For the collector, there are more options available than modern bullion coins. While specimens from the United States Mint and other sovereign mints are highly coveted by investors and collectors, there are other forms of coinage available to collectors. These include both clad coins and tribute coins. For those unfamiliar with clad coins and tribute coins, you can learn more about the other coins available from Provident Metals.
There’s no shortage of designs available among the range of other coins we offer at Provident Metals. These coins range from legal tender pieces that have been enhanced with clad layers to tribute coins that replicate the exact visuals from historic currency. Examples of some of the designs you will find on these other coins include, but are not necessarily limited to:
As you read the descriptions above, you know doubt noted the use of the terms “clad” and “tribute.” As touched on above, these are different terms referring to the finish and status of a coin. Tribute coins can fall into the clad category as the term is used to cover any item, legal tender or not, that has no metal content in the blank itself. Each piece does, however, have a clad layer covering the outermost surface that consists of 24-karat gold, pure silver, or ruthenium. In many cases, you can find these metals mixed together on the outermost surface to create visual contrast between designs and the background field.
While the vast majority of tribute coins are clad coins, no legal tender item can fall into the tribute category. A tribute coin is one that is produced purely for commemorative purposes. The designs reflect some of the many coveted coin designs from recent history, particularly American coin designs of the 19th and 20th centuries. The designs are replicated exactly as found on the original coin. However, while the tribute coin may feature inscriptions of a face value, tribute coins have no legal tender status. Most coins have a “COPY” inscription indicating as such.
Colorization is used across a variety of coin programs, from modern bullion pieces from sovereign mints to legal tender clad coins and tribute coins. Colorized coins are those that possess a layer of colorized lacquer selectively applied to particular design elements to create a different visual impact for the design.
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