These Copper Bullion rounds are minted in high quality .999 fine copper. Each bullion round is guaranteed to weigh at least one AVDP ounce. This Coin features the image of Benjamin Franklin on the front who was a strong believer in sound money. The reverse of the medallion features a design called “Don’t Tread on Me” that was designed by Matt Misbach and received the most votes during our Copper Bullion Design Contest. This Award winning design derived from the Gadsden Flag and is now featured on the reverse of QSB’s copper bullion.
In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an article in the Pennsylvania Journal which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit. Later the iconic symbol of the United States became the American Bald Eagle. Franklin’s article states:
I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal: Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her. Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?