"A Superior State of Affairs" and a Copper Country Coin
An original novel by Tom Maringer and a solid copper coin.
A Superior State of Affairs:
Copper Country 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 Arne Harjaala 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. Coin artwork by Gary Carlisle and Stan Peterson.
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.
I was interested in this coin because I am interested and familiar with the history of copper mining in the northern Midwest. I also like silver so I ordered the bi-metal version of this coin. Well, they apparently don't seem to get many orders for this version so I got the solid copper version in error.
However, after a single email, the Service team owned the problem and sent the correct coin to me right away. They were courteous and handled the issue in the best manner possible, and I couldn't be more pleased with the coin and with the service I received. Thank you Shire Post!