To mark 65 years as a collector of U.S. coins and 48 years as a
professional numismatist, Brian E. Fanton from BE’s Coins & More
in Hiawatha, Iowa, has issued a 1-ounce .999 fine silver bullion round.
Fanton, with the help of BE staff, designed and copyrighted the
special bullion rounds under the company name of Hawkeye State Bullion
Co., a firm Fanton said he founded in 2016.
The obverse features a rendition of a bull, to show strength, with
HAWKEYE STATE and BULLION CO. inscribed around, inside the rim’s
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The reverse design is a map of Iowa in relief, imprinted with the
date 2017, and having a five-pointed star with an H at its center
positioned on the map to denote Hiawatha’s location in the state.
Inscribed around is ONE TROY OUNCE and .999 FINE SILVER.
Dentils border the rim, as on the obverse.
The silver rounds exhibit a Matte Finish.
The bullion rounds are struck by Intaglio Mint Ltd. in Sedalis,
Colo. The private mint’s operations manager, Timothy Grat, laser cut
the dies and assisted with the final designs.
The 39-millimeter rounds are offered at $25 each housed in an airtight holder.
Fanton said the initial run will be 300 pieces, with additional
bullion rounds struck based on demand.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the bullion piece will go to
the American Numismatic
Association's education programs to update numismatic
Fanton can be reached at BE’s Coins by telephone at 319-294-4377 or
by email at email@example.com.
The store address is 1210 N. Center Point Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233.