside from the Krugerrand, had ever been offered strictly for investment purposes.
The Royal Canadian Mint produces the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin with a face value of $5 (CAD). Available only in 1 oz weights, this coin features .9999 pure silver, and debuted in 1988. On the obverse of all Canadian Maple Leafs, whether struck in silver, gold, platinum or palladium feature the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. On the Gold Canadian Maple Leaf, three different incarnations of Her Majesty’s profile have appeared.
Meanwhile, the reverse of all Canadian Maple Leaf coins features the image of the sugar maple leaf. Used on the reverse since the introduction of the gold version in 1979, this image has never changed. The only additions have been security measures, notably radial lines and a microscopic maple leaf privy.
Mintage History of Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins
The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf has been struck each year since 1988 in both bullion and proof. While mintage figures for the proof coins aren’t always readily available, the bullion coinage has been accurately tracked over time. Prior to the Great Recession, the highest single mintage year for the Silver Maple Leaf was 3.5 million in 2007. Following the onset of the Great Recession, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf has seen skyrocketing mintage figures, increasing year-over-year in almost every case:
- 2008 – 7.9 million
- 2009 – 9.7 million
- 2010 – 17.7 million
- 2011 – 23.1 million
- 2012 – 18.1 million
- 2013 – 28.2 million
- 2014 – 29.2 million
Canadian Silver Bison Coins
The newest Canadian commemorative bullion product from the Royal Canadian Mint is the annual Canadian Silver Bison. First introduced in 2015, this coin is exclusively offered from the Royal Canadian Mint through JM Bullion in the United States. The coin series is a first-ever 1.25 troy ounce coin that includes .9999 fine silver, with a face value of $8 (CAD) fully backed by the government of Canada. The Royal Canadian Mint will produce a new image on the reverse face of these coins each. Features of the available design on these coins to date include:
- All Issue Obverse: As is customary, the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from Susanna Blunt is featured on the obverse. Her Majesty’s effigy is included alongside engravings that read “Elizabeth II” and the face value of the coin as “8 Dollars.”
- 2015 Reverse: The reverse design features the North American bison as it runs across the open plains of Canada, with rolling hills visible in the distant background.
- 2016 Reverse: On the reverse for 2016 is the image of a bison standing at the water’s edge, its head lowered to drink from the stream. In the background, a jagged rockface rises to meet the horizon.
- 2017 Reverse: The 2017 Canadian Silver Bison Coin is the image of the wood bison, which is more numerous throughout Canada than the American plains bison. The bison is captured on the open plains of Canada in left-profile relief, with its massive figure dominating the coin’s design field. You’ll notice grasslands under its feet and clouds rolling across the sky above.
- New Security features: The micro-laser engraved radial lines and maple leaf added to the Maple Leaf bullion program in 2014 is now available on the 2016 Canadian Silver Bison coin. This includes radial lines visible on both sides, and a maple leaf privy on the reverse that bears in the year of issue, visible only under intense magnification.
Canadian Silver Bison coins are available from JM Bullion in individual flips, sealed tubes containing 20 coins, or Monster Boxes containing a total of 400 coins. Many are available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Wild Canada Series Silver Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint is ready to celebrate the popularity of the Canadian Wildlife Series silver coins by launching a new, limited-edition Wild Canada Coin series that combines two of the mint’s most popular designs. The planned six-coin program will launch over the course of three years and feature six different coins, just like the original Canadian Wildlife Series.
However, instead of individual coins featuring the original images as the main design concept, the Royal Canadian Mint is combining its popular Canadian Silver Maple Leaf series by offering them up with privy marks honoring the Canadian Wildlife Series. The following are the important highlights for the upcoming Wild Canada Coin Series:
- Mintage strictly limited to 50,000 coins per design.
- Two coins released each year over three years.
- Reverse bears the famous Sugar Maple Leaf design from the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf.
- Unique privy marks honoring the original Canadian Wildlife Series designs.
- Struck in Reverse Proof Finish.
- Coins will ship in individual flips, sealed mint tubes of 25, or Monster Boxes of 500.
On the reverse side of all Wild Canada Series coins you’ll find the sugar maple leaf design that has become so famous on the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf. All of the engravings commonly found on that coin program will persist on the Wild Canada Series coins, with an additional privy mark for each of the Canadian Wildlife Series designs featured to the bottom left of the maple leaf. A total of six privy mark coins will be released, featuring the wolf, grizzly bear, cougar, moose, antelope, and wood bison.
The obverse side will feature Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile image as created by Susanna Blunt, and used on the obverse of all Royal Canadian Mint bullion products. These coins will all be struck in brilliant reverse proof. A reverse proof coin features a frosted background field, with a mirror-like finish on the design set.
Birds of Prey Reverse Proof Silver Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint has also recently revived the famous Birds of Prey designs on an all-new series of silver coins, this time featuring a reverse proof finish to each coin. For the new series, the Royal Canadian Mint will use each of Emily Damstra’s original designs for the Birds of Prey coins. The coins will be released in the exact same orders as the original series:
- Canadian Peregrine Falcon Coin (1)
- Canadian Bald Eagle Coin (2)
- Canadian Red-Tailed Hawk (3)
- Canadian Great Horned Owl (4)
While the designs, release schedule, and physical specifications remain the same, the Royal Canadian Mint is making a few changes to the new Reverse Proof Birds of Prey Series. First and foremost, the coins will have a much lower maximum mintage, set at 100,000 instead of one million each. Additionally, the coins will feature a reverse proof finish.
A reverse proof coin has the hallmarks of a standard proof, with matte finishes contrasted by deeply-mirrored, clear fields. However, while a standard proof features matte finishes on the design set and mirrored, clear fields for the background, these Reverse Proof Birds of Prey coins will have a deeply-mirrored, clear finish to the design sets (each bird) and a background that is dominated by a strong, matte finish.
Given the limited number of coins that will be struck for the Reverse Proof Birds of Prey Series, the Royal Canadian Mint has made them available in small bulk packaging. You can purchase Reverse Proof Birds of Prey Silver Coins from JM Bullion in individual plastic capsules, sheets of 10 coins, or Monster Boxes containing a maximum of 200 coins.
British Royal Mint Silver
The British Royal Mint was originally founded in 886 as the London Mint. Since that time it has been the primary facility responsible for the production of British sovereign coins. Today, in addition to producing coinage and paper currency for the United Kingdom, it produces a variety of silver commemorative bullion coins.
British Silver Britannia Coins
The modern-day official bullion coin of Britain, these coins feature an image of the Roman deity Britannia, who served as a protector for the British Isles. Introduced in 1997, these coins were originally available with .958 fine silver but are now produced in .999 pure silver. The 2017 release of these silver coins marks the milestone 20th anniversary for the silver version of Britain’s official bullion coin, and the modern highlights of these coins include:
- Arrives in a protective plastic capsule, mint tube of 25 coins, or Monster Box of 500 coins.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of 2 (GBP) backed by the British government.
British Silver Britannia coins have had the same design concepts on the obverse and reverse faces of the coin since their introduction in 1997. The only changes ever to come to the program occurred recently with the introduction of an updated portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the coin’s obverse side. Further details include:
- On the obverse of all British Silver Britannia Coins you’ll find the newest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy is updated on occasion to reflect her current age on the throne. A new designed debuted on 2016 issue Royal Mint coins from Jody Clark, marking the fifth generation depiction of the Queen.
- The reverse of the British Silver Britannia includes the image of the goddess Britannia, famed guardian of Britain. She is depicted standing along the island’s southern coast, looking out across the English Channel with her trident (to control the seas) as she holds a shield in her other hand to guard the nation that bears the Union Jack insignia.
British Silver Queen’s Beast Coins
Known as the British Queen’s Beast program, these brilliant bullion coins are available in both gold and silver, with the program offering beautiful designs and an extensive variety that is sure to attract investors and collectors of all walks of life looking to buy gold and silver.
This exciting series of gold and silver coins from the Royal Mint marks the newest release of numismatic or bullion coins from the mint. The British Queens Beast Coin program is a planned 10-design series that features new designs for each of the animals featured in the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. In total, the British Queens Beast coin series features a 1 oz gold coin, a 1/4 oz gold coin, and the Royal Mint’s first-ever 2 oz silver bullion coin.
2016 Queen’s Beast Lion Silver Coin
First up in the release schedule was the 2016 British Queen’s Beast design of the Lion of England, the most prominent and important to Queen Elizabeth II directly. The Barbary lion is the national animal of England. During the Middle Ages, lions kept within the Tower of London were Barbary lions, and English medieval warriors even took on the name of “The Lion” for their bravery in battle. The most famous of these British rulers was Richard I of England, who is known to this day simply as Richard the Lionheart.
- On the reverse of the 2016 British Queen’s Beast Lion Coin is the image of a massive lion standing on its hind legs, with the heraldic shield of Britain in front of it. Engravings on this face identify the animal represented in the series, as well as the coin’s weight, purity, metal content, and year of issue.
- The obverse side of the coin bears the latest depiction of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in right-profile relief. The Queen’s portrait is accompanied by engravings of her name and the face value in Pound Sterling. This represents the fifth iteration of Her Majesty’s portrait to appear on UK coinage since 1952.
2017 Queen’s Beast Griffin Silver Coin
For the second overall release of the series, and the first of 2017, the Royal Mint selected the image of the Griffin of Edward III. With the head, wings, and front paws of an eagle, and the body of a lion, this was said to be the most powerful animal in the world. That power comes from the lion’s status as king of the beasts, and the eagle’s status as king of the birds.
On the 2017 Queen’s Beast Griffin coin’s reverse you’ll find the image of a Griffin standing tall and proud, its wings fully outstretched over its head. It has its front paws up on a shield, and includes engravings of the weight, metal content, purity, and year of issue.
2017 Queen’s Beast Dragon Silver Coin
Known officially as the Red Dragon of Wales, the dragon itself was originally used by Owen Tudor, grandfather of Henry VII. He was a Welsh courtier and the second husband of Catherine of Valois, the widow of Henry V. Owen descended from a prominent family from Penmynydd in the Isle of Anglesey, and was the grandfather of Henry VII, who founded the Tudor dynasty.
The Red Dragon of Wales includes the coat of arms used by the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd The dragon’s origin is based upon the story of the dragon on Llewelyn the Last’s castle grounds. Henry VII took on the symbol in a nod to his supposed descent from the Cadwaladr.
On the reverse of the 2017 British Queen’s Beast Dragon Coin is the image of the Red Dragon of Wales. The dragon is often depicted holding a shield bearing a lion in each quarter of it, which accurately depicts the coat of arms used by Llywelyn.
Perth Mint Silver
Perth Mint is not the official production facility of Australia. The national government prints its official coinage and paper currency at the Royal Australian Mint. However, the Perth Mint is the nation’s oldest facility and its products enjoy legal tender status under the Currency Act of 1965. The portfolio of the Perth Mint is such that it refines more than 400 tonnes of gold each year, and also deals in silver and platinum products that are coveted by both investors and collectors.
Australian Silver Kookaburra
Without question, the longest-running silver coin from the Perth Mint is the Australian Silver Kookaburra. A unique bird species native to the continent of Australia, the kookaburra has appeared on a proof silver coin since 1990. The collector’s value of the Australian Silver Kookaburra coin comes from its changing design. Each year, the Perth Mint selects a new design for the coin, always highlighting the kookaburra in its natural habitat.
On the reverse side of each coin is the image of the kookaburra, surrounded by engravings that include “Australian Kookaburra” and the coin’s weight, purity, and metal content. The obverse always features Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile portrait, along with her name, the nation of issue, and face value of the coin in AUD.
Australian Silver Koala
Another popular Perth Mint silver coin is the Australian Koala coin. The Koala Silver coin was first introduced in 2007, and has quickly become the single most popular product from the mint. Like the kookaburra, the koala silver coin is struck in a variety of weights each year in both bullion and proof versions. The coins feature a brand-new image of the native marsupial in its native habitat each year, with Queen Elizabeth II’s image on the obverse.
Australian Silver Kangaroo
The Perth Mint Australian Silver Kangaroo was introduced in 1993 as a proof coin. Each year the Perth Mint produces the proof Silver Kangaroo in limited mintages. In recent years, the coin has been struck in a brilliant high-relief proof to add to the collectible value of these stunning coins. The design motif remains the same on the coins each year, but the specific design of a kangaroo is changed from one year to the next, adding value and demand to the coin.
All of the Australian Silver Kangaroo coins produced by the Perth Mint feature 1 oz of .999 pure silver. The coins are considered legal tender in Australia, and have been issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by the Australian government as a result.
Starting with the 2016 issue year, the Perth Mint introduced a new bullion coin featuring the beloved kangaroo on its reverse. Scheduled for annual release going forward, this new 2016 Silver Kangaroo is unique in that it is the newest silver bullion coin from the mint and the first to feature .9999 fine silver content. This will help it stand apart from the proof high-relief version from the mint, as well as the long-running Kookaburra and Koala programs.
Australian Silver Lunar Series Coins
Each year the coins in the Lunar Series II program feature new designs that honor the animal represented on the Chinese Lunar Calendar for that year. The 12-year cycle of the Zodiac is followed closely by the Perth Mint, with each new coin release reflecting the animal in question. For 2017, the Year of the Rooster design has been released with variations between silver and gold.
The Perth Mint’s program is far and away the most popular lunar-themed collection in the world, and it also boasts the longest history. Lunar coins originated from the Perth Mint in 1996 when it released the original Lunar Series I program. Now, Lunar Series II carries on that tradition with a 12-year collection of new designs, each one impressive in its own right and entirely unique from the first series that ran from 1996-2007.
As is the case every year, the Perth Mint has its Lunar Series II coins available in silver as well. The 2017 Australian Silver Rooster coins are available from JM Bullion in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, and include the following weights:
- ½ Troy oz
- 1 Troy oz
- 2 Troy oz
- 5 Troy oz
- 10 Troy oz
- 1 Kilogram (32.15 Troy oz)
Each of these silver bullion coins contains .9999 pure silver content and has a face value based upon its weight, with the starting point being the 1 Troy oz Australian Silver Rooster with a $1 (AUD) face value. The 1 oz coin has a declared mintage already of 300,000 coins for the year.
For the Proof Australian Silver Rooster release, the Perth Mint added a unique wrinkle to its offering. The 2017 Proof Australian Rooster Coins are available in a total of four different weights, as well as a combined 3-Coin set with a fourth weight available. The weights available include the following:
- ½ Troy oz
- 1 Troy oz
- 1 Kilogram (32.15 Troy oz)
- 2 Troy oz*
However, the 1 Kilogram Australian Silver Rooster coin is only available for individual purchase with a declared mintage of just 500 coins. The 1 oz and ½ oz Australian Silver Rooster coins are available for individual purchase with limits of 5,000 and 8,000 coins respectively. However, these two weights are also available in the 3-coin set, which includes a 2 oz coin that is not available for individual purchase. The maximum mintage for the 3-coin set is 1,000.
Australian Silver Cubs Series
The Perth Mint also offers other extensive coin programs, such as the recently released Australian Silver Cub Series. This five-coin series will feature the following designs, with three of the coins already available for purchase from the Perth Mint and listed on Silver.com:
- Tiger Cubs: First release in the series.
- Jaguar Cubs: Second release in the series.
- Leopard Cubs: Third release in the series.
- White Lion Cubs: Fourth release in the series.
- Lynx: Fifth and final release in the series.
The 2016 ½ oz Australian Silver Cub Series Jaguar Proof Coin is available on Silver.com. The coin’s reverse face features the colorized image of two playful jaguar cubs. Only the cubs, which feature a traditional yellow-and-black spotting and solid-black pattern on the other, have real-world appeal with colorized finishes. The jaguar is actually native to the Americas, which is why the Perth Mint designers used an Incan temple as the design backdrop for this cute and playful new coin.
The obverse of each coin in the series features Ian Rank-Broadley’s right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998, it is the fourth-generation of Her Majesty to appear on Australian coinage since she ascended to the throne in 1952. Engravings include the Queen’s name, face value, nation of issue, year of issue, metal content, purity, and weight of the coin.
Each of the coins in the Australian Silver Cubs Series from the Perth Mint features one-half troy ounce of .999 pure silver, a face value of 50 Cents (AUD) that is legal tender in Tuvalu, and inspiring, colorized designs on the reverse. The Australian Cub Series coins ship in the Perth Mint’s black display box, and arrive in a colorized shipper that features imagery representative of the cub species on the coin’s reverse. Additionally, each of the coins in the series is individually numbered and arrives with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Australian Silver Map-Shaped Coins
One of the most extensive non-bullion coin programs launched by the Perth Mint since 2010 has been the Australian Silver Map-Shaped series of silver proof coins. These products start out as unique blanks that are shaped like the continent of Australia, and feature purity levels of .999 fine silver. Each coin weighs one Troy ounce and bears a face value of $1 (AUD) backed by the Australian government.
Perth Mint released the coins in groups of two each year, with a total mintage per design set at 6,000 coins. Each coin ships inside of the Perth Mint’s iconic black, clamshell display box and arrive inside a custom-designed, full-color shipper that features artwork representative of the species featured on the individual releases. Each coin also comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The release schedule for the coins followed this schedule:
- 2012 Kookaburra
- 2012 Emu
- 2013 Kangaroo
- 2013 Platypus
- 2014 Koala
- 2014 Saltwater Crocodile
- 2015 Wedge-Tailed Eagle
- 2015 Redback Spider
- 2016 Great White Shark
- 2016 Dingo
The coins come with a unique colorized stripe down the horizontal center of the reverse face that brings a different native species and its habitat in Australia to live on the coins. The obverse face of all coins in the Australian Map-Shaped Silver Coin series bear the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in the center. Her Majesty’s image currently in use on Australian coinage was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, and is depicted alongside engravings that include her name, the nation of issue, year of issue, and face value of the coin.
New Zealand Mint Silver
The New Zealand Mint is a private company with its headquarters in the capital of Auckland. The mint excels in producing legal tender collectible coins, gold bullion products, and medallions. It was founded over 40 years ago, and today it is the only precious metal mint located in New Zealand. Central to its global status, the New Zealand Mint can boast that it was one of the world’s first mints to adopt .9999 purity as a standard in its gold bullion products.
Fiji Taku/Niue Hawksbill Silver Coin
Without question, the most popular coin from the New Zealand Mint is the annual New Zealand Hawksbill, or Taku, coin. The hawksbill turtle is a native sea turtle found in parts of the Indian Ocean, southern Atlantic Ocean, and the Pacific. It makes its home along the shores of Fiji, but takes an annual migration to the coast of New Zealand.
The short history of the Hawksbill coin is an interesting one, and quite uncommon in the precious metals industry. The coins were first introduced in 2010 as the Silver Fiji Taku. The coins were struck from 2010 until 2013 as a bullion product issued for the independent island nation of Fiji. The face value was considered legal tender in Fiji, and featured the image of the hawksbill turtle on the reverse.
On the reverse side of each of these coins coin there is a brilliant contrast between the matte, pearl finish of the ocean waters, and the mirror-like finish of the hawksbill’s shell. A small sliver of the coin along the left is also deeply mirrored and features the words “Fiji Taku.”
The obverse side of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Silver Fiji Taku coins featured the right-profile image of Queen Elizabeth II of England. The nation’s longest-reigning monarch is commonly portrayed on coins throughout the commonwealth, and was a natural selection for the obverse design of the original coins. However, in 2013 the New Zealand Mint opted for a new design on the obverse.
This new design featured the official coat of arms for Fiji, which depicted the cultural roots of the island’s Polynesian people. Engravings on this side were scant, including the year of issue and the nation of issue in addition to the crest.
Beginning in 2014, there was a shift in the production of the Silver Fiji Taku coin. Due to political differences in the region, the Silver Fiji Taku was no longer designed and issued for that nation. It was rebranded as the New Zealand Hawksbill coin and issued for the self-governing island of Niue. The small island, although self-governing, has very close ties with New Zealand.
What makes this move intriguing is the fact that the design was largely unchanged for the reverse image. The hawksbill turtle was used in the exact same design theme, with a slight change to the inscriptions on this face. “Fiji Taku” was no longer engraved in the sliver of deeply-mirrored space on the coin. Instead, the word “Turtle” was engraved there.
On the obverse, the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II returned to the coin. This time, it was the 1998 depiction created by Ian Rank-Broadley. This particular image is immensely popular, and is used on coins from the Royal Mint in London as well as the Perth Mint in Australia. The nation of issue, face value, Her Majesty’s name, and the year of issue are all included on this face.
On certain occasions the New Zealand Mint will now produce the New Zealand Hawksbill coin in heavier weights beyond the standard 1 oz coin. Although the 5 oz weight is the most common larger size, the mint has also created and released 2 oz and 10 oz options, though mintage was restricted.
Niue Lunar Silver Coins
Starting in 2015, the New Zealand Mint introduced its own Lunar Coin series in both silver and gold bullion. Currently these coins are available in the 2015 Year of the Goat design and a 2016 Year of the Monkey.
The reverse side of the Year of the Goat coin features a group of three goats clashing at the top of a stylistic rocky outcrop. The design features a mirrored finish in the background, with one stretch of mountaintop finished in frosted relief.
Engravings on the reverse include the Chinese symbol for goat in the center, the weight, purity, and metal content along the left, and the phrase “2015 Year of the Goat” below. Each gold lunar series coin features .9999 purity and has a face value of $200, issued for the nation of Niue. On the obverse is Ian Rank-Broadley’s right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, along with engravings of her name, the nation of issue, face value, and year of issue.
The latest release is the all-new 2016 1 oz New Zealand Monkey Silver coin. Honoring the Year of the Monkey, this coin features the stunning image of a monkey’s face as it appears to peek around the side of the coin’s surface. Engravings include the phrase “2016 Year of the Monkey” in the center of the deeply-mirrored background, while the characteristics of those born under this sign are listed along the left rim, “Prosperity, Happiness, Intelligence.”
On the obverse face of the coin you’ll find the same image of Queen Elizabeth II featured on the Year of the Goat coin. Each of these silver coins features .999 pure silver content.
Chinese Mint Silver
Given that the nation of China was closed off to the Western world until the 1970s, its international profile is growing in the precious metals industry thanks to the Chinese Silver Panda. These coins are produced on an annual basis, and have undergone a series of changes since introduction in 1983. The original three-year production featured only 1 oz coins with .900 purity and a proof version. No coins were issued in 1986. The coins returned in 1987 with .925 pure silver, and have been struck annually since 1989 in six weights.
Chinese Silver Panda Coins
For the first time in the history of the Chinese Panda coin series, the Chinese Mint made a significant change to the coins. From their introduction through 2015, the coins were struck with the industry standard Troy ounces used to measure the gold and silver content of the coins. In an effort to further establish a unique identity for its bullion coins, and bring them in line with the nation’s use of the Metric system, the Chinese Mint will now strike the Panda Coins with metal content and weight measurements in Grams.
The diversity of the silver and gold coins remains largely untouched by this transition in 2016, with silver and gold coins now available in the following weights:
- 30 Grams: Gold and Silver
- 1 Gram: Gold Only
- 3 Grams: Gold Only
- 8 Grams: Gold Only
- 15 Grams: Gold Only
Chinese Panda coins feature the same reverse image each year in both gold and silver. The Chinese Mint alters the specific design on the reverse each year, and has done so every year since the coins were introduced, with the exception of 2001 and 2002. As mentioned earlier, the coins always feature a panda in its natural habitat, but the specific designs change.
For example, on the obverse of the 2017 30 Gram Chinese Silver Panda is the newest panda design from the Chinese Mint, which depicts a large panda sitting on its hind quarters as it eats some bamboo shoots. The typical engravings and design features included again this year feature the bamboo wall in the background, and the face value of the coin in Yuan.
The reverse side of the coins has featured the same image since the coins were introduced in 1982. Beijing’s Temple of Heaven is featured on the obverse every year, along with the Chinese characters that bear the name of the complex. Literally translated as the Altar of Heaven, the building is actually part of a complex of religious structures that imperial leaders used to visit to pray for a good harvest across the nation.
Mexican Mint Silver
The Mexican Mint, also known as Casa de Moneida de Mexico, is the official mint of the Mexican government. Although it is often overshadowed by its dominant neighbors to the north, the Mexican Mint actually holds the status as the Western Hemisphere’s oldest operating facility. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistadors, the Mexican Mint boasts almost 500 years of gold and silver refining. Today, its single most popular product is the Mexican Silver Libertad. The coin is based upon the original gold Centenario from 1921, and features iconic Mexican imagery on the obverse, with the nation’s coat of arms on the reverse. Details include:
- Bullion, proof, and proof-like version struck annually.
- .999 pure silver content.
- Weights available include 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, ½ oz., 1 oz, 2 oz, and 5 oz. The proof-like coin is only available in 1 Kilogram.
- It is the only sovereign bullion coin with no face value.
Mexican Silver Libertad
The Brilliant Uncirculated version of the Mexican Silver Libertad has been the most consistent and diverse version of the coin available to investors and collectors. Originally introduced in 1982, these coins were struck only in a 1 oz version at first with much higher mintage volumes that currently produced by the Mexican Mint. The 1 oz version of the coin is subject to the demands of the public, with the mint working to strike the coins to match demand. As such, there have been massive fluctuations in the coin’s production.
When the coins were first introduced, mintage climbed steadily for nearly a decade. Debuting with a mintage of 1.05 million in 1982, the coins reached 2.017 million by 1985 and sustained mintage levels between 1.5 million and 2.5 million through 1992. However, a dip in the value of silver in the 1990s saw mintage crash to a low of 67,000 in 1998.
Recent years have seen the 1 oz BU Mexican Silver Libertad coins struck at higher levels, jumping as high as 1.65 million during the height of the Great Recession in 2009. The mintage history of the fractional-weight and full-weight coins has been much different though.
Introduced in 1991, the fractional-weight coins from the Mexican Mint include a 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, and ½ oz coin. The coins were first introduced with the same mintage range, all of them around 50,000 in total. Over the course of time as certain weights have proven more popular, mintage levels have changed. For example, in 1992 there were 295,783 1/20 oz BU Mexican Silver Libertads struck compared to just 104,000 of the ¼ oz coins.
The BU Mexican Silver Libertad program increased again in 1996 with the addition of a 2 oz and 5 oz variety. These coins originally had set mintages each year, though that has changed in recent years. Compared to other versions of the coin, production of these larger weights is much lower. As of 2015 though, mintage levels for these coins jumped equal to or higher than the fractional weights. For example, the 2015 2 oz BU Mexican Silver Libertad had a mintage of 20,100 compared to 19,900 1/10 oz coins, the highest among the fractional weights.
While the official bullion coin in the series was introduced in 1982 and struck steadily over the course of the next three decades, the proof version of the Mexican Silver Libertad has a choppier mintage history. The proof version of the coin was not introduced until 1983, and like the brilliant uncirculated bullion coins it was only available in a 1 oz weight at first.
However, while the 1 oz coin had high mintage levels consistently, the proof coin debuted with just 998 coins struck. In 1984 and 1985, there was no Proof Mexican Silver Libertad coin struck by the Mexican Mint. The program resumed in 1986 with extremely limited mintages. Proofs returned with a mintage of 30,006, but in five of the next six years there were just 10,000 coins struck annually, with the lone exception being 1987 when 12,000 proofs were produced.
In 1992 the Proof Mexican Silver Libertad program expanded for the first time with the release of 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, and ½ oz coins. These coins had much lower mintages set at 5,000 each for the first three years. After 1992, the 1 oz proof saw its mintage cut to just 5,000, as well.
Throughout the 1990s, demand for silver was low amid prosperous global markets. Mintage continued to decline throughout the 90s. In the midst of this decline, the Mexican Mint released the 2 oz. and 5 oz Proof Mexican Silver Libertad coins in 1996, with mintage set for the first year at 1,200 coins in each weight.
Mintage of the Proof Mexican Silver Libertad coins bottomed out in 1999 with just 600 coins struck for the 1 oz and each of the four fractional-weight coins, as well as 280 2 oz coins and just 100 5 oz coins. Despite the rising demand for silver, 2012 was an odd year for the program as only the 1 oz Proof Mexican Silver Libertad was produced with a mintage of 4,200 coins. This was likely the result of a global rush on silver and prioritization by the Mexican Mint, as more than 3 million 1 oz brilliant uncirculated coins alone were struck in the three years leading up to 2012.
In recent years, the Proof Mexican Silver Libertad has seen its mintage levels rise. As of 2015, the mintage of each weight had climbed into the four-figure range. The 1 oz continues to be the most popular, with 6,400 struck in 2015. The 2 oz and 5 oz coins had a mintage of 1,300 and 1,600 respectively, while the fractional weights ranged from a low of 2,400 for the ¼ oz coin and a high of 5,500 for the 1/20 oz coin.
Silver from European Mints
Silver precious metal coins are available from mints around the globe, from the largest sovereign mints you’re familiar with to smaller sovereign mints and even some private mints in certain cases. Below you’ll find a rundown of the silver coins available from JM Bullion that originate from numerous European Mints.
Somalian Silver Elephant Coins
The Bavarian State Mint is owned and operated by the Free State of Bavaria, and is located in Munich. With a rich history of its own that dates back to 1158, it is one of Germany’s oldest mints. In addition to producing Euro currency for the Eurozone, it also produces the popular Somalian Silver Elephant. These coins feature .999 pure silver and are available with a new obverse design each year. First introduced in 2004, these coins are highly coveted by investors and collectors alike.
In the 13 years since its 2004 introduction, the Somalian Silver Elephant coin has grown from a one-weight bullion and proof series with very low mintages to become a powerhouse in the industry that commands attention with each new release. From 2004 to 2008, the coins were restricted to a mintage of just 5,000 coins annually.
Beginning in 2009, restrictions on mintage were removed and the coin was struck at higher levels to meet the rising demand for gold and silver. This continues today, as the Somalian Elephant Series not only expands its mintage, but also diversifies its lineup to meet the demands of any numismatist.
The 2017 release is a big year for the Somalian Elephant program as a whole, and JM Bullion has you covered. This marks the first year the Somalian Silver Elephant is available in fractional weights, with 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, and ½ oz specimens added, and it is also the first year for 2 oz, 5 oz, and 10 oz silver coins.
Of course, there’s a new Somalian Elephant Series design for 2017, in keeping with the history of the series as a whole. While the reverse design always changes, the theme remains focused on the African elephant, the planet’s largest land mammal. For the 2017 Somalian Elephant, you’ll find a large bull elephant on the obverse face with a hut and small cluster of palm trees in the background.
Engravings on the obverse include “African Wildlife,” “Elephant,” and the coin’s weight, metal content, and purity. The reverse of all Somalian Elephant Coins continues to feature the coat of arms for the Republic of Somalia. Engravings here read “Somali Republic,” “2017,” and the individual face value of the coins in Somali Shillings.
With the all-new release of three fractional-weight Silver Elephants and the three new larger weight coins, the Bavarian State Mint has no mintage figures set for the Somalian Elephant series. Although the series formerly had strict mintage figures set, in light of rising demand for silver coins and other silver bullion, the Bavarian State Mint has moved more toward minting the coins to meet demand in the industry.
All that said, as of 2017 there is no expected mintage figure set for the new fractional-weight coins and the 2 oz, 5 oz, and 10 oz options. The 2017 1 oz Somalian Silver Elephant will be available in individual protective capsules, mint tubes of 20, or sealed boxes of 500 coins. While the 1 oz coin maintains its 100 Shilling (Somali) face value, the new coins have the following face values assigned:
- 1/10 oz – 10 Shillings
- ¼ oz – 25 Shillings
- ½ oz – 50 Shillings
- 2 oz – 200 Shillings
- 5 oz – 500 Shillings
- 10 oz – 1,000 Shillings
Austrian Silver Philharmonic Coins
One of the world’s oldest mints, the Austrian Mint has one of the most unique founding stories. Duke Leopold V of Austria founded the min with 15 tonnes of silver paid to him by England’s King Richard the Lionheart as ransom and safe passage for his soldiers returning from the Crusades in the Middle East.
While it is authorized to produce Euro coins as a member of the Eurozone, the Austrian Mint most famous product is the Austrian Silver Philharmonic sovereign coin. Inspired by the Austrian Gold Philharmonic, the silver variant was introduced in 2008 and has quickly become one of the hottest products in Europe. On the obverse it features the Musikverein Pipe Organ from inside the Golden Music Hall in Vienna’s Inner Stadt neighborhood. The reverse features a cornucopia of musical instruments used by the members of the famous Vienne Philharmonic Orchestra.
Thomas Pessendorfer designed both images in 1989 for use on the gold version of the coin, and his images continue to be used today on both sides of the silver coin as well. The coins bear engravings in German and English, as well as face values in Euros (€). Mintage has generally trended upward for this beautiful coin, from 7.7 million coins in 2008 to a high of 17.8 million by 2011.
Armenian Silver Noah’s Ark Coins
Geiger Edelmetalle is well known for producing coveted silver bars, many of which feature enhanced security efforts to prevent counterfeiting. Another popular product from Geiger Edelmetalle is the Armenian Silver Noah’s Ark coin, which honors the historical connection between the nation of Armenia and the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark.
The Armenian Silver Noah’s Ark coin tells the biblical tale from the Christian bible’s book of Genesis. Armenia has a deep connection to this tale, as it was the first modern nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion, and the famous Mount Ararat where the ark came to rest was traditionally located within its borders. These coins feature .999 pure silver and a face value of 500 Drams in a 1 oz weight.
Ukrainian Silver Archangel Michael Coins
Like many other silver bullion coin programs available to modern investors, there is only one weight struck in these Ukrainian Silver Coins. The Archangel Michael coin program features silver and gold bullion options. All coins in the program are available to date only as BU products. Coins in BU condition show no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the production process at the mint.
Common features of both the gold and Ukrainian Silver Archangel Michael coins include the use of the same obverse and reverse design features annually for the coins. For the Ukrainian Silver Coins in particular, the 1 oz silver coin features .9999 pure silver and bears a face value of 1 (UAH). Although it had a low mintage of 10,000 coins in 2011, the Ukrainian Silver Archangel Michael has surpassed 20,000 coins in each of the last three mintage years and often outsells all of its gold counterparts combined.
Michael has been depicted in various reliefs throughout human history. However, there is one portrayal of the Archangel Michael that seems to be pervasive throughout various cultures and religions. The primary depiction used around the Western world shows Michael in a full suit of Roman armor and wielding a flaming sword in his right hand. His figure is often surrounded by a pair of bird-like wings that emanate from his back and the rays of the sun expanding from the background behind his relief. For the Ukrainian Silver Archangel Michael Coin, the image of Michael employs another common design feature of his image, that of Michael standing above a dragon with his sword at hand ready to slay the beast.
On the reverse of all Ukrainian Silver Archangel Michael coins you’ll find the coat of arms of Ukraine in the center of the design field. It is surrounded by engravings that are all in the native Cyrillic language, with “National Bank of Ukraine” located above the design set and outside of the octagonal cartouche that frames the coat of arms.
On the shield of the coat of arms there is the emblem of the National Bank of Ukraine, a pair of griffins with the hryvnia symbol (Ukrainian monetary weight) between the beasts. The symbolism is meant to represent the beasts as guardians of the nation’s gold reserves. You’ll also find the face value, year of issue, metal content, weight, and purity on this face in Cyrillic as well.
Get All Your Silver Coins from JM Bullion
JM Bullion accepts various forms of payment for your purchase of Somalian Silver Elephant coins. You can pay by credit/debit card, paper checks, bank wire transfers, and PayPal fund transfers are also accepted by JM Bullion. Bank wire and PayPal transfers offer immediate processing, with credit/debit cards processing in one business day on average and paper checks taking 4 to 6 business days to process.
In addition to flexible payment methods, JM Bullion offers free standard shipping and insurance on all purchases. Your Somalian Silver Elephant Coins will be packaged in discreet boxes to protect the identity of the products within, and delivered to you via the US Postal Service or UPS. For those interested, expedited shipping is available for an additional fee. If your packages are lost or damaged during shipping, we’ll find you a replacement product or refund your purchase price.
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