Although relatively new to the investment coin market, the Central Bank of Armenia has nevertheless made a strong impression with the release of its Silver Noah's Ark Coin Series. This exquisite collection of silver currency is the first set of investment pieces ever commissioned by the Armenian government. The design motif for this series centers around the biblical tale of Noah's Ark, reflecting the importance of religion within the Armenian culture. Coins included in this series have been struck from the finest 99.9% pure silver provided by Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung and are available in several sizes ranging from 1/4 oz to 5 kg. Presently, the Geiger Edelmetalle Mint is responsible for the production and distribution of all Silver Noah's Ark Coins.
In order to ensure that their newest investment pieces would demonstrate the highest level of craftsmanship and artistry, the Central Bank of Armenia turned to the renowned Geiger Edelmettalle Mint of Germany for the production of their Noah's Ark coins. This prestigious mint was originally established in 1218 and is considered the oldest silver trading house in Germany. Its founders were responsible for developing the silver trade that would eventually become the core of Leipzig, Germany's economy.
Today, the Geiger Edelmetalle Mint has become one of the most respected names in the precious metal industry with a reputation for producing exceptional precious metal bullion. All merchandise bearing the Geiger Edelmetalle logo has been carefully crafted to meet the standards of the London Bullion Market Association. In addition to the reputation of the quality of its bullion pieces, the Geiger Edelmetalle mint has also gained notoriety for the cutting edge minting technology it employs during the manufacturing process.
The Central Bank of Armenia originally released its Silver Noah's Ark Coin Series on June 27, 2011 as an attempt to enter a previously untapped venue: investment collectibles. While a number of special edition Armenian coins had already been produced by the time the series made its debut, the Silver Noah's Ark Coins would be the first pieces of currency that Armenia would specifically market as investment bullion. They were intended to compete with the likes of other popular bullion pieces such as the Silver American Eagles and the Canadian Maple Leafs.
The Noah's ark series initially consisted of three coins: 100, 200 and 500 dram pieces. However, due to their warm reception among collectors and investors, the Central Bank of Armenia would release four other coins on January 10, 2012. These coins were larger denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 drams. Since then, all six pieces of the collection are released on an annual basis, with one new piece for each of its multiple denominations. It is worth noting, however, that while all Silver Noah's Ark Coins are accepted as legally tender currency, they cannot be purchased from the Central Bank of Armenia and consequently, must be ordered from other European precious metal dealers.
The beautiful imagery featured on each Noah's Ark Coin is the work of artist Eduard Kurghinyan. For the obverse of his coin design, Kurghinyan draws inspiration from one of the story's most pivotal moments: the calm after the storm. His artwork portrays a dove, carrying an olive branch in its beak to deliver a message of hope. Behind the dove sits the ark, peacefully drifting along the calm flood waters. Even further off in the distance is Mt. Ararat, basking in the glow of the sun's beams. From the bobbing crests of the gentle waves to the rays of sunlight illuminating the background, viewers will undoubtedly appreciate the subtle details that Kurghinyan uses to convey a sense of hope and serenity in this scene. To frame his picturesque landscape, Kurghinyan inscribes the phrase “Noah’s Ark” in both English and Armenian in a circular border along the edge of the coin.
With their striking artwork and their exceptional craftsmanship, these pieces from the Armenian Silver Noah's Ark series are the perfect addition to any collection or investment portfolio. Best of all, because JM Bullion deals directly with Geiger Edelmetalle, customers can purchase their Armenian Silver Noah's Ark Coins in complete confidence, knowing that the bullion pieces they have received are authentic collectibles. For customers wishing to learn more about other silver coins or Geiger Edelmetalle products, further information can be found on JM Bullion's specialized topic pages.