For Americans, the image of a rattlesnake coiled up and ready to strike alongside the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me” brings the nation back to its birth as an independent state. Fed up with the oppressive regime of the British Empire, the overmatched American colonists took up arms to fight for their freedom. This phrase has become the battle cry of the oppressed around the world. The 2018 1 oz Silver Don’t Tread on Me Shield Rounds are currently available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you within protective flips or tubes of 20 rounds!
- The most defiant design from the Golden State Mint’s Silver Shield Collection!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- The phrase “Don’t Tread on Me” appears on the obverse along with a rattlesnake.
- On the reverse is the Silver Shield design for the series.
Known to many Americans as the Gadsden Flag, the image of a rattlesnake coiled up to strike with the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me” was carried into battle on a flag with a yellow field in 1775. As General Christopher Gadsden formed the first group of Continental Marines in 1775 in Philadelphia, this image and phrase were launched into history by Americans seeking freedom from oppression.
The rattlesnake design was chosen at the time due to the prominence of timber rattlesnakes in the original Thirteen Colonies. On top of that, the rattlesnake was the perfect choice to fit the theme. A rattlesnake will only coil up as a symbol of defiance to warn aggressors, and will only strike as a last resort. American colonists had sought fair representation for years and threatened action, but not striking until a breaking point had been reached.
On the obverse of the 2018 1 oz Silver Don’t Tread on Me Shield Round is the design of a powerful rattlesnake. The serpent is coiled with its rattle out to warn aggressors and its mouth wide open and ready to bite those who get too close. There’s no greater warning not to tread on someone than a venomous bite!
The reverse of the Silver Don’t Tread on Me Shield Rounds bears the common design from the collection. The silver sword is featured in the foreground with a shield and ornate design around it. Engravings of “Silver Shield” and “1 Troy Ounce 2018 .999 Pure AG” are also found on this side.
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