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  1. BJM

    Is it me or What?

    I was conducting some research on Royal Mint products, as its bullion appears stunning. Overtime, though, a pattern of quality control issues (milk spots, toning, abrasions) emerged. Such reports can give one pause.
  2. I store my collection in tubes and handle the individual coins with white cotton gloves.
  3. In the U.S., it seems that some of the more popular silver coins are the American Silver Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, and Morgan Silver Dollar. (Junk silver deserves some mention, too.) But what about in other parts of the world? I think that the Austrian Philharmonic holds primacy in Continental Europe, but what else is in high demand there? And what about in the UK, Asia, and Australia? I look forward to reading your thoughts on this!
  4. Whoa! Thank you for that interesting resource. And out of curiosity, where does everyone think silver and gold Pandas will be in terms of popularity within the next, say, ten years? I am guessing that, as China's global economic presence continues to grow, these coins may likewise become more prominent for investors and collectors alike.
  5. From what I understand, whereas U.S. mint coins are produced with a coin turn or coin orientation (i.e., when a coin is rotated on its vertical axis, the reverse side appears upside down to the obverse side), U.S. medals are produced with a medal turn or medallic orientation (i.e., the reverse side appears right-side up relative to the obverse side). Apparently, this practice is based on tradition rather than law.
  6. Thank you all for the warm welcome!
  7. Ah, apologies for skipping this clarification! Although the weight issue with the Silver Pandas mentioned in my previous post still stands, the choice has now become more difficult. I would keep, though less confidently, to my original choice: the Silver Britannia.
  8. Interesting question and responses! I remain fairly green to silver stacking, but I personally lean toward the British Silver Britannia coins. From what I understand, some quality control issues may exist with the Britannias (e.g., occasional dents, blemishes, etc.), but the premiums tend to be fairly low and this product comes from a reputable mint. And though admittedly subjective, the stunning Philip Nathan image of Britannia on the reverse side deserves mention. The annual change in design for the Chinese Silver Pandas keeps things interesting and the market for these continues
  9. Good afternoon, everyone! I am pleased to introduce myself to The Silver Forum. I chanced upon a YouTuber's video that strongly recommended this site; just a few minutes of perusing here convinced me of this community's quality and I am happy to now be a member, albeit a fledgling one. I am originally from New Orleans and collected coins as a child. My father and I were frequent visitors of James H. Cohen & Sons Inc., a local coin dealer. Though this shop seems to focus on antique weaponry and jewelry these days, in the 1990s there was a wide array of coins. I started with so
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