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1 oz Silver Round | Walking Liberty Design (.999 Fine)

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Ever since the United States Mint stopped producing 90% silver coins back in 1964, the market for privately-minted silver bullion has taken off.

Especially amid the crisis of high inflation that plagued the U.S. during the 1970s, demand for silver by Americans exploded. Investors clamored for silver bullion as a way to protect the purchasing power of their savings. Accordingly, silver prices steadily rose throughout the decade.

The Death of the U.S. Silver Coin

Over the latter half of the 1960s and through the end of the decade in 1979, the price of silver skyrocketed from roughly $4 per ounce to its all-time peak (from both a nominal and inflation-adjusted perspective) over $50 per ounce in late 1979 and early 1980.

The price of silver has not reached higher than this level per ounce in the time since. This next-highest peak occurred in 2011 after precious metal prices were progressively rising following the global financial crisis.

During such times of market stress or a financial crisis, Americans have felt more comfortable hedging against inflation with silver or gold.

Before 1965 there was actual silver in U.S. coins, meaning each dollar bill could -- roughly -- be represented by the amount of pure silver in ten dimes, or four silver quarters, or two half-dollar coins, or an old silver dollar. (All of these denomination corresponded proportionally by silver weight.)

Your paper money or your bank account could theoretically (and in practice, if you wanted to do so badly enough) be exchanged into silver.

This was no longer true after 1964.

The U.S. Mint likewise stopped redeeming silver certificates around this same time as the silver price climbed.

World Silver Market Almost Gets Monopolized

In an infamous story of speculation, a trio of oil barons known as the Hunt Brothers attempted to the corner the silver market in the 1970s.

Nelson Hunt, William Herbert Hunt, and Lamar Hunt -- the latter known for his role as the founder and owner of the professional football's Kansas City Chiefs -- were all sons of the billionaire H.L. Hunt, who made his money as an oil tycoon.

The Hunts appeared to grasp long before the rest of the markets that the removal of silver from American coins paired with waning confidence in the U.S. dollar would offer an opportunity for massive profits in the silver trade.

By stockpiling silver throughout the decade of the '70s, the Hunt Brothers managed to virtually monopolize the world's silver market.

Some estimates placed their personal holdings as high as 100 million (100,000,000) troy ounces!

However, the Hunts made the mistake of conducting their entire strategy through futures contracts. These contracts are typically settled in cash, and therefore the Hunt Brothers had less physical silver in their possession than their financial position in the metal implied on paper.

When some investors demanded physical delivery of their silver, the Hunts were caught off guard and unable to fulfill the orders.

As a result, the silver price plunged back to about $10 an ounce in a matter of weeks. Billions of dollars in profits were wiped out.

The Hunts were subsequently charged with manipulating the price of silver. They ultimately settled the case with regulators and other government agencies, were banned from trading commodities by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and went into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Silver Bullion Goes Private

Silver subsequently traded between $5 and $10 per ounce throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and first half of the following century.

During this period, well before the popularity of buying silver exploded as an inflation hedge during the financial crisis, a number of refining facilities began to churn out privately-minted silver bullion.

Where the U.S. Mint left a void by stopping production of 90% silver coins, the private sector stepped up and entered the market for a fiscally sound way to store one's wealth.

From 1965 to 1970, the U.S. silver dollar and half dollar still contained 40% pure silver content. Thereafter, silver was removed from the country's coinage entirely and only copper coins clad in a cupronickel alloy were produced for circulation.

Thus, this opened up an opportunity for a huge portion of the silver bullion retail market to become privatized over the years since the mint stopped producing silver coins itself.

If the people don't trust their nation's currency, they are likely to choose alternatives as a way to preserve their purchasing power.

In this case, silver (and gold) were the ideal alternatives.

When compared to the U.S. dollar, silver has been a much more effective store of wealth over the last hundred years or so.

Privately minted silver rounds and silver bars were the only way that Americans could easily buy silver until the U.S. Mint began issuing its American Silver Eagle silver bullion coins in 1986.

Other nations also started selling their own silver bullion coins during the decade, such as the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf (1988) and Chinese Silver Panda (1982).

However, the intervening decades saw an enormous popularity in silver bullion from private industry. That's why many silver rounds (that have not since then been melted down) were produced in the 1970s or 1980s.

Many new designs have popped up as minting capabilities have improved over the years.

You can choose from all sorts of designs for silver rounds.

Gainesville Coins even carries a number of its own GC exclusive silver bullion products.

The Walking Liberty Design: A New Vision of Liberty

As its name suggests, the 1 oz Silver Round (Walking Liberty Design) uses the famous image of Lady Liberty known as "Walking Liberty" or "Liberty Walking."

This fondly remembered design was popularized and immortalized by the U.S. half dollar designed by the sculptor A.A. Weinman.

The front side of these silver rounds feature a contemporary artist's take on Weinman's classic design.

Adolph Alexander Weinman was a German immigrant. He came to the United States as a teenager to study art and sculpture. In addition to his work with coin and medal designs, he is credited with sculpting many of the statues that appear at some of America's prominent architectural projects of the early 20th century. These include New York City's Penn Station, the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the interior of the building where the U.S. Supreme Court meets.

He also sculpted monuments for municipalities in Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, and several other American cities.

Weinman was among the most accomplished of Saint-Gaudens's students. His work extended to doors, friezes, and other architectural sculpting.

Walking Liberty is revered for its rich symbolism and bold departure from the style of 19th-century coin designs in the United States.

There is a clear resemblance between Walking Liberty motif and the earlier "Sower" design by Oscar Roty for France's silver coins.

Both images show a full view of Lady Liberty in mid-stride. Due to the high level of detail required, this is a fairly uncommon device on coins historically.

The Sower appeared on silver French one- and two-franc coins from the late 19th century through about the era of World War I. This places it right in the time frame of when Weinman would have been influenced or inspired by other sculptors and coin engravers of the era.

You can still find the Sower motif on small-denomination French euro coins today.

An American Original

Nonetheless, the Walking Liberty design stands on its own as an American original and a masterful work in its own right, no matter where its inspiration may have come from.

This more artistic approach to coin designs was precisely what President Theodore Roosevelt had in mind when he called for an overhaul in the appearance of U.S. coinage shortly after the turn of the century.

The wave of Progressive Era design changes resulted in a wholesale sea change in American coin designs. Included were the Standing Liberty quarter designed by Hermon MacNeil (1916); the Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle Fraser (1913); the incuse Indian Head designed by Bela Lyon Pratt used for the gold $5 half eagle and $2.50 quarter eagle (1908); as well as the two designs by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for the $10 eagle and $20 double eagle (1907).

Many of these artists trained under Saint-Gaudens, including Weinman, Fraser, and Pratt.

The new Lincoln penny designed by Victor D. Brenner (1909) also made its debut during this same short span.

There was considerable resistance to the overhaul of designs by one particular mint official: Chief Engraver Charles Barber.

Barber was not only an important figure at the U.S. Mint, but he was also being asked to dismantle a lifetime of work by helping outside artists like Saint-Gaudens and his pupils come up with new designs. Many of the existing designs that were being replaced had been created by Barber himself.

There were, however, several good reasons for Barber to be frustrated with the implementation of the new designs beyond the bruising of his own pride.

In many cases -- the Walking Liberty half included -- the designs were simply too high relief and too abstract to strike correctly on the coins. Barber had to reduce the relief and rearrange certain elements in order to get the coins into regular production at all.

He was far more experienced with the craft of coining than the nevertheless talented sculptors from outside the mint who were commissioned for the wave of new designs.

Although Barber's adjustments ultimately helped get the coins finalized and placed into circulation, there were still persistent problems with striking them. Many of the most artistically beautiful U.S. coins designs from this period suffer from weakly struck details. They were prone to wear, which imparts a ghostly appearance, if they were not well-preserved as collectibles.

Walking Liberty Design Silver Rounds

It was into this milieu of artistic expression that Adolph A. Weinman's Walking Liberty arrived in 1916.

In fact, Weinman was also the creator of the Mercury dime that was minted during much of the same years, from 1916 through 1945.

If you inspect the two designs closely enough, you can see that the face used for Miss Liberty in each case is rather similar. It's as if the Winged Liberty on the dime (who was mistaken for the god Mercury, hence the nickname) was a close-up version of the Lady Liberty from full view on the half dollar.

The same model -- a woman named Elsie Stevens -- is purported to have sat for both designs. There seems to be a high likelihood that this is true. Other sculptures by Weinman also bear a resemblance to Stevens, especially those that included the goddess Victory, who was a popular figure for statues and other artwork in the neoclassical style at the time.

Weinman, like many of his contemporaries, often sticks to neoclassical sensibilities but adds his own modern twist. It is a fitting renewal of the traditional subject matter of Lady Liberty.

The design shows Lady Liberty striding to the left, welcoming the rising sun of a metaphoric New Dawn for America. Her flowing dress is decorated like the American flag, and she carries oak branches in her arm.

Although the Walking Liberty motif had its critics at the time, many historians and numismatists have judged it to be the most beautiful ever in the United States. It was a fitting choice for the American Silver Eagle and rivals the Saint-Gaudens Liberty, which coincidentally now appears on the American Gold Eagle coins.

These .999 fine silver rounds with the Walking Liberty design also feature a familiar design on the back side. It resembles the heraldic eagle found on the Great Seal of the United States.

The same theme informed the reverse design of the Silver Eagle, which was created by former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti.

Collectors can still own this combination of classic designs in 1 troy ounce of silver without paying more for a name-brand bullion product or a government-issued silver coin. The premium on a generic silver round like the Walking Liberty design is lower compared to these other products.

Please note: This round is not an official government issue, but still contains 1 oz of .999 Fine Silver.


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Review Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Classic Design
Love the classic walking liberty design on these silver rounds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, September 11, 2015
Perfect Round
If you don't look at the reverse closely you would swear it was a real silver eagle. This is my 3 rd batch each one perfect ms 70 looking tho are rounds if you looking for a super round at great price point look no futher!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Nice Coins
These are the best deal for silver bullion that I can find. They're a knock off but silver is silver
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Walking Liberty Rounds
I buy a lot of Walking Liberty rounds as Christmas and Birthday Gifts for my Children and Grand Children. They make great gifts while at the same time teaching kids how to save money through an investment. The younger children now believe they have a treasure of silver coins.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
the quality of these rounds has improved since the last time i purchased
I buy a lot of these rounds and they used to have a dull looking finish. However i just received my order today and the background is now nice and shinny, definitely dint expect this from such an inexpensive round.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Monday, December 16, 2013
I bought these thinking that they were Walking Libertys. I guess I didn't read the description thoroughly so that's on me. They are an average coin, slightly better finish than generic silver rounds. Scuffs here and there though. Not in the same league as the real US Mint Walking Libertys. I should have known better since they were only a dollar or so over spot. Mildly disappointed because Im not a big fan of knock-offs.
25 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Excellent Quality
Went to the showroom in Lutz to pick up my order, and had to add more once I saw them. Rounds are brilliant, weight is spot on, very very pleased. Both front and back images are coin quality. Will definitely add more.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Very good likeness of the Walking Liberty.
I was very happy with this round. I always liked the Silver Eagle design and the premium for this round is much better.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
Very nice
Bought some of these, and was pleasantly surprised at how well-made they are. I was expecting a dull finish with rough edges, but they arrived with a shiny finish and fairly smooth reeded edges. I will definitely be buying more.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Just wanted to compliment you guys on offering more designs for the 1 oz silver rounds. My husband and I have been buying from you since 2007 and we are never disappointed
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Review Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Super Nice Round
These Walking Liberty rounds are very close match to the US mints Walking Liberty only difference is there's no date or denomination. I was very impressed with these rounds ,picture does not do them justice. Plan on ordering more of these ,for the price they are a much better buy over US Mints.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful

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