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Investing in world silver coins can provide you with a handsome profit while adding interest including world history and diverse geography to your coin collection. Here are a few tips about the best coins to buy if you’re considering silver coins from around the world.
You’ll find many world silver coins are somewhat inexpensive to buy. There is no reason to pay large premiums above the metal value to obtain popular bullion coins from around the globe.
There are a couple of noteworthy Euro coins worth mentioning.
Austrian Silver Philharmonic coins are the only silver bullion coins denominated in Euros. In 2008, the Austrian mint in Vienna started minting the one ounce, .999 fine silver coin. The obverse shows the pipe organ in Vienna’s Golden Hall, and the reverse depicts instruments from the renowned Austrian Philharmonic Orchestra. It has a legal tender value of 1.5 Euros.
The Silver Lion Dollar, struck by the Royal Dutch Mint, is a modern coin based on the original design of the “daalder”, first issued in 1617. The one ounce 2017 version contains .999 fine silver. The observe of the coin features a standing knight behind a shield bearing the picture of a lion. The reverse of the coin features the same lion.
The Britannia is issued by London’s Royal Mint which has been operating for more than 1,000 years. The coin, denominated as 2 pounds, contains a full ounce of pure silver. The obverse carries the iconic image of Queen Elizabeth II. On the reverse is the standing Britannia, the female personification of the British Isles which has been a symbol of the nation since Roman times.
The Queen’s Beast series of Royal Mint coins is another way add historical interest to you holding. When Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, statues of ten heraldic beasts stood guard. These beasts are being memorialized in limited issues of two-ounce and ten-ounce silver coins
The Mexican Silver Libertad, a one-ounce silver bullion coin, is a symbol Mexico’s long and rich history in silver. Authorized by the Bank of Mexico in 1981, this coin is made of .999 fine silver bullion. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful silver world coins by collectors.
Victoria, the winged symbol of victory is pictured on the front of the coin, with Mexico's current coat of arms on the back. The symbol is surrounded by the several smaller coat of arms designs from the past.
One of the most desired coins in the world, the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is legal tender in Canada. It is one of the purest government issued silver coins, with a “4 nines” (.9999 ) purity.
First minted in 1988, Silver Maple Leafs feature the maple leaf, that famous symbol of Canada, on the reverse. The coin front carries the bust of Queen Elizabeth II. It is denominated as $5 CAD, one of the highest denominations available in a 1 oz silver coin.
Investors may choose the “Magnificent Maple” – a ten ounce version of the iconic coin. It is a great way to lower the price per ounce while adding something truly unique to their holding.
The one-ounce Kangaroo is minted using .9999 fine silver and derives its name from the classic red kangaroo design carried on the reverse. It was first issued in 2015, filling a gap in world markets for affordable silver from Australia.
No world mint produces coins with better quality of craftsmanship than Australia’s Perth Mint.
Investors with an eye toward some “wow” factor to their coin holding should also consider the massive kilo sized Koala or Kookaburra. These coins are nearly 4” in diameter and weigh 32.15 troy ounces.
One of the best-known world coins, even by non-investors, the Krugerrand was originally available only as a gold coin for 50 years. South Africa introduced the silver Krugerrand in 2017 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gold Krugerrand.
The one-ounce premium uncirculated Silver Krugerrand contains one Troy ounce of .999 pure silver. The observe has a picture of Paul Kruger, the 19th century political and military figure for whom the coin is named, and the reverse shows the Springbok antelope. Both sides of the coin have inscriptions in English and the native language of South Africa, Afrikaans.
A 50th-anniversary privy mark has been placed between the hindquarters of the antelope and the "G" in Krugerrand. The coin has a reeded edge.