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. 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.
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The coins I've bought from Shire Post Mint have mostly been fantasy coins, for that "geek" factor and for tabletop gaming. This is the only one with a contemporary design, which I bought as a fidget piece after consulting with customer service for their recommendation. It's a nice, thick, heavy piece of copper that is really satisfying to handle. What's more, the detail in the engraving is almost at the level of my favorite currency coin, the bicentennial "drummer" quarter, which is in my opinion a real accomplishment for a smaller workshop like Shire Post Mint.