Went to my coin dealer today and picked up $600 in 90% silver today for just under spot. When I got home I found that almost a 1/4 of the older coins (Liberty and Franklin halves, Merc dimes and a Barber dime) were in better condition than those in my collection.
It was pretty exciting to see at first until I realized the time and effort it's going to take to swap better coins with collection.
$600 that you paid I'm assuming, and not $600 face value of silver.
43/76 holes filled in my Dansco 7070 (Not Including Gold Page) Oldest Coins Found in Circulation: Cent: 1907 Indian (roll) Nickel: 1916 Buffalo (roll) Dime: 1926 Mercury (roll) Quarter: 1964 d Washington (cash register) Half: 1946 Walking Liberty (bank tray) Dollar: 1971 Ike (bank tray)
No pictures really worth taking. Nothing is in great condition, just better than what I had. The shop I get it from is great. Everything is up to the minute spot price. Even when I grab Silver Eagles they charge spot. I have no idea how they actually turn a profit.
Congrats on the upgrades and on getting a great deal. The coin dealer I usually go to lets me spend hours sifting through his junk silver and gold coins and once in a while my persistence pays off. I recently picked up an 1843-O large date quarter eagle that's easily worth double the melt price he charged me.