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Way back in the olden days, OK, OK, in 2019, I saw a couple of posts doing the circuit discussing what was being called a "2019 Steem Round".

Turns out that a 2019 Steem Round is a pretty sweet looking 1oz Silver Coin designed by the very talented @edxserverus (you can click here if you want to know more about the origin of the design).

So I thought it looked pretty schmick, and decided I needed one (plus one for my daughter, plus another one just in case). I jumped on to and placed my order.

At that time they were still in production, so I knew it would be a little while before they arrived.

Fast forward to December and notification came through that they had been minted and were beginning to ship. Mine went out on December 11th.

Great, I thought, it will be waiting for me when I get home from my Christmas holidays at my parents place.

But it wasn't. That's OK. International Post to Australia can be a bit slow over the Christmas period. It'll be here shortly after.

But it wasn't.

I made some inquiries via discord to see if others had theirs yet. Many did, but not me.

After a while Ray Brockman reached out and we discovered that they had been shipped to my residential address rather than my shipping address due to a clerical error. Not ideal as I rarely check my home mailbox (that's why I have a separate postal address).

Anyway, I checked in at the local post office in case they had left a missed delivery notice in my mailbox or something, but no luck there and had pretty much just chalked it up to a being lost in the mail system somewhere.

Well lo and behold, what should be in my mailbox waiting when I got home from work yesterday? You guessed it.

These bad boys!!!!

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How awesome do they look?? Of course the down side is now I'm going to have to try and track down 2017 & 2018 Rounds as well....

Wish me luck!

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Pretty aren't they?
Tracking down earlier coins isn't too hard. Trying to match serial numbers is a little tougher.

Matching numbers would be cool, and will probably try for moving forward, but not a deal breaker for getting the first two retrospectively

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I got lucky, and snagged #8 for all 3 years.

Nice. Do you know how many issued in the first two years?

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1500 in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 1500 were minted, but because only around half sold, the mint melted the rest down to recover the silver.

Cool. So if I went looking for 162, 163 or 165 in those years at least I'm not chasing a unicorn - they actually do exist.

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Yes, they're out there. @raybrockman would be your best source of intel on who might have them; but only if that person has publicly claimed ownership in the past (stackers being all privacy-centric and stuff)

Looking great!

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Any idea why it took so long? Did the Mail say anything?

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I'm not 100% sure, but I suspect it has probably been mis-sorted and came via Sea Mail instead of Air Mail, just based on December being a busy time of year when postal workers are a bit rushed, and the time it took to arrive.

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Yes, you might be right about it.

Aren't they lovely? If you figure out a way to get a 2017 and a 2018 let me know! I would love to have them, too.

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