Thoughts on 90% Silver Coins vs. Silver Bullion

While the accumulation of 90% “junk” silver is popular among many people, this guy in these video’s presents some interesting thoughts to consider as we try to protect ourselves with silver bullion.

Apart from the debate over 90% silver coins vs. bullion silver, I thought it important to note he talks about the changes made in laws (Financial Regulatory Reform Bill and Healthcare Reform Bill) making coin dealers fall into the same category as banks and other financial institutions.

It would seem to me the government is preparing to close the doors on silver investors from accumulating government issued silver coins. If we’re going to accumulate silver eagles or other denominated 90% silver coins, it might be best to accumulate those coins before January 1, 2012 when coin dealers will then be required by law to report to the IRS your silver purchases.

Hello? Can you see the door closing?

Since January 1, 2012, the federal government has the authority to implement price controls on what coin dealers are allowed to give you for your denominated silver coins. It seems to me this is a pretty good argument for not accumulating ONLY denominated silver coins, but to also own silver rounds and silver bars.

Of course, I don’t know what the federal government might do in the future. These ideas are just something else to think about.

Silver Shortages

THE SILVER SHORTAGE WILL COME
By Israel Friedman

(Israel Friedman is a friend and mentor to Theodore Butler. He has followed silver for many decades. He has written articles for us in the past. Investment Rarities does not necessarily endorse these views.)

Based on the supply and demand situation of silver, it`s only a question of time when a silver shortage will come. Nobody can predict exactly when this is going to happen, but we have more and more signs that those who control the price of silver are sweating to balance the supply.

The biggest question I have is, will the shorts be successful to cover their short position on time? Right now the CFTC seems to want to force all the manipulators to get in line by making them obey new rules of position limits, but I feel that the banks who are the big shorts will be exempt. Mr. Butler thinks that the CFTC will do the right thing, but I am skeptical. We argue about this a lot, as we both have strong opinions.

If the banks will not be forced to cover their short positions, only a true shortage in silver will bring the right price. Be prepared for that to happen. How much will silver be worth in a shortage situation? It`s tricky to calculate, because a real shortage has never happened in silver history. But it is how you must think. My own thoughts go back to what some things cost during and after World War II in Europe. When there is not enough of something is when you see real crazy prices.

So I will give you my calculation. It will be a gradual explosion of prices and slowly the users and the new investors will eat up the world visible silver, which today is around 500 million ounces. In my calculation the first 100 million ounces of visible silver will disappear at a price of $60 to $100 an ounce. The second 100 million ounces will disappear by $250, and the third 100 million ounces will disappear between $250 and the price of gold ounce for ounce.

We will be left with 200 million ounces of silver which the owners will be not taking profits on at any price. The bullion in private hands I calculate will be the first to take profits, but Silver Eagle holders will hold for the long run. I still believe that Silver Eagles will do the best investment-wise and I will not be surprised that at one point the Eagle price will trade much higher than the price of silver in a bubble mania.

I am a fanatic silver believer and what I write is only my private belief. There are not many believers in silver. Just look at CNBC, the newspapers, other media, and gold investors. Hardly ever a good word on silver. Silver for them is a forgotten metal. One day they will be shocked when the shortage of silver will come and the price will go up and then gold will be a forgotten sister. There is more gold in the world than silver, so parity in prices is a must.

I think Ted Butler spoke the truth in a recent speech he gave: “The supply/demand set up in silver, which has evolved over an incredibly long period of time, has been one continuous process promising to culminate in an explosion in price at some point. Quite simply, we are rapidly approaching that defining moment when there just won’t be enough physical material to go around at anything but rapidly escalating prices. Those escalating prices will encourage and drive others, including industrial consumers, to enter what should become a buying frenzy. Superimpose upon that the sudden destruction of a decades-old downward price manipulation and you have all the necessary ingredients for a price event that will be referred to forever.”

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Get all the silver you can as fast as you can. Silver owners could be the wealthiest members of society when this meltdown continues. Remember “Wealth is not destroyed it is merely transferred”. What side of the transfer do YOU want to be on?

The Verity of US Coin Collecting

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Whether they spend it or just collect it, some people are simply born to love the way money provides them the kind of gratification that they seek.

For example those people who are coin collectors simply love the sight of coins and many wish to display their collections as art.

In the United States, coin collecting started as early as 1652. During this period, business people and individuals alike, were known to engrave and distribute their personal coins.

Some people are so interested in coin collecting that they want to seek out various forms and categories and coins. The reason for this fascination for these coins is the very nature of U.S. coins.

The U.S. Mint carefully crafts U.S coins and over the past 30 years it has minted nearly 300 billion coins.

When the Articles of Confederation gave consent for the different states to create or manufacture their own coins, the U.S. coin collections grew at an unparalleled rate. That is why in the middle of 1780’s, states like Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts started creating various coins unique to their states. This prompted the start of “rare coin collection.”

To know more about U.S. coin collecting, here are some of the basic facts that you must know:

  • Fugio centIt was on 1787 that the primary “federally” approved coin of the U.S. was first made. It was in New Haven, Connecticut where the “Fugio Cent,” the name of the coin, was secretly manufactured.
  • The U.S. Mint is responsible for manufacturing the U.S. coins. The agency uses bands of metal that are rolled into loops, with the right breadth and measurements. Each kind of coin uses a particular kind of metal. For instance, metal strips that are made of zinc are used to manufacture pennies, while nickels are made of a 25% “nickel metal alloy” and 75% copper.

For this reason, U.S. coin collecting is further subdivided into categories such as the U.S cent, U.S. nickel, U.S. dime, etc.

People who would like to start collecting U.S. coins, should learn the intricacies or the hobby and find ways to acquire their first coins.

The hobby of U.S. coin collecting is not just a wonderful hobby but also a great way to preserve the nation’s culture and history.

Tips for Buying Bullion Coins

Bullion coins may have high values because they are not only limited; but also they may have been found in shipwrecks, or they may come from the ancient times. For these reasons, bullion coins are favorites among many collectors.

Ron Paul Silver CommemorativeSilver bullion coins could be the most well known type of bullion that is selling very well on the internet and are among the most expensive and valuable items in the world.

Some high priced coins you’ll find include the silver ingot. The silver ingot was said to have been found in the Spanish ship Atocha that sank in the ocean. This ship was found to contain treasures and artifacts including silver ingots. Others claim that the silver ingots were recovered from an old Colorado Mining area. Coins were found everywhere and were said to have been hidden by the miners.

Canadian Maple LeafThe silver Maple Leaf Coins are also popular among collectors. These coins came from the Royal Canadian Mint and include the Walking Liberty half-dollars and the dealer roll first-strike 1994 U.S. Eagles. These items were a collection of the Franklin Mint which had more than 100 masterpieces in their memorabilia.

Most bullion collectors prefer the gold billion. Some famous bullion gold coins include the gold Krugerrands, which are from South Africa. The European Gold Crowns were released from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Other items include the Canadian Maple Leaf Coins and the United States American Eagle Coins. British Sovereigns can also be found including the Swiss Helveteas and the French Roosters.

The awesome 10-ounce Swiss gold bar, China gold panda set, and the American eagle proof set coins can also be found and are considered to be the most seen coins on the internet. There are gold bullion found in the American Eagle set, Mixed Lots, Rounds, Bars, and any other similar categories that are found on some sites on the internet.

A type of bullion that is not well known is the Platinum bullion. It is not as in demand as great the silver and gold bullion coins. Platinum bullion can be purchased anywhere: some of them are the French Statue of Liberty coins, Eagle sets, and the Koala Proofs. The World Trade Center has also offered some Platinum bullions like the Englehard platinum bar, crucible dish made of platinum bullion, and the Johnson Matthew Year of the Dragon coins which were recovered from the safety vaults of the building when it collapsed.

These coins can be considered as thoughtful gifts aside from their being valuable since they can be kept as a souvenir from the person who gave it. A bullion bar that features a happy birthday greeting can be a thoughtful gift for a friend’s birthday especially if the bar has the date of the birthday on it. Some people also use them for their anniversaries as their gifts to one another – they search for those bullions that have the date of their engagement or the wedding year. Some brides also ask their groom to find her 24-karat gold flakes or silver flakes as her chosen token for their wedding.

Coin collecting of this type can be very expensive, especially when buying bullion, but here are some tips that can guide a person in his search for affordable bullion.

  • You must be sure of the type of bullion you would like to purchase before ordering or buying.
  • You must ask yourself, or the person you are buying the bullion for, what bullion he/she prefers and ask if they would like to come with you when purchasing the bullion.
  • You need to figure the delivery costs and add them to the agreed price.
  • You should be sure that the seller will guarantee delivery for the item if they have ordered it on the internet.
  • You should never make the payments using instant money transfer firms.
  • It is important to know the seller’s background and reputation in the business.

Starting A Silver Coin Collection

Starting a silver coin collection is a great hobby that you will quickly find yourself addicted to. There are numerous different coins that can be collected so it is a good idea to pick something like silver coins to focus on when you are just getting started. This will prevent you from getting overwhelmed.

When most people think about silver coins they assume this includes all nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollars. They are all silver in appearance so it is not hard to imagine why people would think of them in that regard. In reality, many of these coins are not really silver at all. In fact, most of the coins produced today do not contain any silver at all. Because of a critical silver shortage in 1965, Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1965, which authorized the removal of silver content from circulating coinage (except for the Kennedy half dollar) minted after December 31, 1964, replacing it with a clad composition of 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel.

In order to determine the types of silver coins for your collection that are available you will need to do a little research first. Spend some time getting to know the different types of coins that are out there and then learn the details connected with each one. Understand the levels of grading that are associated with each coin to help you get a better understanding of the overall value that each coin has.

Different Types Of Silver Coins You Can Collect

franklin_halfHalf dollars are great silver coins to collect. The United States Mint began producing this coin way back in 1794 which were then called the Flowing Hair Half Dollars. Several different varieties of the half dollar were minted between 1794 and 1964. During this time period these coins were made out of 90 percent silver.

Many people will find that collecting the earliest half dollars will not be an easy task. Coins from the 1700s and 1800s are likely to be pretty worn out which decreases their value. Even in this worn out condition old silver coins like this can still cost a small fortune.

1804_dollar_obverseAnother popular silver coin to collect is the dollar. Just like the half dollar, production of the silver dollar began in 1794. There are a variety of different versions of the dollar and up until 1971 they were produced with a large amount of silver in them.

eisenhower_dollarWhen the United States Mint began producing the Eisenhower Dollar in 1971 they stopped using silver as its key ingredient. There were a few years where the mint produced special versions of this dollar but they were limited in release and aimed specifically towards silver coin collectors.

 

Passive/Residual Income

Passive income is magic.
It is the most incredible financial concept that you and I will ever encounter.

Passive income is the secret of the rich.

Lack of passive income is the plight of the poor. If you don’t have passive income you are financially poor. Period.

I know people who earn $200,000 per year who are poor. They have no passive income, and they save nothing. It’s unbelievable. I was on a teleconference call recently with a gentleman who was a millionaire with another company, yet he DID NOT even own his own home.

They may know how to make a lot of money, but they don’t understand what it means to be rich. They are shackled to their jobs and to their boss’ wishes. They may love their work, but they HAVE TO WORK. They don’t have a choice. To me, that’s imprisonment. It’s poverty. It’s slavery.

What is Passive/Residual Income?
Passive income is income that comes in month after month, without you having to work. It is a monthly income created from an investment source such as savings, stocks, oil wells, etc. A million dollars in the bank produces passive income, a platinum record will produce passive income.

But what if you don’t have a million dollars or a great singing voice? Can you still earn passive income? Yes! Now, with the Internet and an on-line business, it’s VERY possible… for anyone!

  • A $1,000/month commission payment from your home business is the equivalent of a $120,000 investment source at a 10% annual return… $12,000/yr. or $1,000/month. How long would it take to put together a $120,000 investment source?

There are seven principles you must understand if you want to produce passive income. These principals are well known by the super wealthy. These ultra- successful people will not even touch a project if it doesn’t meet the criteria that I’m about to share with you.

EVERYTHING I DO in business revolves around these simple principles – it’s the reason I have so much free time in life!

PLEASE MASTER THESE PRINCIPLES. They cost you nothing to learn and can make you richer than you ever dreamed.

The Seven Principles of Passive Income

Silver Bullion Offers a Lot of Financial Security

Investment in Silver Bullion Offers a Lot of Financial Security For the Future

Silver although not as popular as gold has carved its own place in the investment market. These days more and more financial advisors are getting their clients to invest in silver bullion because they feel that this will offer them a lot of financial security in the near future. Economists of the world believe that during troubled economic times, most countries, government, and people start looking back at traditional values and this is where investment in silver and gold begins.

The world has barely started to breathe a little since the recession but the highly volatile market trends have not changed much. It has been seen in the recent past that strong currencies like the U.S. dollar and the British Pound have started to lose value. The British Pound has lost as much as 30% of its actual value against currencies like Japanese Yen. At the same time, the United States is trying to print green dough’s in order to find its way out of the recession crisis. This method of saving bankrupt companies has increased the fear factor in the average citizen because another bout of recession can end it all for the US.

This is one of the reasons why people should start investing in stronger portfolios like silver. Silver bullion is not just here to stay but silver in itself is a life saver. It will help in protecting you from any financial insecurity in the coming years and also help in protecting your underlying wealth. At least, you will have something that can be traded – you can’t trade stocks during economic crisis.

The stock market can crash but gold and silver are resources that will not lose their value. One of the best forms of silver investment is through bullion. The best place to buy silver bullion from is the mints. You can invest in silver rounds and bars, in 100-oz silver bars, and much more. When you are investing in silver bullion, check for.999+, purity in the bars. Silver bars are available in several weights but the most common are:

– 1 Troy Ounce
– 5 Troy Ounce
– 10 Troy Ounce
– 100 Troy Ounce
– 5 Gram
– 10 Gram
– ¼ Troy Ounce
– ½ Troy Ounce

These silver bars are also available in different sizes and thickness as well and can vary from 18.3mm in length to 150mm. The width can vary from 30.3mm to 76mm while the thickness will vary from 1.12mm to 26.9mm. The purity will remain.999 but this is something that you should always check before investing. Any silver bullion having purity of less than.999 will have much lesser return on investment value.

There are several other aspects to consider if you are planning to invest in silver bullion like collecting information in the market performance in the last decade, types of bullion available, storage for silver bullion, transporting it and much more. The more informed you are, the better silver bullion investment you can make.

Article written by Kelly Hunter
Kelly Hunter owns and operates Silver Bullion Bars and writes about Silver Bullion Bars

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kelly_Hunter


Earn Silver

Keeping Your Investments in Silver Safe

If you’re wanting to purchase Silver, always ask yourself why are you buying Bullion? For what purpose? Is it for your collection or for investment purposes? Be sure you know what kind of silver you want to buy, in coin form, bar form or in paper form (stocks, ETFs, exchanges etc.) When purchasing silver, you need to know lot of things regarding Bullion.

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Here are some safe ways or steps if you want to purchase physical Bullion (coins or bars):

  • First figure out what kind of Silver Bullion you want to purchase, coins or the bars.
  • Know your budget when you purchase silver.
  • Have a safe place to store your silver.
  • Always bear in mind the current price of silver and compare the price to other dealers.
  • Go around or shop for cheapest dealers in your local area.
  • After you shop around, go to online shopping so you can compare the different prices of silver.
  • You can also purchase silver at auction or from national mints.
  • If you purchase from other dealers like jeweler or silver dealers, be sure they have reputable record.

If you want to purchase silver, the best deal you can get is the wholesale price or as close to spot price as possible. As we all know, the retail price is different from the wholesale price.

When investing in silver, most wealthy people who can afford it, pay the wholesale price rather than the retail price. They will have a larger profit when they purchase Silver Bullion at wholesale prices. Most small dealers sell silver at retail prices in order for them to have the bigger profit.

So if you are wealthy, go to the direct supplier or dealer of silver so you can get a cheaper price. The price of silver changes everyday. When there is an economic crisis, the price of silver tends to go up. Silver as an investment can be very profitable business, BUT only if you know what you are doing.

When you want to purchase Bullion for your collection, you don’t need to purchase a lot. Just be sure you know the current price of silver and do go shop around in order to get the lowest or cheapest price.

Online shopping is also convenient in time. You can go shopping through the net in your spare time. The internet is open 24/7 and you can shop through different kinds of website regarding silver and other precious metals. You can also compare the prices easily since some websites of silver dealers have the price posted on their site.

Always be alert of fraud on the internet. Be careful and be safe in shopping online. If you know of some reputable silver site, then go and have a look at their inventory.

Do Commemorative Coins Interest You?

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Commemorative coins have become very popular for many people.  Some people just want to have different kinds of coins in their collections or they collect them as souvenirs. Many times they are used as traditional gifts for special occasions. These coins are not considered to be practical gifts, but are commemorative items that can be kept for years as special souvenirs when received by a special friend or loved one.

Thomas Edison commemorativeThere is a strong demand for these coins among people who are collectors as they may have significant meaning to them. Others will want them to remember an important day or occasion. The mint date and the event celebrated by the coin could be one factor people consider them collectible items.

Since the 1970s, the individual coins were available in the market every year, but are now available as sets in packages or in special displays. Many collectors say that one reason they are marketed this way was the depreciation of their value starting in 1971. The introduction of the euro may also be a factor.

There are countries that have produce commemorative coins and used these coins for propaganda. There were monarchs who issued coins to commemorate past or current events and/or celebrations that recognized their authority.

The half dollar was produced in 1892 to commemorate the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This was a celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the expedition of Christopher Columbus and his discoveries in the world.

During the following year, the first quarter dollar commemorative was introduced to signify the Exposition as well, but it also gave honor to queen Isabella of Spain. She was the one who “back-pedaled” the political agendas on Women Rights.

The first commemorative coins that were made of silver were introduced in the 1900s. The coins were minted in honor of Lafayette and George Washington. In the following years, the half dollar coin was denominated, and the legal tender commemorative coins were created to mark celebrations rather than historical events. These coins are recognized today as classical sets of special coins of historical events between the years 1892 – 1954.

It was in 1932 that the Washington quarter dollar was released as the United States’ second commemorative coin in its denomination. It was issued for the 200th birth anniversary of George Washington. The coin also continues its circulation as a commemorative coin because of its popularity.

It was uncharacteristic to circulate a commemorative coin of the 1892 – 1954 era in the United States because the government had not intentionally put them into circulation, (they were not legally approved by the government for public use) so collectors will not pay the premium costs of these coins that are still in the market.

Washington bicentennial quarterIn 1975, that the Bicentennial quarter was introduced. It became the second circulating commemorative coin in the U.S., while the silver dollars and half dollars (1776 – 1976) were reissued as a special collector’s edition.

Many collectors have different agendas when collecting these coins. Some prefer commemorative coins from 1892 – 1954 while most collectors choose the modern editions. They know that these coins have different values depending on the series and/or editions.

Although there have been different series released, a proposal was submitted to congress that would mark the Lincoln cent for his birth anniversary. No one knows whether or not the 1-cent denomination commemorative coin will be minted.

The confusing part of these commemoratives that are circulating is the pattern of the denomination. The 1776-1976 commemoratives half-dollar and silver dollar may not be included in collections because of their scarcity. Most of the coins that are circulating are the quarter dollar coins.

State Quarter Collector Maps

Do’s and Don’ts of Coin Collecting

It takes time to learn coin collecting. The most important thing to remember is that you are doing it for the right reason – if it is a passion, then it is something worth pursuing.

Collecting just for profit may work but it usually is not enough in the long run. A person really has to think about this since many people who have tried it for that reason have lost focus and failed.

Successful coin collectors take a lot of time to learn everything there is to know about numismatics. Good sources of information are magazines, newsletters, the Internet and brokers who can pass on information and news, when it happens. By using the resources a person can act fast before other collectors who want the same thing get the information first.

If a person tries to collect without knowing the basics, he will never succeed in this hobby.

nickelsKnowing how to grade coins can also help the collector know the true value of the collection. This knowledge will be valuable if the owner decides to trade for something of greater value or it can prevent scamming and wasting money for something of little value. Be vigilant!

One of the virtues that coin collecting can teach a person is patience since the collection may take years to complete. Some of the well-renowned collectors in the world have spent many years before reaping the benefits.

Learning to think like a collector is very important. Being too eager is not good because the collector could be tempted to purchase or trade the wrong coin which could prove to be costly. Think twice about using the information given even if that came from a reliable source.

Coin collecting can be difficult especially if the person is just starting. A person, more than likely, can’t afford to buy items worth more than $10,000, so it is best to start small and study the market for three to six months so that he can be comfortable before going after bigger prizes.

Coin collecting is similar to sports – it takes time to excel at it and goals, both short and long term, have to be established. By following the rules and using common sense, the person can become one of many other successful coin collectors.

Which is Better, Silver or Gold Investment

As people become more financially saavy, more and more are looking at expanding their financial portfolios with investments in metals. Among all the precious metals, however, gold and silver are the ones which have maintained their appeal over the years. Gold has long been proven to be a very stable asset with very great potential of increasing your wealth. Silver, on the other hand, is the world’s second most important commodity, next to oil. But, which is better – silver or gold investment?

gold and silver

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the economic rollercoaster ride is expected to continue in the next few years. With that said, it is extremely important for all investors to first understand the current market conditions before making investments.

Investors who have no confidence in Dollars or Euros can find refuge in silver or gold investment. These two metals have survived the test of time and hence, are both generally safe investments for your wealth. But, of course, there are benefits and drawbacks to every investment project, and these two precious metals are certainly no exception.

The Pros and Cons of Gold Investment

Gold is the only money that has maintained a very strong position in the 5,000-year history of its utilization by mankind. This metal has proven in a lot of ways that it is the safest investment in times of economic turmoil. And since it is considered a universal currency, gold can be traded anytime and anywhere in the world. Here are some other facts that make gold a good investment.

  • Gold is a very stable asset.
  • Gold internationally recognized and valued.
  • Gold offers a variety of investment opportunities.
  • Gold is not affected by inflation.
  • Gold is almost always highly in demand.
  • Gold is durable.

Although gold is preferred by most investors who are concerned with collapsing currencies, it is not without risks. Here are the two major cons of gold investment.

  1. Gold is highly at risk of loss, theft or confiscation.
  2. Gold needs a highly secure storage place.

The Pros and Cons of Silver Investment

Silver is one of the most useful commodities in the world. It has innumerable uses in various industries because it is electrically conductive and thermally resistant. The benefits of silver are pretty much similar to the benefits of gold. Here are some of them.

  • Silver is a relatively inexpensive metal.
  • Silver is not generally affected by inflation, just like gold.
  • Silver is highly in demand in industries like jewelry, electronics, coinage, imaging, water purification, etc.

Adding silver to your investment portfolio diversifies your assets and adds protection against the risks of other financial instruments. But, just like gold, silver has its own set of disadvantages.

  • Silver is subject to tax due to its rarity and wide use in different industries.
  • Similar to gold, silver is at risk of being stolen.
  • Silver needs storage.
  • Silver takes longer to liquidate.

Fiat currencies have weakened in recent years and have lost most of their buying power. Before paper money becomes a safe investment again, it has to recover its genuine value first. Meanwhile, investors can have alternatives in the form of silver or gold investment.

When money is fast becoming worthless, investors are better off going for real money, just like gold and silver.

I like buying silver and gold on a cost-averaging monthly plan with hardly any effort on my part.  Once you establish an account with OWNx and choose your purchasing plan, BOOM it then happens for you automatically.  Pretty cool.

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Keeping Your Money Safe When the SHTF

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When life is going on seemingly normal, you’re probably not too concerned about having your money kept in a bank. However, when the SHTF, a bank will not be the safest place to keep it.

When to Withdraw Your Money from a Bank

Most people think about the convenience of keeping money in a bank and they don’t dwell on the risks. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t risks – and plenty of them. If you look at what happened in Greece and other countries in the not too distant past, you’ll see what happened to people when the banking system failed.

banking crisisThe banks simply shut down and limited how much of their own money people could have. People were left scrambling to figure out how to buy necessities, how to take care of themselves and people who’d traveled outside the country struggled with having the means to return home since they couldn’t access their money.

When your money is in a bank, you’re not the one who decides whether or not you’ll always have access to it. And if the government needs it, it can simply take it. When a bank gets in trouble, the money in accounts can be seized.

The time to withdraw your money from your account is the moment you know that a SHTF situation is imminent. Don’t wait and see what the government is going to do or what everyone else is going to do.

The only person who can make sure you and your family get taken care of is you. And always have money on hand to tide you over for months at a time, even if you leave some funds in the banking system.

Better Money Safe Options

If you have your money in a bank account, it can be taken. If you try and store it in a safety deposit box, it can also be taken. Just because it’s in a bank doesn’t mean you’ll have access to it or that you’ll always have ownership of it when you need it.

If your bank were to shut down for several days – or worse, for months – how could you get by? In a SHTF situation, it’s always best to have your money where you can get to it when you need it.

You can use a safe at home to protect your money, but you want to make sure you don’t make it easily visible or accessible to anyone but you. Never buy a grab and carry safe.

If you can snatch it up and go, so can a thief. Instead, use a safe that you can permanently fix to a spot. Have more than one safe because you never want to keep all your eggs in one basket.

Divide your money up between two or three safes for the best bet. Some survivalists use a cheaper safe and leave it where it can be seen. They’ll put a little bit of money in that safe so that if a thief does break in, he thinks he’s taken everything and he won’t search for more.

You can also place your money in airtight, waterproof containers and bury it. But only do this if you’ll be able to get to it when you need it. You can bury some on your immediate property and some on a bug out location.

Where to Hide Your Money

Besides a hidden safe, there are several other places you can hide your money. You can hide money inside your walls by hiding it inside a vent. You can tuck money away in your attic inside of old toys or tucked inside the hollowed out center of an old hardback book that you stack with a few other books.

Hide money in the insulation in your attic, basement or garage. You can also put money in separate envelopes and tape them underneath kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets or to the back of appliances.

You can get a waterproof container and hide money in your toilet tank. Some people hide money inside of food containers that they store inside their refrigerator or in the freezer.

Some people hide money inside of their medicine cabinet but in SHTF situations, medicine might be in short supply, and thieves will be looking for medicine. So choose a different hiding spot of you’ve been using this one.

If you have pets, you can tape money to the bottom of a dog kennel, a dog dish or a cat climbing house. Burying money in the soil of houseplants makes a great hiding place. Just make sure you use a waterproof container.

You could have several houseplants and have money stashed in each pot. Take the photos out of frames and tape money to the cardboard backing on the inside. Replace the photo and set the frame back in its original spot. Thieves don’t pay attention to family photos.

Hiding money in canisters or cookie jars can be an option, but thieves have been known to search kitchen canisters because they’re an obvious hiding place. It’s better to seal money in an envelope and tape it to the back of your refrigerator than to use a canister or cookie jar.

Tape money to the inside of CD cases, movie cases or workout videos. You can also place rolled up money inside hollow towel rods and hang them as usual in your bathrooms.

Buy lamps with dark colored bases. Lamps with white or light colored bases will sometimes show if there’s something inside of it. Unscrew the bottom of the dark base lamp and place money inside. When you put it back together, you can’t see the money.

You can also place money on the inside bottom of couch cushions, zip them closed and use as normal. There are endless ways to hide cash in your home. Of course, it’s then fragile in the event of a fire or flood, so take precautions with that.

What Bill Denominations Should You Keep on Hand When the SHTF?

When life on the grid is suddenly disrupted, life as you know it will be thrown into chaos. Without electricity, the world will be a different place. In a SHTF situation, the way that currency is handled and the way money changes hands during transactions is going to cease.

Without electricity and normal banking, your debit card and your credit cards are going to be virtually worthless. Not having any cash won’t be an option – not if you want to survive.

cashYou need to have cash on hand so that you can take care of the needs that you’ll have. But how you store that cash, how much of it you have and what types of bill denominations to have will all matter.

Most people have the mindset that bigger is better. They believe that storing rolls of hundreds of fifty dollar bills will see them through any SHTF situation. But you have to think the opposite of a normal day to day buying and selling transaction.

In normal life, you can easily use a larger bill. But in a SHTF situation, having larger bills could be of almost no value to you. Without normal ways to bank, you and those who do business as well as other survivors aren’t going to have access to change and smaller denominations.

That means your big bills won’t be usable. You don’t want to try to buy something you need and be unable to have it because the other person can’t break a bill that large. In this situation, even a twenty dollar bill can be too big. While it’s okay to have some tens, don’t stock up on those.

What you really want to stock up on are plenty of five dollar bills, ones and coins. This way, you can easily have bills small enough to be acceptable by others when you need to conduct business.

What some survivalists are doing right now is exchanging large bills for smaller ones and then hiding those smaller denominations in safe places around their home. Rolls of coins can easily be hidden throughout your home as well.

Why People Get Gold and Silver for SHTF Situations

The world is headed for a crisis because history has shown that SHTF situations have already happened and are continuing to happen. As these situations occur, society starts to break down in various areas and sometimes all at once, from electrical to housing to financial.

That’s why it’s better to get gold and silver for SHTF situations. There could very well come a day when your money will be of no value. Or you won’t be able to use it at all. The world could head back to the times when the only thing you can use to get what you need to survive is gold and silver.

While banking systems have failed, while the currency rate does drop, gold and silver have track records of holding steady in value. Plus, these metals come in handy when it comes down to bartering if necessary.

Even when the value of paper currency and coin is bottom of the barrel, metals like gold and silver will always be in demand. It’s a good investment to have gold and silver on hand in preparation.

When society collapses as it’s shown to occur already in several countries and even in isolated incidents in the United States, you want something that’s going to last for the long haul.

Most people think that once society is gone, it’s gone. But people are resilient and eventually rebuilding society will happen. Your gold and silver will not lose its value during a SHTF situation and will remain valuable when society is rebuilt.

When there’s a major collapse in society, every kind of paper currency is at risk for becoming useless. The government will no longer support the banking system and the you won’t be able to access funds.

Those who have direct deposit won’t be able to get any money. As the currency spirals into worthlessness, the value of silver and gold will skyrocket as it becomes the new go-to means of buying and selling.

If you want to provide for yourself and your family, you’ll want to invest in these precious metals immediately. In the event of a SHTF situation, gold and silver will become the main currency.

You can buy these precious metals in two forms. Either in bars or in coins. When you stock up on the coin form, they’re acceptable forms of currency. The face value of the coin will depend on the weight of the precious metal in the coin.

For example, if you purchase a 1 ounce gold coin, the face value is $50. Remember though, that face value is different from market value.

What to Barter with Instead of Money

Since money might not be an option during a SHTF situation, you need to have another way to get what you need in place. The world works on a supply and demand system. If you have what you need and then some, you can always trade what you have for what someone else needs.

During times where there’s a crisis situation, it will serve you well to be prepared with items that others are going to need. Most people aren’t going to be prepared with the tools that need, so having tools on hand to barter with is a good idea.

You’ll also want to have extra staples to use for bartering. This includes items like flour, sugar, salt, and coffee. Personal items like toilet paper, shampoo, feminine hygiene items, and razors are items others will be willing to trade to get.

Stock up on food extras like canned goods, baby formula, tea, cooking oil, and canned meats. You’ll also want to have a supply of medicines you can barter. This would be items like ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-histamines, antibiotics, and antacids.

First aid items are also good trade supplies to have. Batteries, flashlights, ammo, and fishing items are always in high demand during a SHTF crisis. Some people stock up on luxury items too, such as alcohol and cigarettes.

Physically Protecting Your Money from Theft

During a SHTF crisis, if you have it, you can bet someone else wants to try to take it – someone who didn’t prepare and now they’re desperate. You can hide your money in a home safe.

You can stash it in various containers and locations. Hiding money and locking it away is a good, preventative measure. But sometimes, even if you’ve hidden your money, you find yourself in a situation where you’re going to have to physically protect your money from theft.

protectionYou’re going to have to decide if it’s worth the fight or not. You can determine if it is or not by whether the money the thief wants is all you have or if it’s a substantial amount. If it is, then you need to do what you have to for yourself.

If the other person is not armed, then you can physically push back against them and keep pushing until they see that you’re not giving up without a fight. Sometimes, all it takes is for a person to be willing to defend what’s his to make a thief back off.

If you’re where you can be able to run from the room, then you can hit the intruder with pepper spray. That alone will incapacitate most people. If you don’t want to use lethal weapons, and the intruder becomes pushy, you can use a baseball bat – but if you do that, you’ll have to swing hard enough to take down the thief.

Otherwise, he might be able to wrestle the bat away from you. Try to hit the thief in areas of the body where it’ll inflict the most pain such as the face or the groin. If it becomes a life or death situation, you may have to use lethal force.

Information About OWNx

I like to dollar cost average my silver purchases using a program called OWNx.

OWNx makes it possible for small and medium sized investors to save or invest in real silver just like the big investment houses and governments do. If you are looking for an easy way to accumulate some silver, you might want to take a look at this. Here is how it works.

You will first go the OWNx website and set up your free account. Then, choose the amount of money you would like to invest automatically each week or month (or, you can make one time investments if you prefer).

Lets say you have $100 a month you would like to invest in silver.

At the beginning of each monthly period, $100 is automatically deducted from your account and used to buy $100 of real physical silver (or gold) at whatever the price of silver is that day.  Your silver is stored, it is allocated and titled in your name(which means its legally yours), 100% insured by Lloyds of London and stored in the First State Depository of Delaware.

silver bullionOnce you have at least 20 ounces of silver in your OWNx account, you can then have it delivered to your home in one ounce coins, ten ounce bars, one hundred ounce bars or even one thousand ounce bars!

Another cool thing about OWNx is that they have created a “Silver Rewards” program. When you create your account, you get your own unique silver rewards link. All you have to do is pass your silver rewards link on to other people who are smart and know the value of and are interested in investing in silver. When that person signs up and creates an account, you are rewarded with up to 25% of their premium over the OWNx Base Price or Live Price.

So say you give your special silver link to me and I then set up an account and start investing $100 every month. Each month, you will receive up to 25% of the premium I am charged. That 25% of the premium is automatically added to your account in the form of silver. This is awesome. Get 5-10 of your friends investing in silver every month(which is a very smart thing to do) and you will be earning a lot of free silver.

This program is really the best and most affordable way to save and invest in silver for small to average size investors. Visit the following link now and become a silver saver.

OWNx.com

What are Mint Marks and Why are they Important

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Mint Marks are the tiny letters referring to the locality where the minting of coins took place. The position of mint mark can be found typically on the back side of coins that were minted before the year 1965 and on the front after the year 1967.

Coins of every US mint branch are recognized by mint marks.

The “Director of the Mint”, through the “Act of March 3, 1835”, set rules to classify and distinguish the coins released from every US Mint branch. This core management set accurate standards and pattern of production as well as responsible coinage.

Mintmarks that appear on US coins include:

  • C: Charlotte (Gold only, 1838-1861)
  • CC: Carson City (1870-1893)
  • D: Dahlonega, Georgia (Gold only, 1838-1861)
  • D: Denver (1906 to date; easily distinguishable from Dahlonega because of the different timeframes in which the mints operated)
  • O: New Orleans (1838-1909)
  • P: Philadelphia (Silver “Nickels” 1942-45; Dollar coins 1979 to date; other coins except cents 1980 to date. Although the Philadelphia mint has been operating continuously since 1793, most Philadelphia coins do not have a mintmark)
  • S: San Francisco (1854 to date. Now mints collector coins only. The last circulating coin to bear an ‘S’ mintmark was the 1980-S SBA Dollar)
  • W: West Point (1983 to date; collector coins only)

 

mint marks

All dies for US coins are produced at the Philadelphia Mint and prior to shipping the coins to their mint branch, coins are marked first with the correct and designated mint markings. The precise size and positioning of the coins’ mint mark can slightly vary; this is influenced by how deep the punch was impressed and where.

The importance of mint marks:

Collectors can determine the value of a coin though mint mark, date and condition examination, making the coins condition the most significant factor and standard when determining its value.  Different mints produce a different quantity of coins and therefore some coins from mints having smaller quantities can be more valuable.

Design Types of US Coins and Coin Collecting

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Coin collecting is a fun hobby that anyone who has the time can do. A coin’s history and its development can be learned by collecting them.

At one point in time, between 1838 and 1933, the United States issued gold coins for circulation. The Liberty Head bust was used as the design until 1907. The design was then changed to the Indian Head and Saint Gaudens motifs until 1933 when the “Great Depression” started. This prompted the recall of the coins which makes it very rare to find any of them today.

The most valuable coin in the world is the 1933 Double Eagle. This was a $20 gold coin that was made in the 1800’s after the California gold rush. This coin was not allowed to be used in the 1930’s and when this coin was auctioned in 2002, it sold for nearly eight million dollars.

Since gold coins are hard to find, most collectors select other coins.

One type of collection you might consider is the one made up of coins that are flawed when the coin was minted. If you can find a coin with a misspelled word, a wrong date, off-center characteristics, or double-punched marks, these coins are valuable. Such mistakes can increase a coin’s value from $50 to a $1000.

Coins that were only issued or circulated for short period of time also make good collectibles.

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A coin collection is at its best if it is focused on a certain coin. A collector can choose from pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars.

Another way of collecting is disregarding the types of coins but concentrating on a certain time period. Coins have different mint marks and collecting those that were struck in the same location can also be interesting. The important thing for hobbyists is to stick to the collection until it has been completed.

For a good start subscribe to a coin publication such as Coin World or Coinage Magazine for information on the types of coins that you might want to collect. The internet or a local coin shop can also help expand the search for those coins that can’t be found in your locale or out of state.

Building a coin collection will take a long time – months or even years. The United States has produced so many coins that it is hard to keep track of them. By deciding on the coin(s) you want to collect, the challenge to complete that collection begins.

America the Beautiful Quarters 2016 Silver Proof Set

This is a beautiful set of 90% silver quarter proofs.

U.S. Mint proof coins feature sharp relief and a mirror–like background. Their frosted, sculpted foregrounds give them an exceptional cameo effect. Proof blanks are specially treated, polished and cleaned to ensure high quality strikes. The blanks are then fed into presses fitted with specially polished dies and struck at least twice to ensure sharp relief. The coins are then packaged in a protective lens to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish.

The 2016 edition of the America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set features the seventh annual release of five quarters in the series.

Each coin in this series features a common obverse (heads) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

The 2016 reverse (tails) of these coins honor the sites below with the following designs:

  • Shawnee National Forest in Illinois
  • Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in Kentucky:
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
  • Fort Moultrie at Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina

 

God, Guns, and Gold DVD

God, Guns, and Gold

God, Guns, and GoldYou may already own guns.

You may already own gold.

But either way… you’ll definitely want to hear Joe McDurmon’s rousing case for God, Guns, and Gold!

You may even want to get an extra copy to give to your friends. After all, most Christians are NOT familiar with the material McDurmon covers…

…and they could benefit greatly from his teaching. (Possibly even remove the guilt some Christians feel about owning guns.)

Picking Silver Dollars For Your Coin Collection

seated_liberty_dollarPicking silver dollars for your coin collection can be a time consuming process. You have to find a place that sells silver dollars and then you have to painstakingly browse through the available coins that they might have. It is possible that the one silver dollar you need to finish off your coin collection might be difficult to find or be extremely expensive.

peace_dollarThere are other great ways to find silver dollars for your coin collection though. Try browsing through the coins that might be available on an internet auction site like eBay. Instead of being limited to just the coins that one particular store has, look through a whole bunch of coins. Maybe you will be able to locate the one that you need at a reasonable price.

Make sure to pay special attention to items that you do buy online. Pictures can be deceiving and you do not want to be disappointed when your silver dollar arrives for your coin collection.

Reasons To Add Silver Dollars To Your Coin Collection

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One great reason to collect silver dollar coins is because they can be worth a great deal of money. The price of silver has gone up quite a bit which has directly affected the cost of silver coins. As the price of silver continues to go up the value of the coins that you have will appreciate over time.

Another great thing about collecting silver dollar coins is that they always have a value. You can always buy something else with the silver dollar in your collection whereas you can’t simply walk into a store and buy a pack of gum with an action figure that you have been collecting.

silver-american-eagleSilver dollar coin collections are great to pass down through generations. Start collecting all of the silver dollars that you can get and then pass it on to your child. They can add more coins to the collection including the most recent coins as well. Eventually someone is going to have a pretty impressive collection of silver dollar coins that is going to be worth a great deal of money.

Whether you are collecting gold coins or silver, it is fun. Watching your collection grow over time can be extremely satisfying. While it might be tedious to get started with a silver dollar coin collection over time you will grow to love it. Looking at the little details of the silver dollars will be fun instead of a strain on your eyes.

Ron Paul Silver Commemorative and Silver Barter Round

Some of my favorite silver coins are the silver 2008 Ron Paul Commemorative and 2009 Ron Paul Barter round from the Freedom Mint.

2008 Ron Paul Commemorative
Ron Paul Silver CommemorativeThe frontside of this piece displays the engaging image of Dr. Ron Paul during his historic 2008 Presidential Campaign. The outer ring of design declares Ron Paul is the “Champion of the Constitution” and commemorates the beginning of his “Campaign for Liberty”.

Ron Paul Commemorative BackThe backside displays the stunning imagery of the US Constitution rising over the Earth, behind a rising sun symbolizing the restoring of the republic. The Latin phrase below the words “Restore the Republic”, “Erudio, Strenuus, Restituo”, translate to: “Educate, Activate, Restore”.

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