Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!Doucet
You're telling me. After I got into this, I keep staring at the bills/coins people hand to me. They probably think I can't count.carmykle
If you're ever in my area, first round is on me. schnauzer
I absolutely love the Kookaburra and Kangaroo. I drove around the other day to hit up a few coin shops to look for some. I have a habit of not calling around to see if a place is open or what they have. Both shops were closed.
I did a quick search on my Iphone and happened on a small shop..and by small...I mean quite literally a shack. If you guy's have ever seen those little shacks that make key copies in parking lots, or like a valet booth then you know what I'm talking about. I thought I was in the wrong place until I saw the sign.
Either way, I walked inside, and an old man and a younger man were sitting there. They had a small collection but they were very helpful, especially to a first-timer with a lot of, probably very, stupid questions. Apparently he's been there (the old man) for 40 years. I definitely have a lot of respect for small mom and pop type shops like this. Unfortunately, the Australian, Chinese, and Canadian silver bullion weren't in the greatest of shapes. I know silver is silver is...silver. But I wanted a few pristine ones to start off with.
They had some junk silver (someone even stopped by to sell some, I think he got 3 dollars for two dimes, some older dollars and half dollars, and a pretty nice collection of 1/2 cents, cents, etc. I wanted to buy some, but I'm still not very educated on the pricing and what to look for.
Anyway, very long story short, I thanked them for their time by purchasing two silver eagles (out of the mint tube) for 33 dollars, so about 2.50 over spot at the time. Not bad I don't think, considering my order online charged me tax/shipping. So until I can find a shop locally that carries the foreign coins, I'm going to try and avoid buying online (though I know that won't last long hehe).
Wow I ramble....