What type of bullion do you buy?

Discussion in 'Bullion Investing' started by myownprivy, Oct 28, 2018.


What type of bullion do you typically buy?

  1. Government issued bullion (Eagles, Maples, Britannias, etc.)

  2. Generic rounds and bars

  3. Junk silver (90% US silver circulated currency, 80% Canadian silver circulated currency, etc)

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  1. myownprivy

    myownprivy Well-Known Member

    When you buy bullion, how do you typically buy it?

    Is your answer different for silver and gold?

    For gold, I buy government issued only. Never generic.

    For silver, I buy mostly government issued, sometimes circulated currency, and rarely generic.
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  3. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I'll buy it in any form I can as long as it's the right price. Bullion is nothing more than metal and the value is attached to the buy and sell price which is controlled by supply and demand.
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  4. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    I try to buy all US silver coins I can at or near melt.
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  5. longarm

    longarm Just another Jewish Carpenter

    US mint coins mostly, sometimes a private round (see pic) if I like them and as close to spot as possible. TX2018obv.JPG TX2018rev.JPG
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  6. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    For gold, I exclusively buy fractional government issues outside of U.S. coins. I like gold sovereigns, LMU 10 and 20 unit pieces like French and Swiss 20 Francs, Italian 20 Lire, etc. Mexico 5, 10 & 20 Pesos. Good gold, nice designs with low premiums and easy to trade. You can pick up nicer grade pieces and better dates at same price.
  7. ken454

    ken454 Well-Known Member

    i vote option #4 "all of the above"
  8. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    American Gold Eagles, mostly through the EBay specials from good dealers. If I ever want to make a big play in gold (as in earlier this decade) I’ll likely use an ETF again.
  9. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    $33333333333_57.JPG $_5...........7.JPG 330.JPG 331.JPG 333.JPG Mostly pre-1933 scarce or rare gold coins, but I will buy an occasional silver bar but it's gotta catch my eye. Normally I stay away from bullion.
  10. mkan20

    mkan20 New Member

    recently started buying bullion about 2 months ago. for silver, if I'm buying generic metal, it will be in increments of 10oz+ as buying anything smaller has too much of premium. will buy any number of government minted silver as long as its close to spot. found some AE's for $15.76 a piece so I scooped up the lot.

    I've been buying 1/10 gold eagles that have been pretty close to spot. all of my pre 1933 is graded because I collect those for numismatic purposes as well. I don't trust myself buying those raw as I'm still very new to this.
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  11. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Mainly coinage, but newer stuff like pandas and crap for my two sons. They have about 100 modern silver coins with animals on them. Not bad for a 5 and 7 year old.

    Gold, (for bullion purposes), old coins with the exception of my wife's thai jewelry.
  12. longarm

    longarm Just another Jewish Carpenter

    Do you know that some of the dealers let you buy 10 oz for spot? Check out SDbullion
  13. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I stopped buying ASEs figuring I had too many of them already. My spouse will have a time trying to get rid of them at a reasonable price here in Baton Rouge, I'm afraid. Still, I buy a single ASE every new year as sort of a collection.
  14. MisterWD

    MisterWD Supporter! Supporter

    I like silver and buy mostly bullion coins both government issue and generic. Does it ever make sense to buy silver bullion pieces for their collectible value? They sell a lot of silver bullion coinage as collectibles but is it really worth it?
  15. Bman33

    Bman33 Well-Known Member

    ASE, junk 90

    AGE, Gold 20 Franc, British Sovereigns
  16. I buy Bullion that catches my eye in terms of beauty and interesting design in addition to reasonable premium to spot. For me it's a collection of cool looking items and as a hedge against some kind of worst case inflationary or lack of confidence in US currency situation. But unlike insurance where your policy is worthless at end of term and you lose all your premium, Bullion at least offer a store of value in addition to its insurance capacity in the event of a black swan event.

    (I bet some people in Venezuela wished they had a few ounces of gold/silver as a hedge instead of 100% of savings in Bolivares)
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  17. Larry E

    Larry E Well-Known Member

    Mostly generic rounds and then us coins, coin roll hunting for junk silver
  18. Ana Silverbell

    Ana Silverbell Active Member

    I prefer "collectible" vintage bars or rounds; e.g., the NORFED "coins" and TenTex bars, etc. MS70 government issues do not strike my fancy or pique my interest. Maybe I don't qualify as a bullion buyer.
  19. John Johnson

    John Johnson Active Member

    I buy quite a bit of silver bullion, mostly government issued coins, but I do like junk silver, too, just because of the history in those coins.
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