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 Posted 02/21/2012  10:15 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add crownman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Whew! I've been painstakingly exploring avenues of numismatics & exonumia trying to find something that both peaked my interest and fit my budget to collect. I've dabbled in everything from classic US coinage, modern US coinage, civil war tokens, so-called dollars, world crowns, 90% junk, domestic bullion and foreign bullion but have finally discovered something known as silver strikes which could be got in casinos from ~1990-2007 I believe! They are like so-called dollars as no two are the same but also have bullion value as well! The Britannias and Australian Kangaroos I were collecting are great but it's just too much of a premium for those. So-Called dollars are very interesting but most don't have the precious metal I love so much...silver !

Most silver strikes can be got for little over the spot price of the .6 oz silver contained within which is awesome! I already picked up 3 today at my local coin shop that were from a cruise ship in the late 1990's and have a few more coming in the mail.
Who knew Dansco made an album for these as well? My only issue with these thus far is getting them out of the plastic case they are in. Several are in the original case they came in 10, 15, 20 years ago! I can get the top half off but the token is stuck in the bottom half like a bugger! Anyone have any ideas? Vacuum cleaner didn't work hahaha. Anyone else collect these? I am certain I won't be changing my mind again after discovering these but I do have a liking to 70's/80's art bars...

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 Posted 02/21/2012  10:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I never even heard of these before -- so thanks for sharing. Nice photos!

It's hard for me to imagine that no two are the same. They had to have figured out a new way to make them because they couldn't have made a die for each one.

So much to learn....LOL
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 Posted 02/21/2012  10:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Silver strikes are definitely an interesting area to collect. I've known collectors to collect them a variety of ways: one from each issuing casino, by theme, by state and by individual casino.

A number of years back, I put together a set of them from the New York, New York casino. They offered an interesting variety over the years and even had a few limited mintage pieces to keep things interesting.

I haven't pursued the collection in some time, but it was fun to put together and I still have 'em!

I'll post a few images as soon as I can.
Collecting history, one commemorative coin (or medal) at a time!
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 Posted 02/21/2012  10:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wpd7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Got some (7) in my trade thread- LMk if interested.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  05:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Even I have a Silver Strike token. I live on the other side of the Puddle, and I don't even collect tokens!

From sites that have related to these, I have found that the series is extensive and interesting, but I have no idea of their collecting investment potential.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  06:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have one from a casino my sister gave me a few years ago. I looked it up on the net and found a web site that listed a bunch of them but I don't remember the sites address,sorry. But there is one out there.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  10:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cointagous to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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My only issue with these thus far is getting them out of the plastic case they are in. Several are in the original case they came in 10, 15, 20 years ago! I can get the top half off but the token is stuck in the bottom half like a bugger! Anyone have any ideas?


Try putting it in the freezer.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  5:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
cointagous: Good thinking!

For two reasons:
1.) Differential contraction: Stress will be applied to the remaining plastic (acryllic?) case, and the plastic is liable to crack,
2.) When the plastic is very cold, it is liable to become more brittle.

Actually, I have left mine in the transparent case. My choice.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  9:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SilverEye to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few silver casino tokens, a few from cruise lines also. They are fun.

I don't know how to display them, they are just in a box right now. All are in the plastic holders. Any ideas? Do they make special books for coins in plastic holders? Maybe a binder with some pocket pages like my kid had for his pokeman cards..
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 Posted 02/22/2012  9:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
SilverEye If you have quite a few silver strikes, I would suggest that you look around for album pages with 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 pockets. They ARE available, I have a few for my own collection

That way, you can put the encapsulated tokens directly into the pages or if you wish, to put them in 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 square mylar / cardboard holders (also available). The larger pocket album pages will accommodate these also.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  9:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add crownman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
SilverEye

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I don't know how to display them, they are just in a box right now. All are in the plastic holders. Any ideas? Do they make special books for coins in plastic holders?


Actually there is an album to display these in. Dansco album #7003 has 45 spots in 5 pages (43.5" diameter holes).

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Try putting it in the freezer.


I have now found a way to remove them from the plastic holder. Someone suggested holding a hairdryer to it coin side down and after it gets hot the coin will fall out. I don't have a hairdryer so I had to get creative with a lava lamp but got the same result

John1

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I looked it up on the net and found a web site that listed a bunch of them but I don't remember the sites address,sorry.


No problem! I have found a fantastic website of a club called 'Silver Strikers' which has loads of info and pictures!

Sel_69l

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From sites that have related to these, I have found that the series is extensive and interesting, but I have no idea of their collecting investment potential.


I couldn't agree with you more! From prices I have seen on eBay, most are a buck or two over spot price of the silver in 'em but the ones with more interesting pictures or from no longer existing casinos can go up to over $100! There is a coin show this Sunday near me and it will be interesting to see if any of these are there...never even looked for them before.
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 Posted 02/22/2012  9:45 pm  Show Profile Check specksynder's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add specksynder to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
great choice. You can get good deals on them when you find them at bullion shops because most of the shops don't like them very much at all! Only the inner disc is precious metal, and separating them to sell to an assayer is a pain.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  4:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cajunlady0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
WOW........ I forgot I even had some of these. So, I went dug them up. I have a total of 14. They are from 5 different casinos along the Gulf Coast. There are different designs on the backs, but I tried to make sure that I did not get any duplicates from the same casino.

If I remember correctly, I won these on those slot machines that only pays off in these silver coins. That was the big prize if you would win on those machines......either 1, 2 or 3 coins would fall out (if you were lucky).

If, by chance, you were lucky enough to get them out of the machines, then you could immediately go to the cashier and get $10 cash for them. I kept all mine. I did not want to cash out and then lose the money on the regular type of slot machines.

Thanks for bringing back some memories from long ago.

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