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2022 1 oz Australian The Simpsons Krustylu Studio Colorized Proof Silver Coin
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Featuring Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Mel and Homer Simpson crammed into a clown car outside Krustylu Studios, this 2022 colorized 1 oz proof silver coin from Perth Mint celebrates one of the most memorable characters in the 33-year history of The Simpsons…
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1 oz Australian James Bond Roger Moore Silver Proof Coin
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James Bond, the British superspy code-named 007, first appeared on the silver screen in 1962. Perth Mint crafted this exquisite colorized proof silver coin, celebrating the only actor to portray James Bond more than any other…
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2022 2 oz Australian James Bond 60th Anniversary Silver Gilded Proof Coin
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James Bond, the British superspy code-named 007, first appeared on the silver screen in 1962. Perth Mint crafted this exquisite commemorative 2 oz gilded proof silver coin, celebrating six decades of James Bond – an ideal gift for every fan of Ian Fleming, Sean Connery or even Daniel Craig…
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2023 1/2 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Rabbit Silver Proof Coin
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Meticulously crafted from 1/2 oz of pure silver in flawless proof quality, this Year of the Rabbit silver coin from Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series III is perfect for your collection (and makes a great gift for baby bunnies born under the Chinese lunar zodiac's sign of the rabbit)...
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2023 1 oz Australian Lunar Rabbit Silver Proof Coin
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Meticulously crafted from 1 oz of pure silver in flawless proof quality, this Year of the Rabbit silver coin from Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series III is a stunning addition to your collection (or gift for anyone born under the Chinese lunar sign of the rabbit)...
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2022 1 oz New Zealand Star Wars Season’s Greetings Colorized Proof Silver Coin
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Only 2,022 minted! This officially-licensed 2022 Star Wars™ Season’s Greetings coin features an engraved image of Luke’s T-47 trying to trip up an AT-AT with its harpoon and instead of a tow cable, a string of Christmas lights on that paradise for snowman-building, the ice planet of Hoth…
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2023 1 oz New Zealand Year of the Rabbit Silver Proof Colorized Coin
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New Zealand Mint celebrates the 2023 Lunar Year of the Rabbit with this charming, colorized proof 1 oz silver coin featuring iridescent details we haven’t seen before…
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2022 1 oz New Zealand Harry Potter Season's Greetings Proof Colorized Silver Coin
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The 2022 Harry Potter colorized proof silver Season’s Greetings silver coin features images of Christmas in The Great Hall of Hogwarts. Engraved around it are the four house crests (yes, even Slytherin) and the words “Happy Christmas,” which is how British wizards and muggles alike greet one another during the holidays. Stunning design includes a mirror-like background and a mix of frosting to further enhance the magic…
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1 oz New Zealand Disney Pluto Colorized Proof Silver Coin
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Pluto is featured on this 1 oz colorized proof silver coin from the New Zealand Mint. Only 10,000 have been minted, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, perfect for the most serious of Disney collectors...
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2021 1 oz New Zealand Disney Mickey Mouse Colorized Proof Silver Coin
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Mickey Mouse is featured on this 1 oz silver coin from the New Zealand Mint. Only 10,000 have been minted, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, perfect for the most serious of Disney collectors.
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2021 1 oz New Zealand Donald Duck Colorized Proof Silver Character Coin
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New Zealand Mint’s delightful Donald Duck 1 oz colorized proof silver coin shows this favorite Disney character in silhouette. A smiling Donald is depicted in his classic overconfident pose, wearing his traditional sailor shirt, cap, and bow tie. Official legal tender of Niue, with Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – an heirloom-quality proof silver coin for the cartoon-loving collector…
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2022 2 oz Games Through the Ages Antiqued Silver Coin from The Perth Mint
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Perth Mint’s unique 2 oz antiqued silver coin celebrates the games humans have played for thousands of years – and their continuing source of competition as well as family fun. This collector’s item has a working game built right in! We’ve never seen a coin like this before…
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Expertly finished and presented to impress, silver proof coins are great additions to any collection. Prized by collectors and investors alike, these high-quality coins are a cut above the rest. Discover the answers to your most pressing questions about proof silver coins in the content below.

How Do Proof Coins Differ From Bullion and Other Coins?

You can buy silver proof coins individually and as silver proof sets, which all contain a dime, a quarter, and a half-dollar. Minters make silver proof coins using a special process that gives them a superior finish to bullion and other coins. Minters monitor their handmade dies closely. Once the dies start showing age, minters rework and repolish them. This ensures that every single silver coin proof has the same clean, spot-free finish.

It's not just the finish that sets silver proof coin sets and individual coins apart, though. Minters strike bullion and other coins just once. In contrast, they strike silver proof coins at least twice at a lower speed and higher pressure. This labor-intensive process gives silver proof coins sharper, more defined marks than other coins.

Since they take more work and die maintenance, minters make fewer silver proof coins than bullion and other investment coins. These smaller runs are often marketed as limited editions. Their relative scarcity makes silver proof coins even more appealing.

If you're a keen collector, you'll also notice the finish of silver proof coins is a little different than bullion and other coins. Most coins have a mirrored finish on the background and foreground. Most silver proof coins pair mirrored backgrounds with frosted foregrounds for contrast. Some silver proof coins have reverse frosting, with frosted backgrounds and mirrored foregrounds. You'll also find silver proof coins with all-frosted finishes and satin and matte frosting. All these variations further distinguish silver proof coins from bullion and other coins.

Each United States Mint silver proof set and coin is usually sold in a protective box to preserve its superior finish. The coins are personally inspected and hand-polished before boxing to ensure they're flawless. A certificate of authenticity helps buyers feel confident in their silver proof set or coin purchase. Bullion and other coins rarely come with boxes or certificates.

Who Buys Proof Coins and Why?

Investors and collectors both buy proof coins. These buyers appreciate the superior quality of proof coins and don't mind spending more on it. Investors figure the potential appreciation of proof coins makes them worth the higher initial outlay. Collectors usually let their hearts decide and are usually swayed by their flawless looks, deliberate markings and limited-edition status.

What Factors Drive Changes in Proof Coins and Their Value Over Time?

The value of proof coins typically increases over time. Several factors drive their appreciation, including:

  • Their flawless quality: Strict minting and inspection processes ensure new proof coins are flawless. When people keep coins in their original boxes, they can stay perfect. As with all collectors' items, a perfect U.S. Mint silver proof set is more valuable than one with flaws.
  • Their boxes and certificates: The boxes don't just protect proof coins. They also drive up their value. A certificate of authenticity has a similar impact on a proof coin's price. Certified boxed proof coins are always more valuable than comparable coins without these extras.
  • Key dates: While all proof coins have limited supply, those with key dates are more valuable than others. Key dates are rare dates in a given coin series. For example, the 1993 proof silver American Eagle was made when production moved from San Francisco to Philadelphia. There were only 405,913 of these silver proof sets, less than any other proof silver eagle at that time. The 1995-W proof silver eagle was only available in a 10th-anniversary set. As the U.S. Mint sold just 30,125, they are incredibly rare.

Why Buy a Silver Proof Coin?

Collectors and investors buy U.S. silver proof sets for several reasons. Some of the most common reasons for buying silver proof coins include:

  • Their good looks. More refined minting techniques and unusual finishes make silver proof coins very eye-catching. Those good looks are motivation alone for many buyers.
  • Their expert minting. Silver proof coins can also appeal to people who want the best of everything. Their flawless finish and crystal-clear marks are a great choice for buyers who appreciate life's finer things.
  • They're packaged for collectors. Most silver proof coins come boxed with certificates of authenticity. These features are irresistible to collectors.
  • Many have limited edition status. Limited edition runs are also very enticing to collectors. Their relative rarity can make them real status symbols.
  • They can make your portfolio more diverse. A diverse investment portfolio carries a lower risk than one featuring similar items. If you've never bought silver proof coins before, they could be just the items to broaden your options.

Why Buy Silver?

There are gold and silver proof coins. While both are excellent choices, there are several reasons you might favor silver coins:

  • They are more affordable. While silver proof coins are more expensive than silver bullion, they're more affordable than gold proof coins. This can make them an accessible option for budget-conscious collectors and investors.
  • Silver is becoming rarer. Conventional wisdom suggests gold is a rare, precious commodity while silver is abundant. However, that's not entirely true. Silver yields from top miners have fallen by nearly half since 2005 [1]. If this trend continues, silver proof coins could become even more valuable in the future.
  • It is beautiful. Silver is a beautiful metal. If you prefer its looks to gold, that is reason enough to choose a silver proof coin.

The beautiful quality of silver proof coins is enticing now, but it's also the secret to their long-lasting investment appeal. Whether you want to boost your portfolio or personal coin collection, silver proof coins are an excellent choice.


Additional Resources:

1. Seeking Alpha. Top Primary Silver Miners' Average Yield Falls to Record Low https://seekingalpha.com/article/4270432-top-primary-silver-miners-average-yield-falls-to-record-low. Accessed September 17, 2020.

 

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