Coin Matching Contest Winner!

July 13th, 2012

Earlier this week we launched a Coin Matching contest, promising a Silver Circle .10 oz. Rebel Round to the first person who could correctly match the fronts and backs and identify the organizations that made 10 different silver rounds minted in the US by non government organizations.

The most common comment we got with people’s answers was that the contest was educational, which is fabulous, but it turned out to be pretty educational for me too. When I asked you to identify who made the coin I was thinking about the organization, but many of you gave me the mint. So I accepted either answer. In addition, many of the incorrect answers people gave were organizations I’d never heard of, but perfectly legitimate silver outfits. So, thank you for that.

We received 68 entries in all, and 11 perfect scores, but of course there can be only one winner…

Congratulations to Deanne Hunt!

With 10 perfect matches and 10 perfect identifications for a total score of 20 Deanne Hunt is the winner of our Precious Metals Week Coin Matching Contest and proud owner of a brand new a Silver Circle .10 oz. Rebel Round! Deanne wrote:

Cool contest… ended up learning about Lakota leaving US treaties and the Dinar website bartering stores… pretty cool.

Pretty cool, indeed. Because that’s really the point. Helping each other learn about and familiarize ourselves with all the Rebel Silver projects out there. I thought we should also recognize the 10 runner ups who also got perfect scores. These folks really know their stuff:

  1. Darryl W. Perry
  2. Chris Lawless
  3. Richard Esparza
  4. Brad Hollas
  5. Bruce Guthrie
  6. Melissa Best
  7. Kevin Glaeske
  8. Robert C
  9. Paul Moore
  10. Ed Sagmoen

And of course, what you’re all waiting for… the answers.

1I – NORFED Hawaii Dala

King Kamehameha is honored throughout Hawaii as a symbol of the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement. He was known as the “Merry Monarch” for his music and the Hawaiian Renaissance he brought to his island nation. He also issued Hawaii’s first silver coinage in 1883. The Hawaii Dala was launched by NORFED like the Liberty Dollar before the Feds shut them down in 2007. These are no longer available from the manufacturer.

2H – Silver Circle

That would be us. The Rebel Rounds are an artifact of the fictional world of the Silver Circle Movie in which possession of precious metals is criminalized after an economic collapse and a power grab by the Federal Reserve. Rebels  from the Silver Underground flaunt the law and begin minting the coins themselves. You can get yours from Silver Stampede.

3F – NORFED Liberty Dollar

The Liberty Dollar was the baby of monetary architect Bernard von NotHaus. It was a private currency that included physical rounds, gold and silver certificates and electronic currency. The metal was warehoused at the Sunshine Mint in Idaho until they were raided by the FBI and Secret Service in 2007. NotHaus was charged with counterfeiting without fraud, conspiracy against the US and “economic terrorism.” A true Rebel. These are no longer available from the manufacturer.

4E – Ludwig von Mises Institute

This is a Rothbard commemorative coin from the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The Mises Institute praises Murray Rothbard as “the world’s greatest advocate of hard money.” You can get these from their Memorabilia Shop.

5C Del Valley Silver

Del Valley Silver was barter network of “mom and pop” businesses founded by Karen Emery. The Silver Circle Rebel Rounds were originally minted by Del Valley Silver, unfortunately they decided to suspend operations in January of this year. These are no longer available from the manufacturer.

6J – End the Fed Coin Project

The End the Fed Coin Project began with the mission to abolish the federal reserve by four basic strategies: protect our wealth, protest our broken financial system, promote sound money education and proselytize. They championed the slogan, “The coin is mightier than the press!” From what I can tell their website is no longer available but they do have a facebook page.  . I’m not sure whether or not the still manufacture the coins.

7A – Campaign for Liberty

The Ron Paul Medallion is a commemorative coin issued by the Campaign for Liberty in 2009 signifying their commitment to continue the campaign after losing the 2008 Presidential Primary race.

8D – The American Dirham from Dinar Wakala

This one stumped quite a bit of you. This is not from any Middle Eastern or North African nation. It’s actually minted in Texas. Dinar Wakala LLC was founded by two ardent sound money advocates, Muhammad Asif Shiraz and Amir Ismail Bryant working closely with the American Open Currency Standard (AOCS).

9B – Free Lakota Bank

The Lakota Nation considers paper money to be the root cause of most injustice in the world. In response the Free Lakota Bank issues their own silver coins and accepts for deposit any AOCS Approved Silver currencies and other .999 fine silver bullion. In this way the Lakota Nation seeks sovereignty through economic independence. You can get these in silver or copper from Midas Resources.

10G – Free State Project

The Free State Project is a movement of liberty loving individuals all pledged to move to New Hampshire to consolidate their activism toward the establishment of a free society where “The maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty and property.” For some this means political participation, for others it’s a full blown secession movement. The Silver Rounds are no longer available, simply because their sold out.  But the copper rounds are still available in their online store.

You may have noticed that many of these are no longer being manufactured, or were issued by organizations that are no longer active. And yet, you will still find these rounds in the market, sold on eBay, traded as barter, or horded in secret stashes. This fact alone should demonstrate the value of silver as a medium of exchange. When was the last time you heard of people continuing to use a paper currency long after the State that issued it has collapsed? Whether by State aggression, or by peaceful means, if it ever happens that we can no longer manufacture the Silver Circle Rebel Rounds you can be assured that the rounds already in circulation will still hold a comparable value to all these other rounds. But if it ever happens that the Federal Reserve no longer issues US Dollars, either by secession, collapse or the adoption of some global fiat paper note, the $50 bill that could buy a silver round today will be completely worthless to anyone except a museum curator.

And don’t forget to visit our official website to learn more about the Silver Circle Movie:


About the Author: Davi Barker

In grade school Davi refused to recite the pledge of allegiance because he didn't understand what it meant. He was ordered to do as he was told. In college he spent hours scouring through the congressional record trying to understand this strange machine. That's where he discovered Dr. Ron Paul. In 2007 he joined the End The Fed movement and found a political home with the libertarians. The Declaration of Independence claims that the government derives its power “from the consent of the governed." He does not consent.