Silver Rounds

Posted by on November 7, 2011
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JH Mint Freedom Silver Rounds (photo by sirquitos*)

Silver rounds...

...look like coins, but they are not! They are not coins because they are not denominated. They are not currency. Their value is related directly to the current market price of silver.  There are numerous precious metal exchanges where they are readily available.  Precious metal exchangers are different than currency exchangers for this reason, although, much like currency exchangers precious metal exchangers do charge an amount over market value.

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Silver rounds are an easy way for people who want to invest in silver, especially if you’re investing in smaller quantities of silver.  Silver rounds vary in size usually 1/2oz, 1oz, 2oz, and 3oz.  Different weight silver rounds have and are made even up to 1Kilogram.  The smaller sized silver rounds are popular because they give the biggest margin of flexibility.  Purity usually ranges from 99.9% to 99.99% fine silver rounds are frequently found. 

Knowing the maker of a silver round and who the seller is are two important questions after you’ve made a decision on investing in silver rounds. The premiums differ from dealer to dealer. Higher premiums do not mean better, or more secured services.  

If you are so situated and can stop by a shop, usually coin shops will have silver rounds and collectible coins.  You can walk away with your purchase, no strings attached.  There are also numerous coin shows where collectors, buyers, and sellers periodically will gather.  Nowadays the internet has a large selection of sellers and with the various forums a trusted site can be found. 

Some silver rounds will have higher premiums than others, even when offered from the same dealer (most silver coins have an even greater mark-up).  This may be because the maker of the silver round has a better reputation for purity of content.  All the silver rounds mentioned below are clearly marked with their purity; both 99.9% (.999) or 99.99% (.9999) and that they are silver.  As most silver rounds are.

The Engelhard Prospector: Engelhard Silver is a well thought of maker of silver rounds.  The “Prospector” 1oz silver round was produced from 1975 to 1988. It depicts a bearded man panning for gold.  Silver is not found in river silt deposits, but Engelhard’s gold rounds were not able to compete against the “Junk Gold Coin Market” at the time so the die was used on the silver rounds. The reverses varied and could be made from any one of the several dies Engelhard was using throughout those years.

Johnson Matthey Silver : Another of the preferred makers of silver rounds is Johnson Matthey.  During the 1980’s Johnson Matthey sold a large amount of silver rounds.   In order to compete against the “Prospector” silver rounds, Johnson Matthey created “Freedom Rounds” - a 1oz 99.9% silver round series commemorating the United States Bill of Right.  There are ten different obverses for these, one for each original Right. 

Sunshine Minting produces 1oz 99.9% pure silver rounds. A popular one is referred to as the Sunshine Minting Silver Eagle because the obverse has an eagle flying across the sun.

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