The Czech Mint has issued its first bullion coin, the 1-ounce .999
fine silver Lion.
The 2017 dollar, struck in the name of
Niue, is an exclusive product released through American Precious
Metals Exchange. At press time Sept. 22, the Brilliant Uncirculated
coin had sold out a mintage limited to 10,000 coins in less than 48
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The obverse of the coin depicts a profile portrait of Queen
Elizabeth II, the name of the issuing country, year of issue, the face
value and a decorative Czech linden branch.
U.S. Mint welcomes a fourth metal to the
American Eagle bullion program.
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The reverse shows an image of a two-tailed Czech lion, which is in
the coat of arms for the Czech Republic. The heraldic beast guards the
elaborate Crown of Saint Wenceslas and the shield bearing the national
patron’s emblem, the burning eagle.
The coin measures 37
millimeters in diameter.
Individual coins are offered in
protective plastic. A mint tube contains 15 coins and a “monster box”
features 750 coins, or 30 tubes.
The coin was offered for
a price of around $27, depending on quantity and payment method, so
the premium for the coin was high relative to its precious metal
The mintage, however, is the lowest of special
bullion coins for 2017, even lower than the Perth Mint’s 25,000-coin
limit for the Swan logo coin that sold out instantly and has soared in