About those Highland Mint Super Bowl Flip Coins

What are Super Bowl Coins made with?

Since Super Bowl 41 the Highland Mint Super Bowl Two Tone Flip Coins are no longer made with .999 silver. When the price of silver and gold went up, the Highland Mint went to using a silver plating on the two tone flip coins. The other Super Bowl coins they offer use only a base metal as the base for the coin.

To Gold Plate or Not to Gold Plate that is the Question
For Super Bowl 51 only the Highland Mint Two Tone Super Bowl Flip Coins were gold plated. The other gold Super Bowl coins sold by the Highland Mint are now gold flashed, rather than gold plated.

What’s the difference between gold plating and gold flashing?
Gold flash is mainly just for color and is usually from 5 micro” to 10 micro” thick as opposed to go,d plating which usually runs from 12 to 65 micro” thick. Even the way the Super Bowl 2-Tone Flip Coins are being gold plated seems to be less detailed then in previous year. Take a look at the side by side of the Super Bowl 49 two tone flip coin and the Super Bowl 51 two tone flip coin and decide for yourself.

 

Super Bowl Two Tone Flip Coins
Comparison of Super Bowl 49 & Super Bowl 50 Two Tone Flip Coins

 

A brief history of the Super Bowl

Get the Scoop on how the first Super Bowl started

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League or NFL and is the highest level of professional football in the United States. This game showcases the top two teams of the current season that begins in the latter part of summer of the previous year. The Super Bowl normally uses Roman numerals to identify each game from super bowl I to super bowl XLIX. The first official Super Bowl I was played on January 15th. The only exception to this was Super Bowl 50. This game did not use Roman numerals. Super Bowl 51 revives the roman numeral tradition.

Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Continue reading “A brief history of the Super Bowl”

Highland Mint Sold Forged Player Autographs

Highland Mint sold Patriots & Seahawks gear with forged player autographs

According to Share Sleuth the Highland Mint once had an outside party confirm the authenticity of its autographed merchandise. But in recent years, customers have received certificates signed by the company’s president and owner, Michael E. Kott.”

Editor’s Comments: I checked the Highland Mint website and under their about us could not find any details concerning how they authenticate their Super Bowl flip coins, photo mints and sports collectibles. While it is great to get a certificate of authenticity with the memorabilia you purchase, how do you know it is actually authentic? 

Excerpted from Share Sleuth
by Chris Carey

Just days after the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots claimed their spots in Super Bowl XLIX, a memorabilia company called The Highland Mint contacted customers with a tantalizing list of autographed collectibles.

Highland — best known in sports circles as the maker of the commemorative coin used for the game’s opening toss — said it was selling a limited number of Patriots and Seahawks items, including official Super Bowl XLIX footballs and mini-helmets signed by star quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.

The pieces on the company’s list ranged in price from $399 to $2,500 and had a combined retail value of more than $300,000. Highland said each would be shipped with a certificate affirming their authenticity.

But a Sharesleuth investigation found that all, or nearly all, of the items were fakes. What’s more, we found that the Melbourne, Fla.-based company has marketed virtually identical merchandise before previous Super Bowls, dating back to at least 2011.

After becoming suspicious about this year’s items, Sharesleuth contacted representatives for Wilson and Brady, who confirmed that the players had no part in their creation. We also sent the evidence to the NFL’s headquarters, but got no response.

The special collectibles were not advertised on Highland’s web site, which features a wide range of legitimate, NFL-authorized merchandise. Instead, a list with descriptions and pictures was offered to customers who previously had expressed interest in such items.

Although forgeries are a perpetual problem in the memorabilia business, experts said it was highly unusual for an established, league-approved vendor to be dealing in them.

It is unclear how many of the questionable Super Bowl-related items Highland actually sold. But if it managed to move most of the inventory it advertised for the past five games, the proceeds could be in the neighborhood of $1 million. Continue reading “Highland Mint Sold Forged Player Autographs”

Super Bowl Flip Coins May Not Be a Smart Investment

4 Reasons To Avoid Investing In Commemorative Coins
Published by: Eric Sepanek

Since the 1960s, commemorative coins have been issued by various companies advertising themselves as “mints” while indirectly representing their coins as viable investments. Although commemorative coins are beautifully designed and themed after admirable individuals (U.S. Presidential commemorative coins, for example), momentous events in history, or landmarks to make them even more attractive to collectors, they may not be considered good investments. In fact, the old adage that looks can be deceiving applies especially to commemorative coins.
Little, if any, gold or silver used

Something touted as being commemorative gold coins sounds like an investment-worthy product, but don’t buy into this, don’t let the word “gold” fool you. It is a powerful and persuasive word used by companies selling commemorative coins to influence consumer behavior. Be aware that items said to be gold are typically “gold-plated” and have such a thin, nearly imperceptible layer of gold covering them that it costs more to refine the items than the item is actually worth. This also goes for “plated” and “layered” commemorative silver coins as well. Continue reading “Super Bowl Flip Coins May Not Be a Smart Investment”