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Top Ten Silver Bullion Coins

Updated on February 9, 2015

Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series I Dog

Australian Lunar Series I Dog
Australian Lunar Series I Dog | Source

Silver Bullion Is Becoming Collectible as Coins!

Most people think of silver bullion as bars of silver. well, there are such bars, but coins are by far more popular with many people. For one thing, coins have a purity and weight specified by a government, which makes their silver value easy to determine. And, they often sell at a premium. It only tales a few minutes on eBay to see most silver coins sell for a price higher than the silver in them is worth. The buyers expect to get a premium when they sell, so they pay the premium when they buy.

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Commemorative Silver Coins

Many silver coins that are considered commemorative are also available. Such coins are intended to sell well beyond the value of their metallic content. Those are presented in some of our other lenses. When considering commemorative coins be certain to determine if the coin is fine silver (0.999) or Sterling silver (0.925).

Chinese Panda

2011 China Panda
2011 China Panda | Source

China Panda

The Panda is one of the more sought after silver coins. It has an amazing beauty, and collectors often pay well over the silver price to own one.


2011 Kookaburra
2011 Kookaburra | Source

Australian Kookaburra, Lunar, Koala, and Kangaroo

Australia is perhaps one of the most prolific when it comes to minting silver bullion coins. Australia produces the Kangaroo at the Royal Australian Mint. It is available as a bullion coin. However, it can also be purchased as a proof coin. Proof coins retain their numismatic value better than business strike coins, in general.

The Perth Mint produces the koala, the kookaburra, and the lunar bullion coins. These come in a multitude of sizes, but not every coin has all sizes available. And, the sizes available fluctuate. The largest coins are ten kilograms, and the smallest is the tenth Troy ounce koala, new in 2011.

The lunar coins, now in the second series, occasionally are colorized. Colorization must, for Australian coins, take place at the mint, otherwise the coin is considered counterfeit.

The Perth Mint silver coins come in proof, some issues are available gilded with gold, and a few have gemstones embedded in them. Of course extras cost.

Series II Lunar Mouse

Series II Lunar Mouse
Series II Lunar Mouse | Source

Series II Colorized Mouse

Series II Colorized Mouse
Series II Colorized Mouse | Source

Series I Pig

Series I Pig
Series I Pig | Source

Colorized Series I Pig

Colorized Series I Pig
Colorized Series I Pig | Source

Series I Colorized Dog

Series I Colorized Dog
Series I Colorized Dog | Source

2011 Koala

2011 Koala
2011 Koala | Source

Silver Maple Leaf

2011 Canada Maple Leaf
2011 Canada Maple Leaf | Source

Canada Maple Leaf and Canadian Wildlife

The Royal Canadian Mint was the first to go to the 0.9999 purity for its fine silver coins. Its Maple Leaf has been considered a highly desirable coin for years. In 2006, the royal Canadian Mint issued a one half Troy ounce silver wolf, which is highly sought after. In 2010 the Royal Canadian Mint used the wolf image on a one Troy ounce coin, the first of a four coin series depicting Canadian Wildlife. The second coin in this series is the Grizzly. The remaining two are being kept secret.

The Maple Leaf has been issued with privy marks, in proof condition, and colorized. The special Maple Leaf coins are occasionally found in other sizes.

Canadian Wolf

Canadian Wolf
Canadian Wolf | Source

Maple Leaf with Privy Mark (Titanic)

Maple Leaf with Privy Mark (Titanic)
Maple Leaf with Privy Mark (Titanic) | Source

Mexican Libretad

The Mexican Libretad replaced the ONZA. The main difference, aside from the change of the image used, was the change from Sterling to fine silver. This coin can be found in multiple sizes, and is minted in proof as well as the business strike. Smaller coins are generally found in sets.


Libretad | Source

Silver American Eagle

2011 American Eagle
2011 American Eagle | Source

American Eagle

The American Eagle uses the image of a popular half dollar from many years back. It was started in 1986, and is available in both the business strike and proof. Special burnished coins have also been issues.

Value is generally enhanced for Deep Cameo Mirror surfaces, reverse cameo, first strike, or anything that makes the coin special. Colorized coins usually are not as desirable.

American Silver Eagle

American Silver Eagle
American Silver Eagle

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2011 Fiji Islands Turtle
2011 Fiji Islands Turtle | Source

Fiji Islands Turtle

One of the newest bullion coins is the Fiji Islands turtle. It is also available in proof. Thew turtle is minted by the New Zealand Mint.

British Britannia

One of the most sought after bullion coins is the Britannia, I have seen photographs of colorized Britannia coins, but have yet to determine if the mint added the color. My opinion is it probably did not.

Austrian Philharmonic

2011 Austrian Philharmonic
2011 Austrian Philharmonic | Source

Austrian Philharmonic

Austria has the philharmonic coin as its bullion coin. I have had some in the past with milk marks, which are white spots that occur. These usually are a result of the minting of the coin, so inspect these carefully.

Austrian Philharmonic

Austrian Philharmonic
Austrian Philharmonic | Source

New Zealand Kiwi and Fern

New Zealand coinage is known for the kiwi as its focal point. It was the standard bullion coin for years. Now, the fern is making an appearance.

Disney Silver Bar

Mickey Mouse & Pluto Silver Bar
Mickey Mouse & Pluto Silver Bar | Source

Silver Art Bars and Rounds

Silver art bars and rounds exist in great multitude. Some are minted for holidays, some as advertisement, and some to honor something. Of the more desirable are the Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Disney, and Harley Davidson issues.

Different Size Coins May Or May Not Be Right Choices

Silver bullion coins come as small as one-tenth of a Troy ounce, and as large as ten kilograms. Smaller coins are no as economical as larger ones. Remember, the mint has an expense in producing the coin over the metal content, and it proportionally costs more to produce a small coin than a larger one. However, too large of a coin reduces the number of people willing to purchase them. The sizes you might consider is the one Troy ounce size, which is not too expensive, yet priced more in line with spot metal prices than smaller coins. Other nice sizes are two and five ounce sizes. Coins larger than five ounces lose much of the numismatic market, and start to become more like simply bullion. Part of the problem is the cost per coin, which can exceed many people's budget.

Half ounce coins are getting more popular, but only because mints are trying to find a way to mint silver when it becomes expensive. But the price of a half ounce coin is far higher than half the price of a similar one ounce coin.

Newer Coin Types

The silver bullion market continues to attract new designs, some by countries already minting bullion and some by countries entering the bullion market.

The Taku of the Fiji Islands has been around for some time, but it is now available in a multitude of sizes.

Tokalu began silver lunar coins in 2014 with the horse.

The United Kingdom added a snake privy mark to some Britannia coins in 2013, and produces a lunar horse silver coin in 2014. It is now continuing with the sheep.

The Royal Canadian has produces a wolf coin for 2015, which is 3/4 of an unc of fine silver.

And never underestimate the 5 ounce America the Beautiful fine silver quarters.

Horse from the United Kingdom

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      admiralglass lm 4 years ago

      Great lens, I have bought silver bullion for some time now and if your living in Europe try out Liberty silver in Estonia there coins are vat free :)

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Nicely done lens. I am always curious to see what the Top !0 Silver Bullion coins are, the country and where the AES coin comes in on the list. It looks like the AES coin is #6 out of 10. I appreciate you sharing this lens. Thank You for visiting my Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the stew. Bon Appetit! (^_^)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband is a collector. These collections are fine investments.

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      MikJay 4 years ago

      A very interesting lens and these silver coins are much more affordable than gold.

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      psk09 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens!

      Some of those coins are class.

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      Tobint44 LM 5 years ago

      Excellent lens guys, great content!

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      These are really adorable!

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      BisonHunter 6 years ago

      Silver is the ticket! Love those Koalas.

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      Art-Aspirations 6 years ago

      An interesting and comprehensive lens!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you for introducing me to the value and merit of collecting silver bullion coins. A very interesting article.

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      Goldenpig999 6 years ago

      Great lens love the pandas.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      A 10 kg coin? that's astounding :) thank you for the information!

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      jessicahoward 6 years ago

      very interesting and informative lens............Thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Informative, interesting and what a surprising assortment of silver coins!

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      jgary lm 6 years ago

      I am a big fan of silver, especially Junk Silver, but have got to check out these buillion coins! Thanks for the lens.

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      alyssa87 6 years ago

      good info. this was something different!