Enameled Art Bars and Art Rounds

Enameled art bars and rounds start with the production run of the bar or round. Some mints produce a pre-determined limited mintage of the enameled run to increase the rarity and the value. Other mints, like SilverTowne will produce an unlimited non-enameled production run and unlimited enameled production run. The total mintage from each run is usually unknown and can run over multiple years.

The first enameled bars and rounds produced were hand painted the same as are today’s enameled bars and rounds. The difference from the early bars to the modern bars is the modern bars have a protective coating applied after the enameling process to protect the enamel from chipping or rubbing off. This tough coating also prevents the bar from toning. The coating is only applied to the front of the bar or round.

The early enameled art bars and art rounds are very collectible, desirable, and command a premium over the production run, adding to the value of the piece are factors such as a serial number, a canceled addition, the overall condition of the enamel and the actual mintage. Another factor to take into consideration is the pre-1980 bars and rounds were melted for spot price when silver went from a few dollars to over $50.00 in 1980. It is unknown how many of these bars or rounds survived the great melt of 1980. When these bars come to market they are usually purchased at the asking price and don’t last long.

In today’s market the enamel version of bars and rounds are in great demand. Mints such as CMG produced the enameled version in limited quality with attributes such as a serial numbers, low mintage, and glow in the dark paint, which make the version very desirable to the collector and investor alike. The production run is usually sold out before they get to market with pre-orders sales.

Producing the enameled version of the bars and rounds starts after the production run. The bar or round is sent to an artist to be painted according to the colors provided the artist by the mint. After the enamel process is complete the protective coating is applied and the bar or round is ready for sale.

Another attraction to the collector or investor in enameled bars and rounds is to purchase the enameled version and the non-enameled version of the bar or round with the same serial number producing a set. Mints will produce two bars with the same serial number for this purpose. The set may not be limited to these two versions, you may be able to get a canceled version or gold plated version with the same serial number. Research will prove key to complete a set with the same serial numbers.

Enameled bars and rounds command a higher premium over the non-enameled version. For the collector or investor the enameled version continues to command a higher return and is more desirable than the non-enameled version, making the bar or round the better choice.

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Serial Numbers; why are they important, where to look for a serial number

Serial numbers are desirable when collecting and investing in art bars and art rounds. The vast majority of bars and rounds that carry a serial number are limited in mintage; there are exceptions such as the Engelhard bars.

Important to the value of the bar or round, the serial number verifies the mintage or the anticipated mintage. What I mean when I say “anticipated mintage” is that a mint issued 1,500 issues but demand at the time only accounted for a fraction of the number to be minted. Another words the mint will produce 1,500 bars but the actual demand, or number of purchases was only 908. The result of the mintage was bar 1 through bar 908, so the actual mintage is 908 bars.

Why do a bars or rounds have a serial number of 1,038 when the mintage was limited to 50 bars? The initial serial number of the run started at 1, 000. The mint determined the starting number of the bar or round. The actual serial number on the bar can be greater that the number of bars or rounds minted.

Serial numbers can appear on any surface of the bar or round. When checking for a serial number you need to look at all four rims of the bar or the rim of the round in addition to the front and back of the bar or round.

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I’ve been collecting for about 12 years and got interested in making my own bars after meeting Archie Kidd and having many conversations with him. Archie was a great asset to the Silver Art Bar world and I miss him. We talked about it for two years and I would send him drawings to look at and I finally decided to go ahead and make my first bar. It was the “EVEN NATURE KNOWS” bar. From there I just picked a subject I liked and ran with it. I make some copper and antique bronze bars for key rings and refrigerator magnets before I cancel the die. I only make from 150 to 250 Silver bars max and 20 canceled bars. All of the bars I make have some personal meaning to me. For example the “WAKE UP AMERICA” bar came from me trying to hire two men in a Home Depot parking lot and getting arrested by the Phoenix Police for trying to hire an Illegal. I ask the cop if he knew they were Illegals and he said yes. I said I do not know they are Illegal why do you not go arrest them? That is when the fight started.

All of my work goes under the name “CRAFTS by DOTY” I have been using that LOGO for 45 years with all of the different craft work I do.
As of now no new bars, but I have two ideas in mind for new bars. I am 71 years old retired and working harder than when I had a regular job.

Bill Doty

Bill produces beautiful bars with low mintages. These bars are not only collectable but are very desirable as an investment and will continue to go up in value. To view Bill’s bar visit our Blue Book at http://research.silverartbars.com/ad-category/puream/cbd/. If you are interested in purchasing Bill’s bar you can contact him at the following address:


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What to look for when collecting silver art bars and art rounds

Unlike bullion which is valued at silver spot price plus a margin over silver spot price, art bars and art rounds are valued at silver spot price plus a value for their production qualities. Factors such as number minted, year minted, whether the bar is enameled or gold plated, canceled are all taken into consideration in the price. Art bars and art rounds are works of art and produced for collectors and investors alike and price is not determined by silver spot price alone.

So you want to invest or collect art bars or art rounds, what do you look for? Bars and round that were produced pre-1980 or before the great melt down of 1980 when silver spot price spiked to $49.45 and silver was sold for its bullion value is most desirable for the collector and investor. Bars minted post 1980 are also very desirable but rely on the mint factors for price more than the year they were minted in, these bars are minted after the great melted down and the number minted and the number remaining are more likely to be accurate so production quality and factors play a bigger role in pricing.

Take a bar that was minted in 1976, spot price under $5.00, with a mintage of 2,500. When silver went wild in 1980, silver spot price top out at $49.45, people sold off their bars for great profits, those bars were melted down for the silver spot value and how many survived the melt down is unknown, making pre-1980 bars and rounds a great investment. To add to the value, a pre-1980 bar or round may have a mintage of 5,000 but only minted on demand so the actual number was far less as the demand did not meet the mintage ceiling.

After 1980 the values rest more in the quantity minted and the factors that define the bar or round. A bar that has a limited mintage of 50, or is canceled is a better investment than a bar that has an unknown mintage or a production run. Chances are the bars or rounds have not been melted down for the spot value and are in circulation so the bar or round factors demand a higher price.

Whether pre or post 1980, factors such as number minted, canceled bars or rounds, serial numbers, part of a set, gold plated, is the bar or round toned are just some of the factors that determine price. One thing to note, art bars and art rounds continue to gain in value year after year, you cannot go wrong when investing or collecting these miniature detailed pieces of art

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Columbia Mint – Greatest Events of the American Revolution

Each bar has an individual reverse with historic information concerning the place or event depicted on the reverse. There are 50 bars in the set, each bar has been minted in plain .999 silver and .999 silver gold plated. Visit SilverArtBars.com Blue Book to learn more about these art bars at http://research.silverartbars.com/ad-category/puream/colu/

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Art Bars and Art Rounds the Undiscovered Investment

When investing in today’s market there are very few investments that provide a limited source of supply, art bars and art rounds are one of those investments. With production mintages as low as 10 to 15 bars or rounds produced the miniature pieces of art are relativity undiscovered investment with great potential for growth. Bars and rounds, such as those offered from the CGM Mint are produced in such limited quantities that the selling low price is not representative of the future value.

Using the CMG Mint as an example, art bars are produced with limited quantities, such as a 15 bar run with serial numbers, or a 10 bar run of the same bar that is canceled, or an enameled issue with a 20 bar run as a few examples. These factors make the bars not only highly collectible but are a driving factor in guaranteeing a great return on your investment.

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IASAC. – International Association of Silver Art Collectors

Established in 1985 the International Association of Silver Art Collectors or better known as IASAC produces an informative newsletter six times a year for silver art bar and art round collectors and investors. The newsletter, “The Silver Bugle” provides members with times and locations of meetings, opportunities to buy limited mintage IASAC bars and rounds, advanced notice of upcoming bar and round releases and a variety of other information directed at the collector and investor. Members also have the opportunity to advertise directly to serious collectors, investors and sellers.

Membership is inexpensive, $20.00 for the first year; renewal is $15.00 a year. International rates are $30.00 for the first year; renewal is $20.00 a year. Junior members, age 17 and under are welcome with permission from their parents. Dues are half that of regular members. To join visit http://www.thesilverbugle.com/

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Christopher Geiner – Owner of the CMG Mint

Well I got my first silver bar when I was 10. My dad bought me a 1970 Pontiac GTO silver bar at a local coin show. I was hooked from then on. I would save my money from chores and even my lunch money for school. I started to collect silver bars when silver was $4.25. I really didn’t know of all the art bars at the time because you just hadn’t seen them at local shows so I would buy plain bars such as sunshine mine and Engelhard. Then I found the Silvertowne bars and started to buy them. Eventually I was looking on eBay and started to see bars with nice artwork on them so I sold off all my plain silver and coins and started buying art bars that fascinated me. I’ve been collecting seriously since 2006.

In 2011 -2012 I had the Rainbow Mint mint some bars that I had visions of. Just wasn’t satisfied as I needed a pressed bar. In early 2012 I started my own mint “CMG Mint”. I missed the more creative and various themed bars that the 1970’s-1980’s produced. I wanted to bring that back but in my own way, which was by creating designs that I would of liked to see on silver art bars and at the same time seem like it’s from the past. Nobody is really minting the art bars anymore. Silvertowne is mainly doing special occasion bars. These are very low mintage bars. Some of the rarest ever made as a regular strike issue. I always liked Duane Spellmans Mints enameled bars. Love the clear coat over the top and my enameled bars resemble that style. I hand pick each color so that I’m sure to be satisfied with the end product

The CNG Mint is a leader in today’s art bar market, producing low mintage desired art bars. The bars are not only desirable but highly collectable. Limited mintage, serial numbers and multiple mental versions of the bars gives the collector a complete set of rare bars that will grow in value starting from day one. See CMG Mints latest listings at http://market.silverartbars.com/ad-category/puream/cmgm/

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Ceeco Birthday Bars

The Ceeco Mint produced an enameled birthday bar starting in 1973 for the months of October, November, and December. The 1973 bars are all horizontal; the 1974 bars are all vertical. The bars are available for sale through various sites so it is possible to collect all 15 bars, it will take time to collect them all. I was able to collect 14 out of 15 within a two year period, the 15th bar was not so easy to find, after purchasing the first 14 bars there was a seven year span before I found the 15th bar, the September 1974 Aster bar. To see the complete collection of the Ceeco birthday bar set visit the Ceeco Mint listings under out SilverArtBars Blue Book – http://research.silverartbars.com/ad-category/puream/ceec/

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Troy Weight

Is a pound of silver the same weight as a pound of sugar? The answer is no, there are 12 ounces in a troy pound and 16 ounces in a standard pound. Troy weight is a system of weight used for precious metals based on the standard used on Roman times and consisted of 12 ounces per pound, 31.1 grams per troy ounce and 480 grains per troy ounce. Today, troy weight is used on the fields of precious metals and pharmacology.

The troy ounce is exclusively used in the pricing of precious metals, such as silver and gold. One troy ounce of pure silver .999 fine will cost spot price plus dealer premium. Art bars are collectables, troy weight is considered in the price paid but not the driving factor.

There are 12 troy ounces in a troy pound (pound of silver)
There are 31.1 grams in one troy ounce
There are 480 grains in one troy ounce

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