Silver rounds are a popular means of investing, and building a collector’s portfolio, for many numismatists. There are many reasons for the popularity of silver rounds. Viewed as a snapshot of the current economic climate, silver rounds are surging in popularity for the exact same reason as bullion coins such as the American Silver Eagle, Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, and Chinese Silver Panda: silver prices. While gold and platinum have shot to record highs at various points in recent years, silver prices are shrinking.
Lower silver prices push more investors into the marketplace. These individuals look to invest their hard-earned cash in silver now while prices are low, allowing them to purchase greater quantities of silver and hold onto those with the long-term goal of seeing silver prices rise. The greatest benefit that silver rounds have compared to popular bullion coins such as those mentioned above is the producer. Yes, coins from the United States Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, and Perth Mint (among others) are in high demand, and they are among the highest quality coins available today. However, there are two hurdles preventing average investors and new investors from getting into the market.
First, many of the sovereign coins released by these mints are restricted in production on one level or another. For example, Perth Mint coins such as the Australian Silver Kookaburra and Australian Silver Koala have limited mintages (usually maxed at 1 million) that restrict the amount available on an annual basis. In the case of the American Silver Eagle, the United States Mint strikes the coins to meet demand. However, the Mint has been forced to institute an allocation program restricting the volume at times to meet the immense demand for silver coins.
More importantly, the coins struck by these mints have higher premiums over the spot price of silver. The demand for these coins and the limited mintage of each leads to higher prices, making it difficult for collectors to regularly purchase the designs they covet and tougher for new investors to break into the market. If you’ve been considering the purchase of silver rounds as part of your investment portfolio or collection, browse the complete variety of JM Bullion silver rounds below.
Fractional-weight silver rounds are a relatively new development in the precious metals industry. As more investors and collectors flood the market, private mints have been diversifying their offerings to keep up with demand from investors and collectors of all wealth levels. There are a variety of offerings, which are broken down by mint examples below.
Without question, the products from Suns of Liberty Mint are the most unique silver rounds you’ll find on the market today. The term “round” is used in the industry to distinguish silver precious metal products that have the size and shape of sovereign mint products, but lack the government-backed purity and legal tender status of a coin. Suns of Liberty Mint decided to further twist the selection with the use of octagonal “rounds.”
Each SOLM Fractional Silver Round available from JM Bullion has 45-degree cutoff corners, giving them the appearance of a square at first, but with the added dimension of an eight-sided appearance. To date, there are two designs available from JM Bullion in the SOLM Fractional Silver Round collection:
For the first time, a private mint has refined a series of fractional silver rounds that are purposely struck with slight variations from one product to the next to ensure true uniqueness in each individual silver round.
Monarch Precious Metals purposely hand-stamped the designs on each round off center. This gives the coins a sense of old world charm and appearance, given the lack of precise coining presses prior to the modern era. To further enhance the appeal of these ½ oz rounds, Monarch applied an antiquing patina and anti-polish to give the coin’s a faded, centuries-old look.
The reverse side of the rounds features a scarab beetle in the center of the design, with an Eye of Horus found above it. Modern touches include the use of the Monarch Precious Metals logo, a crown formed by the letters “MPM,” and the engravings identifying the round’s weight, purity, and metal content.
On the obverse of each ½ oz Monarch Egyptian Silver Round is the image of an Egyptian mummy, captured in left-profile relief and surrounded by engravings and artwork commonly found in Egyptian tombs and artistry.
One of the most visible precious metal brands in the American landscape is Sunshine Mint. This company is the only private American mint to feature an overseas presence, with locations in China that expand its reach globally with greater ease. Sunshine is known for producing silver rounds that replicate the designs of famous American coinage, but its fractional lineup focuses more on the brand of the mint itself.
Each ½ oz Sunshine Mint Silver Round has been crafted by the Sunshine Mint who is well known throughout the industry for their design expertise and superior quality products. Like their 1 oz counterparts, the 1/2 oz rounds also carry competitive premiums over spot making them a favorable option to physical silver investors.
The 1/2 oz Sunshine Silver Round bears the same iconic design and unique security features as many of the mints other products. On the obverse side of the round is the image of an eagle soaring in front of the sun. Stamped around the image are the words “Sunshine Minting.” The reverse side of each round contains stamps denoting its silver purity (.999) and weight of 1/2 troy ounce. Also located on the reverse of the round is Sunshine’s unique security feature which can be validated by using a Sunshine decoder lens.
Finally, Highland Mint follows in the footsteps of many other private American mints with the release of silver rounds bearing iconic American coin designs from the early 20th century. What sets Highland Mint apart from the vast majority of the competition is the availability of these designs on fractional silver rounds. There are a total of three different historic US coin designs found on three different fractional silver round offerings from the Highland Mint, including classic designs such as the Buffalo Nickel, Walking Liberty Half Dollar, and Morgan Silver Dollar.
The collection of 1 oz silver rounds available on JM Bullion can easily be broken down into one of two categories: those with beautiful, unique designs and those which are mint-branded. If you’re interested purely in the silver content of the rounds you’re looking, then mint-branded silver rounds are an excellent option because supplies are often plentiful and the purity is guaranteed at .999 minimum fineness.
Among the most popular from JMBullion.com are the following:
Conversely, for the numismatist that has a hard time finding their favorite coin designs from popular bullion coin series, there is a 1 oz Silver Round available to meet your needs. Many of the most popular coin designs from the United States Mint, as well as innovative designs from some of the most highly regarded private mints in the country.
For example, the three most popular coin designs in American history were the Saint-Gaudens Liberty, Walking Liberty, and the Morgan Silver Dollar. Each of these coin designs are available on low-premium 1 oz silver rounds. The following is a complete list of available 1 oz. Silver Rounds with stunning designs:
We would be remiss if we didn’t highlight one of the finest silver rounds in our collection, the specially minted 1 oz. JM Bullion Silver Round. Products like the 1 oz JM Bullion Silver Round combine the benefit of unique designs found in silver rounds, and the unlimited mintages that keep availability high and prices low.
On the obverse of the 1 oz JM Bullion Silver Round you'll find the JM Bullion logo, which includes larger “”JM”” letters with the word “”Bullion”” under the letter “”M.”” Above it you'll find the engraving of “”999 Fine Silver,”” while below you'll see “”One Troy Ounce.””
The reverse side of the 1 oz JM Bullion Silver Round you'll find the image of a majestic American bald Eagle. The official emblem of the United States of America, the bald eagle was chosen as the nation's symbol in 1792. The JM Bullion logo is also on this side of the round.
At JM Bullion, we are one of the largest authorized dealers in the United States of America. Located in Dallas, Texax, we are an authorized dealer of coins such as the American Silver Eagle, Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, and gold and silver bars. This is the first-ever JM Bullion-branded product for the market.
Sunshine Mint of Couer d'Alene, Idaho is the production partner of JM Bullion. One of the most prominent private mints in the United States, Sunshine Mint has a rich history of striking silver rounds and bars.
Among the most popular weights for silver rounds are 2 oz Silver Rounds, which offer a pricing point very close to the affordable 1 oz products, but often come with larger surface areas that allow mints to get creative with the use of high-relief strikings with stunning proof and antique finishes. Below are a few of the popular examples of 2 oz silver rounds in our catalog at JM Bullion.
The first major series of silver rounds from Elemetal Mint was the Privateer Series of pirate-themed rounds. The 2 oz Privateer High Relief Silver Proofs are all struck in ultra-high-relief versions, and made available in individual plastic slips for shipping, or in tubes with a total of 10 rounds per tube. To this point, there are a total of five designs now available in the collection that include the following (in order):
Following the release of the Privateer Series, the Elemetal Mint debuted yet another ultra-high-relief proof series of silver rounds in late July 2015. This second series of rounds is known as the American Landmark Series. This particular series of high-relief proofs is expected to contain a total of 20 different round designs, each one capturing the beauty of a different natural wonder from across the North American continent.
For the available designs right now, you’ll find the following releases (in order):
The latest 2 oz Silver Round series released from the Elemetal Mint retains the high-relief striking, with an antique finish that has become a hallmark of the mint’s silver round programs. Each of the releases in this series features a high-relief striking. Mints will strike silver blanks under immense pressure, multiple times, to create high-relief products that help bring designs to life with 3D imagery that appears to leap off the surface of the round.
Other options for 2 oz silver rounds from JM Bullion include:
Like the selection of 2 oz silver rounds, 5 oz silver rounds are available in an increasingly impressive array of designs and finishes. It is impossible to completely catalog all of them in full detail, but in the following paragraphs you’ll learn more about some of the most popular collections available at the moment.
Each of the silver rounds in this Norse God Silver Series features one of the five main gods or goddesses of Norse mythology. The rounds count 10 in total, but there are actually five releases in the 1 oz weight and five releases in the 5 oz weight, meaning each god’s image is featured twice on a Norse Silver Round. All of the rounds have a distinct antique finish that adds subtle depth to the design and enhances the overall appearance with a warm visual appeal. The designs included in this series include the following:
The reverse of each of the Antique Norse God Silver Rounds you’ll find the same image, that of a Valkyrie. The Valkyrie were warrior maidens hand-chosen by Odin, Father of the Gods, and were tasked with riding their steeds in the skies above the battlefields of mankind. The Valkyrie would choose who lived and died. All of the silver rounds in this series ship in a display box that includes a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
A well-known science fiction and fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta’s estate released some of his most popular designs for use in the Legacy Collection from Osborne Precious Metals. His two most famous designs appear across a lineup that includes six rounds in total. The Silver Warrior was Frank’s first, and most popular, major design. It was used as the cover art for the paperback release of the “Conan the Barbarian” adventure tale. His design not only catapulted his career to new heights, it also changed the face of the sword and sorcery genre.
The second release in the series celebrated another of Frazetta’s iconic designs. This particular design has experienced widespread use over the years. The Death Dealer design was created in 1973. It originally appeared on the album cover of Molly Hatchet’s first record release, and has since appeared on various posters, art works, and even the logo of the US Army’s III Corps.
For the third and most recent design, the Barbarian design he created makes its debut in the series and is considered the quintessential illustration of Conan the Barbarian. On the reverse of the 5 oz Proof Frank Frazetta Legacy Collection The Barbarian Silver Round you’ll find his iconic barbarian design. The muscular figure of the barbarian stands tall and proud in the center of the design field, with a sullen look on his face and his looking downward. In his hands he holds two different swords.
Yet another 5 oz silver round series available from Osborne Precious Metals is the Hobo Nickel. There are three different versions available across the 5 oz and two 1 oz weights, with the 5 oz Silver Rounds featuring an antique finish and maximum mintage of just 1,000 silver rounds. All five rounds in the Hobo Nickel Silver Round series are now available to purchase from JM Bullion, and as mentioned above there are three different versions available for each of the designs that are explained in detail below:
Anonymous Mint also offers 5 oz silver rounds with impressive designs. First up is the Medusa Silver Round from Anonymous Mint Silver Round. For the Medusa Silver Rounds, Anonymous Mint developed four different versions of the round. The 1 oz version of the Medusa Silver Round was available in a Proof-Like finish with a maximum mintage of 2,000 rounds, along with a separate 1 oz Antique finish round. Both feature edge lettering, individual serial numbers, and Certificates of Authenticity. Details include:
Next up from the Anonymous Mint is the Blackbeard collection of 5 oz Silver Rounds. Remembered through the ages as Blackbeard, the world’s most famous pirate was born in Bristol, England in 1680 as Edward Teach. He arrived in Jamaica as a member of the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Windsor and was known as Edward Thatch Jr. The Blackbeard Silver Rounds from Anonymous Mint and Coin Creator Julie Lindquist are available in 1 oz and 5 oz options, with an antique finish. Details include:
The Silverbug collection of silver rounds also features 5 oz weights in some of the popular Silver Fairy Round options. As the first release in the Silverbug Fairy Silver Round, the 1 oz. Silverbug Ariana Fairy Silver Round debuted in 2014 with great interest in the silver market. All of the rounds featured an obverse design of the silver fairy known as Ariana. The reverse of each round featured the scarab bug design that includes the atomic number and symbol of silver in the center. Ariana did not appear on a 5 oz round though until 2016 when Osborne Precious Metals went back in the collection and introduced a 5 oz weight. All subsequent releases debuted with 1 oz and 5 oz options.
The second release in the Silverbug Fairy Round series came a year later in 2015 with the unveiling of the 1 oz Silverbug Archer Fairy Silver Round. On the reverse face of these rounds, the North American Mint continued the use of the scarab bug design featured on the first release.
However, the obverse of the silver round featured a new fairy design. An archer fairy was featured above the globe with a quiver full of arrows and a bow in which she was drawing back a single arrow to fire.
The most recent release in the Silverbug Fairy Silver Round series features an all-new design and even a new take on the scarab bug, not to mention a new minting partner for the Silverbugs. Released in 2016, the 1 oz Silverbug Alyx the Fairy Silver Round features the mischievous depiction of Alxy the Fairy, who is only temporarily held down by chains. It is reflective of the manipulators holding the silver market in check.
There’s a lot of options for investors and collectors interested in silver rounds available from JM Bullion. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the silver rounds mentioned in the paragraphs above from JM Bullion, you’ll have a variety of options for payment methods when browsing and purchasing from our online catalog. JM Bullion proudly accepts all major credit/debit cards, with the exception of American Express. Paper checks, bank wire transfers, and PayPal fund transfers are also accepted on JM Bullion.
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