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  1. Hey there Lee, If you are in the states I would suggest looking at major bullion dealers. JMBullion, Provident Metals, APMEX etc. (if not in the states find a major reputable dealer in your country) Look into their free shipping for orders over $100.00. Silver premiums are quite high and you may have to pay shipping and tax depending on the state you are in and where you buy from. Also look at their weekly specials if you are just stacking weight. That way you can keep your cost as close to spot as possible. These are all important considerations when trying to keep your costs low. (If you are in the UK you may be able to get in a group order that @BackYardBullion and a few others do.) For example instead of 1 or 2 coins a week, save your money for a few weeks and get the free shipping, that many dealers offer, for placing an order of $100 USD or more. Some places like JM bullion will sell you the first 10oz. at spot as well. There are a few ideas. Crosscheck prices and try to get free shipping if possible. Keep it simple in the beginning. Don’t get caught up in hype. Best Regards, M
  2. The curves of the wall and the dragon are off. Doesn’t look natural. Missed the golden ratio or the Fibonacci curve so to speak. It looks like they tidied them up somewhat for the coin, but it still looks off to me. Think I am going to have to pass. I am now perplexed by two of these coins. This one is not executed well, and I still can’t figure out why they put a classic European style dragon with a Mexican pyramid calling it the “Aztec” ... there are no dragons of that type in central and South American art... who came up with this series??
  3. Hmmm got 10 of the Koalas last year for about $350 usd. Silver is within a few cents of the same price. I wonder why these are selling for over $400usd for 10 now.... that’s a big hike in premium. Not the greatest looking coin IMHO.. I’m not sure if I will be picking any up.
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    HEY JIM WELCOME!!! I DONT KNOW HOW TO DO BIG LETTERS, BUT HOPEFULLY THE BOLD AND BIG SPACING HELPS. MAYBE WE CAN ALL COME TOGETHER ON THE FORUM, AND WORK TOGETHER SO YOU CAN SEE OUR POSTS AS BEST AS POSSIBLE. I AM NEW ON THIS FORUM TOO, AND PEOPLE ARE GREAT HERE. WELCOME!! HIGHEST REGARDS ALWAYS, ABLIST
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    PCGS Gold Shield

    I agree. I consistently prefer PCGS as I get more experience. But I don’t want to over pay for a coin either. Hence I won’t be buying that Kookaburra. I just got a 1989 Kook with a population of 3 for about $150usd, so I would never pay as much as he is asking for a 2009 kook that is easier to find. This is where I do thing the gold shield can conversely run too high a price. Buyer beware hahah. .... Edit ... and Hence “wish I had the money” if we were all born with silver spoons in our mouths and life was free, we would all just buy whatever we wanted wouldn’t we? 🤣
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    PCGS Gold Shield

    The eBay link I am looking at today 5/8/19 at 9:40am. Real time. I see this more and more. I want stricter standards for modern MS70s. This back up my poor experiences with NGC 70s that are not 70s... https://www.ebay.com/itm/2009-P20-Australia-1-Silver-1-oz-Kookaburra-2008-Design-PCGS-MS70-Pop-of-2/153462079765?hash=item23bb0d8115:g:t~0AAOSwTKRcv6Zu I want this coin!! Wish I had the money hahaha
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    PCGS Gold Shield

    Don’t quote me on this but I am looking at a coin on eBay right now that backs up my theory. The guy said he had 11 of these coins in NGC 70 and 9 came back as 69s and only 2 as 70s. This seems to be consistent. I am not sure if general PCGS is as strict as well. It may be I haven’t really researched that. Definitely wondering what other people’s thoughts and experiences are...
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    PCGS Gold Shield

    Is anyone else preferring these? I am starting I look for them almost exclusively. They seem to only cross over around 2 in 10 NGC MS/PR 70 coins. I really like this stricter standard. As I have mentioned before on this forum I am not always happy with NGC, and have shown photos proving some of their 70s are not 70s. With PCGS, I never have this problem. I am considering seeing how much it would be to cross over a bunch of my NGC 70s. I think this is the new “Gold Standard” in grading so to speak. Anyone have thoughts or experiences to share? PS I will post some pics of my favorite gold shields so far shortly. Some of the 69s would be 70s for sure by NGC standard. It apparently I am picky, I agree with PCGS and would t have graded these coins 70s either.
  9. This labeling clarified some things for me, thought it might be helpful to others. Glad I didn’t buy more of these. Overall I am not impressed with the quality. The color combinations are horrible.
  10. What are everyone thoughts on these? I have a couple but kind of have been focused on other coins. But I like these. I think I am going to collect them.
  11. Very nice! Maybe I do want to backdate ha!
  12. So was it 1989 or 90 that the kooks started as a series? I found a 1989 $10 kookaburra but it seems entirely different from the rest of them...
  13. Those are these 2oz series that they started in 2016 with the Kangaroo, 2017 was the Koala and 2018 the Kookaburra, I’m not sure if they will do the swan or something else this year. I just need the Kangaroo now haha! Limited mintages of just 2000 coins I believe. I’m not sure what the shark privy mintage was. Maybe 10,000?
  14. This has turned into a great thread. I have only gotten into kookaburras in the past year but I really like them. Especially the proofs. I have a couple of the 5 oz. and they are really beautiful coins. I’m not sure that I will backdate due to the price as some have mentioned. But I am collecting the new ones as they are released. I really like the 2018 2 oz antique finish version.