Monthly Archives: December 2011


The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the U.S. Mint.  It is actually valued as legal tender in this country.  As mentioned in our previous article “Fake Silver,” these coins first debuted in 1986, so should you see any coin with an earlier year, you will […]

American Silver Eagles


The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a silver bullion coin issued annually by the government of Canada, where it is recognized as legal tender.  The coin has been minted by the Royal Canadian Mint (R.C.M.) since 1988.  The purity of the coin is 99.99% silver; this makes it the highest […]

Canadian Maple Leaf Silver Coins





Another gold bullion coin, the Chinese Panda, was unveiled in 1982.  At .999 fine gold, the Pandas are issued as legal tender in the People’s Republic of China, and exist in 1-ounce, ½-ounce, ¼-ounce, 1/10-ounce, and 1/20-ounce denominations. The obverse of the coin depiction of the Temple of Heaven, a […]

Chinese Panda Coin


First minted in 2008 by the Austrian Mint, Silver Austrian Philharmonics are pure .999 fine silver bullion coins.  Each coin comes in a single designation of one troy ounce of pure silver and measures 1.457″ (or 37 mm) in diameter.  They are nearly identical in design to the Gold Philharmonic […]

Silver Austrian Philharmonics