The Elements Coin Series

Updated Feb. 24, 2014



Welcome to the Elements Coin Series page. In 2006 we embarked on an ambitious project to produce standard-size coins made from as many different metals and elements from the Periodic Table of the elements as we could. So far we have been able to offer many different metals/elements in coin form and are continually marching through the periodic table with the ultimate goal of making these coins out of every element possible.

These coins are beautifully made as you will see by viewing the high-resolution photos below. Most of the coins have a nice cartwheel luster, just like newly minted coins that show the luster line as it is twirled around under bright light.

Some of the elements we have used for coins are, to our knowledge, the FIRST EVER coins or medals struck with that particular metal/element! (Gadolinium, Indium, Rhodium and Ytterbium are examples)

Almost all of the metals and elements we use in these coins are at least 99% pure with many being 99.9% pure and higher. The thickness of all the coins is the same, except for the precious metals - gold, palladium and platinum. Those are thinner to keep the weight at exactly 1/10 troy ounce (3.1 grams). We do offer as varieties these metals in the standard thickness as the other coins in the set.

These coins are very close to the diameter of a United States 1-cent coin (penny) with actual dimensions 3/4 inch diameter (19mm). These coins are made from punched blanks that are then struck on a coin press to create the images on the coin.

On the obverse, or front side of the coin, is the element name, Periodic Table symbol, atomic number & weight, melting point and density values. On the reverse, or back side, is a graphic representing the Periodic Table of the Elements which will be standard on all coins to be made in this series.

We also offer various supplies such as coin albums, flips and airtites for the convenience of collectors. Those are listed for sale below along with the coins.

Latest Developments:

Gadolinium Troy-Ounce Round: Production on these was delayed for a long time - we will be making a batch of these in the next few weeks and will update this page with their current status. Send us an email if you'd like to reserve one - price is $60 each, limit one per customer for now. The first strike of these occurred August 12, 2011. To our knowledge, this is the first troy-ounce piece ever made from a rare-earth metal. The diameter is 1.5 inches (38mm), about the same as a U.S. silver dollar. The plan is to eventually offer a complete set of the rare-earth metals in troy-ounce round format, and the other elements too (troy-ounce blanks have been made so far for indium, bismuth, ytterbium, selenium and a few others).

These are "pattern" pieces" - the final, permanent design will hopefully include graphic 3-D figures. Any ideas? We are wide open for design ideas for the troy-ounce series at this stage in development. Let us know your comments.


Gadolinium Troy-Ounce Round

Gadolinium Troy-Ounce Round Compared to U.S. Silver Dollar


Alloys: Seven new releases, available for sale as regular Alloy issues.

Here's what is going on with the next elements to be coined:

Ruthenium: Testing was successful for coining this metal from raw powder. The next step will be to have a die made and then offer these within the next couple of months.

Gases: These will eventually be offered sealed in glass capsules with the coin pattern marked on them. An etching process for glass has been tested with mixed results so far but more testing will be done. Alternate processes for marking the coin pattern in a gas-filled glass capsule will be tested also.

Iridium: Testing has started on a process with Iridium similar to the one used to make the Rhodium coins. If this is successful the same process will be tested on Rhenium.

Iridium, Osmium: Tests have been started to see if these can be made from the raw metal powders. Rhodium can be made with this method, in fact Rhodium coins will soon be offered that were made with this process as an alternate to the ones we have been making from solid cast metal. Rhodium will be offered soon also as a 1/10 troy-ounce option similar to gold, platinum and palladium versions currently in our standard set.

Tungsten: There are a few processes to etch the coin pattern on Tungsten blanks - these will be evaluated in detail. We have been told it can be done so stay tuned. Many customers have been asking for this one!

Carbon: A separate process will be tested to make a sturdy standalone variety (no resin).

Alkali Metals: Lithium would be first in this series. Special equipment will be needed to make these as oxide-free as possible. The format most likely would be a glass capsule encased in a clear resin block.

Boron and Tellurium: Currently offered as pressed powders in resin castings, alternate processes will be evaluated to make these coins as standalone (no resin). Hot-pressing is one process that will be evaluated.

Osmium: Osmium cannot be struck by conventional means from cast metal so we have been looking into alternate processes to produce the coin images on these metals.

The Rest: These are Manganese, Silicon, Arsenic, Germanium and Iodine. We have done some early evaluations and crude attempts at striking these materials with mixed success. Some of these will be the last elements to be done in coin form. Rest assured though, we never give up!

Let us know what you think about these, or any other ideas you may have!



Collector Pages:

Some of our Element Series coin collectors have setup Web pages displaying these coins, see:

Theodore Gray: See Webpage

Jim Rugh: See Webpage

(Special thanks to these folks for creating these pages and for permission to display them here)



The current offered collection (Click on any photo to view a larger image):












Typical Obverse

Reverse Common to All Coins




Regular-Issue Element Series Coins:

Most of these coins are in stock and available for purchase now. They will be packaged in a protective 2-inch x 2-inch clear plastic flexible coin flip with an informational card inserted in the flip. The flip is made of PVC-free plastic that will protect the coin and not corrode it. Some coins will be also packaged inside an "airtite" plastic holder to offer further protection. A few of the other coins will be sealed in glass capsules, and some others encased in clear plastic resin. To read more about this coin series, click here or click on the metal names just above each Add to Cart button below.

Copper: Price $5.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Copper
Aluminum: Price $4.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99%
Aluminum
Gadolinium: Price $20.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99%
Gadolinium
Gold: Price $160.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 1/10 Troy-Ounce
Limit 1 Per Customer
Gold
Zinc: Price $9.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Zinc
Niobium: Price $12.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Niobium
Molybdenum: Price $19.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Molybdenum
Magnesium: Price $13.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.8%
Magnesium
Tin: Price $7.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Tin
Cadmium: Price $15.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Cadmium
Palladium: Price $105.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 1/10 Troy-Ounce
Palladium
Vanadium: Price $30.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.8%
Vanadium
Indium: Price $16.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Indium
Lead: Price $8.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Lead
Hafnium: Price $45.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.7%
Hafnium
Iron: Price $9.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Iron
Nickel: Price $8.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.6%
Nickel
Ytterbium: Price $29.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99%
Ytterbium
Titanium: Price $10.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.2%
Titanium
Silver: Price $11.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Silver
Zirconium: Price $16.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 98.7%
Zirconium
Gallium: Price $38.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Gallium
Yttrium: Price $24.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99%
Yttrium
Tantalum: Price $22.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Tantalum
Bismuth: Price $14.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Bismuth
Antimony: Price $23.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Antimony
Platinum: Price $185.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 1/10 Troy-Ounce
Limit 1 Per Customer
Platinum
Neodymium: Price $39.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99%
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Neodymium
Samarium: Price $42.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99.7%
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Samarium
Terbium: Price $38.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99%
Terbium
Holmium: Price $23.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.5%
Holmium
Erbium: Price $18.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Erbium
Dysprosium: Price $24.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.5%
Dysprosium
Selenium: Price $22.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Selenium
Scandium: Price $52.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Scandium
Praseodymium: Price $39.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99%
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Praseodymium
Lanthanum: Price $39.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99.4%
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Lanthanum
Cerium: Price $42.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99.5%
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Cerium
Cobalt: Price $24.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Cobalt
Thulium: Price $54.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Thulium
Lutetium: Price $65.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Availability: In Stock Limited Quantity
Lutetium
Calcium: Price $55.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99%
Availability: 1 Week
Click Here before purchasing!
Calcium
Europium: Price $69.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Availability: 1-2 Weeks
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Europium
Beryllium: Price $89.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 98.7%
Beryllium
Chromium: Price $37.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Purity: 99.5%
Chromium
Sulfur: Price $18.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99%
Availability: 1 week
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Sulfur
Thallium (Clad): Price $55.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Availability: Typically 1-2 Weeks
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Thallium
Red Phosphorus: Price $50.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: Mixed with Binder
Availability: Typically 2-3 weeks
Phosphorus
Barium: Price $75.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Availability: Typically 2-3 Weeks
Barium
Rhodium: Price $310.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Availability: Typically 2-3 weeks
Weight: 5.3 Grams (about 1/6 of a Troy Ounce)
Rhodium
Carbon: Price $34.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: Mixed with Binder
Availability: Typically 2 Weeks
Carbon
Boron: Price $36.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: Mixed with Binder
Availability: Typically 2 weeks
Boron
Tellurium: Price $34.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: Mixed with Binder
Availability: Typically 2 Weeks
Tellurium
Strontium: Price $63.00
Packaging: Glass Capsule & Flip
Purity: 99%+
Availability: Typically 2 Weeks
Strontium
Mercury: Price $45.00
Packaging: Resin Casting & Flip
Purity: 99.9%
Availability: Typically 2 Weeks
Mercury



Comparison of Element Series Coins with U.S. Cent,
Euro 10-Cent, Canada Cent

Example of Coin in Airtite Holder
(Photo MAGNIFIED for detail)

Example of Coin in Flip (Front)

Example of Coin Flip (Back)




Regular-Issue Alloy Series Coins:

These are the first 4 issues from this new series and are available for purchase now. They will be packaged in a protective 2-inch x 2-inch clear plastic flexible coin flip with an informational card inserted in the flip. The flip is made of PVC-free plastic that will protect the coin and not corrode it. Some coins will be also packaged inside an "airtite" plastic holder to offer further protection.

Brass: Price $6.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Brass
Phosphor Bronze: Price $6.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Phosphor Bronze
Nickel-Silver: Price $6.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Nickel-Silver
Wood's Metal: Price $8.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Wood's Metal
Pewter: Price $7.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Pewter
Type Metal: Price $7.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Type Metal
Solder: Price $6.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Solder
Coin Silver: Price $14.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Coin Silver
A2 Tool Steel: Price $13.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
A2 Tool Steel
316 Stainless Steel: Price $8.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
316 Stainless Steel
Coinage Bronze: Price $7.00
Packaging: Coin Flip
Coinage Bronze






Other Varieties:

These are varieties of our standard 1/10 troy-ounce coins made of Palladium, Gold and Platinum. The varieties shown below are made with the standard thickness just like all our other coins and are heavier than the 1/10 troy-ounce pieces. Click on a photo to view a larger image.

Palladium: Standard Thickness
Price $160.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 5.2 Grams
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Limit 1 Per Customer - Inquire about Higher Quantities
Palladium - Standard Thickness
Gold: Standard Thickness
Price $400.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 8.4 Grams
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Limit 1 Per Customer - Inquire about Higher Quantities
Gold - Standard Thickness
Platinum: Standard Thickness
Price $520.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 99.9%
Weight: 9.3 Grams
Availability: Typically 1 Week
Limit 1 Per Customer - Inquire about Higher Quantities
Platinum - Standard Thickness


This is a standard Beryllium coin that was struck on a specially polished blank. You can view the link in the box below to see a side-by-side comparison of this with the standard-issue strike. The struck coin is noticeably shinier than the standard issue.

Beryllium: Polished Blank
Price $98.00
Packaging: Coin Flip & Airtite
Purity: 98.7%
Availability: Very Limited Supply
Click Here to compare
Beryllium - Polished Blank


Other Packaging Varieties: We can offer most of our regular-issue coins in several packaging options such as Glass Capsules and Resin Castings. There are some coins that cannot be offered in this format. If you are interested in obtaining these coins in these non-standard packaging, let us know by email and we will see if your request can be accommodated, and if so, pricing.





Supplies:

To round out the collector experience with this coin series, we are offering several supplies for storing and displaying your Element Series coin collection.

Compact Album:

This album conveniently stores and displays your Element Series coins within Air-tite containers. One album can hold up to 54 coins total. Click here for more photos and more details of the album.

Price $35.00 each

Availability: Typically 1 Week

Air-tite Coin Album

Air-Tite Containers:

These Air-tite containers are the same standard air-tites that are supplied with some of our Element Series coins. They help protect the coin from the environment and come disassembled.

Price $0.60 each

Availability: In Stock

Air-tite Container

2x2 Coin Flips:

These coin flips are the same standard flips that are supplied with all of our Element Series coins. They are PVC-free and safe for long-term storage of coins. Sold as packages of 10 flips.

Price $2.50 per package of 10

Availability: In Stock

Coin Flips (pkg. of 10)

Coin Flip Pages:

These flexible coin flip pages hold up to 20 coins in the standard 2x2 flips and fit neatly in a 3-ring binder.

Price $1.25 each

Availability: 1-2 Weeks

Coin Flip Page

Glass Capsule Retainers:

These are special retainers that help contain the glass-encapsulated coins in the Compact Album. See Special Instructions for details on this accessory.

Price $15.00 per pair (One pair required)

Availability: 1 Week

Capsule Retainers





Buy Partial or Complete Sets:

For convenience, if you wish to buy the entire current Elements Series regular-issue coin set (55 different coins as of today's date) you can do so here. Also offered are partial sets. All sets are discounted about 5% from the total purchase price of the individual coins within the set.

Elements Coin Starter Set:
8 different coins
Contains: Aluminum, Copper, Tin, Nickel, Zinc, Silver, Titanium, Iron

Price $59.00

Delivery: Typically 1 Week

8-Coin Starter Set

Elements Coin 15-Coin Set:
15 different coins
Contains: Aluminum, Copper, Tin, Nickel, Zinc, Silver, Titanium, Iron, Lead, Niobium, Magnesium, Bismuth, Erbium, Indium, Tantalum

Price $150.00

Delivery: Typically 2 Weeks

15-Coin Set

Elements Coin 20-Coin Set:
20 different coins
Contains: Aluminum, Copper, Tin, Nickel, Lead, Zinc, Silver, Titanium, Niobium, Iron, Bismuth, Magnesium, Erbium, Indium, Tantalum, Zirconium, Molybdenum, Antimony, Gadolinium, Yttrium

Price $250.00

Delivery: Typically 1-2 Weeks

20-Coin Set

Elements Coin Rare-Earth Metal Set:
16 different coins
Contains: Scandium, Yttrium, Lanthanum, Cerium, Praseodymium, Neodymium, Samarium, Europium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Holmium, Erbium, Thulium, Ytterbium, Lutetium

Price $585.00

Delivery: Typically 2 Weeks

16-Coin Rare-Earth Coin Set

Current Complete Element Series Coin Set:
55 coins in all (not including Varieties)

Price $2230.00

Delivery: Typically 3-4 Weeks by Insured Mail

Complete 55-Coin Set





Anodized Varieties:

We make beautiful varieties of certain coins with the anodizing process. (Learn more) The colors on these coins are brilliant and deep, and will last forever! Click on a photo to view a larger image.

Niobium

Price: $14.00
Each Color

Blue

Purple

Yellow

Green
Tantalum

Price: $24.00
Each Color

Blue
.

Yellow
.









Periodic Table View of Available Coins


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