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ChrisSilver

'Photo Only Topics' Discussion Thread

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On 5/11/2017 at 02:57, ChrisSilver said:

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Photos from @BackyardBullion. I noticed they hadn't been uploaded here and decided to upload them to this topic :) 

I think I see mine in the picture. Soon you'll be home. :wub:

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On 06/05/2017 at 23:04, sixgun said:

i have shown these before but this is a good place to post them again. A few PAMP kilo bars

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Stunning but expensive 

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If anyone is looking for the Silver 2oz Lion in MS70, one just became available for a cheap $550 on ebay... About $150 lower than I've seen these... If I didn't already have one I'd pick it up.

 

 

 

 

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Liking the look of the older American gold, but a complete novice, what should I be looking out for? $5/$10/$20?     Any particular years? Are the mint marks alway visible? Tips please

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@Cornishfarmer - from my photos posted on the US section you can see that my favourites are the $5 half eagle Indian Heads, from 1908-1916.  They have a nice variety of Mint marks, with varying mintages each year allowing plenty of fun if you like chasing down a set across a year, or all the mintmarks.  Most important - I reckon it's up there with the $20 StGaudens double eagle design for beauty - but with the smaller size you can collect more (obviously). Where to buy them? Well - it's been said by Numistacker and others that most of the good ones available in the US are already entombed in slabs...,,and that any raw coins you come across should be treated cautiously - as they may well have been graded as Details / worse and then unscrupulously broken out of slabs and pitched again to the next unsuspecting buyer! Good to bear that in mind but don't let it paralayze you from buying good looking coins.-- they may well be the "rare jewel" that was never slabbed and is in good condition. 

A good way to start is to buy from Apmex where they have all quality ranges available, but of course that's not as much fun as searching them out elsewhere. More common are the Liberty Head design half eagles - which are also nice and affordable at just under a quarter ounce - and clear mintmarks   

From my grading disasters with the 1850/1860s US gold $1 coins I can suggest that they are NOT a good place to start your pre-33 US gold collection ( I have a Details grade and a fake so far! ).  

Hope this personal view helps! 

Lindeman. 

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