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SouthCoastInvestor

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  1. Does anyone have a "rule of thumb" for premiums on (modern / non-rare) gold proof coins on the secondary market (assuming the coin is in mint condition - i.e. unhandled)? I find it difficult to know what represents good value with these kinds of coins. It is not always possible to find current data on actual sale prices, and if I am out and about I may not be able to get an internet connection. For example, there is a gold jewellery shop / scrap dealer near to me who often has interesting pieces in his window, such as Britannia proof sets from the 1980s, 1990s. I bought from him a 1/10oz Belgian proof Euro coin at 40% over spot, I loved the coin, but not sure if that was a deal or not. On other occasions I have bought proof coins at close to bullion premiums at coin fairs, I suppose these are ones that are just not particularly desirable designs. It would be useful to have a "rule of thumb" for purchasing. What is a crazy premium for a pre-owned proof coin? 50%? I am not talking about ancient or rare coins. Thx.
  2. Be aware that monster boxes are sometimes priced differently to 500 "individual" quantity coins, I got caught out by that a while ago and paid more for the monster box as a single unit. If you order 500 "individual" coins you will probably just be sent a monster box rather than lots of individual tubes, but if it is important for you to have the plastic box (which is excellent for storing the coins), you could always check with the dealer exactly what will be sent to you if you order 500. Compare, compare, compare to get the best deal!
  3. When I started out a year ago I was adamant that I was going to be a stacker, not a "collector", and be hard-headed about what I purchased. Then I started seeing the coin designs and the different series, and was bitten by the collecting bug. So now I don't really have a coherent strategy, I just have an urge to continually accumulate for the long term.
  4. Picked this up from a local antiques centre, for a decent price
  5. When I made this purchase last year I DID compare unit price of the coins with other dealers, but it did not occur to me to compare unit price for the monster box vs. the same loose quantity of coins from the SAME dealer. That was the problem. Also I was a complete newbie at the time, hence some of my other questions about the monster box potentially having a premium due to the fact that the coins are all sealed and have not been picked-over by the dealers to extract the pristine examples, which I doubt is how it works, if you order 400 2oz (or 500 1oz) "loose" they will presumably just dispatch a monster box if there is one to hand.
  6. I have a couple of Kangaroos and one had milk spots from the dealer - I think it was a 2017 like the one in your picture. So they definitely do spot. But it is not something that I worry about.
  7. I think I paid £1 each for these from an antiques shop, only 50% silver content:
  8. A couple of pickups from my local coin shop
  9. I read that criminals use fake eBay listings to get the home addresses of gold and silver collectors
  10. There are silver and gold coins on display in the Stanley Gibbons shop on the Strand and upstairs is Baldwin's which is not open on the weekend and I was there on Saturday, but the woman downstairs told me they have a large selection of coins to view. I have made a note to visit that shop in the future. Has anyone been there, is it worth a visit?
  11. Picked these up from a dealer at the Anarchapulco conference here in Acapulco, Mexico. High premiums, but I could not resist these beauties …... 2 oz Freedom Girl round, 2014 1 oz Pegasus Freedom round 2015 2 oz privateer round - the Siren - incredible high-relief detail.