new to this forum...first post.
I pay. Let me explain.
About six months, I began to get nervous about banks, paper money, etc. So I began to take savings, and very slowly and carefully, I would bid on Ebay for rolls of 64 Kennedy's, Franklins, pre-65 Roosevelts, and Mercury dimes
I know that Ebay is a minefield, so I was very very careful. I was only interested in rolls that were AU/BU, and before I bid, I carefully studied the seller's feedback, history, the way they described the coins etc. There's a way you can discern how a "positive" feedback is really a stealth negative feedback, for instance, if you see a lot of terse "thank you's", thats a bad sign.
Anyway, I guess I've been blessed because I was able to buy $80 face value of 64 Kennedy halves
, $40 FV Franklins, and $65 FV silver dimes, all in AU/BU, and without any tomchincanery or nightmare Ebay hassles, and never paid more than a $30 premium over melt value.
Mind you, I'm not really a nusimatic collector, it was more my way of creating a "passbook" savings account that I hold, but when I would get the coins, some in paper bank roll, or "OBW", as they would claim (yeh right)I would carefully transfer them to plastic holders.
Beautiful coins. I know I could take them to a grading service like NGC, and even with my untrained eye, I can see that there would be many that would grade high, and I believe I have some "hair" Kennedy's (I've read of the indications, the "I" missing the bottom left, etc) but I really dont want to sell.
Since silver has taken a dive, 20 to mid 12, I'm stopping for now, and seeing where the market sorts itself out at .....maybe in this area, down to 10 an ounce.
my first goal is to "bank" $1000 face value of the pre-65 silver US coins
This is a great forum, and I just wanted to share my collecting experiences with you all.
Thanks and God bless.