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The Best Ways to Buy Silver

Mike Maloney discusses the best ways to buy silver in the following video.

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I like what he says, “If you can’t hold it, you don’t own it.”

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Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic

Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic

Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic

One of my favorite silver bullion coins is the Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic produced by the Austrian Mint. Beginning in 2008, it is now the highest minted and most well-known silver bullion coin from Europe. The coin is legal tender in Austria with a face value of 1.50 Euros. It weighs exactly 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.

The design created by Thomas Pesendorfer to be used for a gold commemorative coin that was first issued in 1989. The Austrian Mint introduced the silver version of the coin in 2008. The design was unchanged and has remained the same each year as of 2015.

Obverse: The obverse design features a pipe organ from within the Musikverein, a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna. This is where the actual Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays its music. The German words “REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH” (Republic of Austria) and “1 UNZE FEINSILBER” (1 ounce pure silver) are also minted on the obverse.

Reverse: The reverse design features an array of musical instruments such as the harp, violin, cello, flute, bassoon, and French horn. The words “WIENER PHILHARMONIKER” (Vienna Philharmonic) and “SILBER” (Silver) are also inscribed.

This is one of the many silver bullion coins available for delivery from OWNx.

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Although also minted in gold, the market overwhelmingly chooses official silver coins over gold. For one, they are more affordable for average buyers and easily converted to fiat currency if needed.  This 1 oz Silver Philharmonic Coin is among the world’s most popular, with over 40 million Silver Philharmonics sold over a recent three year time span alone.

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.

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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Buying Assets on Sale

The Game of Monopoly is the textbook or blueprint that provides individuals with a plan to become financially free. Since most people only see Monopoly as a game, they may miss many of the real life lessons it can teach. For example, what does Monopoly teach you about your salary and money? The first space in Monopoly says, “Collect $200 salary as you pass Go”. The question is, “how should you view this money and what should you do with it?”

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Collecting Canadian Coins

Canadian MapleLeaf

The popularity of coins has shown significant increase in Canada because the value of the “fiat paper money” tends to deflate as much as 25% to 30% in a short period of time.

For this reason, coin manufacturers in Canada started making different kinds of coins to replace the value that was lost in the depreciation of paper money. Gold and Silver continues to thrive in various types of coins and their value continues to increase.

Canadian MapleLeafCanadian Silver Maple Leafs are one of the world’s most recognized silver bullion coins. First minted in 1988 and struck every year since, silver Maple Leafs contain one troy ounce of pure silver. Minted in .9999 fine silver, Canadian Silver Maple Leafs are among the purest of all silver dollar-sized coins. Maple Leafs are magnificently designed, with attention to every intricate detail. This has made the Silver Maple Leaf highly desirable by investors and collectors alike.

Coins function as solid emblems of a nation’s history. Canada has gained importance by producing Canadian coins serve as a means of monetary exchange and a source of historical enrichment.

Many coin collectors are enticed to try Canadian coin collecting. They know that collecting such Canadian treasures not only offer them remarkable diversion but can also provide them with additional value in the future.

So for those who wanted to start collecting Canadian coins, here is a list of some ways to get you started:

  1. Do your homework
    Like in any venture you must do your homework before you start collecting coins. Try to research how Canada manufactures their coins. Learn the history of coins and how they may offer great opportunities to earn a profit and at the same time be an enjoyable hobby.
  2. Finders keepers
    To start the ball rolling, try to get as many coins or tokens as you can obtain without having to spend a great amount of money. Your parents or your grandparents may have some coins that they kept because they did not hold any monetary value at that time.
  3. Use some guides
    Coin collecting is not a complicated activity but it is not that easy either. You would likely need some references that will guide you in choosing the kinds of Canadian coins to collect.
    You can refer to “Haxby’s Coins of Canada” or other brochures that will provide you with adequate information regarding Canadian coin collecting.
  4. Enjoy and have fun
    The idea of coin collecting is not to get the most expensive and the rarest coins that you can find. What matters most is that you enjoy what you do and that you are amazed by the kinds of coins that you are able to obtain.

Coin collecting may differ from one place to another but Canadian coin collecting is sure to give a hobbyist great pleasure and not just mere treasures.

Constitutional Money May Return to Kansas

I was excited to see the following article published in the online edition of The Hutchinson News. It is another indication that some people understand the U.S. Constitution and want to return our money to a Constitutional status.

Gold, silver bullion coins could be legal tender in Kan.

Kansans who want to purchase gold and silver bullion coins, to be prepared in the event inflation eats the paper dollar’s value, could find it easier under pending state legislation.

House Bill No. 2379 states gold and silver bullion coins issued by the federal government would be legal tender in Kansas. Sales of such coins would be exempt from sales tax.

Testifying Tuesday before the House Taxation Committee on behalf of the bill will be representatives of the Washington-based conservative think tank, the American Principles Project.

The American Principles Project “promotes gold-backed monetary reform at the national and state levels,” according to its website.

“This is legislation that we have worked on in other states,” said the American Principles Project’s director of economics, Rich Danker, who will be coming to Topeka.

About half the states don’t have sales tax on gold and silver coins. If classified as money, the coins could not be taxed, he said.

In part, Danker said, it’s a competitive issue.

“It would likely encourage more coin dealers and conventions in the state,” Danker said, if the sales tax was removed.

The American Principles Project, though, is not working on behalf of coin dealers but sees a larger issue at stake.

Silver and gold will give people a way of saving and transacting business that would not lose value the way a paper dollar can, he said.

“We think it’s about sound money,” Danker said.

Sellers would not be required to accept payment in gold or silver coins, just as they can stipulate what types of payment – for example, no personal checks – they accept now.

“We’re really encouraged by the support in the Kansas Legislature so far,” Danker said.

Freshman legislator Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco, was instrumental in the introduction of the bill.

The American Principles Project’s policy director, Jeffrey Bell, who has worked to elect Republican presidential candidates, will be in Topeka, too, for the hearing.

Assessing the Benefits in Silver Coin Collecting

We’ve seen over the past five years the collapse and near collapse of financial giants and companies considered too big to fail. Because of this, many people are looking for alternative investment opportunities and quite a number have considered silver coin collecting as possibility. If you are one of the many people who want to try collecting silver coins for profit, there are several things to consider ensuring your efforts will pay off.

Silver Bullion Coins

If you are seriously considering silver coins as part of your investment portfolio, you need to first of all decide if you want to collect silver bullion coins or if you want to buy silver coins that were minted and circulated as legal tender.

Silver bullion coins are generally made of 99.9 percent silver except for the British silver Britannia which has a silver content of 95.8 per cent. Normally, the face value of a silver bullion coin is lower than its actual market value. For example, the Canadian Silver Leaf is a one Troy once silver bullion coin with a face value of five dollars and a market value of over thirty dollars based on the market price of silver.

Silver bullion coins provide good protection against any economic meltdown, but if you are expecting spectacular profits from investing in this coin, you will be disappointed. Financial gains with this particular investment only happen over the course of time, when the bullion coins in your safety deposit box rise in value in consonance with the price of silver.

Investment Coins

Apart from silver bullion coins, you can also go for the other type of silver coins which are sometimes referred to as investment coins. Generally, these are coins are made of at least 90 per cent silver and are, or have been, a legal tender in their country of origin.

In the past five to ten years, increasing silver prices have made these coins a popular choice for collectors. On one hand, there is always a chance to one day sell currency coins for a big margin of profit, but on the other hand, there are bigger risks in this direction because factors such as demand and popularity enter the picture.

On the plus side, silver is cheaper than gold so it is possible to begin acquiring a silver coin collection without breaking the bank. American silver coins that are not categorized as rare have a prize range of two to twenty dollars.

What to Keep in Mind

There are certain things to keep in mind to keep your money safe as you go about silver coin collecting.

  • Always do your research before you make a purchase. If a coin is worth a lot of money, look for official authentication. Find out if the coin has maintained good value over time.
  • Go for high quality coins which are more certain to appreciate in value than oddities. Double check quality and grade by using reliable resources like the official Red Book.
  • Keep clear of TV or internet bargains. Remember that if anything sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Provide good storage for your collection. Good storage does not mean a shoebox hidden away in your closet or in your file cabinet. Get a safety deposit box.
  • If you want to go about silver coin collecting as an investment, be ready to sell when the price is right.

Many resources say that the outlook for silver is good and that the annual demand for this metal exceeds the supply, Moreover with the current economic situation, more and more people are becoming interested in using this metal as a way of keeping their money safe. The side effect of this increased demand would be to further drive prices of silver up, making it a good investment today. However, even with these rosy predictions, it is good to practice due diligence and caution. This way, although you may not make a killing in your investments, you will be better assured of both profit and protection in silver coin collecting.

Feds May Seize Liberty Dollars

Coin World reports that the feds are looking to seize liberty dollars from collectors and those using the coins instead of inflation-ridden Federal Reserve notes.

Liberty Dollar

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on August 24 that the coins are contraband. The Secret Service, the federal agency responsible for confiscating counterfeit money, did not provide any definitive comments concerning under what circumstances Liberty Dollars would be seized, according to Paul Gikes of Coin World.

The coins are illegal even if they are not used for barter, the feds insist. Jill Rose, chief of the August 24 that the Liberty Dollar medallions are confiscable as contraband if they are being exhibited for educational purposes or held privately.

Rose was the lead prosecutor in the Bernard von NotHaus case. Von NotHaus is the creator of the Liberty Dollar. He was convicted by the feds in March on multiple charges involving the alternative currency that competes with fiat money distributed by the privately owned Federal Reserve. During the trial it was determined that Liberty Dollars are counterfeits, contraband and subject to seizure.

Von NotHaus was convicted by a jury after the feds successfully argued that Liberty coins are counterfeits because they include the words “Trust in God,” similar to the words “In God We Trust” on Federal Reserve coins. He faces up to 15 years in jail, a $250,000 fine, and may be forced to give $7 million worth of minted coins and precious metals – weighing 16,000 pounds – to the government.

The prosecution and conviction of von NotHaus was politically motivated. He is the founder of NORFED, the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Code.

Following the verdict against von NotHaus, the government characterized him as a domestic terrorist.

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” said U.S. Attorney Tompkins. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country,” she added. “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption, and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.” (Emphasis added.)

The Liberty Dollar raid was indistinguishable from “similar raids conducted by Soviet and Chinese communist officials against private businesses operating in those countries,” writes Jacob Hornberger. “Unfortunately, in the post-9/11 world in which we now live, anything goes as far as federal power is concerned. The heavy-handed, perhaps even fraudulent, Soviet-style attack on NORFED is proof-positive of that.”

According to Rose and the government, the Liberty Dollar is “a pyramid scheme imbedded with fraud” that had nothing to do with barter or trade. “Barter is an equal and knowing exchange,” which the Liberty Dollar is not, Rose and the government claim.

Coin World had previously published comments from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte stating that while mere possession of Liberty Dollar medallions was not a violation of federal statutes, actual use or intent to use them in the manner for which von NotHaus was convicted would be considered a violation.

Glen Kessler, assistant special agent in charge in North Carolina for the U.S. Secret Service, told Coin World that the Secret Service is “duty-bound to confiscate” Liberty Dollars.

George Ogilvie, the public affairs officer for the federal agency, told the publication the Secret Service had no comment on the matter.

It now appears the feds are moving to criminalize mere possession. Collectors are now at risk, especially if they oppose the Federal Reserve and are politically active.

Article written by Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
August 30, 2011

Some Ways to Buy Silver Coins

There are numerous sources where those silver coins can be purchased. The following are the basic methods and starting places to obtain the silver coin(s) you have long wanted.

Go local

1964 Kennedy Half DollarCoin shops are plentiful almost everywhere. Generally your local area or city will have coin shops which you can visit to purchase silver bullion coins as well as collectible silver coins. Most of these coin shops are located in the larger town or cities. Better yet, use your local phone book and start walking those fingers through the pages to find out where the nearest coin shop(s) is located…

These shops provide coin collectors the opportunity to actually examine or scrutinize the coins that interest you. Fortunately, these coin shops are also replete with experts and coin lovers who share your passion and can offer their valid judgment on a particular coin’s grade or value. They can also offer helpful tips as well as advice.

Local coin shops may sometimes have a limited stock or collection of silver coins and the price they offer them for may be a little bit higher than some other places.

Auctions for Silver Coins

seated_liberty_dollarThere are also auctions specifically for silver coins. This method is a very effective – if not excellent – way to purchase silver coins. It is extremely important that prior to attending an auction you know the procedures and rules that apply.

There are various types of auctions; bidding auctions via mail, internet, as well as auctions conducted by phone. Always be aware and wary! It is important to make sure that you set a fixed price on the coin you are about to bid on. Auctions can turn very emotional and aggressive. Practice discipline and try not to bid more than the ceiling price you have set for yourself.

I have purchased numerous silver coins on eBay for example. You can find good buys on silver bullion coins and bars, junk silver coins, numismatic silver coins, and just about any sort of silver coin.

Buying silver coins by mail

This method is a very convenient and inexpensive way to purchase silver coins. Most dealers that transact via mail usually have overhead costs that are low so they are able to offer similarly low prices on coins they sell.

Do not forget to thoroughly inspect a particular dealer’s policies before returning an item. Make sure that once you receive your coin, immediately inspect it for authenticity or damage. The coin you must have must be just as you ordered and what you expected.

In summary, silver coin buying is not difficult. All you need is to research and look for the best product available.

2011 American Silver Eagle – High Demand And Limited Supply

The 2011 American Silver Eagle coin will soon be available to purchase from coin dealers as well as authorized distributors. Silver Eagle coins are certainly in demand – sales of the coin shattered quite a few records within November of 2010. Actually, not any other month in the coin’s history has seen greater sales including December of 1986, the first calendar month which the coin had been released!

I purchased my very first American Silver Eagle coin back in February of 2001 (a box of 100) and paid $6.99. In those days, buying silver coins of any sort wasn’t on anyone’s priority list except perhaps for the most diehard silver fans. With a gain of 329.18% on that coin, as you might imagine, I’m thrilled with my decision to invest in Silver Eagles.

You’re probably wondering, however, with the price of silver trading over $30 an ounce, does it still makes sense to invest in American Silver Eagles?

The answer to that question is a resounding YES! Here are 5 reasons why I believe you should invest in this lovely silver coin.

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Silver Shines as an Economic Solution

Here’s another interesting article written by Cassandra Anderson and posted on MORPHcity of another State government working towards bringing back Constitutional money into our economy.

Idaho State Representative Phil Hart authored the Idaho State Silver Gem Act earlier this year which allows for the Idaho State Treasurer to issue silver medallions and make them available to the public; people may use them for any purpose they want and will have the option of paying their State taxes with the silver. The benefits of the Silver Gem Act are:

  • Silver can be used as an alternative currency, outside of the banking system
  • Jobs will be created in the metal refining industry in Idaho
  • Silver- and gold- are a protection against inflation for both the public and Idaho State

The Idaho Silver Gem Act serves as a model that other states and local governments can use. If the bill passes, people can use silver with confidence because the government of Idaho will accept it, too. The Idaho Silver gem Act will also help to prevent possible federal precious metal confiscation.

According to G. Edward Griffin, America’s monetary system is based on fiat money, it has no intrinsic value and it is not asset- backed. Federal Reserve notes have value because of government regulations (the Legal Tender laws) that mandate their use under the threat of fine or imprisonment. The Legal Tender laws require people and businesses to accept Federal Reserve notes for payment, if Federal Reserve notes are offered as payment. However, people, businesses and even governments can also accept payment in the form of gold, silver or any other thing of value- they are not tied to accepting only Federal Reserve notes.

Mr. Griffin said that the bankers DO NOT own most of the gold- most of the gold is still in the ground! And even if the bankers did own all of the gold, but the monetary system was based on gold, such a commodity backed money system would prohibit the bankers from using fractional reserves to make loans and collecting interest on money created from nothing, thus limiting their primary stream of income.

Representative Hart’s Idaho Silver Gem Act, fully endorsed by G. Edward Griffin, is a first small step toward a competing currency. Instead of creating sweeping banking reforms Hart’s legislation is practical, incremental and it can be put into place immediately. For example, Georgia had a bill that would have made it mandatory for silver and gold to be used in all State business. Georgia’s bill failed because the implementation of the bill would have been monumental- imagine the difficulty of all businesses and entities trading with Georgia State’s government having to convert all payments into precious metals.

Representative Phil Hart’s Silver Gem Act passed the Idaho House vote (51 to 14) but it died in a Senate committee earlier this year. Two of the senators who were outspoken critics of the legislation were defeated in the 2010 primary election, improving the bill’s chances for next year. The Silver Gem Act is the only competing currency bill to get this far and Phil Hart will re-introduce it again next year if he is re-elected.

Click here to read the Idaho Silver Gem Act

Representative Phil Hart

The American Eagle Silver Dollar Coin

American Eagle Silver Dollars are authorized by Congress and produced by the United States Mint at West Point, New York and are legal tender coins with a face value of one dollar (though they are worth considerably more since the market price of one ounce of silver has been many times greater than one dollar for more than four decades). Unlike silver medallions, silver bars, or art bars, American Eagles are Official Legal Tender guaranteed by the U.S. Government as to silver weight and silver purity.

Since the first day American Eagle Silver Dollars were released in 1986, they’ve been the most highly prized and most popular Silver Bullion Coins in the world! Many consider the design of the coin to be one of the most beautiful coins ever produced. Requiring no assaying, American Eagles are easily converted to cash at any time.

American Silver Eagle

The obverse (front) of the coin features Adolph A. Weinman’s stunning Walking Liberty design originally used on U.S. Silver Half Dollars from 1916 through 1947. The reverse design is a rendition of a heraldic eagle by John Mercanti and also features a shield, with 13 stars, representing the 13 original American colonies, positioned above the eagle’s head.

Highly prized for their historical beauty and pure silver content, American Eagle Silver Dollars are the largest Silver Dollars ever issued by the U.S. Mint. (These are impressively large and substantial coins.) By law, each coin contains one full troy ounce of pure silver. Each coin contains 1.0000 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver and is 40.6 mm (1.598 inches) in diameter.

Every Silver Eagle is a work of art, minted to exacting standards by the United States Mint. These classic coins are among the most affordable ways to own government minted bullion coins.

These coins are commonly used as investments or gifts or collected or as protection in case of national disasters or bank failures.

Note: SILVER COINS ARE STANDARD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALMOST ALL SURVIVAL AND NATIONAL DISASTER SITUATIONS WHEN BANKS MAY FAIL OR CLOSE AND PAPER MONEY IS USELESS – ONLY SILVER AND GOLD IS ACCEPTED EVERYWHERE IN EVERY EMERGENCY.