Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jekyll Island - Commemorative Coin Release New Documentary

  • Jekyll Island commemorative coin.
  • .999% pure, 1 ounce silver.
  • Custom Jekyll Island Art on one side, and the United States seal on the reverse.
  • Includes transparent acrylic handling case and red display case.

What's the problem with the world economy? It's debt -- too much personal debt -- too much corporate debt -- and most importantly, too much government debt. 

"People have a natural tendency to want to spend now and pay later. They will usually take any type of loans offered. It's the same for governments. If governments can spend by borrowing, they will do it. What's government's option; anger the voters in the here and now by having to raise taxes immediately to cover their reckless spending to get themselves re-elected? No way! If loans are offered, governments will always choose borrowing. 

The problem is that debt carries interest and the interest is strangling the life out of the economy of every nation on earth.

But most importantly, it's not just the amount of interest paid to the banks - those who give the loans -- it's the control over political process this debt gives the banks. We can never fix the instability in the world economic system until we forbid government borrowing.

Why? Because as Proverbs warns us: 

"The borrower is servant to the lender." 
Economic instability always favors the banks and financial speculators. Economic stability always favors we, the people and the cause of human freedom. If banks are in control of the money, there is NO WAY they will ever create a stable system. 

This will come as a surprise to most people, but today nations do not control their national money supply. Today, most money is created by banks -- as loans. It's not what backs the money that is important. It is who is controlling the quantity. Today, banks are in complete control of the quantity of the money in every nation. As a result banks have seized control of the entire democratic process and will, by this seizure, reverse humanity's thousand-year march towards freedom. 

The good news is that it doesn't need to be this way. Banks don't need to be in control. Governments don't need to borrow. Governments don't need a national debt. 

This is a relatively recent phenomenon. As long as we allow government borrowing -- the cancer at the core of all our economic problems -- we will never return governments to true democratic republics. They will all be just shams -- fakes -- appearing to go through the motions of free elections when in reality the big banks have effective control over the democratic process. This means that no government which borrows from banks can ever pass effective legislation to reverse this usurpation of humanity's quest for political freedom.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cyprus Crisis Boosting Unique Currency, the Bitcoin


Currency markets are keeping close track of Cyprus' banking crisis and are braced for possible repercussions, but one currency has thrived in the chaos and zoomed in value -- Bitcoins. A Bitcoin is a digital currency that is traded electronically and does not need government backing. Despite its name, there is no coin to put in your pocket.

 Two weeks ago, one Bitcoin was worth $40, then a record high. Today, it's worth $72, largely because of "incremental interest" from euro and Russian ruble holders who are terrified by the situation in Cyprus, said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, a financial technology company in Manhattan.

"The best-performing currency year-to-date has no home country, no central banker and no physical scrip," Colas said. The Bitcoin is "clearly having a breakthrough moment here, and a deeply surprising one given its novelty and nascent infrastructure," he said. The Bitcoin reportedly was invented by a man who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto, and who may -- or may not -- have been a 23-year-old graduate student in cryptography at Trinity College in Dublin. He wanted people to be able to exchange money electronically and securely without a third party's involvement.

Although there are no physical coins, Walmart sells Bitcoin gift cards, and as Salon noted, WordPress and Reddit take payments in Bitcoin. Charlie Shrem, the CEO of BitInstant, a payment processor for Bitcoin exchanges and other merchants, thinks the Bitcoin is the wave of the future. "Let's say you have someone in Cyprus who badly needs money," Shrem said. "How are you going to get that person money? There's not enough cash going around. Bitcoin can and will be used as a barter, or maybe a collateral tool." He believes that people will first use Bitcoin "for its better uses" like remittance, wire transfers, donations and micropayments, before it reaches a mainstream audience.

"Imagine being able to pay five cents to read an article online instead of these ridiculous pay walls that require expensive monthly subscriptions," he said. "People will start reading the news again. Right now, you can't do that. Try sending five cents over the Internet." But Diana Furchtgott-Roth, the former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, was unimpressed. "It's a gimmick," she said.

"The Bitcoin would never work in Cyprus because Cyprus is full of insolvent loans. Putting in different currency is not going to help. They would ideally have their own currency. Whether it's digital or dollars, they need to separate from the euro and put in economic currency that will attract more investment." Colas was also hesitant about the Bitcoin's future. "Whether it succeeds or fails is hard to predict," Colas said. "We're clearly in uncharted waters. But one thing is clear: Bitcoin is one more lens with which to assess the ongoing European financial crisis."

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Osprey - Birds of Prey One Ounce (1oz) Silver Coin - New Zealand Mint






About the Design:

New Zealand Mint is proud to issue the Birds of Prey 1oz Silver coin series. Each of the coins within the series celebrates the beauty and power of these magnificent creatures.

Reverse Design:

This dramatically captures an Osprey diving upon a fish with claws and wings outstretched to receive its prey. The power and magnificence of this bird is wonderfully captured in this detailed colour image. The Osprey is vividly set against an engraved natural landscape of great detail.

Obverse Design:

This features the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The coin is issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender, under the authority of Niue Island.

Packaging:

The coin is presented in an attractive wooden case with removable insert. Insert can be positioned so the coin is displayed upright.

Specifications:

Metal .999 Silver
Finish Proof
Diameter 40.7 mm
Edge Milled
Denomination $2
Year of Issue 2013
Mintage 5,000

2013 Fiji Taku (Turtle) Silver Bullion Issue - New Zealand Mint





The 2013 Fiji Taku (Turtle) Silver Bullion Issue - from the New Zealand Mint

The 2013 Issue features a new Reverse depiciting the Fiji Coat of Arms.. changed from the traditional Queen Elizabeth Effirgy.




  • Contains 1 oz of .999 ($2 fiji legal tender) and 1/2 oz of .999 ($1 fiji legal tender) fine Silver
  • Strict limited mintage of only 350,000 coins or less.
  • Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
  • Obverse: stylized design of a Hawksbill turtle, also known as the Taku, swimming along the ocean floor amidst tiny bubbles.
  • Reverse: Fiji coat of arms and 2013 date.
  • Produced by the New Zealand Mint under the authority of Fiji.
    The Taku coin combines the appeal of 1 oz of pure Silver with an elegant design that captures the beauty of the ocean! Nearly 3,000 of these critically endangered Takus (Hawksbill turtles) call the island nation of Fiji their home.












  • Europe Does It Again: Cyprus Depositor Haircut "Bailout" Turns Into Saver "Panic", Frozen Assets, Bank Runs, Broken ATMs


    Late last night, after markets closed for the weekend, following an extended discussion the European finance ministers announced their "bailout" solution for Russian oligarch depositor-haven Cyprus: a €13 billion bailout (Europe's fifth) with a huge twist: the implementation of what has been the biggest taboo in European bailouts to date - the  impairment of depositors, and a fresh, full blown escalation in the status quo's war against savers everywhere.

    Specifically, Cyprus will impose a levy of 6.75% on deposits of less than €100,000 - the ceiling for European Union account insurance, which is now effectively gone following this case study - and 9.9% above that. The measures will raise €5.8 billion, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who leads the group of euro-area ministers, said.

    But it doesn't stop there: a partial "bail-in" of junior bondholders is also possible, as for the first time ever the entire liability structure of a European bank - even if it is a Cypriot bank - is open season for impairments. The logical question: why here, and why now? And what happens when the Cypriot bank run that has taken the country by storm this morning spreads everywhere else, now that the scab over Europe's biggest festering wound is torn throughout the periphery as all the other PIIGS realize they too are expendable on the altar of mollifying voters and investors in the other countries that make up Europe's disunion.

    Bloomberg's take on the sacrifice of Cyprus' savers:

    Officials have struggled to find an agreement that would rescue Cyprus, which accounts for just half of a percent of the euro region’s economy, without unsettling investors in larger countries and sparking a new round of market contagion. Policy makers began meeting at 5 p.m. yesterday in a hastily convened gathering, seeking to overcome differences on bondholder losses while financial markets were closed.

    “Further measures concern the increase of the withholding tax on capital income, a restructuring and recapitalisation of banks, an increase of the statutory corporate income tax rate and a bail-in of junior bondholders,” according to a communique released by ministers after the talks. It didn’t specify whether bank or sovereign bond holders could be affected.

    The European Central Bank will use its existing facilities to make funds available to Cypriot banks as needed to counter potential bank runs. Depositors will receive bank equity as compensation.

    Finance Minister Michael Sarris said the plan was the “least onerous” of the options Cyprus faced to stay afloat.

    “It’s not a pleasant outcome, especially of course for the people involved,” said Sarris. The Cypriot parliament will convene tomorrow to vote on legislation needed for the bailout.
    Needless to say, the locals are delighted:

    In the coastal town of Larnaca, where irate depositors queued early to withdraw money from cash machines, co-op credit societies that are normally open on Saturdays stayed closed.

    "I'm extremely angry. I worked years and years to get it together and now I am losing it on the say-so of the Dutch and the Germans," said British-Cypriot Andy Georgiou, 54, who returned to Cyprus in mid-2012 with his savings.

    "They call Sicily the island of the mafia. It's not Sicily, it's Cyprus. This is theft, pure and simple," said a pensioner.

    For the real response, look to Russia:

    The island's bailout had repeatedly been delayed amid concerns from other EU states that its close business relations with Russia, and a banking system flush with Russian cash, made it a conduit for money-laundering.

    "My understanding is that the Russian government is ready to make a contribution with an extension of the loan and a reduction of the interest rate," said the EU's top economic official, Olli Rehn.

    Almost half of [Cyprus'] depositors are believed to be non-resident Russians, but most of those queuing on Saturday at automatic teller machines to pull out cash appeared to be Cypriots.

    While "saving", pardon the pun, yet another insolvent country merely has the intent of keeping it in the Eurozone, and thus preserving Europe's doomed monetary block and bank equity for a little longer, this idiotic plan will achieve two things: i) infuriate not just Russians but very wealthy, and very trigger-happy Russians. 

    The revenge of Gazpromia will be short and swift, and we certainly would not want to be Europeans next winter when the average heating level of Western European will depend on the whims of Russian natural gas pipeline traffic; ii) start a wave of bank runs first in Cyprus and soon everywhere else that has the potential of being the next Cyrpus.

    Sure enough, here come the bank runs:

    While the tax on deposits will hurt wealthy Russians with money in Cypriot banks, it will also sting ordinary citizens. Some ATMs in the country have run out of cash, Erotokritos Chlorakiotis, general manager of the Cooperative Central Bank, told state-run CYBC.

    Forzen assets and "national bank holidays" are baaaaack:

    Funds to pay the levy were frozen in accounts immediately, ECB Executive Board Member Joerg Asmussen said. The levy will be assessed before Cypriot banks reopen on March 19 after a March 18 national holiday. Sarris said electronic transfers will also be limited until then.

    Europe's response: this is a unique situation. Just like the Greek bailout was unique;  just like the Irish and Portuguese bailouts were unique;  just like the bailout of Spanish banks was unique.

    “As it is a contribution to the financial stability of Cyprus, it seems just to ask a contribution of all deposit holders,” Dijsselbloem said, noting the country’s financial industry was five times the size of its economy. The plan includes “unique measures” that address the “exceptional nature” of Cyprus and show “inflexible commitment to financial stability and the integrity of the euro area.”

    Curiously, even everyone's favorite liar, former Eurogroup president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has a warning that this "bailout" is the worst thing Europe could have done:

    Skeptics including Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker had said that imposing investor losses in Cyprus risked reigniting the financial crisis that has so far pushed five of the euro zone’s 17 members to seek aid. Last year, the euro area took what officials called a unique step to ask Greek bondholders to absorb losses.
    But fear not: Europe has promised this absolute resolution taboo won't repeat itself...

    When asked if a deposit assessment could be ruled out for future rescues, Rehn said in an interview: “It can and there is no concrete case where it should be considered.”

    ... Until it does repeat itself of course - after all the fundamental problem for Europe has never been resolved: the continent is still broke, and it still is running out of good, unencumbered assets (which as being repledged by the banking oligarchy) with every passing day.

    Now the only thing unknown is Russia's response:
    Corporate tax rates in Cyprus will rise to 12.5 percent to 10 percent as part of the deal, Dijsselbloem said. Rehn told reporters that Russia, whose banks have loaned as much as $40 billion to Cypriot companies of Russian origin, would ease terms on its existing loans to Cyprus as the rescue unfolds. Cyprus’s finance minister is scheduled to fly to Moscow on March 20.

    What is known, however is that Cypriots have taken the news in stride.... and to their local ATM machine, which sadly is showing the following message: "Your transaction has been cancelled due to a technical issue. This ATM cannot complete withdrawals at this time" (courtesy of Yannis Mouzakis).

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    1966 Silver Round 50c Coin in presentation Card from the Perth Mint

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     1966 Silver Round 50c Coin in presentation Card from The Perth Mint, featuring:
    • Unique Round Shape
    • 80% Silver
    • Single Year Issue
    • Australian Legal Tender
    • Uncirculated Quality
    • Presentation Card

    UNIQUE ROUND SHAPE

    Australia’s first 50c coin was only in circulation during the year of 1966, making this a rare collectable.  Made from 80% silver, the coin was often hoarded or melted for its metal value causing the coin to vanish from circulation.  After 1966, the new 50c piece was neither silver or round making it distinguishable from the 20c coin.

    UNICIRCULATED QUALITY

    Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin is presented in uncirculated quality.

    PRESENTATION CARD

    Each coin is housed in a presentation card with a circular window, revealing the coin’s reverse and obverse designs.

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    2012 Vampire - $10 Fiji - 20 Gram Silver Proof Coin / Bar




    FANTASTIC SILVER COIN 0.999 WITH COLORED GLASS INLAY

     

    Mythical Creatures: The Vampire

    While even folkloric vampires of the Balkans and Eastern Europe had a wide range of appearance ranging from nearly human to bloated rotting corpses, it was interpretation of the vampire by the Christian Church and the success of vampire literature, namely John Polidori's 1819 novella.

    The Vampyre that established the archetype of charismatic and sophisticated vampire; it is arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century, inspiring such works as Varney the Vampire and eventually Dracula. The Vampyre was itself based on Lord Byron's

    unfinished story "Fragment of a Novel", also known as "The Burial: A Fragment", published in 1819. However, it is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula that is remembered as the  quintessential vampire novel and which provided the basis of modern vampire fiction. Dracula drew on earlier mythologies of werewolves and similar legendary demons and "was to voice the anxieties of an age", and the "fears of late Victorian patriarchy".The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, video games, and television shows.

    The vampire is such a dominant figure in the horror genre that literary historian Susan Sellers places the current vampire myth in the "comparative safety of nightmare fantasy". Tales of supernatural beings consuming the blood or flesh of the living have been found in nearly every culture around the world for many centuries.

    Today, we would associate these entities with vampires, but in ancient times, the term vampire did not exist; blood drinking and similar activities were attributed to demons or spirits who would eat flesh and drink blood The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia; cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, aand Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires.

    However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity we know today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early-18th century southeastern Europe, when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published.

    In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire. Belief in such legends became so pervasive that in some areas it caused mass hysteria and even public executions of people believed to be vampires

     

    Specifications

    Country: Fiji
    Issuing Year: 2012
    Face Value: 10 Fijian Dollars
    Metal: Silver 0.999
    Diameter: 54 x 32 mm
    Weight: 20 g
    Condition: Satined
    Mintage: 1,000 pieces
    Speciality: Coin with glass inlay

    Monday, March 11, 2013

    2013 Ludwig Leichhardt Two Ounce Silver Proof Coin – Perth Mint


    Ludwig Leichhardt was a Prussian-born explorer and naturalist who made significant expeditions of discovery in Australia during the colonial era.
    A scholar of natural sciences, Leichhardt was born 200 years ago in Trebatsch on 23 October 1813. In 1842 he arrived in Sydney and the following year completed an overland trek between the Hunter Region and Moreton Bay.
    In 1844, he commenced a 3,000 mile expedition from the Darling Downs to Port Essington across territory previously unexplored by Europeans. Long considered to have perished, the party caused a sensation when it reached its objective in December 1845.
    Made famous by this feat, Leichhardt set out on another expedition in 1848 with the ambitious aim of crossing the continent from east to west and then following the coast to the Swan River Colony. But the party disappeared in mysterious circumstances that were never fully resolved.
    Leichhardt’s notebooks, journals and letters left detailed records of the botany, geology and resources found along the routes he trekked, including invaluable information for the future of European settlement.
    The Perth Mint will release a stunning 2oz silver proof commemorative coin, struck from 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender. No more than 2,013 of these coins will be released.
    DESIGN
    The coin’s reverse portrays Ludwig Leichhardt and a red line superimposed on a map of north-east Australia indicating the route of his most famous expedition to Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula. As well as The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, the design includes the inscription LUDWIG LEICHHARDT, 1813 and 1848.
    The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.
    PRESENTATION
    This coin is housed in a presentation case and themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

    Ireland Silver Shilling - Very High Grade Coin Lustrous UNC





    IRELAND Silver Shilling 1942 Lustrous UNC Standard Cat. of World Coins Ref: KM# 14 SHILLING 5.6552 g., 0.7500 Silver, 23.6 mm. Obv: Irish harp Obv. Leg.: EIRE (Ireland) Rev: Bull Edge: Reeded

    SBSS Silver Sheild Series Suspended

     SBSS Silver Sheild Series Suspended

    Due to the overwhelming demand for SBSS products and the inability of our vendors and suppliers to adequately meet the quantity and quality demands of our customers, we have decided to temporarily suspend all sales.

    During this brief period, Coins for the Cause and Mulligan Mint will be working around to clock to meet two main objectives:

    1. Ship out all silver owed to SBSS customers

    2. Establish complete control over all stages of production.

    View Site for more info

    HM Queen Elizabeth II 60th Anniversary of Coronation One Ounce Silver Proof Coin 2013 – Perth Mint

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    Her Majesty ascended the throne on 6 February 1952 and was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953 at the age of 27.
    On that rainy day in June, an estimated three million people lined the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the Coronation procession, while millions more crowded around newly-purchased television sets to watch the investiture of Britain’s youngest Sovereign since Queen Victoria.
    For many, the Coronation represented the beginning of a hopeful new Elizabethan era.
    In her glittering Coronation portrait, The Queen wears the Imperial State Crown.
    She holds the Royal regalia incorporating the Sovereign’s sceptre-with-cross, representing temporal power, and the Sovereign’s orb, symbolising the Monarch’s role as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. On her right hand, Her Majesty wears the Coronation ring and on both wrists are golden armills.
    Over the course of her life, Her Majesty has been witness to many world events from the Second World War to the landing on the moon. She has also seen radical developments in all areas of human endeavour including science, medicine, transport, culture, art and technology.
    Her Majesty has also faced many personal challenges with courage, strength and dignity – qualities for which she has become renowned.
    The 1oz silver coin is subject to an issue limit. No more than 5,000 of the 1oz silver coins will be released in this packaging from a maximum coin mintage of 7,500. No more than 1,000 of the 1/4oz gold coins will be released.
    DESIGNS
    The silver coin’s reverse features Sir Cecil Beaton’s official Coronation portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in colour.
    The gold coin’s reverse features a struck impression of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonial regalia, also captured by Sir Cecil Beaton.
    Both reverse designs also incorporate the inscription ‘Anniversary of Coronation’ and the dates 1953 – 2013.
    Both coin’s obverse of both coin’s depict the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2013 year-date.
    PRESENTATION
    Each coin is housed in a display case with illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

    NIUE 50 Dollars 2013 - Fortune Rex Mercury Six Ounce Silver

    Fortune Rex Mercury NIUE 50 Dollars 2013 Silver Proof Coin






    Weight 6 oz 0.999 silver Proof (partially gold plated)
    Diameter 32 mm
    Thickness 22.10 mm
    Mintage 2,500

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Tuvalu 2010 Battle Tanks of World War II 5-Coin $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof Set


    Drawing on original photographs, diagrams and schematics for inspiration, the Perth Mint has created this exquisite Battle Tanks of World War II 5 Coin Silver Proof Set, celebrating the most legendary land behemoths of the Second World War! 

    The large (40.60 mm diameter), pure silver coins each display one famous armored fighting vehicle, skillfully engraved with minute details and minted in frosted cameo relief, with each model's name indicated on each respective silver dollar

    Look carefully at the background and you can see the national military insignia of each major combatant, along with a tread track motif overlaying the WWII logo. 

    The colorization is spectacular and the devices are meticulously engraved to show the fine details, as you have come to expect from the Perth Mint.


    The five different tanks memorialized on these proof coins include:
        M4 Sherman - United States (emblem: U.S. Army Star)
        Tiger I - Germany (emblem: Balkenkreuz Iron Cross)
        Type 97 Chi-Ha - Japan (emblem: Rising Sun)
        A22 Churchill - Great Britain (emblem: Union Jack)
        T-34 - Soviet Russia (USSR) (emblem: Hammer & Sickle)



    With a total mintage limit of only 1,500 sets, and with previous multi-coin silver proof sets from the Perth Mint being among the hottest commodities in modern numismatics, we recommend getting your Battle Tanks of World War II Silver Proof Set now!



    Please see the presentation lower on this page for more information about Tuvalu and its association with Australia, as well as a feature about the the talented designer of these coins, designer and artist Darryl Bellotti.



    Reverse


    Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl drop earrings, was executed by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf. The legend QUEEN ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.



    Packaging

    The coins are encapsulated inside an elaborate, taupe leatherette presentation case lined with black velvet and satin, and protected by a full-color, outer cardboard box. The case has an internal, lift out coin tray that can be tilted up at an angle of 45 degrees for display. An individually numbered, color certificate of authenticity is included.

    Obverse

    Each coin depicts a different battle tank of the Second World War, from one of five different major combatants, with each tank's model name indicated on the respective coin. The legend WWII defines the theme, and the military emblem of each combatant is depicted in the color section of the background. The Perth Mint "P" mint mark is also located on each obverse.

    SECRETS OF LICHTENSTEIN Crystal Art Castle Schloss 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2012



    FIRST OF CRYSTAL ART SERIES - Two Ounce 999 Silver Coin with a Crystal Insert.

    The first Crystal Art coin, 2 Oz of pure 99.99% Silver Antique-finish, decorated with a crystal glass insert. This issue features the secret of Lichtenstein and the the fairy tale castle of W├╝rttemberg, Germany. The excellent decoration makes it a very peace of art, the minuteness of detail makes it quite simply unique!

    This 2 Oz pure silver coin depicts the fairy tale castle, the Schloss Lichtenstein, together with the name of the series "CRYSTAL ART", the face value and Queen Elizabeth II portrait. A wonderful crystal insert makes this coin unique. Issued by Niue Island with extremely limited mintage of just 999 pieces in the world!

    Background Information - Lichtenstein Castle

    Lichtenstein Castle can be described, without any exaggeration, as the fairy tale castle of W├╝rttemberg. The novel "Lichtenstein" by Wilhelm Hauff, published in 1826, provided the inspiration for Count Wilhelm of Urach when building this beautiful castle complex.

    The former hunting castle on the steep rock above the Echaz Valley was built during 1840-1842 and contains a large collection of historic weapons, armour and treasures.

    It looks particularly picturesque in autumn and in spring when the forest-covered mountain slopes surrounding it change colour with the seasons.

    Specifications:

    Country: Niue
    Year: 2012
    Face value: 2 Dollars
    Metal: Silver 999/1000
    Weight (g): 62.2 (2 oz)
    Diameter (mm): 50 
    Quality: Antique Finish
    Mintage (pcs): 999
    Certificate COA: Yes
    Box: Yes

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    2013 Silver Buffalo Bullion One Troy Ounce 999 Silver Doctor Bullion (SD Bullion)

    2013 Silver Buffalo Bullion One Troy Ounce 999 Silver Doctor Bullion


    This 1 troy ounce of .999 pure silver is one of the most popular images on a silver round. The design originated from James Earle Fraser, first seen on the 1913-1938 circulating Buffalo nickel. 

    The Silver Buffalo is SD Bullion’s most popular silver round. The round normally has a very attractive price over spot compared to the higher premiums associated with Silver American Eagles or Canadian Maples.

    Order here

    I have not yet ordered from SD bullion so personally recommend that but that seems to be the best deal around for a one ounce silver round.. ( At *$1.50 over spot per ounce premium this is an incredibly decent price) - you can get cheaper if you get heaps or pay slightly more for less than 100.

    Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 Half Ounce Proof Platinum Issue - The Perth Mint



    Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issue at The Perth Mint, featuring:
    • Proof Quality 99.95% Pure Platinum Coin
    • 25th Anniversary Replica Design 
    • 99.9% Pure Silver Numbered Medallion 
    • Australian Legal Tender 
    • Extremely Limited Mintage – 1,200
    • Prestigious Wooden Display Case


    On 18 June 1987, the Australian Government approved the minting of platinum and silver coins by The Perth Mint.  By September 1988, the Mint released the nation’s first Platinum Koala coin. 


    PROOF QUALITY 99.95% PURE PLATINUM COIN

    This commemorative issue celebrates that remarkable first release, replicating the original coin’s reverse design. The coin tribute is accompanied by a silver medallion, as it was first presented in 1988.


    The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.95% pure platinum in proof quality.



    25TH ANNIVERSARY REPLICA DESIGN

    The coin's reverse depicts an adult koala, with a unique Perth Mint mintmark ‘P25’ signifying the 25 year anniversary.  The inscription THE AUSTRALIAN KOALA, the coin’s weight and purity, and the commemorative 2013 year-date, are also incorporated in the design.

    99.9% PURE SILVER NUMBERED MEDALLION

    The medallion is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver. To authenticate the coin, the medallion features a reverse bearing the inscriptions AUSTRALIAN KOALA 25TH ANNIVERSARY 2013 PROOF ISSUE and MAXIMUM MINTAGE 1,200. 

    The obverse of the silver medallion includes The Perth Mint’s swan logo, the PK25 mintmark and the mintage number.

    AUSTRALIAN LEGAL TENDER

    Issued as Australian legal tender, the platinum coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

    EXTREMELY LIMITED MINTAGE



    The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,200 of these Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issues.

    PRESTIGIOUS WOODEN DISPLAY CASE

    The coin and medallion are housed in a prestigious wooden presentation case with a customised shipper, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.