This is one of only 30,000 BH-2 “10,000 Foot Main Addition to Bunker Hill Mine Completed – Kellogg Tunnel” silver rounds minted as part of the 1981-1982 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 1981-1982 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-2 is the second in the series and commemorates the completion of the Kellogg Tunnel in 1902 near Kellogg, Idaho. The 10,000 foot tunnel took nearly a decade to complete, and dramatically improved the productivity of the mines in the complex. The event is depicted a rendering of a miner, perhaps Kellogg himself, seated at the front of what seems to be an endless train of carts full of ore leaving the mountain under an archway that reads “Kellogg Tunnel, 1893 – 1902.” The rails, fencing, and smooth edges to the tunnels entrance into the mountain itself serve to highlight this monumental achievement.
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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