4 Preview Designs: Bull, Fish, Beer, CFTC
(Commentary in Silver, rather than commentary on Silver!)
Silver Stock Report
by Jason Hommel, February 15th, 2009
The first silver round in our 2009 flora and fauna series features a silhouette of a bull on the obverse, and is backed with abstract circular shapes. Deliberately understated, this 999 fine silver bullion round suggests multiple meanings. Are you bullish on silver in 2009? Is this celebrating the Chinese year of the ox? The reverse is even more obtuse with market metaphors; are the round patterns bullseyes, balls or bubbles ? If you're bullish on bullion in 2009, this is the one to stack for you. Of interesting note for collectors, we were trying to design something classic and yet simple to make that would have "long lasting wear" as a circulating round, but minting silver rounds is a unique process that actually made the manufacture of a "flat" image on a flat round more difficult, because the silver does not "flow" as easily into a flat space.
The second silver round in our 2009 flora and fauna series continues with understated meanings, with a simple non-controversial image of a fish along with inscriptions of the year and metal content. The head of a fish is on the obverse, backed by a fish tail. It's perfect for a heads or tails coin toss. If you place two rounds side by side, you can see the image of a single fish. Collectors of this .999 fine silver bullion round have lots of options when introducing the object to conversation, such as: 'give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish...'; or, the tail (sic) of the big one that got away. People of faith, and non faith alike, can understand the rich and evocative symbolism of a fish.
At first glance, this may seem frivolous or even irresponsible, but our .999 fine silver bullion "beer backed" medallion is designed to introduce the topic of silver as currency into social conversations. Sadly, we live in a world where precious few know or understand the market rates of silver bullion, yet far more people understand the cost of their favorite brew. This round, inscribed with the words "GOOD FOR ONE OR MORE BEERS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD" is an excellent way for silver advocates to spread the message of silver's real value anywhere beer is consumed. We really don't like the idea of paper backed by silver; nor do we like people claiming that silver is backed by nothing, so we designed this piece to get them thinking, and silver circulating! Designed as a humor piece or gag gift, or just a fun way to get people talking. Besides, we never know, independent bar owners may decide to order in bulk for real use by their patrons! Use responsibly.
CFTC Appreciation Medallion.