This is one of only 30,000 BH-5 “State-of-the-Art Silver Refining Achieved – Electrolytic Silver Refinery” 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-5 is the fifth in the series and of the completion of its State-of-the-Art Electrolytic Silver Refinery in Kellogg, Idaho in December of 1978. The crowning achievement of the Bunker Hill Silver Company is depicted with a portrait of a worker monitoring the pouring of silver bars that, like this coin, are made of .9995 pure silver. Electrolytic refining is the only process that can guarantee purities of .9995 and above, and is achieved using technology that is less harmful to the environment.
The front side of the round commemorates the Bunker Hill Silver Company, which closed its operations a year before these coins were struck, in 1982, and indicates the weight and purity, “One Troy Ounce 999.5 Fine” of these rare collectors’ items.
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