Engelhard Silver Prospector The First Silver Round

The .999 pure silver Prospector from Engelhard is without question the most well known and trusted silver round ever produced. Most people who collect coins and especially those who are interested in investing in precious metals are familiar with the Engelhard name. “Engelhard” is equivalent to strict standards and high quality. The name gives both … Read more

Silver Rounds – What You Should Know

Silver Rounds are actually a type of silver bar. Instead of being rectangular in shape a silver round looks like a large coin. Silver rounds are 99.9% pure silver, which is generally indicated on the piece as “999 Fine Silver”. These round bars are most often available as one troy ounce although in recent years … Read more

Scrip – Coal Company Tokens

There was a time when there were more than 20,000 company stores using scrip in pace of, or in addition to, cash wages in North America.(*1) It has been estimated that around 75% of all the scrip that was used was used by coal companies in Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. People in these … Read more

Current Silver Spot Price

Silver spot price have dropped quite a bit since I last posted here. Opinions range from “sell, sell, sell!” to “It’s time to buy!” Some folks lost a lot of value in their portfolio over the past year while others played it better and still came out ahead in the market. To the right you … Read more

Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a one troy ounce (31.1 g of silver) silver bullion coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. The silver bullion coins have been issued yearly since 1988. While the U.S. Silver Eagle bears a face value of only $1, the Canadian bullion Silver Maple Leaf shows $5. Regardless of … Read more

Junk Silver Prices And Rolls

About two and a half years ago I bought a few rolls of junk silver dimes for around $65 to $70 each including shipping. I shopped around and got them from different online auctions and websites. Even then the prices I found were barely above the spot silver value of the coins at that time. … Read more

Junk Silver Coins – Should I Invest In It?

The term “junk silver coins” refers to silver US coins minted before 1964 which were actually made up of 90% silver and 10% copper. This included dimes, quarter dollars, half dollars, and dollars as well as some special issue coins. US minted coins are recognized around the world and known for their silver content. This … Read more

Barber Quarter History & Information

Barber Quarter 1892–1916 The Barber quarter was designed by Charles E. Barber and first minted in 1892. Barber was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint at that time. The Barber quarter was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper and used the same design as the half dollar and dime (Barber Dime). The Barber dime … Read more

Don’t Get Ripped Off By Silver and Gold Con Men!

Silver and gold are wise additions to your portfolio. Old timers tell us not to put “all our eggs into one basket.” They advise us to diversify and not to “count our chickens before they hatch.” There is generally no disagreement that precious metals should be a part of your portfolio, however, there is a … Read more