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tbone

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  1. 2017 Swan PROOF Coin ON SALE NOW!

    I have to admit I bought 1 swan proof for myself, but I'm starting to move away from modern "rarities" and focus more on coins with real history. To make amends for my swan purchase, I later bought a 20 Lire gold coin from the 19th century Feel better now!
  2. 2017 Swan PROOF Coin ON SALE NOW!

    The silver swan proof is a nice coin for a collector to have and enjoy, but I think flippers will be disappointed in ebay sales (unless maybe they got it under 100 when it was first released). I personally don't have a big issue with Apmex (strategically) jacking up the price, but it does say something about the company, and it might leave a bad impression for many. Comes across as a dirty trick or dishonest (and playing on the FOMO psychology). On the flip side, I think if you make a purchase you should own it, be responsible for your own choice no matter the price. Still, for more common coins, I'll probably look elsewhere if I can find it from a competitor of theirs.
  3. 2017 Swan PROOF Coin ON SALE NOW!

    Now just over 100 left of the gold, my guess is once this batch is sold out, the remaining batch (how many?) will be about $200 more.
  4. 2017 Swan PROOF Coin ON SALE NOW!

    The GOLD coin is a very good deal right now (unless Apmex jacks the price way up). For less than 10% above spot, get an ounce of gold from Perth with a great design and (fairly) limited mintage at 5k. Plus the word is they'll be changing designs each year, so this design shouldn't repeat. No brainer imo. Need to get the right coin, right when it comes out. This is the right coin, if you can beat Apmex to the punch, it'll be at the right price too.
  5. If you were going to stack just one series of coins

    It would be between lunars and kooks for me, but I'd go with lunar 1oz primarily due to 300k cap vs 500k for 1oz kooks. Get them in 20 coin rolls still wrapped.
  6. Platinum - who's buying?

    I still remember many years ago (2009? 10?) when gold was about 1600 or more, watching CNBC trying to convince everyone that Platinum was so much better than gold (they ran many segments that were supposedly impromptu but looked like they were just rehashing old talking points). Who wants gold coins anyway? they asked. I was shocked but at the same time it made me realize platinum was much more acceptable to them, which killed any desire for platinum for me (besides not having a history of being used as money). Maybe I'm weird or old fashioned, but if I buy any platinum or palladium it will be 1 token coin just to say I have one.
  7. Kookaburra 2008 V's 2018.

    Looks like a Tim Burton design to me. Dark, but very interesting! And the moon reminds me of his Nightmare before Christmas:
  8. Today I bought.....

    2017 1/2oz Proof Libertad.
  9. What coin to buy?

    So I've decided to go for the $10 Indian Head in MS-64. I found a very good example with great luster at my LCS, although in an older NGC holder. Still a very nice coin, will post a pic when I get a chance. Thanks everyone for the comments!
  10. Has the sh@t finally hit the dollar fan?

    I've heard so many reasons why the dollar was just about to collapse, or why silver was just about to explode higher (end of manipulation or Comex default), but none have really panned out. From the looks of this article (unless I read it wrong), the LBMA is trying to make itself look more legit by increasing the number of currencies in which they publish the silver price. Still looks like "price discovery" (a joke really) is in USD. But in the end its a totally rigged system, so there is no price discovery. As for the dollar, its backed by more than the good faith of the government. Its also backed by the strongest military in the world. Which is why China has been trying to ramp up its military over the last few decades. Before any change to the status quo (a new reserve currency), there will most likely be a major war (just my opinion anyway).
  11. What coin to buy?

    Hi Cornishfarmer, I love the original St Gaudens, but I already have one in MS-64, and I'm looking for a piece that I don't already have. Something that is a bit different than the usual coins (lunars, libertads, maples, sovs, etc). If I didn't already have one, the original $20 eagle would be my choice! As for ungraded Indian head, I'm worried that I'll pay for a BU and get an AU or problem coin (cleaned, scratched, etc)
  12. What coin to buy?

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. I think I'm leaning towards the UHR, but one question: Should I buy it slabbed (69) without box/papers, or get box/papers and take the chance that they have been cherry picked and I'm getting a problem coin (a grading reject).
  13. What coin to buy?

    Need help deciding which gold coin to buy. I guess I could do a poll, but I'd like feedback too. My budget is $2k max, but the higher the price the more special this coin must be for me. I really like these options, but others are very appreciated: 1. Reverse proof buffalo (2013), pop 47k (PF-69) 2. 2009 Ultra High Relief, pop 115K (MS-69) 3. $10 Indian Head MS-64 (random date): The UHR is the most expensive, followed by the buffalo and then the Indian.
  14. Gold buyers

    Hard to tell, but is your avatar an empty box?
  15. Checking if coins are fake

    Interesting, I always assumed UK buyers had an easier time finding sovereigns. I'm in the US and my LCS usually has avg circ sovs for fairly decent prices. Nothing special, but they are almost as common as Krugs or eagles. Maybe my LCS is not the norm tho.