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Out of Many One – 2015 Bald Eagle High Relief Silver Art Round

The 2015 Bald Eagle 2 oz .999 Solid Silver Art Round is the second silver art round produced by the legendary, multi-award winning North Territorial Mint that have physical claw marks in the obverse. The first such silver round produced was the Werewolf Silver Art Round that was produced by the same mint under authorization of the St. Croix Valley Mint.

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round Obverse

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round – Obverse

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round Reverse

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round – Reverse

Mintage of the 2015 Bald Eagle 2 oz .999 Solid Silver Art Round will be limited to a 1776 silver rounds, equal to the year 1776, when the American Revolution took place. This should add to the appeal of this high relief silver round which features a North American bald eagle, scientifically known as Haliaeetus leucocephalus.  

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round Symbol

The St. Croix Valley Mint has chosen the bald eagle to feature on their second silver art round. They’ve chosen the bald eagle on the back of the its recognizability and historical value, especially considering that the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of the United States of America on June 20th, 1782.  This was done because the bald eagle has a long life (can live up to 30 years in the wild), great strength and majestic looks. This is despite the fact that Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, preferred the wild turkey to the bald eagle. He referred to it in a letter to his daughter as “a Bird of bad moral Character” that “does not get his Living honestly.

Bald Eagle 1

Source of Image: The Spokesman

The majestic, iconic and historical bald eagle represents freedom and is a member of the sea and fish eagle group. Its wingspan range from 72 to over 90 inches, it has hollow bones and 7,000 feathers, which enable it to fly at an altitude of 10,000 feet. It stands 35 to 37 inches high and once paired, bold eagles remain partners for life. The bald eagle has eagle eyesight, four times sharper than that of a person with perfect eyesight, which enable it to spot a fish from several hundred feet above. E.g. it can spot prey on open ground from 1000 feet, covering a three square mile area.

Given the above, it makes sense that an attacking bald eagle is depicting on the obverse of the Bald Eagle Silver Art Round with the iconic phrase: E. Pluribus Unum, which means, “out of many-one”. On the other side, the reverse depicts the detailed, mesmerizing, almost calming image of the eagles back side.

Why an Art Round?

The St. Croix Valley Mint decided on an art round and not a coin, because they wanted to keep it in the United States.

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round Made in USA

The Bald Eagle Silver Art Round could have been easily produced in another country with a $1 face value minted into it, but by making the choice to have it minted in the U.S., they were able to support a local company and maintain the values that are important to Americans.

In addition, in many instances the face value of a coin is dramatically less than the actual value of the gold and silver content. So it kind of defiles the purpose to have a face value stamped into it, especially if the face value is lower than the value of the content as described.

Splash Minting Process

The St. Croix Valley Mint started the process with an idea and a sketch. Northwest Territorial Mint, the owners of the almost 112 year old Medallic Art Company, took it from there.

Well-known American medallic sculptor and studio artist, Heidi Wastweet, hand sculpted both sides and the lettering was machine engraved by NWTM. The dies combined with the splash minting process make it possible to create coins that are not only thicker, but also of a much deeper quality of detail than normal minted coins, known in the market place as high relief coins

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round High Relief 2

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round High Relief 1

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round High Relief

This is accomplished by placing the deep relief dies in a high tonnage hydraulic press, which can use up to 1,500 tons of pressure to force the metal to “flow” correctly into the recesses of the die. This cause excess metal to “splash” out sideways when the coin is struck, leaving a coin of high relief and exceptional detail. Any excess metal is then hand trimmed for a smooth edge.

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Why should you be interested in the 2015 Bald Eagle 2 oz .999 Solid Silver Art Round?

  • Opportunity to support a true American initiative.
  • Features the bald eagle – Emblem of the United States of America.
  • Extremely limited (a maximum of only 1776 silver art rounds were minted).
  • High relief strike or finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Perfect gift.
  • Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) and eagle write up with illustrations printed on acid free linen paper.
  • Airtite container included.
  • Number of each medal or art round engraved on edge of medal/round.
  • Individually numbered Certificates of Authenticity. 
  • Well-known American medallic sculptor and studio artist, Heidi Wastweet, did the final sculpt on the medal.

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round 1776

Drawbacks

  • Number engraved on edge not very deeply engraved.
  • No presentation box.
  • Coin capsule provided doesn’t close all the way.

Specs

  • Metal: 2 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Finish: High Relief
  • Diameter: 1.75 inches
  • Thickness: Approximately 5/16 of an inch thick
  • Face value: None
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Mintage: 1776

2015 Bald Eagle Silver Art Round CoA

Be sure to get more information on the Bald Eagle Medal here.