As many of you know, Intaglio Mint recently opted to offer its products exclusively through a select number of bullion retailers. As one of these choice dealers, we were granted the unprecedented opportunity to go behind the scenes to tour its Denver, Colorado facility, talk to its key members, and get a first-hand look at the magic that goes into creating every stunning Intaglio Mint piece.
And we were impressed!
Intaglio (pronounced In-TAHL-yo) is a relative newcomer to the world of private bullion mints. But its founding members, who remain the cornerstones of its operation today, bring a wealth of industry knowledge, craftsmanship, and passion to their posts.
Founder and CEO Mark Bogani has over 35 years experience in coin collecting and over a decade of experience in the wholesale coin business. Operations Manager Tony Grat also has years of numismatics, coin collecting, and minting experience. Grat learned coin minting like a true craftsman – by hand – creating bullion products with some of the industry’s earliest tools. He leverages that early foundation today to ensure that the same exquisite details found in numismatic items aren’t lost as modern technology enters the bullion fabrication world. Grat and Bogani are perfectionists who know the industry from the ground up.
And it shows.
Each round is painstakingly reimagined in high relief to honor events, places, and icons throughout history. Even avid history buffs will find something new in each collection. “For our Tribute Series, for example, we want to not only commemorate famous coins, but also spotlight some lesser-known pieces as well,” Grat stated.
For example, the 2 oz Silver Getz Washington round pays tribute to one of America’s earliest and relatively unknown prototype coins. In 1791, head of the Senate coinage committee Robert Morris drafted legislation that would provide for the establishment of a federal mint for our young nation. So Morris hired Peter Getz and other engravers to make sample coins in anticipation of the new mint. Getz struck several prototypes in a colleague’s coach house, and the equipment he used was later moved to the US Mint’s first location in Philadelphia. Today, the Intaglio Mint Getz Washington round celebrates one of these original pre-US Mint prototypes.
The Getz Washington round is just one of many Intaglio pieces with a story to tell. “Anyone who is passionate about this business must also have a passion for history, and just as importantly, art.” Bogani explains.
Intaglio Mint’s wholistic approach is one of many reasons why its products are so popular with both experienced and new stackers alike. At first glance, it’s clear that every piece is created at the perfect intersection of investment, art, and history.
What started with one machine almost a decade ago has grown into a world-renowned private bullion mint. But make no mistake – Intaglio Mint has no plans to become an assembly line. Even with its rapid growth and popularity, Intaglio is committed to holding true to its roots.
No matter how large the order, every intricately-sculpted, high-relief piece that goes out the door is still crafted and inspected by hand (usually by Grat himself). “We are not out to produce everything for everybody. We built our reputation on creating select, well-made products that preserve the integrity of the history, events and people we choose to honor in silver – and that will continue to be our guiding mission as we grow,” Bogani states.
So when you hold an Intaglio Mint piece in your hand, you are not only holding a valuable addition to a precious metals portfolio. You are also adding a beautiful, memorable keepsake to your collection that will be appreciated for generations to come.
Thank you, Intaglio Mint, for allowing us to get to know you!
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