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Sunshine Minting Inc. (SMI) was founded in 1979 and is a world-wide supplier of precious metal products.
The Sunshine Minting Corp. is located in the silver rich area of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
This area of North America is known for its abundant silver deposits.
The company is one of the primary suppliers of Precious Metal blanks to the United States Mint.
In addition, the Sunshine Mint supplies rounds and bars
to many other global financial institutions.
The Sunshine Mint recently started placing on all of it's bullion products the Mint Mark SI™.
Whether the bullion item is a round or a bar, on the reverse side of the bullion product you will find a circular area located in the middle of the item with the "Mint Mark SI™ label. (as seen on the bar to the right)
Mint Mark SI™ is an Scrambled Indication security feature that is Micro-Engraved.
The Micro Engraving can only be visible with the Mint Mark SI™ decoding lens placed over the security feature.
Depending on whether the lens is held vertically or horizontally over the "Mint Mark SI™ security feature, will determine what you will see.
When the decoder lens is placed Horizontally over the security feature, you will see the word "VALID" in the lens (shown right).
However, when the decoder lens is placed vertically over the security feature, you will see the Sunshine Mint's, sunshine design. (seen in the reverse side of the silver round below.)
The Sunshine Mint is a full service precious metals minting facility capable of producing large volumes of high quality bullion blanks, rounds and bars.
They use Optical Emission Spectrometry in the assaying process of silver and gold to guarantee purity.
A Optical Emissions Spectrometer analyzer can produce qualitative and quantitative metal analysis of the material composition with uncompromising accuracy.
Sunshine Minting operation is geared to manufacture products to industry standards in brilliant un-circulated, proof-like and proof quality bullion.
Sunshine Minting bullion products come in both rounds and bars made of silver and gold.
The purity of their gold and silver bullion ranges from .999 to.9999, depending on the customer's manufacturing requirements.
They offer silver rounds in sizes from 1 troy oz. to 10 troy oz., and silver bars from 1 troy oz. to 100 ozt.
Their gold rounds range from a 10th of a troy oz. in size (.10), up to 1 troy oz. in size.
The Sunshine Mint's gold bars range in size from 1gram in size, to a 10 troy oz. gold bullion bar.
The purity of the mint's gold bullion, depends on the customers requirements.
Source: Sunshine Mint
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