The modern market for silver coins includes a diverse array of options for those investors and collectors who covet the shiny metal. Silver is, of course, most popular in its silver bullion coin and bar forms, but there is a niche that consists mostly of collectors that enjoys buying some of the commonplace silver bullion coins with a different take on the standard designs. Colorized silver coins offer something a bit different for a collector, and something which doesn’t require higher premiums. Find out a little more about colorized silver coins below!
Colorized silver coins come from both bullion issues and limited-release proof collections. The coins feature the same designs as the standard releases, such as Colorized American Silver Eagles. There is no change in the design of American Silver Eagles which have been colorized, they simply have real-world colors that bring the design to life in a different way. The most common colorized coins are those from bullion programs. In these cases, third-party, authorized dealers will often apply to the colorization to bullion stock they possess to create collectible interest in an investment-grade version of the coin.
Conversely, mints such as the Royal Canadian Mint and the Perth Mint of Australia are noted for the production of their own colorized proof silver coins in house. These coins have a mixture of typical proof finishes (matte designs, mirrored backgrounds) and colorization to bring the designs to a new level of beauty. Some of these are issued as proof colorized versions of a bullion coin, while others are part of a unique release in which all coins are colorized.
Regardless of the origin of a colorized coin, whether colorized by the issuing mint or later on by a third party, the process of colorization is the same. Thin layers of a colored lacquer are applied to the various design elements to create a distinct visual. In the case of limited-issue proof coin or rounds, the colorization often captures a design as it was originally intended. For example, silver rounds that feature works of art from the known world have the exact colors the artist originally created.
The application of the colored lacquer does not alter the coin’s metallic value or result in any damage to the surface elements of the coin. In the case of both bullion colorized coins and proof colorized coins, the goal is the same: generate collectible interest.
As mentioned earlier, colorized silver coins typically fall into one of two categories. First, there are those colorized silver coins that come from common silver bullion releases. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, the following:
On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find a myriad of different proof coin collections. Some of these proof colorized silver coins are collectible versions of bullion coins, while others are standalone offerings in which all coins have colorized elements. Examples of this include:
JM Bullion’s catalog regularly features colorized silver coin releases. Many have very low mintage figures, so when you see one you like it’s best to act quickly! If you have any questions about colorized silver coins for sale, please contact JM Bullion at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email with your inquiries.