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  1. We lost the penny in Canada in 2012, but things are still priced as if the penny was still there. If paying by credit/debit, then you pay the exact amount. If paying by cash then it is rounded to the closest 0c/5c.
  2. Future of Krugerrands

    Gold will always be worth gold, doesn't matter where it is from. If anything were to happen to slow down mining or minting, that would actually increase the premium due to a lower mintage but would still be valued at gold value. This is of course putting a financial gain on the deaths or hardships of people...but there is always someone that benefits from someone else's misfortune...
  3. Local coins always tend to carry the least premium, so those are always the best to invest in. If you are worried about the "possibility of short term gains" then precious metals are not the best investment. It tends to be more of a hedge against inflation more than an investment with big returns.
  4. Vintage Silver

    The site I use for information on Australian, New Zealand, and UK coins is https://www.allcoinvalues.com. They have some good technical details and photos with a touch of history as well. I don't know how reliable or up to date the prices are, but they are there too. It is a work in progress it seems, but has been a great resource for older varieties.
  5. Price difference between Krause and NGC

    I could be/probably am wrong but I thought the NGC pricing shows is trending value more so than book value. Those are very different numbers; the value and how much people are actually willing to pay. Also the 5th edition is very out of date for 1801-1900, so the pricing will be off by quite a bit. I have the 8th edition and it is from 2015.
  6. Seems the only way with your numbers to turn a profit is to make the listing for multiple pieces. Delivery fee is the killer as that is more than half of what could be profit, but if you sell in a lot of two then you are in the black by a few squiggly L's. Get someone to buy 10 in one go and you are laughing.
  7. Silvergoldbull

    They are one of the main dealers that I buy from in Canada. Great sales, great shipping, great service. I don't know how they are elsewhere, but as a company they have been great.
  8. 1913-C gold sovereign

    It seems like it is only every other year that Krause prints Canadian Sovereigns in their catalogs. The one above is from 2015 (42nd edition). Finally got my hands on the 2017 (44th edition) and so these are the most recent numbers in a Krause Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 until 2019 comes around.
  9. Half sovereign storage

    40 is setting a goal! You don't need to achieve a full tube a week and a half from now. Just let it be added to every time you look at the empty space in the tube as motivation to buy another one!
  10. New to the Forum

    Oh, we ALL know Perth. Damn Koalas and Kangaroo and Swans have taken so much of our money!!! Welcome to the forum though!
  11. New to the forum!

    Welcome! Looks like you have a nicely growing collection in the past year!
  12. New to the Forum

    Welcome. And before you buy Royal Mint, take a look up to your brothers in the north and see what us Canadians have to offer. There are the Maple Leafs of course, but so many other beautiful coins in gold and silver that you don't need anything from them damn Brits.
  13. Value of various Silver bars

    It mainly depends on how you plan on selling it later. If you are just going to sell it for melt value, then never buy based on beauty. If you are going to sell it to a collector or through an auction then you will likely get the premium that you paid back on resale.
  14. Hello

    The best advice I can give to new stackers/collectors is to just buy what you love. You can buy a 100oz bar for very little premium but then you just have a 100oz bar. If you are just stacking for numbers, than that is the best value for the money. If you are more leaning toward collecting then you will pay a larger premium but have much more beauty to look at. I have some hunks of metal just sitting in the safe, but the coins and art bars definitely get out a lot more and are much more interesting to look at and show. The is a cost (in the way of higher premiums) to that, but it really is so much more satisfying. Having 100 different little things verses one big boring thing -- there really is no comparison. I guess it depends on personality, but passive buying I find to be rather boring; passive meaning just buying whatever is cheapest per ounce when your wallet gets full. Actively hunting down beautiful coins and then finding them for the right price, and in the process finding something else that tickles your fancy too. One is just a hedge and meant to sit, the other is a hobby.
  15. I set the white balance to the bottom of the light box which is pure white. I haven't even tried proof or new and lustery coins yet because I know shooting directly at them will be bad. The closest thing I did try was the Morgan which I would say is more matte than a shiny new coin...but everything just flatted out and detail was destroyed. The photos above are raw and untouched (other than cropping and putting them in a single photo). They are also raw int he sense that I shoot in raw which gives a little more area to play. BUT there is an app that can be installed on my camera to automatically shoot multiple exposures at the same time (auto HDR bracketing for the win!) that I shall have to give a try. My eyes were droopy by the end of my little photo shoot that I didn't want to play around too much in Photoshop, but that will be tonight's task.