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metallica73

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    metallica73 got a reaction from JCRJM in Experimental flipping goods. Worth it??   
    Drop shipping can kill your ebay ratings if it goes wrong because you're relying on a third party to ship.
    For me at least its far more worthwhile flipping silver or even numismatic coins on ebay.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from JCRJM in Experimental flipping goods. Worth it??   
    Drop shipping can kill your ebay ratings if it goes wrong because you're relying on a third party to ship.
    For me at least its far more worthwhile flipping silver or even numismatic coins on ebay.
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    metallica73 reacted to mr-dead in Full silver stack to date   
    Dug out my whole silver stack today before it goes off to the safe later to gather dust for a couple of years.
    Managed to stack this lot in just under 2 months.
    1588.1 oz / 49.39kg (inc. the 150g proof panda that hasnt been delivered yet)
    Average cost = £14.10 oz which isnt too bad



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    metallica73 reacted to ilovesilverireallydo in This MUST be a scam right?   
    I miss those lots - often used to pick up some bargains. 

    I still occasionally get them - I got a lot few months ago with some really good quality crowns and half crowns worth much more than melt value but picked up at melt
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    metallica73 got a reaction from ilovesilverireallydo in This MUST be a scam right?   
    It's a classic Ebay strategy.
    There used to be really good junk lots on Ebay, I remember filching a ton of foreign silver from them back when it was $45 spot. These days its 99% dreck with a load of old junk coins and as someone has said strategically placed 'good' items.
    My favourite is the mention on some listing of 'totally unsorted'...... which means 'I've totally sorted through this lot'
     
     
     
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    metallica73 got a reaction from tbone in Is silver stacking a loss leader?   
    I got into silver at the wrong time... 2011 when spot price was $45+ and youtube shills were everywhere. I don't think I ever sold a piece of pure silver bullion for profit to this day
    But it did turn me into a collector of numismatic old coins, something which I would have considered nerdy just a few years ago. And I now stack gold.
    I actually barely even look at the spot price these day, the money I have in my metals is frankly what I would have blown on trash before so I don't see it as an investment but as a store of wealth.
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    metallica73 reacted to Roy in Is silver stacking a loss leader?   
    Hi John, I'm Roy the resident ogre.
    Silver as an investment? Pah!
    It's a hobby, a speculation, a fantasy and a poor man's entry into precious metals.
    Do I own silver? Yes, because of all the reasons I list above.
     
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    metallica73 got a reaction from PansPurse in Selling silver   
    Back in the day when we saw near $50 silver, if you had made that statement on youtube comments you would have been branded a non-believer by a ton of people
    Never saw the point of 'prepping' myself but each to their own, they'll be the ones laughing I guess should anything doomsdayish ever happen.
     
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    metallica73 got a reaction from augur in Most expensive coin   
    Last general election, got an amazing price on no overall majority.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from mr-dead in Most expensive coin   
    A Gold St Gaudens $20.... not willy waving, just got lucky on a bet and had the funds for something I didn't think i'd be able to get for a while.
    I reckon most peoples average price would fall into the first category, or the 2nd if you just stack Sovs and nothing else.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from mr-dead in Most expensive coin   
    A Gold St Gaudens $20.... not willy waving, just got lucky on a bet and had the funds for something I didn't think i'd be able to get for a while.
    I reckon most peoples average price would fall into the first category, or the 2nd if you just stack Sovs and nothing else.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from kimchi in Cryptocurrency market implosion - Tether (USDT)   
    I've got  on board Crypto in the last few months especially. But only with money i'm prepared to lose... and I intend to withdraw any profits back to metals.
    It is absolutely the wild west out there in terms of investments.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from Norskgeld in Advice needed for a new member.   
    I reckon that's right but only if you are buying like that to begin with and not paying premiums. From my experience, a no-problem coin will sell for £1-2 more than a milked, dirty example. It shouldn't matter with bullion but it does.
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    metallica73 reacted to PansPurse in Looking for advice on face to face sales.   
    Neighbours should be there for one another,
    That's when good neighbours become good friends.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from PansPurse in Looking for advice on face to face sales.   
    You talk to your neighbours about your stack!?
     

     
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    metallica73 got a reaction from Pampfan in A Whizzing Tale   
    And its very hard to tell from just an Ebay photo sometimes.
    I would say for a non noob, although the others blatantly stand out as whizzed.... that 1964 Kennedy from pic alone looks like an UNC with lustre just from the photo.
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    metallica73 got a reaction from JohnAnsink in Magic Year When Tarnish is Good?   
    I have no problem with numismatic coins having toning at all.... I think the problem being referred to on the other thread is on modern collectable bullion that commands a premium.
    I wouldn't immediately rule out non-tarnished coins of the 1800's as suspicious. It all depends on lustre
    Here's one of my sixpences which has original lustre....

     
     
    And here's one of my USA collection... now I suspect this has probably been cleaned even with tarnish, which is why I have been hesitant to send it for grading

     
     
     
     
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    metallica73 reacted to Numistacker in NGC Grading Submissions Open   
    I will be honest with you guys, i feel totally trained and my back is killing me. I think 5 hours at the computer on my day off logging coins into a spreadsheet system so they can be presented to Heritage in a coherent way and so ownership is known, order is known, requests for labels, scratch proof, conservation etc is dealt with.
    The final tally of our coins for grading at Heritage/NGC in January is $75,000 and one straggler is due in the offie tomorrow bumping it up a little.
     

    UK EXPEDITED GRADING           Tier               No. Description $ Value   001 Ancient $800.00   002 Mechanical $0.00   003 Modern $2,780.00   004 Standard $3,500.00   005 Modern $400.00   006 Value $2,375.00   007 Modern $3,600.00   008 Gold $500.00   009 Modern $20,850.00   010 Gold $30,150.00   011 NCS Gold $1,100.00   012 NCS Modern $9,160.00               $75,215.00  
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    metallica73 reacted to JohnAnsink in Magic Year When Tarnish is Good?   
    What is that special decade when tarnish is a plus? 1950's, 40's, definitely by 30's. I remember I sold a 1945 Mercury Dime MS 64 that was very shiny with no tarnish and it sold fast. But I have an 1887 sixpence with no tarnish and I have to sell it as cleaned. 
    I guess the difference is if it has been cleaned. Not sure if anyone could tell on my dime, since it was shiny as new bullion. A shiny dime from 1910 would definitely be suspect. And what if an 1800's coin was kept in a sealed container? How would we tell if cleaned very carefully with no hairline scratches or if original but shiny perfect. 
    Also maybe in the 1800's and early 1900's it was customary for coin collectors to shine up their wares before taking them to sale or show their friends at a club or something. Was there a certain time that coin collectors decided that tarnish is good, we want them as is?
     
     
    So this topic was today 
    And I posted this comment also in a different post unrelated.
     
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    metallica73 reacted to Pampfan in A Whizzing Tale   
    Well, I just recently inherited a few coins from relatives that were basically circulated coins with lots of wear on them - and some with lots of dirt, etc. and a dremel multitool.  Now, I am not really one who does a lot of work around the house - but I did hear of dremels in the past but I never owned one.  For those who have no idea what I am talking about - a dremel tool is basically an electric drill that has multiple attachments to perform various things.  To my surprise when I looked in side - one of the attachments was a steel brush wheel.  I have heard of some older coins being machined or whizzed to correct imperfections or remove spots, etc.  Well, considering that the coins I received where copper pennies and some common silver kennedy dollars - I decide to give it a shot and see what happens:  below are the results - the coins on the left where examples of how I received the coins and the coins on the right are after I "whizzed" them for about 30 seconds each. (
    I was quite surprised at how shiny these coins look now - almost as if they were minted yesterday - however, the shine or luster of the coins is all wrong and can be spotted a mile away by anyone who has dealt with untouched coins or has any knowledge on coin collecting. 
    I think it was a good experiment to understand what a whizzed coin would look like?
    For the new collectors - just because something looks nice and shinny - don't be fooled by scammers trying to pass something off as untouched or BU - when in reality the coin has been tampered with, etc.   You need to do your homework!!!!
     
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    metallica73 reacted to Xander in Looking for advice on face to face sales.   
    Here is one way to deliver a stack of gold bullion.

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    metallica73 reacted to Garret in Hello everyone (from Edinburgh)   
    Hello everyone 
    Just joined the forum today and thought I'd say hello 
    Fairly new to coin collecting, I first became interest through work being a store manager and when cashing up the tills I would always (and still do) have a good look through the coins for these rare ones you hear about
    For my 30th birthday last year I got myself a sovereign but since then have been more in to buying silver and started picking up various coins, Britainnas Maples etc. I love the Queens Beasts range and have been buying the bullions in 2oz. Ive also started the Canadian predators series. I'm thinking since I like the Queens Beasts so much I would get either the 1/4oz gold or 10oz silver to go in the range too but can't decide 
    Any opinions or suggestions  would be great, or indeed of any other series that you all like
    Cheers
    Garret
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    metallica73 got a reaction from Coincollector in 1928 Wreath Crown   
    An easy EF I think on the reverse, the thistles & roses are 95% intact
    The obverse is EF detail too, but it would all come down to how much those nicks hurt when someone is looking to buy. Maybe the obverse is gVF/aEF because of it.
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    metallica73 reacted to JunkBond in Gold Stacking and Ethics   
    Please don't tell me I have to be politically correct buying gold bullion now! Spare me guys please.
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    metallica73 reacted to onlyroadtoheaven in Chard "at it" again   
    I have just opened my order from Chard and was horrified to see the condition of the 2 free gold chocolate coins. There is a clear dink on the top left hand corner of the gold 10p and lower left of the gold 5p (see pic, will provide more if required). I am yet to check the sovereigns however it doesn't really matter - my ordering experience is already tainted. Suggestions of next step??
    ..... Thanks for the usual great service @ChardLizzie. The Blackpool stick of rock with one of my orders was nice but to receive 2 extra gold coins with my order (albeit chocolate) is something else.