There are a lot of choices out there for silver buyers today. Silver coins alone offer both bullion and proof choices for investors and collectors, not to mention the lure of silver bullion bars and limited-issue, hand-poured silver bars. Among the many options you’ll find when buying silver are gilded silver coins. A unique twist on silver bullion coins, gilded silver coins are more readily available than you might think.
The first thing to keep in mind regarding gilded silver coins is their origins. The vast majority of gilded silver coins available on the market today were produced at a separate mint from the facility which added the gilded finish. Very few, if any, major minting operations gild their own silver coins. This is typically done by a third-party, authorized dealer as a means of creating collectible demand for their overstock silver bullion coins.
There are no major coin programs in circulation at the moment that consist of proof gilded silver coins. Rather, as mentioned above, the coins are popular silver bullion coins which authorized dealers have committed a portion of their stock to transform into gilded silver coins. Common examples of gilded silver coins include the Royal Canadian Mint’s Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, the United States Mint’s American Silver Eagle, and the Chinese Mint’s Chinese Silver Panda.
Gilded silver coins are created by adding a layer of 24-karat gold to the surface of the coin. This is typically done by applying a thin layer of 24-karat gold to the design elements on one side of the coin only. For example, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf gilded coin features the layer of gold on the reverse design of the sugar maple leaf only. The effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse is never gilded.
The process of applying this layer of 24-karat gold does not damage the original .999 or .9999 pure silver content of the coins in question. More importantly, the addition of the gold is not significant enough in volume to alter the inherent metallic value of the coin. Instead, the goal is to produce a silver coin for purchase that has the added beauty of gold, offering the two favored precious metals of investors and collectors. Gilded coins are typically coveted by collectors more than investors as there is no added value to the coins.
As mentioned above, the major of gilded silver coins come from major bullion coin programs. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following coins:
Our catalog of silver for sale regularly includes gilded silver coins. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about availability or the purchasing process. You can call us at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email with your inquiries.