Taking a short break at numismatics, I decided to get some precious metals to add to my collection.
A while back, I bought two 10 silver bars at $16.97 oz. Since then silver as risen to $20.67 and dropped to the $17 range. Since silver is kinda high, I decided to get some cheaper metals.
Looking around, I found a silver american flag that looks wavy but lies flat. They are each one oz. I ended up buying two. Also from someone else I found a 1 oz. Silver Bullet, the same size as a .45 Caliber. It had a whopping 40% Premium, so I just bought one. From the same person I looked in the copper section, and they had 1 oz. rounds to 10 pound bars. The 10 pounders looked ugly in my opinion, and I found that I could get a discount if I bought 10 or more 1 pound bars, which would make them cheaper than one ten pounder. I bought as much as I could afford at the time, which was 18, as I had most of my money reserved for an auction. These copper "loaf" bars look just like the bars you see in cartoons, just smaller!
It ended up that I lost the auction, so I had plenty of spare money. For an even better price, on eBay, I found some lots of 10 of the same copper bars, I ended up getting three, or 30 bars. This put me at 48 bars. Who buys 48 pounds of copper instead of an even 50? That is what I thought. I could not go to JMBullion and get two more copper bars, and I could not find those copper loaf bars anywhere. I ended up getting two different 1 pound copper bars that were flat and much bigger, with a copper round that looked like a buffalo nickel inserted into it. My little safe upstairs has bullion and bullion only, and has a net weight of 52 pounds and 7 ounces (50' copper, 2' 7" silver, plus 3.7 grains of gold)
I dream of getting another 50 pounds of copper to make an even 100, but I don't think I will be doing that very soon. I want to get back to getting normally coins.