Silver: The Element of Change
Special Thanks to – Endeavour Silver, The Diamond State Depository, and Materion Advanced Materials
Everyone should own a little silver - no exceptions.
What would happen if your grandfather placed $2 in a drawer 50 years ago (1963), and the money was just discovered?
To find the answer, read the short article in CoinWeek written by Al Doyle.
The Silver American Eagle Bullion Coin is the most popular collected series of coins from the US Mint. Now it’s history by John Mercanti has been released in a book named “A Guide to the US Bullion Coin Program” and is published by Whitman.
I first saw it at a local coin Show in Michigan and it did create quite and interest. Who would have thought that this coin, first released in 1986 and every year since could have had such a rich history. It is a big book measuring 11” x 8.5” with 154 beautiful full color pages. The MSRP $29.95. Read more about in Coin World – November 2012 issue which speaks to Mercanti’s career and personal insights. It is never too late to start collecting these one ounce fine silver coins one at a time or in an entire set.
The Buffalo – Indian Head Nickel minted from 1913 through 1938 is one of the more popular designs from the U.S. mint and is a favorite among coin collectors. The designer, James Earle Fraser, put much thought into this!
Follow the links to get the perspective by author John Sheldon or comments by the Gold Mountain Trading Company.
Pictured are the cut coin versions which were hand-crafted over forty years ago. These make great Jewelry gifts, such as Key Chains, Necklace Pendants or Ear Rings.
Making Silver Rounds
Here is a great look into how the making of silver coins is completed from start to finish.
Special Thanks to the Employees of Endeavour Silver For sharing the Process
As Sgt. Phil Esterhaus of “Hill Street Blues” would say, “Let’s be careful out there.”
It happens way too often. You attend that weekly a coin show and have purchased some new items or you are a dealer and pack up your car after the show and head for home. It’s only a short drive, it’s been a long day and you need to make one more stop for whatever reason. It will only take a minute. In the snap of your fingers, another smash-and-grab hits out of nowhere. It happens quick and it is all gone!!! It happens more often than you may think and in all regions of the country. It recently happened to a Pennsylvania couple returning from a Maryland coin show.
Bottom line, you can’t be too cautious. The next time you leave a coin show remember to take off your tell tale “Please rob me” sign, also know as the show badge. So be alert, watch out for strangers, travel with a friend, take different routes and keep an eye on your rearview mirror. You never know who may be watching!
Read more about this incident in Pennsylvania by Debbie Bradley in her article “Common Sense” featured in the Numismatic News.
David Levenstein of LakeshoreTrading gives his viewpoint and shares some of the more common scams in the gold market at the moment and how best to avoid them. His message is very simple:
“If a deal looks too good to believe, it probably is worse than you can imagine, and when adding precious metals to your investment portfolio stick with bullion bars and coins.”
One other comment stands out and should be noted:
“A numismatic coin is a collectors coin that has value in excess of its metal content because it is historical or rare. But, you cannot create rarity or claim an item to be rare simply because you restrict the quantity being minted. Rarity is determined by a coins surviving population from the original mintage, and not because you say it is. However, if you are a collector, then this is a different matter. A collector might purchase a rare coin for many multiples of the value of the metal it contains, but for the average investor numismatic coins and medallions are on a par with rare stamps, art, ceramics etc. You must also bear in mind that in most instances it is not all that easy to liquidate numismatic coins and in contrast most bullion coins are easy to sell anywhere in the world.”
His full independent viewpoint can be found on Mineweb.
Mar 13th, 2012 by Mike
2012 Titanic Commemorative Coins from World Mints
The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Various mints around the world have marked the occasion with the issuance of commemorative coins. World Mint News has provided an overview of various 2012 Titanic Commemorative Coins. You can also vote for your favorite.
Pictured is a 14.6 troy ounce Proof Silver Medallion honoring those 1503 who perished. It can be found at the Captain’s eBay store.
The “Change in your Pocket” could be worth a lot!!!
Every day you usually end up with a little. Let the coin experts Ken Potter and Dr. Brian Allen, explain and separate the good from the bad. This terrific little book “Strike It Rich” has detailed photographs and teaches you what to look for. It would also make a great little special gift for someone.