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.

Unaltered 1913 Buffalo Nickel                  Various Altered Buffalo Nickels
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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.

Scottsdale Mint Debuts First Coin in New Biblical Coin Series

The first installment of the Scottsdale Mint’s second Silver Biblical Coin Series, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, is now available at APMEX.Daniel in the lions den

The coin’s reverse is inspired by Daniel chapter 6, as depicted in Gustave Doré’s 1860s wood engraving, “Daniel in the Den of Lions.” The coin shows the miracle of Daniel, who survived a night in the lion’s den after he was arrested for praying. According to Scripture, an angel held the lion’s mouths closed and kept Daniel safe until morning. The fearsome scene is cast in 2 oz of .999 fine Silver, antiqued, brushed and distressed.

With a limited mintage of 1,499 each, the series is a unique collection with high numismatic value. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity featuring its minting specifications and a unique serial number that matches the laser-etched number on the coin. The Scottsdale Mint issues the coin by the authority of the island of Niue, where it is legal tender.

Coin with a Cause
A portion of proceeds from purchases of this series will support a faith-based human rights organization, the International Justice Mission (IJM). The non-profit operates all over the world to combat human trafficking. IJM conducts professional investigations of abuse allegations and provides relief and intervention for victims. For more information, visit

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3 Days Of Sweet Savings on 2013 1 oz Silver Maple Leafs

3 Days Of Sweet Savings on 2013 1 oz Silver Maple Leafs

3 Days Of Sweet Savings on 2013 1 oz Silver Maple Leafs

Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins, considered some of the most beautiful Silver coins in the world, appeal to both investors and collectors worldwide for their beauty and purity.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
  • Multiples of 25 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes.” All other coins will be in protective plastic flips.
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
  • Obverse: Right-facing profile of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the year and face value.
  • Reverse: A large, single maple leaf with the weight and purity.
  • Guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Protect and display your coin in style by browsing our Coin Supplies category.

2012 Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins — why buy Silver from APMEX?

APMEX makes buying Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins online easy with prompt service, convenient access, and competitive pricing on a wide selection of Silver coins and Silver bars. Call our Account Managers toll free or click on the ”Live Chat” button now to add Silver Maple Leafs to your holdings today! APMEX is where to buy Silver! Also, you can turn to us when it’s time to sell Gold or sell Silver. Save When You Order By Thursday April 4, 3 p.m. (CDT)! Act Now:

Silver Canadian Maple Leafs- Only $2.29 Per Coin Over Spot

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Take advantage of a remarkable opportunity to buy .9999 fine 2011 Canadian 1 oz. Silver Maple Leaf coins for just $2.29 per coin over spot. Buy as many of these world-class coins as you like for the same low price. Order today, while supplies last.

One of the Purest Silver Coins You Can Own

The 1 oz. Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is .9999 fine — or 99.99% pure Silver — making it one of the purest Silver bullion coins on the market. Sought after by both collectors and investors, this striking coin is an IRA-approved investment.

The coin features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the front and an elegant single maple leaf on the back. Issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is widely considered one of the most beautiful bullion coins in the world.

Order Any Quantity for the Same Low Price

There’s no minimum quantity required to secure the special price of $2.29 per coin over spot! Order Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins from APMEX.

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9.23.11 Weekly Recap

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The $3 trillion deficit plan devised by President Obama was unveiled Monday; it featured a heavy emphasis on increased tax revenues from the wealthy. Today, the President stated, “”I will not support any plan that puts all the burden on closing our deficit on ordinary Americans. We are not going to have a one-sided deal that hurts the folks who are most vulnerable.” The President’s comments referred to the idea, often repeated during today’s remarks, that all Americans should pay a “fair share” of taxes, as well as his vow to veto any Medicare cuts unless Congress raises taxes on the wealthy and corporations.

Republican leaders were dismissive of the President’s plan. They were deriding it as a political stunt that is unlikely to ever be made into law. In response to the plan, Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate leader, stated, “Veto threats, a massive tax hike, phantom savings, and punting on entitlement reform is not a recipe for economic or job growth,” while Potomac Research Group’s chief political strategist Greg Valliere said, “This is purely politics, aimed at Obama’s demoralized base. It undoubtedly has been poll-tested, so now Obama has a populist campaign issue. There’s obviously no chance this could pass (on a vote in Congress).”

Monday also brought a credit rating downgrade on Italian bonds by Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on concerns that the on going debt crisiswill raise borrowing costs throughout the euro zone. This move surprised many and only puts more pressure on policymakers to lead. The chief commodity analyst at Oslo based SEB AB sees Gold prices going higher until political leaders implement effective action. Bjatne Schieldrop said, “Under current circumstances, a long position in Gold is highly recommended.”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report Tuesday which stated that the global outlook for economic growth was for a “weak and bumpy expansion,” which equates to a cutback to 1.5% from 1.8% and Europe being cut to 4% from 4.5%. The IMF’s Chief Economist, Olivier Blanchard, commented on the negative global outlook, “There is a wide perception that
policymakers are one step behind markets…Europe must get its act together
.” The IMF also forewarned the U.S. that hasty budget cuts could further weaken growth and added that the U.S. Federal Reserve should be ready to offer to further ease monetary policy.

The Fed released its plan for further easing on Wednesday, saying it will implement a plan known by the public as “Operation
Twist.” The Fed’s plan is to flatten the yield curve of U.S. Treasuries by selling short term bonds to buy long term bonds. This would push down the interest rate the government pays on 10-year T-Bills. Many other long-term loan interest rates (such as mortgage and business loans) are based on the rate of the 10-year Treasury bond. The net effect would be a reduction in borrowing cost for homeowners and businesses. If everything goes according to plan, the result would be job creation.  Following the announcement, both precious metals and stock markets fell sharply, with the Dow closing down 391 points on Thursday.  Precious
continued their downward momentum on Friday with Gold down by as much as $100 by the time of this writing.

Typically, Gold follows the stock market down on days with significant downward momentum such as Yesterday. Traders have to sell whatever they can to raise cash and cover margin calls. They literally go by the motto coined by Art Cashin, “if you can’t sell what you want, then sell what you can.” Gold is liquid; they need cash, so Gold gets sold. Speaking of Art Cashin,
he is quoted today as saying stocks have not bottomed yet.

On Friday, the U.S. stock market was choppy, but precious metal prices continued to plunge. Hedge funds sold Gold and this is the number one reason why Gold prices were down. The big question: “Are they selling because they are no longer bullish on Gold or are they selling because they need to raise cash quickly and Gold is a highly liquid asset?” Hedge funds not only need to raise
cash to cover margin calls in turbulent times like these but redemption requests increase. Michael Gayed, Chief Investment Strategist for Pension Partners comments, “The tendency for individual hedge funds or anybody is to sell winners before they sell losers. What’s been one of the few winners this year? It’s been Gold.” Not all funds are selling and there are still some
strategists who predict Gold to reach $2,300. After all, even with the pullback, Gold is up over 20% for the year.

Art Cashin, Director of Floor Operations at UBS Financial Services, says there might be a Thursday–Monday scenario in play, that could cause a massive rally in the markets next week. Mr. Cashin explains that we might be about to experience this historical trading pattern. The Thursday-Monday pattern begins with a steep decline on Thursday with very high volume. Friday’s markets
turn choppy (high volatility) and then weekend news sets the market up for a massive sell-off (capitulation) on Monday. The sell-off usually ends by Monday, but can extend into Tuesday. Shortly thereafter, capitulation is followed by a massive rally.

Enjoy the weekend! Who knows what the markets will bring this Monday?

Weekly Spot Prices

Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,812.80. The high was on Monday, Sept. 19th at $1,832.90, while the low for the week occurred on Friday, Sept. 23rd $1,631.70. Gold ended the week down $152.90 at $1,659.90. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.

Spot Silver prices opened this week at $40.73. Silver reached a high of $40.90 on Monday, Sept. 19th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Friday, Sept. 23rd at $29.85. Silver ended the week down $9.69 at $31.04. The most popular Silver products on this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds and 10 oz. APMEX Silver Bars.

Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,813.70 and ended the week down $193.20 at $1,620.50. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $736.30 and ended the week down $99.50 at $636.80. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week.

   2011 1 oz. Silver American Eagle

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2011 brought with it a newly designed Silver American Eagle. This current date of the Silver Eagle will only add to the coin’s legacy as the most popular Silver bullion coin in the world. Another interesting tidbit about the 2011 Silver American Eagle is the minting location. 2011 is the first year Silver Eagles have been minted at the San Francisco Mint since 1998.

The U.S. Mint began minting the Silver American Eagle (SAE) in 1986.  The 26 years of mintage have produced over 225 million SAEs.  Since 2000, demand for these coins has exploded.  These 2011 coins trade at premiums close to common-date Silver American Eagles, which makes their current date a bonus of sorts.  The 2011 SAE is a brilliant uncirculated coin that can be bought in bulk at and used in Precious Metals IRAs while potentially adding numismatic value to your investment.

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Sunshine Silver For Only $0.99 Per Round Over Spot

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You can take advantage of fantastic pricing on any quantity of 1 oz. Sunshine Silver Rounds while supplies last. These .999 fine Silver rounds are in stock and ready to ship at the significantly marked down price of only $0.99 per round over spot. This offer expires at 3 p.m. CDT, Sept. 9th.

In the world of precious metals, Sunshine Minting is known as a top-of-the-line producer of Silver. In fact, the U.S. Mint relies on Sunshine Minting to provide them with high-quality Silver for several U.S. Mint products. Buying Sunshine products from APMEX provides the security and affordability only offered by the best in the world.

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