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  1. Right now premiums are high for a lot of things. Try to buy the best metal you can for the lowest premium. Collector coins can be tempting but if you're just stacking weight it doesn't matter as much. There have been some good deals on Britannias recently. ASE are way over spot so I've been avoiding those. Shop around and take shipping costs into account.
  2. Wow, thank you @WotNxt! I just might have to get that book.
  3. Thanks @WotNxt. Everything helps me get closer to the answer. Since this thing is so hard to find, perhaps it's my potential retirement fund! lol Highly doubt it but one can hope.
  4. Hello and welcome.
  5. That does look the same. Maybe for military medals the profile faced the other way? I've never been able to find any picture of a medal like this. I'm at a total loss but would love to know something about it.
  6. Hello all, I need some identifying a medal. It has been in the family longer than any living member and no one knows how we acquired it. Internet searches haven't been successful. It's dated 1812 and Guatemala is on it. My best guess is a military medal of merit but I would love to know the actual name and back story. Can any of you fine members shed some light?
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    Why the high premium?

    @Shep I do see your point about value put in as relates to future inflation. It's still better to put into silver than the regular useless junk that I'm trying to cut out of my spending. I really wish I knew what's causing the high premiums. Considering that I can buy a Britannia for much cheaper than an eagle, it doesn't make sense. We don't pay VAT but there are shipping costs associated with getting a UK minted coin over here. I can't see that manufacturing costs are that much more here than the UK. Imagine we're pretty on par with each other there.
  8. Interesting. I haven't seen a setup like that before.
  9. Horse

    Why the high premium?

    To me VAT sounds insufferable. There's plenty wrong with our system here but a 20% tax on something is beyond excess. I paid a 35% premium on my last order of Britannias when spot was $15.50. There's a 6% sales tax. That worked out to about $22.18 per coin. That seemed quite reasonable compared to everything else I've seen. Definitely cheaper than eagles or maples. I placed another order for some the next day too and am thanking myself now that spot is over $17.
  10. Horse

    Another auction win!!

    Very nice win. Congratulations!
  11. I'll have to tell Mrs. Horse that we'll be getting a mini fridge with a lock.
  12. Horse

    Why the high premium?

    I was just using 10% for ease of example. I am in the US and don't know what the UK market is like.
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