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It is tough to find another group that has the unique ability to create its own silver rounds and bring brilliant designs to life, without owning a minting operation to make it possible. The Silverbug Reddit community enjoys just such a status though, creating unique silver rounds with designs from members of the group, and teaming with private mints to get their designs into production.
Silver.com proudly stocks a variety of current and past Silverbug silver rounds. If there’s one thing you can count on from the Silverbug Silver Rounds, it’s limited mintages and short-term availability. The standard proof design of every round features the highest mintage at a paltry 10,000 rounds. Low mintages and high demand mean these rounds aren’t available for long, so there’s not time to waste when you’re ready to purchase a Silverbug Silver Round.
The Silverbug Reddit community is an online group of silver enthusiasts. As devout collectors of and investors in all-things silver, the Silverbugs use a Reddit community group to share information on silver round, coin, and bar releases, and even provide their own user reviews of authorized dealers and sovereign mints alike. The Silverbugs created the concepts and contributed to the imagery of all the silver rounds that bear their name, and worked with private mints and artists to bring each design to live on a brilliant silver round.
Introduced in 2014, the Silverbug Fairy Silver Rounds were the first designs from the Silverbug Reddit community. These rounds were produced by the North American Mint, and currently include three total designs. The program launched with the popular Ariana design, the first from the community.
The original release in the Silverbug Fairy Silver Round, the 1 oz Silverbug Ariana Fairy Silver Round debuted in 2014 with great interest in the silver market. All of the rounds featured an obverse design of the silver fairy known as Ariana. The reverse of each round featured the scarab bug design that includes the atomic number and symbol of silver in the center.
The second release in the Silverbug Fairy Round series came a year later in 2015 with the debut of the 1 oz Silverbug Archer Fairy Silver Round. On the reverse face of these rounds, the North American Mint continued the use of the scarab bug design featured on the first release.
However, the obverse of the silver round featured a new fairy design. An archer fairy was featured above the globe with a quiver full of arrows and a bow in which she was drawing back a single arrow to fire.
The most recent release in the Silverbug Fairy Silver Round series features an all-new design and even a new take on the scarab bug, not to mention a new minting partner for the Silverbugs. Released in 2016, the 1 oz Silverbug Alyx the Fairy Silver Round features the mischievous depiction of Alxy the Fairy, who is only temporarily held down by chains. It is reflective of the manipulators holding the silver market in check.
Although the concept came from the Silverbug community, as with the first two designs, this specific design for the Alyx the Fairy Silver Round came from noted science-fiction and fantasy artist Steve Ferris.
On the reverse face of the round, a new interpretation of the scarab bug came courtesy of famed Italian sculptor and engraver Luigi Badia. He hand-carved the scarab bug for this side, giving it exceptional brilliance and depth.
The second series added to the Silverbug round catalog is the Welcome to Silverbug Island collection. Introduced in 2015, the series is scheduled to feature a total of 8 different round designs. To date, two designs have been released in the Welcome to Silverbug Island, with both released by the North American Mint in 2015.
The first release in the series was the 1 oz Finding Silverbug Island Silver Round. Representative of its name, the obverse side of the round featured a traditional compass key found in the legend of any sailor’s map. The primary design field included a pirate’s galleon as it sailed in search of treasure on Silverbug island.
On the reverse face of the round was a design theme that would become the standard imagery used on the reverse of all rounds in the series. The reverse includes a different galleon shipwrecked on Silverbug island.
In the second release of the Welcome to Silverbug Island, the 1 oz. Silverbug Kraken Silver Round debuted with one of the ocean’s most feared creatures as the primary design set on the obverse. The Kraken has been detailed in the stories of sailors dating back thousands of years and crossing cultural boundaries from the Norse Vikings to pirates of the Caribbean Sea.
On the obverse of the 1 oz Silverbug Kraken Silver Round is the image of a Kraken as it attacks a sailing galleon, its massive tentacles engulfing the whole of the ship and preparing to haul it down to the depths of Davey Jones’s locker. The reverse face of the round features the same imagery found on the first release in the series.
In 2015, there was a one-time striking of a unique Silverbug round that was not part of an ongoing series. The Silverbug Robo Bug Silver Round was released shortly after the 1 oz Silverbug Archer Fairy Silver Round. Not affiliated with the Silverbug Fairy Silver Rounds, this design features the same reverse use of the scarab bug.
However, on the obverse there is a unique bug that resembles a robotic machine in appearance. The round was named the Robo Bug to reflect the design elements used on the obverse face. As with the original Silverbug Fairy Rounds, the Robo Bug was produced by the North American Mint.
While particular series in the Silverbug silver round catalog feature differing designs, both on the obverse and reverse, there are common features of the rounds from different series. For example, the Silverbug Silver Rounds are always made available in two different 1 oz rounds and one 5 oz round. Mintage of the standard proofs is limited to 10,000 rounds, with antique finished 1 oz rounds limited to 2,500, and 5 oz proofs limited to 1,000 – 1,500 rounds.
Each and every Silverbug Silver Round contains .999 fine silver, and ships in an Air-Tite plastic capsule to protect the round’s condition. Larger shipments of silver rounds in the Silverbug lineup arrive in plastic tubes from the mints.
To date, the North American Mint and Osborne Mint have participated in the production of Silverbug Silver rounds. The North American Mint is a private minting facility that opened in the 1980s. Osborne Mint can trace its roots to 1835, when a smaller operation opened as the first private mint in the United States at a time when there wasn’t even a singular sovereign currency in the US. Today, it is considered the oldest operating private mint in the country.
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