Big V Talks ON US Coin Collecting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Proof Sets 1999 to Present

The year 1999 saw the end of the Washington quarter that had begun life in 1932 as a one year tribute to George Washington that began as a steady design in 1934 (no 1933 quarters were minted) and the mint began its marketing program of the statehood designs. People went absolutely crazy over buying... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Proof Sets of the 1990's

The proof sets manufactured in the 1990's have all kinds of interesting things from the re-introduction of the silver proof sets, varieties, to yo-yo product populations. The 1990 set was relatively common but had a ''No 'S' " variety on the cent that is quite rare but still being found. Someone... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 19, 2015

American Proof and SMS Sets, 1965 to 1989

When looking for proof sets, you should also consider the 'special mint sets' that were produced between 1965 and 1967. 1965 was the first year of basically non-silver coins that instead of the normal 90% silver dime, quarter, and half, it contained only a 40% silver half. The government was trying... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Timing Is Everything

While I continue to stress that 'investing' in proof sets is not the brightest thing to do, I do have some words for those who feel lucky. I started collecting in 1961 and started 'dealing' in 1968. Once I start to tell you what I do based on all my years of experience. I am a collector first and a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 16, 2015

American Proof Sets

Since I got a question about this, I'll post it here as a topic. The question was, "Should I collect American Proof sets?" Once again, it boils down to the question, 'are you collecting or are you "investing?" ' Let me answer that one early. If you are gathering proof sets to 'invest,' you need to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How I Buy Silver... and other Babble

Alright. I've kicked around the most common forms of buying silver, now I'll tell you how I do it myself. With the perils all spelled out of market fluctuations and mark ups vs mark downs when buying and selling understood, it has been my experience that buying "junk silver" as it is known in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Advice on Buying Silver Coinage

In the past couple posts, I've talked about buying silver in bar form and in governmental issues. Now we wander into buying actual silver coins that were made for circulation use. You must realize that The US had two different content amounts in our circulating coinage. The three cent pieces of 1851... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Buying Silver Eagles and Silver Maple Leafs

Following up from my last post on buying silver bars, we turn to buying governmental produced coins such as the American Silver Eagle and the Canadian Maple Leaf. Unlike the bars, they are 'legal tender,' meaning they could be spent at a set denomination. The Eagles are set at 'one dollar' but you... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Word on Buying and Selling Precious Metals

Sorry for the delay on further posting. As I have explained in another of my blogs here, 2014 was a very bad year! Onward and upward. I think I've mentioned that I owned a coinshop for many years and one of the things that my friends ask me about right now is how to "invest" in silver and gold. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Cleaned Coin Is The Sign of a Dirty Mind!

In some hobbies, clean is a good thing and collectors work to make their collectible look as clean as is possible. In coin collecting, cleaning coins is a huge no-no, and can greatly decrease the value of a coin. True story: Back in 1998, we had a lady walk into our coinshop with a silver dollar... Sign in to see full entry.

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