Every bullion collection has a design theme of one type or another. Many sovereign bullion coin programs, for example, focus on national emblems and symbolism. Other collections may feature mythical creatures common in a particular culture or wild animals prominent on a continent. When it comes to private mints, the range of design themes expands exponentially. One of the more niche design concepts is seasonal. Halloween-themed silver is increasingly popular and offers fun, festive takes on the fall season and its many characters. JM Bullion carries fresh Halloween-themed silver each year ranging from rounds and bars to unique 3D pieces. You can learn more about our Halloween silver below.
The designs of silver rounds issued during the Halloween season can vary from one year to the next. Many of these designs offer seasonally-appropriate imagery of characters such as witches and broader themes, such as the Jack-o-Lantern. These designs tend to change with each new Halloween season in order to offer something distinctive and unique for each year. Examples of popular designs over time include:
In most cases, Halloween silver rounds come with a specific design only on the obverse side. The private mints that produce these silver rounds often leave the reverse field of the round blank to allow for custom engravings to match the holiday season. You will, however, find inscriptions on this side of the weight, purity, and metal content (in most cases).
In addition to silver rounds, you can also find Halloween-themed silver bars in production during the fall months. Like silver rounds, these products offer distinctive designs befitting the season. Also, like silver rounds, Halloween-themed silver bars often have new design features each year rather than repeating the same designs. This lends a sense of collectability to the images and is, in general, a good change of pace for any collection. While these designs rotate each year, you can expect to see common themes in designs that include the following:
Silver bars in Halloween collections also tend to have blank reverse fields. The central element is left blank to accommodate custom-engraving requests, but that does not mean certain inscriptions aren’t included. You are always likely to find a festive border element with inscriptions identifying the weight, purity, and metal content of an individual piece.
Another popular design piece you will find available during the Halloween season is the Sugar Skull. Also known as a Calavera, the Sugar Skull is closely associated with the Mexican cultural tradition of Die de Muertos or Dia de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is part of a three-day celebration in Mexico that coincides with the Christian Allhallowtide season. This includes All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. The celebration is not one of mourning, but rather, is one of fond remembrance that sees Mexican families gather together to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before them.
A popular piece of the festival season is the Sugar Skull. The decorate skulls originated as a piece that was left as an offering on the altar of a dead family member’s tomb. The use of Calaveras dates back to the 1630s and is rooted in the Aztec, Mayan, and Toltec celebrations of the Day of the Dead. Today, Sugar Skulls have become popular treats for children during Day of the Dead celebrations.
Monarch Precious Metals is the leader in this space, creating hand-crafted 3D skulls with ornate details reflective of the cultural tradition of colorful skulls for the festive season. While the shape of the skulls from Monarch are often the same, there are some factors that change with each new issue of Day of the Dead Skulls from Monarch:
Halloween-themed silver arrives in the early fall and is only available through Halloween, or while supplies last. These distinctive pieces are a great option for any collector and make great gifts for the season. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. JM Bullion customer service is available at 800-276-6508, online through our live chat, and via our email address. For questions about available payment methods, we invite you to visit our Payment FAQ and then contact us with any further inquiries.