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    • Hi Wolves and if you are a fan so am I.  Collecting Proofs PR/PF70's in modern coins can be done two ways. Grading yourself or buying already graded.  I have a database of comparing PCGS and NGC and in general (different coin releases vary from the Mint dramatically) you have about an 80% chance of getting a PR70 with PCGS but a 95% chance with NGC.  Why the difference? NGC give more credence to "eye appeal" and so tend to give about 20% more 70's. Collecting MS grades are far more hit and miss due to the very nature of the Minting process.  I've seen a few Queens Beast Proofs graded PF70 sell at Auction for just about the Royal Issue price - crazy I know.  As to profitability - more people will buy an old pre 1930's Sovereign MS64 than a modern MS70 and will pay less for it already Slabbed.  A few appear to "chase" modern 70's just to have it in their collection.  I try to look to make money over the longer term. Modern MS68/9's can go already Slabbed for not much more than Spot, making the whole process expensive and futile IMHO.  More people appear to be grading Modern coins and this appears to lower the value.  If you have say a PCGS 2015 5th Portrait where 17 Proof Sovereign's are graded with 12 PR70.  Now take a 2017 Proof where 119 have been graded with 90 at PR70. Are there more people after the 2017?  Yes because of the design of the 2017 and a rapid sell out.  But only 12 of the 2015 are graded 70's - a lot less and the mintage is nearly 20% less than the 2017. Figure that one - more "one off" collectors after the 2017? So to sum up, you pays your money and takes your chance! 
    • I can only agree with what has been said above. Further I challenge the "limited" nature of these coins. These are coins that have been minted in the millions - they aren't rare. A secondary company or person is trying to claim them as limited because they have taken some time to colourise 500 or so of them - this could be replicated and faked over and over again because there are literally millions of the base maples or queens beasts out there. I see nothing wrong with buying coins like this if the design really speaks to you and you want something to display. Otherwise I'd advise staying well away from them especially at that price.
    • Sand from the Sahara also blows across the Atlantic. Has done forever.  It is what provides the nutrients for the rainforests in South American to blossom.  Nothing to do with global warming.   
    • Keep in mind that this are not "mint" COAs but aftermarket companies. Realistically unless they are well known and have an aftermarket demand for them they mean nothing
    • I agree with this entirely. There are plenty of situations where storing PM's at home is just too unsafe. If you live in a high crime area or living in any sort of shared housing situation are two examples that come to mind immediately. Couple more points - I don't think any option is without risks or downsides. Also with regards to storing at home I wouldn't class it as necessarily free. If you are storing a high value of metals at home even in the most ideal circumstances you are going to want to protect it with a safe or concealment. There will be a cost attached to that and the more elaborate the higher the cost. Anyway to actually answer the question...   number 1 - at home. If I was going away for a period of time I would consider storage in a secure facility - either option 2 or 3 - but that would only be a temporary arrangement. I have also considered burying PM's. I consider this more or less whenever I am back in Canada visiting friends and family. I own a large rural property out there and it would be easy enough to drive out there and bury a bunch of metals around the property. Given the location I don't think anyone would ever find them. It is probably something I'll consider more as I begin the transition from living in the UK to moving back to Canada.