Asahi Refining took over the refineries and assaying center of Johnson Matthey in North America in 2016, with active production in those facilities resuming later that year. The mint originally produced silver bars for the North American market, but later expanded to offer these silver rounds as well.
Obverse design elements of the 1 oz Asahi Silver Round include the stylized Asahi Refining mint logo in the center, along with an inscription of the mint name. Around the outer edge of the design field, you will find the weight, metal content, and purity of the round.
Reverse imagery on the 1 oz Asahi Silver Round is simple, yet stunning. A unique version of the Asahi Refining logo is found in a repeating pattern across the round. As the eye focuses in on any one given logo on this side, you can see the same logo from the obverse. However, when glancing at the design, you will notice that the logo’s repeating image is visible on a larger scale as well.
Asahi Refining has a global footprint based out of its original location in Tokyo, Japan. It’s North American-based locations include Salt Lake City, Utah, Miami, Florida, and Toronto, Canada. Asahi may be new in the North American market, but its history stretches back 200 years and the refiner has LBMA and COMEX certifications.