Junk silver grab

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by hydropsyche, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. hydropsyche

    hydropsyche Member

    Hey all,

    Came across a bag of junk silver at a flea market yesterday...$15 for $1 face value. Grabbed the coins in the pictures. On silver alone, based on my calculations, I think I paid a little less than spot. What do you all think from a collector standpoint? $2.50 average per coin...nothing special here but includes some coins I didn’t have previous. The half dime isn’t I great shape, with no clear date...I can make out a 4 as the last digit but that’s about it.
     

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  3. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    I think you did a good job! It is always nice to find silver below spot. It's obviously had a jump here recently. Regardless, you have a couple hole fillers there. Are you planning on putting them in an album or are you just going to keep them as junk silver?
     
  4. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I don't think I've ever come across a half dime being sold as junk silver. I'll take just about any half dime for 75 cents...
     
  5. hydropsyche

    hydropsyche Member

    One barber quarter and the barber dime are already in an album filling two previously empty spots. Of the rest, only the Rosie may go in the junk silver pouch...the rest in 2x2s.
     
  6. hydropsyche

    hydropsyche Member

    I was very surprised to see it in the bag myself. I started feverishly rifling through it when I saw that in there.
     
  7. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    Cool finds. I would have went through everything else that vendor has as well! Kudos to you!
     
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  8. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Supporter! Supporter

    @hydropsyche your half dime is likely an 1854 judging by the arrows.
     
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  9. hydropsyche

    hydropsyche Member

    thanks for the tip...I hadn’t looked at the various varieties and such yet to try to nail down a date more closely. Seems these had a some different varieties and other visual cues to be able to get a date based on partial numbers.
     
  10. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king. Supporter

    Nice score!
    I’m cheap and only pay 10x face, 95% of the time, but I would have done that deal to get the (probable) 2 coins that you mentioned putting in an album.
     
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  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I would have worked out a deal and purchased every coin they had.
     
  12. hydropsyche

    hydropsyche Member

    in hindsight I definitely should’ve. I’m a very casual collector and don’t quickly realize if I’m getting a good deal or not. There were a couple things I thought might’ve been good deals but I was hesitant not being completely sure.
     
  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Go back on the next day they are there and check it out. Ask something dumb while you're doing the math.
     
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  14. jerryc39

    jerryc39 Well-Known Member

    good luck finding silver at 10 times face. The seller would have to have their head in the sand to sell at that price.
     
  15. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Sellers with their head in the sand pop up from time to time. Either they become aware of their mistake, or their stuff sells really, really quickly. (Or, if it's overpriced, not at all.)
     
  16. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Good buy, lucky you! :D
     
  17. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king. Supporter

    They do (not their fault). Cashiers at local stores. Few and far between, but...
     
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