Frequently Asked Questions

Who creates and mints Silver Shield art rounds?

Silver Shield art rounds are created by Chris Duane and his Silver Shield Group, and minted by the Golden State Mint. 

Is the Silver Shield Guide affiliated with the Silver Shield Group?

The Silver Shield Guide is an independent project and publication, financially supported by subscribers and guide purchasers.  

What first made you interested in investing in precious metals, and physical silver in particular?

Back in the day, it was my Keynesian economics professor who regularly emphasized three words: "debt doesn't matter". This was completely irrational from my common sense point of view. Since then, my interest and study of the history of money eventually brought me here. I agree silver is the rarest of precious metals, and will achieve the most spectacular price gains when the current fiat currency regime finally ends.

Why did you create the Silver Shield Guide?

I wanted to create a single definitive reference source to help new and existing entrants quickly understand the Silver Shield investing space, and all that is available.

Why should I invest in Silver Shield silver art rounds?

Silver Shield art rounds capture numismatic value appreciation potential as well as silver value appreciation potential . Silver Shield investors regard this as integral to their well diversified physical silver holdings, typically also including bullion silver, and constitutional "junk" silver. They typically do not plan to sell quickly, or all their collection all at ounce, and have a long term outlook. 

Do you invest in Silver Shield?

I’ve been an avid Silver Shield investor for the first four years since the beginning. Since then, I’m entirely focused on creation and continuance of this guide.  I want to be seen as an objective and independent resource for the understanding of Silver Shield and all its designs and releases.

How do you determine valuations seen in the guide?

I begin with as many data points as possible, being observed completed sales transactions, especially on ebay. Then I assign values to similar releases, also considering mintage, age, and current perceived popularity. I try to be evidence based as much as possible, and not using what I or others may think values “should be”.

Why can't I find my Silver Shield round in your guide?

The guide contains all known authorized releases of Silver Shield rounds. As with any popular minted product, there are also unauthorized and counterfeit versions of Silver Shield rounds in the market. The guide is useful for verifying authenticity prior to acquisition. If your believe your round is genuine, but can't find it in the guide, please contact me.

Is there a difference between the online guide and published (digital and printed) guides

Information for all designs and releases are exactly the same in the published and online guides at the annual published guide release date (around January 31). Then the online guide is further updated almost daily for new designs, releases, and significant valuation changes through the current year. The online guide is available to subscribers.

Is the guide available for purchase from other venues, such as Amazon?

The guide is only available for exclusive purchase on this website. However, some re-sellers may choose to re-sell the guide on their venues.

When do subscriptions renew, and do they automatically renew?

Subscriptions are active for one year from subscription date. They will not automatically renew. You will receive an automated renewal reminder notice 7 days prior to expiry, and on the expiry date, and your subscription will automatically lapse if not renewed within 7 days after expiry date.


I've already ordered my guide(s) and now I've decided to subscribe. Can I retroactively receive subscriber discounts on any guides and other product I've purchased before subscribing?

Unfortunately this is not possible. Your must subscribe prior to ordering, to receive discounts.

If I cancel my subscription, will I receive a refund for the remaining time?

Subscriptions are not refundable.  Please review the terms and conditions on the subscription page prior to subscribing.

Is a mobile app planned to compliment the website and the guide?

Yes, this is planned and will proceed for IOS and Android depending on extent of support received from subscriptions and guide purchases. The main purpose of the app will be to provide essential information from this website, plus define and value your Silver Shield collection in real time, based on current guide values, and the silver spot price. It will also include my Silver Shield value index. More on that later!

Is my personal data secure?

Yes, your privacy is respected, and data collected is very limited. It will not be given to anyone, for any reason. Your personal data resides on a secure cloud-based database managed by Wild Apricot (owned by Personify), the market leading membership management software provider. World-class best practice security measures are always followed. Whether payment is via Paypal or credit card, all payments are processed through the Paypal merchant gateway, and Your payment data can never be accessed by the principals or software providers of this website.


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