Monarch Precious Metals is often associated with producing old-fashioned silver and gold bars using traditional refining techniques. However, their business model also includes the production of silver rounds. One of their latest offerings is a departure from the production style of its bars, and is a first-time offering of 3D round design.
The new 2016 1 oz Monarch Domed Basketball Round is the first domed, 3D round ever produced by Monarch Precious Metals. For a mint that routinely uses hand-poured techniques and hand-stamped markings on its silver and gold bars, these time-consuming rounds mark a serious departure in form.
Each individual silver die is hand-fed into the press at Monarch Precious Metals and struck three times to create the 3D surface of the obverse, as well as the fine details of both sides. The 3D structure of the silver rounds rises roughly .25 inches high.
On the obverse side of the round is the convex image of a basketball. The 3D, domed appearance gives the viewer the impression of a basketball bouncing up at them, complete with matte finishes on the ball panels and mirrored finishes on the seamlines.
The reverse of the 2016 1 oz Monarch Domed Basketball Round youll find a concave surface, with the image of a basketball landing on the rim of a hoop. Engravings include the year of issue, purity, metal content, and weight of this all-new silver round.
Monarch Precious Metals was founded in the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon in 2008. Aside from these new silver rounds, it produces silver and gold bars with minimum fineness of .999 and uses hand-poured techniques in all of its bar production.
Metal:999 Fine Silver
Diameter: 38.989 mm
Year of Issue: 2016
Weight: 1 Troy oz