2016 Great Britannia Monster Box Sweepstakes Winner Announced

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From May 9 through May 22, APMEX received more than 11,000 entries into The 2016 Great Britannia Monster Box Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes is the largest sum of Silver, 500 ounces, APMEX has ever given away, and we were very excited to work with The Royal Mint throughout the whole process. Last week, the winner was selected as husband and wife, John and Liz C. from Pennsylvania!

“We just love Britannias,” Liz said. “They are the loveliest coins in the world, and APMEX is the place to get them.  This is a prize and story that will be passed down through generations.  Thank you to APMEX, the British Royal Mint, and Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!”

This sweepstakes was announced after the Queen’s 90th birthday. The 2016 Gold and Silver Britannias feature the Queen’s fifth effigy, designed by Jody Clark. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the Gold Britannia, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Silver Britannia.

We are always pleased to work with The Royal Mint and look forward to working together in the future! Thank you to all those who entered, and continue following APMEX for upcoming sweepstakes opportunities.

Treasures to Commemorate The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday and for many around the world, she is the most popular U.K. monarch of all time. To commemorate her birthday, she will be in Windsor with the Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty will then light a beacon and will view two further beacons being lit. There will be more than 900 beacons lit across the country and around the world to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Queen’s effigy is featured on Precious Metal coins from all around the world and special coins have been minted to honor her throughout her reign. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, this notable selection of coins pays tribute to this wonderful time in history.

Silver Britannia2016 1 oz Silver Britannia Coin  – Minted with precision by The Royal Mint, this beautiful Silver coin features two well-known images in Britain’s history, Britannia and Queen Elizabeth II, gracing the opposing sides. The obverse depicts the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rendered by talented designer Jody Clark.

Proof Gold2016 £5 Proof Gold Queen’s 90th Birthday Coin – Celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday with this beautiful Gold coin minted by The Royal Mint. The coin was designed by Christopher Hobbs, a well-respected painter, sculptor and illustrator. Hobbs’ design was inspired by the heraldic rose of England and The Queen’s love of flowers.

HR Proof Gold2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s 90th Birthday High Relief Proof Coin – The Perth Mint is honored to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the longest reigning British Monarch and designed this lovely Gold coin to honor her historic reign. The coin is a depiction of St. Edward’s Crown surrounded by wattle branches. The design includes inscriptions paying tribute to The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Silver with Diamonds2016 Silver 1 Crown Queen’s 90th Birthday with Diamonds Coin – The Pobjoy Mint is pleased to honor this milestone with The Queen. This stunning Silver coin, with a limited mintage of
just 600, features a two-tone design with three glistening diamonds that add attention-demanding detail.

These are just a few of the many Precious Metal coin selections from APMEX that feature and honor Queen Elizabeth II. Shop now and add a stunning piece of history to your collection.

Final Shark Release: Tiger Shark Coin

709x300-Shark-mcg3-editedThe Perth Mint has released the final coin in its APMEXclusive® three-coin Shark Series and this latest edition got an upgrade! The 2016 1/2 oz Silver Tiger Shark coin is cast in .9999 fine Silver, making it the highest purity of the Shark Series.

shark 1Tiger shark pups are known for their vertical stripes that fade as they get older, but nothing about the Tiger Shark coin will fade. Featuring an illustration of the fearsome tiger shark swimming above warm-water reefs, the coin is a brilliant homage to an oceanic predator whose preference for coastal waters leads to risky encounters with humans and land animals.

The tiger shark’s dark coloring and light under-belly give it unique camouflage when seen from both above and below, allowing it to lurk on unsuspecting prey. This fourth-largest shark is one of the most ferocious sharks around the world!

But as a coin, there is nothing to fear except missing out. The 1/2 oz .9999 fine Silver is an easy addition to any portfolio, and capturing one or more of these limited mintage coins earns investor stripes and bragging rights.

Shop now to complete your own Shark Series collection, also featuring the 1/2 oz Great White and the 1/2 oz Great Hammerhead, all available exclusively at APMEX!

Bread & Betrayal: The Last Supper, Second 2016 Coin in Biblical Series, Released

The Last Supper introduced as the second installment for 2016 in Scottsdale Mint’s Coin Series.709x300-biblical-series-Last-Supper-PR-image

The Scottsdale Mint’s Biblical Coin Series pays tribute to the remarkable stories that have captured hearts and souls for centuries. As the second coin of a six-part series coming out in 2016, The Last Supper coin foreshadows one of the most agonizing stories of all — breaking bread with those who break your trust.

Cast in 2 oz of .999 fine Silver, the scene depicts Jesus’ final meal with his 12 disciples, as inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustration. Though among his friends and believers, Jesus reveals one of them has betrayed him and another will deny him. Jesus accepts his disciples’ actions as a means to his inevitable sacrifice, offering his body and blood both at the meal and for eternity.

Held just before Christ’s arrest, trial, crucifixion and death, the event is one of the most pivotal and recognized moments in the Bible.

The Last Supper coin is crucial to the series,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “Without the betrayal, there would be no stories of resurrection and redemption. This coin brings guilt, forgiveness and the promise of a better future to the surface. Who can’t identify with those themes?”

CaptureWith a limited mintage of 1,499 coins, the Passover-related coin is not one for collectors to pass over. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of the coin, its minting specifications and listing a unique serial number that matches the laser-etched number on the coin. The certificate also features Doré’s artwork the design was based off. The Scottsdale Mint issues the coin by the authority of the island of Niue, where it is legal tender.

This exquisite new coin is available for pre-sale at APMEX and will be available to ship March 7.

The Philharmonic Goes Platinum

This month, people all over the world are registering for the chance to attend the Vienna Philharmonic’s 2017 New Year’s concert. The event is so popular that tickets are drawn by lottery 10 months in advance.

The Austrian Mint, however, has invited us all to the next Philharmonic event now — the debut of the 1 oz Platinum Vienna Philharmonic bullion coin.

This new Platinum coin features the same award-winning design as its Gold and Silver counterparts. Created by Austrian Mint head designer, Thomas Pesendorfer, the .9995 fine Platinum coin features the great pipe organ of Vienna’s Musikverein concert hall on one side, and a medley of musical instruments on the other.

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The Gold Philharmonic coin was released in 1989. According to the World Gold Council, it was the best selling Gold coin in 1992, 1995 and 1996. A Silver version was introduced in 2008.

The new coin represents a Platinum opportunity to bring one of the world’s greatest orchestras, and coins, home from APMEX. While concertgoers may have to suffer wait lists for the chance to enjoy Viennese horns, oboes and lilting waltzes, numismatists can appreciate their very own piece of Vienna’s musical legacy in hand, at home and right now. That sounds amazing.

Rollin’ down the line: 2016 Series of Hobo Nickel Replicas

“They were hobos, and with every word they uttered… it spelled adventure.” – Jack London

So it is, the wandering workers of the 18th and 19th century, romanticized for a life of open road, or open rails. Many songs and book characters have been inspired by the lifestyle over the years, and a special coin series is now paying tribute to the ramblin’ men of early America: five Silver Hobo Nickel replicas designed by artist Paolo Curcio.

Altering coins has been a longstanding form of art and cultural critique, but hobo nickels really took off when the U.S. Mint introduced the Buffalo Nickel in 1913. The coin’s size and the Indian’s larger portrait made it a perfect canvas for traveling workers to pass time whittling away new images. The handcrafted, sculpted designs often reflected the political and economic times, with thousands of unique variations. Now a rarity, hobo nickels have gone from the poor man’s bindle to numismatic auctions and dealers as one-of-a-kind collector’s pieces.

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The Silver Hobo Nickel replica series honors this distinct bit of Americana tradition. Each round is crafted from .999 fine Silver, edge-marked with a unique production number and encapsulated for long-term preservation. The designs feature both classic hobo and modern imagery, a reflection of the hundred years of change since hobo nickels gained momentum.

Hobo Nickel replicaThe series includes:
1. The Fisherman
2. The Train
3. Skulls & Scrolls
4. Green Fairy & Fish Bones
5. Jefferson Skull Scroll

 

The Fisherman was released January 26 and a new round will be released every two months. With only 10,000 rounds minted for each fascinating design, they will be rollin’ down the line and into collections quickly.

The artist behind these exquisite designs, a man known as Mr. The, created his original carving over two days at the Original Hobo Nickel Society’s booth during the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando. The original carvings included an inlaid 24k Gold cigarette and a copper fishing rod.

Mr. The is based in Spain and is known throughout the carving world for his intricate designs, including 40 to 70 Hobo Nickel carvings each year. On his Silver Hobo Nickel website, you can watch videos of his engraving process of The Fisherman. This unique design is now available at APMEX!

Dream Building: Precious Metals Acquisition

Part of being a Precious Metals collector or investor is constantly planning your next purchase. Some of that planning is pure business — deciding where to put your money is responsible and necessary — but some of it is all about the fun of selecting and acquiring. Precious Metal acquisition allows you to invest in your future while experiencing the joy of collecting. Like an angler with a reel, you always see a big “get” on the horizon; a dream purchase you are determined to make. While it may seem silly to daydream about bars of Silver or Monnaie de Paris commemoratives, dreams make us strive toward our goals. APMEX is her to help you build your dream and plan how to bring it to fruition!

For Silver Stackers

100 oz JM Silver Bar
A young stacker building toward a large bar purchase might look at this tempting 100 oz Silver Bar by Johnson Matthey. Beautiful and decidedly rich-looking, this Silver bar is an attainable dream. The solid 100 oz Silver content makes it easy to add more .999 fine Silver to your holdings with one simply purchase.

 

For the Royal Watcher

Christening of Prince George

To commemorate the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge, the Royal Mint struck a one kilo coin, only the fourth in its thousand-year history. Featuring opulent artwork and a tasteful portrait of Her Majesty, this coin would be a dream acquisition for any Silver collector who also enjoys following the majestic continuity of the royal family.


For the Platinum Buyer

10 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar

Breaking in to Platinum collecting can be intimidating. It is “the rich man’s Gold” after all. But anyone who buys a bit is sure to want more. A large Platinum item makes you feel that you have arrived as an investor or collector. To that end, look to the stunning 10 oz Platinum Bar by PAMP Suisse. Featuring the alluring Fortuna design, this Platinum bullion is both an objet d’art and a solid investment item, as this bar is eligible for inclusion in your Precious Metals IRA.


For Those Who Want a U.S. Mint Coin

2015 High Relief American Liberty

This 2015 High Relief American Liberty in Gold is both strikingly pretty and an important U.S. Mint issue. Appealing to collectors and investors of all stripes, this coin depicts Lady Liberty as rendered by Justin Kunz and is the highest denomination ever issued on a U.S. Mint Gold coin. For a Gold investor or a coin enthusiast, there is no greater “get” than a coin of this caliber.


For the One Who Seeks Luxury

Monnaie de Paris and Sevres
The Excellence Series by Monnaie de Paris is unparalleled in its exquisite luxury. The 2015 pairing of Monnaie de Paris and Sèvres porcelain wrought one of the most bewitching coins on the market today. With an exclusive mintage of just 1,000 coins, this item is one of those extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime coins that must be appreciated in close proximity.


For the Big Time

2015 kilo Gold Lunar Goat

Are you ready to make the leap into serious investing? Are you ready for a kilo of Gold? The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series includes the 2015 1 kilo Gold Lunar Year of the Goat, which might be the right step for you to take into major Gold investing. Exquisite goat artwork and a tasteful profile of the Queen make this coin charming to look at, while the one-kilo heft tells you that you have made it as an investor or collector.

 

Whatever your dream for your collection, whatever your investing goal, APMEX has a product to inspire you! Build your dream and plan your future with Precious Metals.