Coins and rounds are often made to commemorate major global or national events. Most of the time, these events are momentous, exciting occurrences. The end of a war or the start of a new treaty are two big examples of events that spur the creation of a new commemorative silver round’s design. Presidential coins are also popular in the United States, where the peaceful transition of power is an event worthy of celebration for bullion collectors.
But this piece commemorates a different kind of event. 2020 has been one of the roughest years in recent memory for people all over the world for a few different reasons. The number one cause of distress globally this year has undoubtedly been the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus itself has taken over 1.6 million lives across the globe. But lockdowns meant to stop or slow the spread of the virus have also created a unique global situation. Children learned from home, teenagers celebrated graduation in their cars, and billions of people had their social lives completely disrupted by the invisible enemy of COVID-19.
Struck with .999 fine silver using sophisticated and stunning high relief technology, the 2020 COVID-19 High Relief 2 OZ Silver Round gives collectors the opportunity to commemorate one of the most significant years in recent human history. Its design on both sides emphasizes the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
- .999 fine silver.
- High relief technology.
- Obverse depiction: three viruses with the year (2020) inscribed below them.
- Reverse depiction: A single detailed virus is centered.
Years from now, it’s unlikely that 2020 will be remembered for much, outside of the COVID-19 pandemic. This uniquely global event spared no country from its destruction. Hundreds of thousands have died in the U.S., and over a million globally. The virus also caused a series of lockdowns, forcing governments to shut down businesses, schools, and even public works like libraries and government facilities.
The 2020 COVID-19 High Relief 2 Oz Silver Round combines high purity and high relief striking technology with a design that is uniquely 2020. The obverse side of the round centers three viruses with the year, 2020, inscribed below them. This side also includes a unique inscription, “Minted During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” as well as the weight and purity of the piece.
Unsurprisingly, the reverse side also emphasizes the importance of COVID-19 to the year 2020. Its simple design really pops with the incredible high relief technology used to strike this round. A single virus is centered on this side of the round, further cementing COVID-19’s impact on the global economy and community this year.
This round presents collectors with the unique opportunity to commemorate a traumatic global event. The COVID-19 pandemic has not been pretty, and it certainly is not comparable to a U.S. Presidential election or the end of a war. However, collectors for generations are likely to appreciate this coin’s unique placement in American and world history.