PAMP Lunar 1 oz silver bar Year of the Horse
The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinesezodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, with the year 2014 belonging to the horse.
The horse is a highly respected animal inChinese culture and those born under the year of the horse are considered to bepersons who enjoy travelling and who are impulsive and energetic with an edgy temperamentthat makes them easily become impatient. People born in the year of the horseare said to be intelligent and logical, and are also considered to behard-working, independent and ambitious. This generally leads them to goodhealth as their positive attitude to work influences their well-being. However,they have a tendency to take on a heavy workload which then tires them and sapstheir strength. Other people tend to like the companionship of people born inthe year of the horse because of their humour and easy-going nature which willmake most people feel at ease. It can therefore be seen that the PAMP Lunarsilver bar is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a PAMPLunar silver bar means that you are showing affection by immortalising theperson’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious silver artwork.
The minted PAMP Lunar silver bar
Minted bars refer to the manufacturing process that is applied to create them. The process begins by heating silver materialin a furnace until it turns to a molten slurry. During the heating process, all unwanted impurities in the slurry are removed until only molten silver of high purity is left, most often at around 99.9%. The molten silver is then poured into moulds, usually in the shape of large bars, where it cools and solidifies.The solid silver is then inserted into a mill that rolls the silver into panels with a uniform dimension. Afterwards, the silver panels are inserted into ablanking press that punches blanks out of the silver panels. The next step involves the weighing of each silver blank to ensure that it is neither underweight nor overweight and those that pass this test are then polished forthem to obtain a shiny surface. The last stage involves the minting process where the silver blank is inserted into a minting press that presses its die with huge force to transfer the design from the die onto the silver blank. The result is a minted bar. The newly minted silver bar is then inspected before beingsealed in a transparent tamper-proof protective package.
The “Swiss made” PAMP 1 ounce Lunar silver bar
Switzerland’s reputation for producing high quality luxurious products is not limited to the watch industry but applies equally to investment silver. Switzerland is to silver what France is to wine, a statement supported by hard facts which show that most of the world’s silver is refined in this prosperous alpine country. Information from the London Good Delivery List shows that six refineries hold 90% of the silver market and four of those, including PAMP, are based in Switzerland. On average, Switzerland refines between 65-75% of the world’s annual supply of silver, making it the number one country in the world when it comes to refining silver and manufacturing bullion bars. The reason why Switzerland commands this position is because of the country’shigh level of security, efficient logistics, a strong financial system that accommodates some of the world’s leading international banks, and, most importantly, stringent laws that set high standards regarding the quality and purity of finished bullion products. For example, every PAMP silver bar contains an assayer’s stamp, seen on the reverse as “ESSAYEUR FONDEUR”, which guarantees the purity of the bar. To be able to put this marking on its bars, PAMP needs to comply with strict Swiss federal laws (Precious Metals Control Act) and employ an affirmed assayer who has acquired the needed federal assayer’s licences. Affirmed assayers must keep proper account of the determination of fineness that they perform and at any given time must make their books available to the authorities for inspection. In other words, every PAMP silverbar has its purity accredited by government and industry bodies, its quality complieswith the highest industry standards and is perfected by the best Swiss engineers, resulting in a product with silvered integrity that surpasses all standards of excellence. After all, it is Swiss made.