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!