Sunday, November 24, 2013

25th Anniversary Silver Maple Leaf - $5 Legal Tender Bullion Coin From the Royal Canadian Mint



Weight:31.10 g
Purity:999.9 / 1000
Country of origin:Canada
Packing:Single in bag; 25 per Tube

This  anniversary edition of the popular Silver Maple Leaf  features a unique design to commemorate the Royal Canadian Mint’s 25th year of production of the coin series. The iconic maple leaf features a “25″ stamped across it to differentiate this design from the normal Silver Maple Leaf.
 The 25th anniversary edition of the coin ships in mint-sealed tubes of 25, or monster boxes of 500 (20 tubes of 25).

The Canadian Maple Leaf is minted by the Royal Canadian Mint since 1988. Obverse shows the typical Canadian Maple Leaf which makes the coin easy to identify. Inverse shows Queen Elisabeth II. The Canadian Maple Leaf is 999.9/1000 pure and is recognised as one of the top investment silver coins worldwide.

The Maple Leaf silver coin is minted in 1oz (31.1grams) in 9999 Pure Silver



Maple Leaf Silver Coin Value

The Maple Leaf silver coin is denominated with $5 and legal tender in the Canadian Currency and Exchange Act as specified in Part 1 of the schedule to the Act. But the Maple Leaf is not viewed as a coin in circulation as the coin is mainly bought by gold investors and numismatists. The real value of the Maple Leaf is founded in the content of pure silver which is 31.10 grams for the 1oz coin.
Design and Production of the Maple Leaf Silver Coin

Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins are minted at the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mint in the city centre of Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

The inscriptions of the Maple Leaf Silver coin:



Obverse:

  • Elizabeth II
  • 2013
  • 5 DOLLARS

Reverse:

  • CANADA
  • 9999
  • Fine Silver 1 OZ Argent Pur

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bitcoin 1oz Silver 999 Bullion - Commemorative Round



The Bitcoin, an alternative cryptocurrency, has recently taken the world by storm.  While the value of paper fiat currency falls around the world the Bitcoin has grown in popularity.  It has gained worldwide media recognition and has recently reached prices of $130 for 1 BTC.  The coin celebrates the spontaneous emergence of this alternative virtual medium of exchange by artistically marrying it to one of the oldest commodity currencies in written history: silver, thus giving it the almost tongue in cheek name: The ‘Bitcoin Coin’.  

The coin’s message, printed boldly around the Bitcoin currency symbol sums up this iconic new and old relationship:  “Commodity banks and cryptocurrencies will render central banks desolate- Free the currency, free the people”.

The Bitcoin Coin features the iconic Bitcoin currency symbol on its obverse. It is set on a background of a computer circuit board and boldly states the message “Commodity banks and crypto currencies will render central banks desolate- Free the currency, free the people”. An operational QR code decorates the reverse, in dual finish: the foreground is satin, and the background is mirror-finish. When scanned by a smart phone the code directs you to the M2 Factory Store. Give it a try!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Regulators See Value in Bitcoin, and Investors Hasten to Agree

Jennifer Shasky Calvery, left, with Mythili Raman and Edward Lowery on Monday at a hearing in Washington
The virtual currency bitcoin took a big step toward the mainstream on Monday as federal authorities signaled their willingness to accept it as a legitimate payment alternative.
A number of federal officials told a Senate hearing that such financial networks offered real benefits for the financial system even as they acknowledged that new forms of digital money had provided avenues for money laundering and illegal activity.
“There are plenty of opportunities for digital currencies to operate within existing laws and regulations,” said Edward Lowery, a special agent with the Secret Service, which is tasked with protecting the integrity of the dollar.
Signs that the government would not stand in the way of bitcoin’s development, even as it has been cracking down on criminal networks that use the digital money, stoked a strong rally in the price of the crypto-currency.
By Monday evening, the value of a bitcoin unit soared past $700 on some exchanges. The total outstanding pool of bitcoin — which is created by a network of users who solve complex mathematical problems — is now worth more than $7 billion.


The Senate hearing Monday afternoon was the clearest indication yet of the government’s desire to grapple with the consequences of this growth, and the recognition that bitcoin and other similar networks could become more lasting and significant parts of the financial landscape.
“The decision to bring virtual currency within the scope of our regulatory framework should be viewed by those who respect and obey the basic rule of law as a positive development for this sector,” said Jennifer Shasky Calvery, the director of the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. “It recognizes the innovation virtual currencies provide, and the benefits they might offer.”
Ms. Shasky Calvery and the other officials at the hearing did say that basic questions still had to be answered about virtual currencies, including whether they can actually be considered currencies or whether they are more properly categorized as commodities or securities. The distinction will determine which agencies regulate the networks and how they are treated under tax law.
Ms. Shasky Calvery said that the Internal Revenue Service was “actively working” on its own rules for bitcoin.
The hearing followed other less visible steps taken by regulators and lawmakers to bring digital money into the mainstream.
New York State’s top financial regulator, Benjamin M. Lawsky, said last week that he would hold a hearing to consider the creation of a BitLicense to provide more oversight for transactions. Earlier, the Federal Election Commission put out an advisory indicating that bitcoin could be legally accepted as political donations.
The general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, a nonprofit advocating the currency, said in his testimony on Monday that he was receiving a much more friendly response from both government and the financial industry.
“We have recently perceived a marked improvement in the tone and tenor taken by both state officials and bank executives,” the general counsel, Patrick Murck, said.
Bitcoin has experienced a remarkable ascent since it was created in 2009 by an anonymous programmer or collective known as Satoshi Nakamoto. The money, which is not tied to any national currency, has been popular with technophiles who are skeptical of the world’s central banks. Only a finite amount of bitcoin will ever be created — 21 million units. Users have bid up the price on Internet exchanges, betting that the currency will be more widely used in the future.
There are significant questions about the wisdom of the digital money as an investment, given that bitcoin has no intrinsic value and has proved to be vulnerable to hackers. Many money managers have recommended that unsophisticated investors stay away.
Recently, though, bitcoin has been catching fire around the world, with exchanges in China particularly active. A growing number of prominent American investors have also bought stakes, including Michael Novogratz, a principal at the private equity and hedge fund giant Fortress Investment Group, as well as the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler.
The increasingly widespread ownership of bitcoin has shifted attention away from the criminal enterprises that have used digital money, but it was a focus at the Senate hearing.
Last month, the online marketplace Silk Road, where bitcoin was the primary form of payment, was shut down and its founder arrested after authorities accused it of being used to buy and sell drugs, weapons and pornography. The chairman of the Senate committee, Thomas R. Carper, Democrat of Delaware, said that a few days after the arrest, a similar site sprang up.
It can be harder to track criminals who use bitcoin, law enforcement officials said at the hearing, because they operate across international borders and often do not use established financial institutions that report transactions.
But Mythili Raman, an assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, also said that because every bitcoin transaction was recorded on a public ledger, it was possible for investigators to trace the movement of money between accounts.
“It is not in fact anonymous. It is not immune from investigation,” Ms. Raman said.
All the officials at the hearing said that crime had been an issue during the early days of credit cards and online payment systems like PayPal, and should not be a reason to limit innovation.
“It is our duty as law enforcement to stay vigilant while recognizing that there are many legitimate users of those services,” Ms. Raman said.
The bitcoin supporters who testified at the hearing said bitcoin could bring major changes to the financial system by cutting out the middle men needed to move money around the world.
“I am here to testify because I believe that global digital currency represents one of the most important technical and economic innovations of our time,” said Jeremy Allaire, the chief executive of Circle Internet Financial, which is seeking to promote more widespread use of the currency.
Given bitcoin’s appeal to skeptics of government, many aficionados have been wary of involvement by Washington. But advocates at the hearing said that the increasing cooperation with regulators could lay the groundwork for further growth.
“As this technology moves from early adopters into mainstream acceptance, it is critical in my view that federal and state governments establish policies surrounding digital currency,” Mr. Allaire said.

Argyraspides 1oz Silver Round Bullion - 2013 Silver Bullet Silver Shield


The Argyraspides, so called because they used silver plated shields, were a division of the Macedonian Army under Alexander the Great. 

They were hand picked men commanded by Nicanor, son of Parmenion and were held in high regard by Alexander. Originally they were a type of soldier called Hypaspists or "shield bearers" They were made up of older men but they were one of Alexander the Great's most feared units. 
Regarding this coin, the coin creator Chris Duane says: 

"The short story behind it is that throughout all of history and 2/3 of the world today, 1/10 of an ounce of silver represents 1 days labor.  

Roman soldiers were paid a denarius for each day they served the Roman Legion. In Sun Tzu's the Art of War a 10,000 man army could be bought for a 1,000 ounces of silver a day.  And even 2/3 of the world today lives off of less than $2 a day. "

In multiples of 20 thee coins will ship in tubes.

Coin Specifics

Year2013
ConditionNew
Purity999
OriginUnited States
ObverseBust of a pre-Hellenic era Greek Warrior with helmet plume and the word "Argyraspides"
Reverse1 oz - .999 Fine Ag - Listen to All - Follow None - Shield - 2013 - Pattern of 47 bullets - Silver - Bullet - Silver - Shield - To Collectivist Problems - A Conscious Solution - Trivium symbol - Key - Arrow - 5 exploding line
First ReleasedNovember 12, 2013
Diameter39mm
Metal Weight (ozt)1.000

Monday, November 18, 2013

2014 Chinese Panda 1oz Silver 999 10 Yuan Legal Tender Coin



China first introduced the Silver Panda coin series in 1983, and every year since, a new variation of the Panda series has been introduced.
Shown on the the reverse of the 2014 Chinese Panda silver coins is a Panda grappling with a tree brnch. Incorporated into the design is the face value of the strike with the coin's weight and fineness shown beneath.
On the obverse of each coin, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (The Temple of Heaven) of Beijing is depicted. Obverse inscriptions include the Chinese characters for People's Republic of China and the year. 

The 1 oz coin has a nominal face value of 10 yuan, and has a silver purity of .999. Each coin is 40 millimeters in diameter, and a weight of 31.1 grams.


2014 Silver Chinese Pandas are also available in 5oz and 1Kilogram (1kg)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Morgue Anne 1oz 999 Silver Zombucks Walker Round Bullion Coin

Morgue Anne



Why should you own Zombucks Walker rounds? Simple - it's the official currency of the apocalypse.
Fighting to survive and defending against infection are top priorities during a zombie invasion, but so is having a currency to buy goods and services. This round has a denomination of Z50, and the living will only accept Zombucks rounds as their trusted currency. Their value is sure to skyrocket if humans are able to survive the apocalypse and take back what was once theirs.internet
The 2017 Zombucks Walker pays homage to the Walking Liberty Half-Dollar (1916-1947) and the American Silver Eagle (1986-2013), which depicts a beautiful image of Walking Liberty striding forward with the sun on the horizon. The original Walking Liberty is also accompanied by stars and stripes while clutching laurel and oak branches. Adolf Weinman's design grasps the essence of what the U.S. Mint was looking for during the mid-1910's, which was patriotism, independence and liberty.
While there's nothing patriotic about being chased by the living dead and fighting evil to survive, it's the the reality of a zombie apocalypse. This silver Walker is a zombified Walking Liberty reaching ahead for a human. She is wrapped in torn and disheveled clothing with an ax in hand, surrounded by stars and stripes and walking in front of a mushroom cloud.
Each Zombucks Walker is composed of 1 oz of .999 fine silver. Along with the zombified Liberty, the inscriptions read "WALKER," "2017" and the denomination of "Z50." The heart of the reverse is a biohazard symbol to remind humans of the hazards of the apocalypse. It is inscribed with "ZOMBUCKS," "1 oz .999 FINE SILVER" and "CURRENCY OF THE APOCALYPSE," along with a Provident Metals compass logo.
Provident Mint began producing Zombucks limited mintage rounds to document the zombie period. In total, we will release 10 Zombucks rounds that pay tribute to historic coins or figures, with all 10 being offered in copper and silver.
Weinman's Walking Liberty design is said to be among the most beautiful U.S. coins ever designed. The Zombucks Walker celebrates that popular coin, but the zombified Walking Liberty is beautiful in its own right.
And if this is the last time you ever have an online connection, stay safe and never give up!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bullion Banks “Selling Gold They Don’t Possess”

Huge paper gold sales are driving the gold price down every time it looks like stabilising, but as new physical gold supply moves East, this will surely lead to a massive short squeeze.



The statement in the title relates to a frustrated comment in a recent King World News interview with John Hathaway, a renowned gold stocks analyst who manages the well-respected Tocqueville Gold Fund in the USA.  Now, this factoid will not be news to regular readers of Mineweb,  or to any avid follower of the gold market, and is perhaps indicative of the way virtually all markets are manipulated by the world’s financial elite. 

In context, Hathaway’s statement in commenting on yet another gold price take-down was as follows: “These guys don’t even have to borrow the gold to sell it.  It’s probably a couple of bullion banks, and they use their balance sheets to justify the leverage of selling gold they don’t possess.  In some ways this is just a travesty.  We have entities moving this major market and making leveraged bets, but they do it without having to take physical possession and short the way you would do it on a normal exchange.
So they just wreak havoc in the gold market and damage investor psychology, but it will come to an end.  This is a continuing story that has to be watched.  Aside from the macro issues that surround gold, I think the chain of custody, the paper trail between derivative paper instruments and the real metal, is of great interest to me”  The full interview may be accessed by clicking here.
Now what is perhaps unspecified is why?  GATA will tell you it’s all part of a global effort, orchestrated by Central Banks, to control (suppress) the gold price.  They probably have a point.  The same argument could be put as that it is more a universal effort to shore up the U.S. dollar as the collapse of the greenback would throw global trade into disarray.  Gold is seen as the bellwether of dollar strength or otherwise.  But this is effectively the same argument as that of gold price suppression from a slightly different perspective.
But, in terms of gold, the dollar has been deteriorating dramatically over the years anyway.  The dollar’s only saving grace is that virtually every other currency against which it is measured has been deteriorating in purchasing power at an equal, or even greater, rate, giving a hugely misleading impression of the dollar’s own intrinsic strength.
Or it could just be that some the biggest investment banks and financial institutions have come to realise that gold is nowadays such a small part of the global investment scene that it can be manipulated for their own benefit with total impunity, regardless of the effect it can have on the individual gold investor or fund which looks on gold as a portfolio diversifier.
Or it could well be (probably is) a combination of both.  The financial elite can thus make obscene amounts of money, while the governments and central banks tacitly collude in turning a blind eye to what might be considered criminal activity in other markets, as it suits their own overall agendas for gold to be kept under control.  Consequently the regulators set up to control this kind of activity take little or no interest in investigating the very strange paper precious metals sales, which have been bearing no relation at all to the physical metal supply and demand situation.
We see and hear major investment banks’ analytical departments talking down gold in the most vehement terms, which because of their status in financial circles leads to massive sales of physical metal from weak holders, aggravated by computer stop loss selling, thus driving the price down dramatically, and then of the same banks climbing back into the market to buy up bullion at far lower prices ahead of a short term recovery.  Then rest for a few days, weeks or months and repeat the whole procedure all over again just as the metals seem to be starting to stabilise.  This seems to be happening with increasing frequency.  What a perfect way to make ridiculous amounts of money for those who have the financial strength to take advantage.
Meanwhile, there are the gold believers on the sidelines who may also have virtually unlimited pockets – the Chinese in particular – who must be feeling  every day is Christmas as they rake in physical gold at depressed prices, convinced that at some day in the future, by when they will have completely cornered the physical new gold market, the yellow metal’s price will soar, while Western paper gold will become worthless with no physical metal to back it.  As far as gold, and almost any other trade goes, the East looks to the long term, the West tends to look to tomorrow!
And as for the East cornering the market in physical gold, they are getting awfully close to doing this already.  Growing Chinese gold consumption is likely to account for close on 60% of new global gold production this year – and that is on the basis of already pretty well known figures – net Chinese gold imports through Hong Kong plus the country’s own domestic production, are together likely to reach well over 1,500 tonnes in calendar 2013.  If, as many surmise, China imports gold also through other ports of entry, which it does not disclose, then this percentage could be higher still.
Add into this India’s gold imports which, despite government attempts to control them, some estimate to also be close on reaching 1,000 tonnes this year (particularly if smuggled gold is included), then these two countries alone will together  account for nearly all the world’s 2013 newly mined gold supply.  And Chinese buying has been growing year on year. Meanwhile a number of other nations, mostly in Asia and the former Soviet union have also been consuming more gold so far in 2013, although none on quite the scale of China and India.
This suggests a run on physical gold may well be upon us soon.  So far this has been prevented by sales out of the big gold ETFs, and the rundown in COMEX inventories, diminishing scrap sales, plus the supply of any newly mined gold which is not already going directly into Eastern, Middle Eastern and FSU hands. 
Some think Central Bank gold may also be entering the market.  This is most likely to be leased gold and thus due to be returned, so it stays in their books.  But as physical gold goes into shorter and shorter supply, this may become increasingly difficult for those who have leased it to repay in kind.  Yet another indicator of a likely short squeeze ahead.  

Pegasus Silver 1oz 999 Bullion Round



The silver round's obverse design features a Pegasus, a flying horse often depicted in Greek and Roman mythology. Through flight the Pegasus symbolizes the ability of one to transcend the weight of earthly burdens and rise above them. The Pegasus is a symbol of knowledge, inspiration, and justice.

The silver round's reverse design features the inscription "Free Markets & Free People". The Bull & Lion pay homage to mankind's first ever money coined in Lydia, in approximately 680 B.C.

The Silver Pegasus Round is the easiest way to own a beautiful fine silver bullion product as close to the silver spot price as possible.  Unlike government issued silver coins, the Silver Pegasus Round does not have high seigniorage costs.
These exclusive silver rounds have the benefit of being struck into small 1 ounce increments making them extremely liquid and less susceptible to counterfeit than large commercial silver bars.

The GoldSilver.com Silver Pegasus Round has its one ounce weight and fine .999 AG ( silver ) content stamped on it in English. This silver round is an excellent silver investment protecting your wealth against currency crisis, devaluations, and or potential bank bail-ins.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Keep Calm and Stack On 1oz Silver 999 Round Medallion

 

 
 
It's August 1939...rumors of war surround Adolf Hitler’s increasingly bold German expansion...
 
In an effort to suppress public fear and demoralization the British Ministry of Information has planned the immediate release of three posters in the event of war.
  1. FREEDOM IS IN PERILDEFEND IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT
  2. YOUR COURAGEYOUR CHEERFULNESSYOUR RESOLUTION WILL BRING US VICTORY.”
  3. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.”
At the top of each lay a “Tudor” crown - the symbol of government authority.
 
Though the third poster is never released to the public, the patronizing tone of “Mum and Dad know best,” resounds to this day.
 
This is a stacking coin built for stackers. “KEEP CALM AND STACK ON,” highlights the absurd notion of monarchy, and serves as means of reclaiming self-sovereignty through the exchange of FIAT currency for timeless and robust silver.
 
This beautiful medallion is a rebuttal to market manipulation, and a reminder of the thin veneer of social order.

2014 Year of the Horse 1 oz Silver Proof Coin New Zealand Mint




ABOUT THE 2014 YEAR OF THE HORSE 1 OZ SILVER COIN

The Horse is the seventh animal in the twelve year Zodiac cycle. Exciting and extroverted, vivid and animated, those born during the Year of the Horse are the life of any party they attend. They are bursting with energy, always looking for the next place to kick up their heels and hang loose. New Zealand Mint is happy to release three beautiful Lunar coins to celebrate the Year of the Horse 2014.  

REVERSE DESIGN

This depicts a powerful image of a pair of stunning, pure white horses, captured mid stride in high quality colour. Sunken into this image is the Chinese character for Horse. This image is set against a mirror finish background and encircled by an ornately engraved border design including the words 2014 Year of the Horse.

OBVERSE DESIGN

This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


PACKAGING

The 2014 Year of the Horse 1 oz Silver Coin is packaged inside an elegant wooden coloured, lacquered coin box. This sits inside a pure white outer case, matching the colour of the white horses of this coin. The Certificate of Authenticity is displayed inside the inner packaging.

Specifications:
Metal999 Fine SilverFinishProofDiameter40.5 mmEdgeMilledDenomination$2Year of Issue2014Weight1 Troy oz 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thousands of South African Gold Mine Workers Stop Work

Johannesburg, South Africa - Mine Workers on Strike
 
An estimated 90,000 South African gold miners have joined tens of thousands of labourers in other sectors on a strike seeking better wages, though their union has significantly scaled down the demands.
 
From earlier demands for increases of wages up to 60 percent for some workers, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is now calling for a 10% wage rise. The NUM is the largest union representing about 64% of South Africa's 120,000 gold miners
 
Last week the workers rejected an offer of a 6.5 percent rise - the same as the current annual rate of inflation.
 
The workers went ahead with their strike plans Tuesday despite President Jacob Zuma urged urging both sides to find a solution, saying: "A strike hurts both sides."
 
South Africa's gold industry though one of the biggest in the world, has been in decline in recent years, while the platinum sector is still recovering from violence during last year's strikes.
It has been estimated that the gold miners' strike could cost South Africa more than $30m (pounds20million) a day in lost output.
 
NUM is demanding an increase of at least 2,300 rands a month for entry level workers nearly 10 times what producers are willing to pay. Mine owners are warning that a steep increase in wages would make the gold mines unviable, leading to gold mines closing and thousands of jobs being lost, following a fall in the price of gold.
 
They say that their production costs have increased as they have had to dig ever deeper to extract gold.
 
Labour unrest since last year has left more than 50 people dead and put renewed pressure on Zuma ahead of elections next year. The rand last week slid to a four-year low.
 
With stoppages in auto and building sectors already hitting an economy suffering from slow growth and unemployment at 25 percent, strikes could cripple an industry that has produced a third of the world's bullion but is now in rapid decline.
 
For many years, South Africa was by far the world's largest gold producer and accounted for 68% of global output in 1970, reports the AFP news agency.
 
It has now come down in ranking to the 5th biggest, with just 6 percent of world production .
Unlike NUM, the more hardline group, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), is pushing for 150 percent hike.
 
The strike " has officially started. There are people who have not gone underground," Charmane Russell, a spokeswoman for gold producers grouped in the Chamber of Mines, told Reuters.
It was aware of the "devastating" impact industrial action would have on the economy, the NUM said.
 
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka had denied that a 60% pay rise demand was excessive, telling AFP: "If there are bosses that sit in air-conditioned offices earning millions a year, why can't they (miners) earn 7,000 ($700) basic a month?"
 
South Africans were shocked last year when police shot dead 34 platinum miners during an unofficial strike called by a rival union, which accused the NUM of being too close to the ANC government.
 
With stoppages in the auto industry and the construction sector already sapping the struggling economy, shutting gold mines could cripple an industry that has produced a third of the world's bullion but is now in rapid decline.
 
"If indeed we are going to have a protracted industrial action, it will impact negatively on the economy," minister Susan Shabangu said at a presidential briefing in Pretoria.
"If there is a need for government to intervene, we will engage the parties," she said.
 
Economists say South Africa's economy, already suffering from slow growth and high unemployment, call ill afford the lost output - from an industry shutdown in gold.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hero - Bradley Manning 1oz 999 Silver Round BU


The Bradley Manning Coin Project, The Hero, seeks to increase awareness about PFC Manning and these issues, to raise money for his legal defense, and to memorialize this moment in history when a young man stood for what was right, spoke truth to power, and gained the support and admiration of people world-wide. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this coin will go towards Bradley Manning’s legal defense fund.
HERO
 
It is not a word we often use. Typically we prescribe it to fictional characters created in our minds because they so infrequently appear in real life. The truth is, heroes do not set out to be heroes.
In 2010, 23 year old PFC Bradley Manning saw something – acts of egregious disregard for human life, coverups by world governments, and information that would forever change the way history perceived American militarism in the twenty-first century.
 
What would you do if you had access to classified information, the substance of which affected the lives and future of an entire planet? Would you selfishly keep it to yourself, or would you do as Manning did and share it with the world?
 
Among the documents and videos that Manning allegedly shared with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, was a video where soldiers aboard a U.S. Army Apache helicopter rained hell fire down on a group of civilians including two children and two Reuter Reporters they mistakingly took for opposition forces. This “Collateral Murder” video legitimized the debate as to whether the wages of U.S. military adventurism was worth whatever national interest for which the rulers of the United States claim it is perpetuated. How would you feel if those children were your children? How would you feel if those reporters were your husband, your brother, your friend? Is it an acceptable loss? What do we gain?
 
Along with the Afghan and Iraqi war logs, Manning shared diplomatic wires that shed light on the corruption of U.S. government officials that were both embarrassing and exposed the Bush and Obama presidential administrations for their war crimes.
 
Much debate has been held over the morality of his decision. Was it right for him to share that information? Who owns information? Is information free? Does it belong to all of us? What role does information play in our lives? Are we truly safer if we are protected from the truth?
 
There is no doubt that people have been hurt as a result of this leak. The question is – how many people were hurt before the leak and what will change to prevent more from being hurt now that we have the information. Will our governments change their foreign policy? Will officials and military personnel exercise more discernment and respect? Will citizens rise up and overthrow their tyrannical leaders? Some argue they already have. Both the Egyptian and Libyan revolutions can be linked to outrage over information leaded in these documents.
 
Wikileaks has yet to confirm that Manning was the source of the leaks – citing their protocols to keep the whistleblower’s identity a secret. The media and our government has sought to distract us from what is actually happening here by diverting our attention to Assange’s personal life and Manning’s sexual identity and personal issues.
 
Whatever Assange’s faults or Manning’s sexual preference, these issues are only static The gravity and the scale of Mannings actions are what he is and should be judged by. Bradley Manning gave to the world the smoking gun. It is up to us to do something with it.
 
We created this medallion to honor the actions of a hero and to commemorate this moment in history when a boy spoke truth to power and arguably exposed more abhorrent, subversive, and illegal actions by more rulers and officials than in all of human history combined.
 
We put it on silver because of its precious, collectable nature. It will never be discarded, torn, worn, or decay. It will be preserved – possibly for hundreds of thousands of years. It will sit in the hand of some collector generations from now who will explain how important and significant Manning’s actions were and, hopefully how these actions began an age of truth-telling and whistle-blowing that resulted in a more free and transparent humanity.
 
Exposing immorality is the highest morality.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Birds of the Pacific Islands 1oz Silver Three Coin Set










About the Birds of Pacific Islands 3 x 1 oz Silver Coin Set
 
There are between 20,000 and 30,000 islands situated throughout the Pacific Ocean.
 
The existence of so many islands has created enormous opportunities for evolutionary development due to selective breeding. The result is a fantastic array of birdlife on islands throughout the Pacific, where birds have evolved into slightly different forms resulting in unique and endemic species.
 
New Zealand Mint is releasing this beautiful three Coin Set to celebrate these iconic birds of the Pacific.
 

Reverse Designs

Niue: This coin face features a high quality colour image of the Pacific Pigeon, Ducula pacifica, or ‘Lupe’ in Niuean.
 
This bird is generally acknowledged to be the most widely recognised endemic bird species on Niue. To its left is the Fiti Pua, Fagraea berteroana, the flower of Niue, and the Niuean coat of arms.
 
Fiji:  This coin face features the vibrant colours of the Collared Lory, Phigys solitaries, the National bird of Fiji.
 
Also featured is the native Tagimoucia Flower, Medinilla waterhousei, endemic to the highland rainforests of the Fijian Islands, only growing at an altitude of over 600 metres (656 yards). Above this is the official Fijian National Coat of Arms.
 
Pitcairn Island: 
This final coin features the Henderson Island Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus insularis, an iconic bird endemic to the Pitcairn Islands and listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
 
Below this is the native Yellow Fautu, Abutilon pitcairnense, a critically endangered perennial plant once thought to be extinct until a single plant was discovered in 2003. All elements are set against a finely engraved Pacific Island background, flowing across all three coins and their timber surround.
 

Obverse Designs

Niue: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Fiji: Features the Fijian National Coat of Arms.
Pitcairn Island: Features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
 

Packaging

The Birds of the Pacific Islands 3 x 1 oz Silver Coin Set is packaged in a natural-looking wooden coin holder, displaying the 3 coins side by side. The coin holder sits inside a wooden inner case, which is decorated with pacific-style engravings. The inner case sits inside a pacific themed white outer packaging. A Certificate of Authenticity is displayed inside the inner packaging. 
 
 
Technical Specifications:
 
Metal 999 Fine Silver
Finish Proof / Coloured
Diameter 51 mm x 30 mm
Edge Plain
Denomination $2
Year of Issue 2013
Mintage 3,000
Weight 1 Troy oz