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Bimetallic

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    Bimetallic got a reaction from ZatStackz in Hello, I’m a new stacker.   
    Greetings. If you're buying from APMEX, you're overpaying. It's important to be disciplined about the margins you're paying because they eat into your return, if any, down the road. I have an article coming out soon comparing the prices of all the major online dealers (in North America). (I use a few different purchasing scenarios, not just one item or product.)
    The best prices tend to be at Silver.com, BGASC, SD Bullion (for large orders since they have high shipping charges), and maybe Gainesville Coins. You can get significantly lower prices from those places than from APMEX. They're all major dealers who have been around for at least a few years – you don't need to worry about getting what you paid for or something. JM Bullion is another large dealer (they own Silver.com), and they almost always beat APMEX on price. Buy from APMEX when they have some kind of promo or sale, sometimes on eBay. But most of the time you're wasting precious money – remember, it's the same exact product whoever you buy it from (e.g. 2018 Eagles), so buy from whoever is offering the lowest price.
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    Bimetallic got a reaction from RisinSun in What imagery and design features would you like to see on rounds and bars?   
    Hi all -- I know some of you are "silver is silver" types, and on some days I feel the same way. But on other days I think it would be cool to have gorgeous rounds and bars.

    Designs I'd like to see would feature Isaac Newton (not the fat version of him they put on British currency, but the lean and intense portrait), Albert Einstein (with or without his tongue sticking out), the Apollo 11 launch, Wyatt Earp, a dad showing his daughter how to use a telescope, Frederick Douglass, a generic rocket launch, and a few others.

    Obviously the persons could be on one side, and some kind of imagery on the other (e.g. space launches, telescope, etc.).

    Those are just a few ideas I have. What would you like to see?
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    Bimetallic got a reaction from AlphaBeast in What imagery and design features would you like to see on rounds and bars?   
    Hi all -- I know some of you are "silver is silver" types, and on some days I feel the same way. But on other days I think it would be cool to have gorgeous rounds and bars.

    Designs I'd like to see would feature Isaac Newton (not the fat version of him they put on British currency, but the lean and intense portrait), Albert Einstein (with or without his tongue sticking out), the Apollo 11 launch, Wyatt Earp, a dad showing his daughter how to use a telescope, Frederick Douglass, a generic rocket launch, and a few others.

    Obviously the persons could be on one side, and some kind of imagery on the other (e.g. space launches, telescope, etc.).

    Those are just a few ideas I have. What would you like to see?
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    Bimetallic got a reaction from knighthawk in What imagery and design features would you like to see on rounds and bars?   
    Hi all -- I know some of you are "silver is silver" types, and on some days I feel the same way. But on other days I think it would be cool to have gorgeous rounds and bars.

    Designs I'd like to see would feature Isaac Newton (not the fat version of him they put on British currency, but the lean and intense portrait), Albert Einstein (with or without his tongue sticking out), the Apollo 11 launch, Wyatt Earp, a dad showing his daughter how to use a telescope, Frederick Douglass, a generic rocket launch, and a few others.

    Obviously the persons could be on one side, and some kind of imagery on the other (e.g. space launches, telescope, etc.).

    Those are just a few ideas I have. What would you like to see?
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    Bimetallic reacted to knighthawk in What imagery and design features would you like to see on rounds and bars?   
    I would like to see something like the Golden State Mint / Silver Shield Gadsen snake but as it appears on the flag instead of looking like its coughing, also some coins with other flags would be cool too.
    I'd love it if there was a series with knights, samurai, soldiers, etc of different time periods. Start with Romans / Spartans and work through the centuries. I'd prefer if they were "legal tender" of some kind though, I don't know why but I like being able to tell what country they are from just by looking at them.
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    Bimetallic got a reaction from JohnA in Harry & Meghan Colorized -- Perth Mint   
    How do they put color on silver?
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    Bimetallic got a reaction from PansPurse in Opening capsules   
    Hi Broadlegs, this is a very reasonable question. I doubt very much that they're screw capsules as others have suggested. Standard coin capsules – Airtites and such – can be almost impossible to open.
    It's two pieces of hard plastic that sort of wedges together very tightly. Terrible design, but probably a cost thing.
    So on the edge of the capsules, what we'd consider the height of the cylinder, think of the bottom and top of the cylinder. Either the bottom or the top of the cylinder, at the edge, is where the seam is – the place where it can be opened / unwedged. Whether it's the bottom or the top will of course depend on how you're holding it. Run your finders around both of the bottom/top edges to try to find a seam. They might feel identical at first, but eventually you'll detect a tiny bit of lip or seam on one of the edges.
    Now your task to is pry or wedge open that seam. You might try using one of your longer and stronger fingernails. It could take a while, a minute or two, to get that seem to start opening up. Typically, you'll have to pry it open around the circumference of the capsule for a good bit before the capsule will open.
    (Sometimes a woman will have an easier time of it with their better fingernails.)
    If that doesn't work, you'll need to brace or vice the capsule and use a thin metal or hard plastic wedge or blade to get into that seam. You'll want to be very safe of course. Using a pocket knife with no brace or vise other than your hands seems like a good way to get stitches.
    The warming method might work too. I haven't tried it.
    Coin capsules are terribly designed. Market opportunity? Another thing that really sucks is that it's hard to know what size coin capsules I need for something like Somali Elephants, Libertads, Mason Mint, those Hunters and Mermaids rounds from Gainesville coins, etc.