Copper Country Bullion
The First Troy Ounce Copper Bullion Coin
A solid copper bullion coin honoring the famous Quincy Mine in Hancock, Michigan, located on the scenic Keweenaw Peninsula. The piece was minted from a massive blank weighing 36 grams of pure .997 copper. On the obverse is a high relief image of a miner with pick, oil lamp, and pipe. The reverse side depicts the still-standing Quincy #2 shaft-house, a National Historic Site, viewed from the south.
This coin was made in 2006 and is historically significant in the bullion trade as it was the first ever use of troy ounces as the weight designation of copper bullion. The use of the troy ounce in denominating the weight of copper was intended as an offhand joke, as troy ounces are generally used only in reference to precious metals. The fact that the 36 gram weight is almost five grams over a troy ounce made the piece even more ludicrous, and was intended to be representative of the fact that you get more than your money's worth when you visit the Copper Country! Even though it was a joke, it has now, years later, become commonplace for copper bars and rounds to be designated in troy ounces.
This is a fine piece of mining-related exonumia, a great addition to any collection of Upper Peninsula minerals or artifacts, and a historically significant bullion piece.
This Copper Country Bullion is struck from solid copper, measures 3.3 cm in diameter, and weighs about 36 grams. Design by
Tom Maringer, engraving by Gary Carlisle and Stan Pearson.
Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
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I recently purchased a couple of the Copper Country Coins, and I'm extremely happy with them. They are hefty, being 1 ounce of copper, and the engraving is clean and well done. I'm a "Yooper", as is my husband, of many years, and one can't escape the mining history that is part of every road and every dwelling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Choosing a miner for the theme is appropriate and desirable. The presentation of the coin is also very cool, and it's quite apparent to me that the people who produce the coins care a lot about what it looks like when it leaves their hands as much as when it arrives in yours. One of the two I bought is slated to be a give to another Yooper friend, and I'm sure she will enjoy it every bit as much as I do mine. Thanks guys!
I'm glad you like the coin! You may also enjoy Tom Maringer's novel, A Superior State of Affairs, set in the U.P. You can read the synopsis here: https://www.shirepost.com/products/a-superior-state-of-affairs
Copper Country Bullion
although copper is not generally my favorite metal type, this is a beautifully done coin and i intend to order some more as gifts. it is a splendid addition to any collection.
This is a nice, novel, and hefty little round of copper. You're definitely buying this as an art round, and not a bullion piece. But you can know that, since it's from Shire Post, it's excellent art.
If you want an affordable entry point into collecting bullion pieces, this coin of solid copper makes a fine choice to start it. It is well-defined and not too flashy. You will like how hefty the coin feels when you hold it.