Silver Commemorative Coin Investment: History and Value

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A buyer might choose to purchase commemorative coins as an engaging hobby or as an investment. Certain historical events, people, places, and organizations deserve to be honored in a special and lasting way. These special coins are a part of that remembrance.

These unique silver commemorative coin products are usually produced in limited quantities and made available only for limited amounts of time. This ensures their current value and assists in their future appreciation.

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These coins are minted as legal tender, but not intended for circulation as actual currency even though there have been examples of circulated commemoratives. An uncirculated state always augments a coin’s worth. A silver commemorative coin will be valued as a precious metal, bolstering its worth and making it a sound choice as an investment.


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The very first U.S. commemorative coin issued was in 1892, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World. Many different commemorative coins were made in the intervening years, but the modern commemorative coin program began in 1982. Over the decades, numerous events, historical figures and places have been honored on coins including the following:

  • Jamestown Colony’s 400th Anniversary
  • Desegregation of schools
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Centennial of the first flight
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • The centennial Olympics
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • The American buffalo
  • Black Revolutionary War patriots


    Commemorative coins are typically minted as proof quality coins. This means that unique dies and multiple strikes per coin are employed in their creation. This process results in a superior specimen with mirror-like shine and highly detailed reliefs. Gloved hands transport the coins from the presses to their protective cases so they are virtually untouched by human hands, preserving an unspoiled surface. If they are not proof coins, they will at the very least be specially packaged and protected in addition to being uncirculated.

    The half dollar has historically been the coin of choice for a commemorative edition. Silver dollars have been over-taking the market in the modern age. They are generally minted in weights of 1 full troy ounce, and are most often made with 99.9% pure silver.

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    Coins are not minted exclusively as reminders of great people and events. Quite often, a silver commemorative coin is minted as a fundraising tool. A portion of the coin’s purchase price is a surcharge that goes to the organization or cause that the coin honors. Since 1982, the U.S. Mint has raised over $418 million to build monuments, support museums, fund programs, and preserve historical sites, among many other worthy enterprises.

    Investing In Coins

    Precious metals like silver have long been used as a hedge against inflation and an investment for the future. As of the past several years, silver has outperformed its precious metal counterparts as an investment. It has been more reasonable to buy and more profitable to own. Buying coins allows an average investor the opportunity to enter this market in an affordable and easy manner.

    Many options exist for buying coins, from online auctions to local dealers and coin shows.Many people get caught up with the various bullish factors and the options for investing in silver. For a great way to get started now with silver commemorative coin, download our Free Guide To Investing In Silver Coins

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    A silver commemorative coin makes a beautiful and tangible addition to an investment portfolio. It will give its owner an appreciation of the past and an appreciating investment for the future.

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