This is one of only 30,000 BH-1 “Noah Kellogg & Jackass Mine” silver rounds minted as part of the 1981 Bunker Hill Company Silver Medallion Series. These coins, which commemorate the storied history of the Bunker Hill Company, are made of 1 OZ of .9995 fine silver, have a reeded edge, and are 38.5mm in diameter.
The 1981 Bunker Hill Company Silver Medallion Series contained five beautiful rounds (BH-1 through BH-5) designed by The Metal Arts Company of New York. At the time, they were given in sets of five rounds to employees, investors and key customers. Each round depicts a key event in the History of the Bunker Hill Company. The Bunker Hill Company of Idaho was one of the largest mining and smelting complexes in the world, producing approximately 20% of the supply in America. The complexes also produced over 10,000,000 oz of silver and 12,000 oz of gold on an annual basis.
The BH-1 is the first in the series and depicts the discovery of the Bunker Hill Lead and Silver Lode near Wardner, Idaho by Noah Kellogg’s Jackass on September 4, 1885. Legend has it that the donkey wandered off that morning, and Kellogg found the animal at large outcropping of galena, which became the site of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mines. The event is commemorated is a beautiful image of Kellogg and his clairvoyant beast of burden prospecting with a pristine mountain landscape in the background.
The front side of the round commemorates the Bunker Hill Silver Company, which closed its operations the same year these coins were struck, in 1981, and indicates the weight and purity, “One Troy Ounce 999.5 Fine” of these rare collectors’ items.
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