Deep in the South-West of the United States
of America, in the sweltering heat of the Sonora Desert, lies the city of
Scottsdale. On the outward road at the edge of the city there are some
inconspicuous factory buildings where some of the most exceptional silver coins
in the world are produced - the coins of the Scottsdale Mint.
The first silver deposits in Arizona were
discovered in 1583, and when Arizona was annexed by the USA in 1853 a
40-year-long silver boom started, which only died down with the end of the
silver dollar. Even though most mines in the region produce copper today, it
was decided to opt for silver at the Scottsdale Mint, and a market gap was
discovered for coins with a special design. Be it the Biblical Coin Series, the
Silverback Gorilla or the Fiji Iguanas, the designers at the Scottsdale Mint
are definitely very creative.