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04 Oct 2017

A Real Heavy Weight...

Exonumia | Kepi

This is a great 2017 piece from the Republique Democratique Du Congo.  It features an ol' narley looking Water Buffalo with an attitude...haha   It's 100 grams of .999 silver stamped into a 3/4 inch thick reeded edge round.  And it's HEAVY!  This is a really detailed piece, hope you can see everything in the photo's!  I really like to collect coins/bullion with a Buffalo or Bison theme and I couldn't resist this African version.  Thanks for looking!

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14 May 2017

The Queen's Beasts Series (Part One) Updated

Coins-World | FortWorthCollector

The Queen's Beasts Series started last year with the Lion of England and is now in full swing with two issues per year with the exception of two years and will run until 2021. The first and last year of issue will only have one coin each. This ten coin series will depict the heraldic Queens's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and represent the royal line of ancestry. Each coin will have many different variations of precious metal and precious metal weight. The Silver released issues will come in 2oz & 10oz bullion mint state versions. The Gold released issues will come in 1/4oz & 1oz bullion mint state versions and the Platinum released issue will come in a 1oz bullion mint state version. It is helpful to mention that there is a silver proof version of the Lion of England in 1oz, 5oz, and10oz but this version's design varies slightly and is double the price of it's bullion counterpart.  In my opinion the 2oz silver bullion mint state version is the most affordable  and will be the one I will focus on for this and future posts about this series. You can currently pick up one of the three already released issues for around $60 in Gem UNC or $70 in MS-69 which is a bargain in my book when a 1oz Panda can cost as much as $50 in the same grade. The list below shows the three coins currently released and the future coins to be released in no particular order. A special thanks goes out to JM Bullion for their extensive background information on this series. Please visit there site if you would like more information about the series or individual coin designs.The Lion of England 2016The Griffin of Edward III 2017The Red Dragon of Wales 2017The Falcon of the PlantagenetsThe Black Bull of ClarenceThe Yale of BeaufortThe White Lion of MortimerThe White Greyhound of RichmondThe Unicorn of ScotlandThe White Horse of Hanover

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30 Apr 2017

The Queen's Beasts Series (Part One) Outdated

Coins-World | FortWorthCollector

The Queen's Beasts Series started last year and is now in full swing with two issues every year. The series is to commemorate the 10 heraldic Queen's Beasts statues present at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and represent the royal line of ancestry. The coins come in many different versions but for the purpose of this post we will only be talking about the two oz silver bullion version as in my opinion it is the most affordable version to buy. The coins as said before comes in 2oz silver bullion versions meaning you will only find gem unc or MS coins slabbed no proofs. You can pick up one of the three already released issues for around $60 in gem unc or $70 in MS-69 which is a bargain in my book when a 1oz Panda can cost as much as $50 in the same grade. The list below shows the three coins currently released.2016 lion2017 Griffin was supposed to come out dated 20162017 Dragon2017 White Greyhound  is supposed to come out later this year

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01 Nov 2016

Collecting modern coins part 1

Coins | user_94464

In part one, I discuss bullion and commemoratives and part two will be for varieties, circulating coins, and similar stuff. 

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09 Jul 2016

BIGGER IS BETTER...

Coins - World | Kepi

This was a crazy purchase!   But when I saw it at my coin dealer, I had to have it!  The size and weight mesmerized me, a kilo of silver.  It's a 2014 Australian Kookaburra, a very popular series in itself.      What's your most  "crazy, have to have" purchase?    : )

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06 Aug 2015

What You Need to Know Before Investing in Gold

Consumer Alerts | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

One of the most popular ways to invest in gold is through exchange traded funds; more commonly referred to as ETFs.  There are a few reasons why individuals choose to invest in this form of gold.  Most obvious is the convenience of being able to purchase shares through a brokerage account with a couple of keystrokes from a computer.  Secondly, it’s possible to invest in shares that are a fraction of standard size gold coins and bars, which provides a bit more flexibility.  Thirdly, the expenses associated with investing in ETFs are minimal.  Lastly, the round trip commission associated with buying and selling gold through ETFs are nominal on an annual basis.  While on the surface, investing in gold ETFs may sound like the ideal investment, the fact of the matter is that investing in gold ETFs is a very risky proposition; much more than you may have realized.  In this article, we’ll share with you some of the potential pitfalls associated with investing in gold ETFs and why we believe that an investment in physical gold coins and bullion is a superior option.

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01 May 2015

Toning Experiment

Exonumia | Longstrider

   I don't usually buy bullion rounds but I was at my favorite coin store the other day and I saw these. They are one ounce silver rounds put out by some company, I think, to celebrate their 10th anniversary. They, he had a roll, feature a dragon and peacock on the reverse and the company logo on the obverse. The dragon was the first thing to draw me in then I saw the edge. All 20 coins had this dark toning all around the coin with the toning starting to creep over the main surfaces. I bought one of the rounds in the hopes of watching the toning progress over the rest of the coin.

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