Close but no cigar: silver coins that almost weigh 5 ounces

Coins, medals that just miss the cut are often sold as 5-ounce issues
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 06/23/15
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Also in 1985, Singapore issued a large silver medal with the design of an ancient sailing vessel called a “junk.” The medal also stated its weight and its purity level as “.999 fineness.”

This was significant for two reasons. First, many big silver medals at that time were still made to the .925 fine standard or .99 fine. This medal proudly proclaimed a triple-nines purity. Second, the Singapore Mint would be one of the first mints in the world to issue a true 5-ounce silver coin (for Samoa), just one year later.

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