The Anonymous Mint has released a brand-new silver round collection in 2017, and it features one of the most beautiful examples of art nouveau styling ever used in the precious metals industry. Cataloging some of the greatest works of Alphonse Maria Mucha, the new collection of silver rounds from Anonymous Mint is as vast as the works of Mucha himself.
Available through JM Bullion as one of the exclusive dealers of these rounds, the Mucha Silver Round collection will include, when complete, a total of six different designs and four different silver round types with each new design released. If ever there was a silver round collection worth every penny, it is this newest offering of precious metal products from Anonymous Mint. Explore the Mucha Silver Round collection below.
Alphonse Maria Mucha was born in Moravia in the Austrian Empire, now Czech Republic, in July 1860. He would go on to become a famed Czech art nouveau painter and decorative artist who is considered by many to be the father of the art nouveau movement. He was an active artist, creating new designs and paintings up until his death in 1939.
Mucha’s career started at the age of 17 when he began to publish some of his artist works on advertising and promotional posters while following his passion in the study of arts in Munich. By the 1890s, he had moved to Paris to continue the pursuit of his dreams and further his artistic studies at the same time.
Mucha was active during the art nouveau movement between 1890 and 1910, a time period generally viewed as the height of that movement. Today, most look back and consider his works to be the founding cornerstone of the art nouveau movement, making him the widely regarded farther of the movement itself. Most importantly though, his works featuring beautiful women in various poses are considered catalysts for the movement as a whole.
Outside of his depictions of beautiful women, Mucha was immensely active in contributing through various other art forms. Starting in 1895 he completed a variety of ad posters, paintings, and book illustrations that catapulted his career, but he was also involved in the design of postage stamps, banknotes, and even government documents for the newly independent Czechoslovakia following World War I, up until his death in 1939.
The new Mucha Silver Round collection from Anonymous Mint is one of the most diverse offerings of silver for sale that you’ll find right now. There are scheduled to be a total of six designs from Mucha’s most famous works of the art nouveau movement included in this collection. The so-called “beautiful women” depicted are Job, Champagne, Rose, Ivy, Dance, and Laurel, in order.
With the release of each new round, which includes .999 pure silver content and edge lettering of the unique serial number for the individual round, you’ll find four options to purchase. Below are the four types of rounds available with each new design release, and the mintage limit for those styles:
For each proof round released, you’ll notice a beautiful mirrored proof finish, with brilliantly clear background fields. Each of the antique releases in the Mucha Silver Round collection includes a brilliant antique finish that adds depth to the design, as well as warmth and age to its appearance.
The first release in the Mucha Silver Round series is the famous image of Job. His first major artistic piece to garner wide attention for his work, Mucha completed the design of Job in 1896, and it went on to become one of the most famous advertising posters of its day in Europe. Job is a trademark for the Joseph Bardou Company, which manufactures cigarette paper. That is reflected in Job’s figure holding a lit cigarette in her right hand while smoke rises and intertwines with her hair.
The image of Champagne was originally commissioned by F. Champenois and appeared on the Exposition d’Affiches Artistiques Fracaises and Etrangeres in the city of Rheims, France, in November 1896. Following its debut, Champagne would go on to be used by numerous other clients of Mucha for ads and imagery, and was featured on a primary ad for the exposition with a glass of champagne in her hand. Much like Job, Champagne was a beautiful woman with flowing hair.
For the third release in this series of silver rounds, the Mucha Collection brings the image of Rose from his famed Flower Series. The Flower Series was a collection of four posters created by Mucha between 1895 and 1900. These appeared originally in Les Maitres de l’Affiche, a monthly publication from Jules Cheret that featured some of the best posters of the day as selected by Cheret. Rose appeared as the first of these released, arriving as the first of two released in 1898.
As with all Mucha designs of the day, Rose was a beautiful woman with suggestive gestures included in the design. Throughout The Flower Series, Mucha used decorative flowers and flowing hair in concert with subtle, yet striking color combinations.
Many of Mucha’s works were available to the public on a scale that art had previously never seen. The printer F. Champenois took many of Mucha’s most popular works and commercialized them, giving his work wider recognition because many were recycled for use by various clients in advertising campaigns. The fourth release in the collection, the woman nown as Ivy was designed by Mucha in 1901 on an artistic poster for the dancer Lygie. In fact, it is said that her image inspired the look of Ivy in the print.
The decorative image of Ivy goes together with the later introduction of Laurel in the collection, and features ivy foliage that transforms the circular frame of the original artwork by Mucha into an oblong shape. The two pieces were eventually reproduced as decorative plates for sale.
Dance was the fourth design in a series from Mucha known as The Arts. Other figures included in this four-part series of images include Painting, Poetry, and Music. As with all “Mucha Women,” Dance exudes beauty in her figure and is considered by many to be one of his most seductive women ever drawn. These rounds feature the sinuous figure and long, swaying hair of Dance on the reverse. She is depicted looking back over her shoulder at you, her figure tight as she stands on her tiptoes while her auburn hair flows in the breeze.
For the sixth and final release in the collection, the other image created for the dancer Lygie appears to round out this series of precious metal silver for sale. Laurel is one of two designs, together with Ivy, that were initially commissioned with Mucha by a popular dancer of the day known as Lygie. Both works were created in 1901, and Laurel would go on to enjoy wider circulation. Laurel first appeared in the interior of the Boutique Fourquet, and was later used on a calendar for a signage company by the name of Dewez. Her eyes are unique in a Mucha design, in that they’re set looking downward. Most of Mucha’s women figures were looking right at the viewer with a seductive or otherwise sultry gaze.
Anonymous Mint is a small coin creation company that specializes in silver and copper coinage. All of its products are struck with extremely limited mintage figures and the designs are considered limited editions; once they’re gone, they’re gone. When it comes to the physical production of the coins, Anonymous Mint works with larger private minting facilities in the United States to strike and distribute its products. In the case of the Kraken Rounds, the North American Mint was its production partner, but Anonymous has also recently worked with Osborne Precious Metals on a Norse Gods Series.
The Anonymous Mint worked with coin creator Julie Lindquist on the designs used in the Mucha Collection, with Italian Master Sculptor Luigi Badia engraving those designs onto dies for striking. The Mucha Foundation, which catalogs and preserves Mucha’s works, authorized this release of six designs.
There are a number of reasons to consider investing in silver rounds such as the Mucha Silver Rounds instead of gold or silver bullion coins. Specifically, there are three reasons you should consider investing your hard-earned cash in silver rounds instead of bullion coins:
Availability is always a limiting factor with most of the popular silver bullion coins in the world. While the American Silver Eagle is a notable exception, which the United States Mint striking those coins to meet demand, the vast majority of other programs have strict caps on the mintage in any given year. Aside from the American Silver Eagle, 1 oz. Silver Rounds are the easiest silver products to find on the market.
Silver rounds are also easier to trade in many cases. Because so many individuals are turning to rounds, the availability is also met at times with shortages. This means that many dealers, though not all, will readily by them back from you with no/low transaction fees because they can turn them around quickly and sell them to someone else.
Beyond availability and ease of trade, the biggest benefit of purchasing silver rounds is the price. While bullion coins from sovereign mints come with higher premiums, the price you pay a coin dealer over the spot price of silver, silver rounds are currently the least expensive form of physical silver to invest in.
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