Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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

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
Metal Weight (ozt)1.000