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!

The Ultimate Canadian Getaway is Back!

For the second year in a row, APMEX invites you to enter for a chance to win and explore Ottawa in the annual Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes, a four-day trip for two where you will get to visit the Royal Canadian Mint and be blown away by everything its home city has to offer.

OttawaOttawa may be primarily known as the capital of Canada, but this fair city is like an undiscovered gem (or Gold mine). Marked with picturesque architecture, a host of seasonal activities, delicious international cuisine and cultural attractions unique to a bilingual community, it draws people from around the globe. It has also been rated the third-cleanest city in the world!

If you are ready for a getaway that wows you, simply buy any eligible Royal Canadian Mint product between March 7 and April 4 and be automatically entered to win!*

The sweepstakes winner and one guest will receive:

  • Airfare to and from Ottawa
  • Hotel accommodations at the four-star Westin Ottawa Hotel
  • VIP Package Tour of the Royal Canadian Mint
  • Full-day pass at Le Nordik Spa, with chauffeured service to and from
  • Tickets to the National Gallery of Canada

When visiting the Royal Canadian Mint, you and your guest will enjoy all kinds of perks, including a private VIP tour and assisting in the minting of a production coin. Lunch with the mint’s friendly executives will be provided, along with a gift of one numismatic coin and a photo holding a 400 oz Gold bar!

RCMAfter touring the mint, you’ll be able to relax in luxury at Le Nordik Spa. Winning awards like “People’s Favorite” and “Best Nordic Spa in Canada,” this chic escape is just the place to recharge before returning home. As guests of APMEX, you and your companion will each receive a full-day pass for the “Thermal Experience” package.

* No purchase necessary. See full rules for details.

The Largest Silver Coin in the World is Exclusively at APMEX!

Talk about an exclusive opportunity for APMEX customers! The German Silver manufacturer Geiger Edelmetalle has created a 15-coin minting of the largest Silver coins in the world and APMEX gets the first!

Elephant The Silver Ivory Coast Elephant coin weighs in at an astonishing 1,750 oz, or 120 pounds. Roughly the size of a manhole, it measures 650 mm (two feet) in diameter and is made of .999 fine Silver. By comparison, the previous record-holding Silver coin was a now-paltry 22 pounds. Issued by the authority of the Ivory Coast, the coin has a face value of 1,000,000 Francs CFA (Communauté Financière d’Afrique or “Financial Community of Africa”).

The obverse of this larger-than-life coin depicts something equally massive: the African elephant. Images of the majestic creature are hand-carved, rendering each of the 15 coins distinct. The French inscription above reads “Le Monde Animal en Peril,” or “The Animal World in Peril.”

Agricultural and human population gains have reduced the animal’s once expansive habitat, while poachers kill tens of thousands each year for tusks. Collectively, threats have reduced elephant numbers from millions to less than 500,000 across the continent. With only 15 Silver Ivory Coast Elephant coins minted, they will disappear to private collections as quickly as the vulnerable elephant itself.

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Marketed as an investor’s “dream conversation piece,” the enormous coin comes with a mounted stand for display. Whether those conversations center around conservation, wildlife, travel, Silver or numismatics, this unique collector’s piece will definitely provide its steward a lifetime of bragging rights, security and eye-catching beauty.

 

Coin 001/015 is available only through APMEX. Marvel at this world-record breaker and tell us what you think!

Ultimate Canadian Getaway Winner reports back!

Have you ever held nearly $500,000 in your hand? One lucky APMEX customer has!

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Last year’s Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes winner, John, recently shared with us details of his “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to the Royal Canadian Mint. He and his wife received a four-day trip to Montreal and Ottawa, home of the mint, courtesy of APMEX.

The couple found Ottawa to be a charming city of historic sites, personal and similar to Washington D.C. They stayed at the four-star Starwood Westin Hotel, which they said “was perfect,” as was the visit to the Royal Canadian Mint. The two enjoyed a VIP tour led by senior personnel. True to Canadian form, John reported that all of the staff, including top executives, were friendly and welcoming.

Their tour included viewing the production of bullion and numismatics, receiving a personal commemorative coin and holding a 400 oz Gold bar, which was worth around $460,000 at the time. Talk about investments you hold!

Speaking on the magnitude of the mint, John declared, “Totally amazing, a mind-blowing experience seeing that much Gold and Silver all over the place. It’ll rock your world.”

In addition to the mint, John and Melanie recommended visiting the National Gallery of Canada, one of the country’s premier art galleries.

And good news! APMEX may be able to rock your world with your own “absolutely incredible” experience. The 2016 Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes launches March 7. More details to come, so stay tuned for the official announcement.

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.