Refineries and mints everywhere are coming up with new and creative ways to offer precious metal products to investors and collectors. One of the most popular means of doing so at the moment is the creation of heirloom-quality silver statues with a stunning variety of design options and themes. Heads or Tales Coin Company is a leading proponent of this approach, designing silver statues with themes as diverse as the busts of the American Presidents Series and the rich, historical imagery of the Silversmith Collection.
The latter of those borrows heavily from Christianity and the bible for inspiration, creating designs that are not only beautiful on their own, but serve to tell a story steeped in the history and tradition of the world’s largest religion. Unlike other silver statue series from HotCo and its partners, the Silversmith Statues have a common theme but are subdivided into various small collections. Explore the engaging designs of the Silversmith Collection here at JM Bullion!
The inspiration for the Silversmith Collection comes from the infinite glory and wisdom of God. The Bible’s book of Genesis tells the most amazing story of any in the entire book, that of the creation. God used his wisdom to bring life to the world, creating all creatures in His likeness. Using this concept as inspiration, the Silversmith Collection turns to silver to recreate the images of many of the Bible’s greatest stories, from Samson’s battle with the Lion to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the battle between the forces of good and evil for control of Heaven.
Silver was chosen as the metal for this collection because it has been used by refiners and craftsmen for centuries to bring life to inanimate objects. As noted on the Silversmith Collection page, silver is also favored because of its “lustrous sheen, resistance to oxidation and corrosion, and malleability.” This makes silver the perfect choice for these statues due to the heirloom quality production of each individual piece. In total, JM Bullion carries statues from the Old Testament, Fallen Angels, and the Passion Collections.
One of the first silver statues from the Silversmith Collection is that of Samson & the Lion. From the Old Testament Collection within the greater series, this magnificent artwork is inspired by the classical works of Italian sculptor Cristoforo Stati and is based upon Christian imagery dating back to antiquity.
The 20 oz Silversmith Samson and the Lion Silver Statue reimagines one of the greatest biblical tales of Samson. In this particular tale, as Samson walks through the vineyards near Timnath he was set upon by a massive beast. As the roar of a lion shattered the air, the ferocious creature emerged from the shadows with fangs dripping in blood. It is said that in the moment, Samson’s body was emboldened by the power of the Divine Holy Spirit, giving him more strength than any other man on Earth. This divine power gave him the power to overcome the bloodthirsty animal, tearing it apart with his bear hands.
In a bold reminder of God’s mighty power, the statue reflects the seminal moment of the tale as you find Samson standing above the lion’s back, holding its massive jaws open in his hands just before he rips the beast to shreds.
In this two-statue collection you’ll find collectible silver statues that are as beautiful in design, as they are solemn. The concept behind the collection is a focus on the angels of heaven who were betrayed by Lucifer and cast out of heaven by God. The Fallen Angels are said to crawl the Earth in search of solace, and the images of Artifice and Volnus perfectly capture the sad, wandering spirit of these Fallen Angels.
Paul Ray Effinger is the designer behind the two statues in The Fallen Angels. Effinger spent 12 years working as a Lead Character Artist in the Gaming Industry, until transitioning to sculpting to follow his passions in 2003. Since then he has built his own foundry and developed his own imagery. Volnus is the male companion to Artifice, and was designed in 2010 as a bronze sculpture. Both the female Artifice and male Volnus statues were modeled by real people to give Effinger proper inspiration and accuracy for his designs.
In the 15 oz Artifice Silver Statue you’ll meet a female fallen angel. Artifice is the name of this female Fallen Angel, and it translates to mean “deception.” Tragically, it is Artifice who was deceived by Satan, and is now left to crawl the Earth in search of solace, broken and disillusioned as an individual.
The 15 oz Antique Finish Volnus Silver Statue features the forlorn look of a male angel sitting with his head between his knees. Effinger created both Artifice and Volnus after reading the story in the Urantia Book about angels deceived by Lucifer and cast out of heaven by God. He used that as inspiration to create angels whose disillusionment is etched on their faces and their posture.
Without question, the most powerful story of the Christian Bible is that of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Son of God was sent to this world to take on the sins of mankind, and in sacrificing himself he cleansed the collective souls of mankind to save them for a future in heaven with the Father. The heart-wrenching collection of stories surrounding Christ’s conviction, crucifixion, death, and resurrection are collectively known as The Passion, and depicted in tear-jerking detail on The Passion collection of silver statues.
The 7 oz Antique Finish Silversmith Judges The Passion silver statue featured here is known as The Price He Paid. It depicts Jesus as he hangs, dying, upon the cross. Like many similar depictions, such as that created by Diego Velazquez in 1632, it features Christ with only a cloth over his genitals and a crown of thorns upon his head as he dies upon the cross, washing away mankind’s sins in the process.
Although the statues available in the Silversmith Collection vary in size and weight, as well as design and theme, there are common highlights you’ll find in each and every statue. First and foremost, all statues are cast through a process that involves combining a blend of .999 pure silver, copper, nickel, and other metals and melting them at a temperature in excess of 1,000 degrees Celsius. The result is a beautiful silver statue containing precisely .925 silver content.
Each design has a casting maximum of 1,000 statues. When each has been created, the statues are laser engraved on the base with a unique production number that matches the accompanying serial number on the Certificate of Authenticity from HotCo. Lastly, all statues in the Silversmith Collection feature a proprietary antique polish that lends the patina of age and a beautiful overall appearance to each statue. Designs for the ages deserve a finish to match!
Heads or Tales Coin Company, also known as HotCo, brings the age-old art of sculpting to life in a way that other modern mints and refineries cannot accomplish. These second generation mint masters have designed countless other silver statue series in addition to the Silversmith Collection, including Coins of the World and The Lost World. More information on future silver statue designs will be available as those products are released for sale.
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