Stacking Physical Gold and Silver : What are the choices?

in steemsilvergold •  19 days ago

When I first got interested in stacking precious metals I really didn’t know where to start. It is always tempting to just dive in and start buying stuff as any new hobby is always exciting. There is a certain thrill that you get when you make your first Gold or Silver purchase, but it really does pay to be patient and do your research before you open up your wallet.

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I’ve had some really good feedback regarding my renewed focus on precious metals so I’m going to write a few articles over the coming days which will be targeted at new stackers. If you’re one of those Steemians who’s a little bit interested in stacking but don’t know where to start, I’d like to help get you going and show you the ropes with a few of the basics.

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One of the first things to learn about is the wealth of options you can choose from. I’m not even going to go into specifics of individual products, in this post I am going to just talk about the categories you need to be aware of and consider. It is important that when you have a product in front of you that you know what it actually IS so you can make an informed purchase. Never ever let the salesperson at the Bullion Shop talk you into a purchase.

So here is an overview of the different categories as I see them :-

1. Poured Bars

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These things can look a bit ugly but they aren’t intended to be easy on the eye. What you are buying with a Poured Bar is pure metal and the price should be pretty close to the spot price. There are some "Vintage Bars" that are older and rarer so they might attract a premium. Some backyard refined bars can also be attractive but they may not have a verified purity so look for the recognisable stamp.


2. Minted Bars

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These are bars with a properly minted finish so they look a lot nicer and may even have some designs on them that could make them collectable and be worth some premium above the spot price. These bars do tend to stack nicely and efficiently if storage space is an issue.


3. Generic Rounds

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A Round looks and feels like a Coin except it does not have a nominal fiat currency value attributed to it by a government. The Generic part is referring to the fact that it is a common design that does not change. Generic Rounds are usually cheaper than any minted Coin.


4. Generic Coins

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These are typically common Bullion Coins that are the most recognisable around the world because of the Generic designs that do not change. As Coins they will have a nominal fiat currency value attributed by the local government where the coin is minted. Theoretically even if the price of Gold or Silver went to zero, these Coins could be redeemed at "Face Value" as they are considered legal tender.

IMPORTANT NOTE - All Coins can have different classification indicating a standard or higher quality finish that can attract extra premium. They could be (in order of quality) Bullion, Specimen, Proof and/or High Relief. More about this later.


5. Semi-Numismatic Coins

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These are typically the same as Generic Coins and are usually just Bullion or Specimen grade, but they can have a design that changes every year. They can be collectible and thus attract a higher premium, especially for older coins that may be harder to find if you're trying to complete a set. They often have a limited mintage each year which can effectively limit supply and create scarcity.


6. Numismatic Coins

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A Numismatic Coin is one that is typically valued according to its rarity and/or quality rather than the value of the precious metal contained in the coin. Old Copper pennies can attract massive premium but they belong more in the collectors realm than the stackers realm, however you will see some old Gold and Silver Coins that fit this category. There are also Gilded, Coloured and Proof/High Relief Coins that I also put in this category so it is important to be aware of the potential numismatic premium that might be attached to a Coin and this is where sales people typically push uninformed buyers because assessing the numismatic value of a Coin is very difficult for the inexperienced.


7. Junk / Scrap

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Despite the name, Junk or Scrap Gold/Silver is not something to put in the trash. It is a term used to typically describe non-pure metal coins, jewellery or even electronic parts which do still contain some precious metals. Junk / Scrap usually trades at a lower price than the spot price due to the expected expense of having to extract or refine the precious metal contained within. This price is often referred to as the "Melt Price". That said, many stackers do like to stack Junk or Scrap and it’s a good category for bargain hunters, scavengers and/or backyard refiners.


8. Jewellery

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Like Numismatic Coins you can expect to pay a heavy premium for Gold or Silver jewellery which represents the jewellers time to craft the precious metal into something attractive. It is important to know the purity of the jewellery. For Gold : 24 Karat is 99.99% pure, 22 Karat is 91.67% and 18 Karat is 75%. For Silver : "Fine Silver" is 99.9% pure, "Sterling Silver" is 92.5% pure. Jewellery is a good choice if you want Utility because you can wear it, but on the secondary market you might only get "Melt Price" especially for the jewellery which is less than 99.9% pure.


So, there are your main choices for your stacking purchases. It can be a lot to consider and there is a bit of a learning curve, but it’s not too daunting if you just learn a little bit at a time and pick a category or two to focus on. Tomorrow I’ll be making a post to help you figure out what sort of stacker you might be. So if you’re new to stacking that might help you decide what to buy, so sleep on this post and stay tuned.

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As for the die-hard stackers out there, what category do you prefer? I myself like Semi-Numismatics and Generic Rounds, but I have a few Minted Bars, Generic Coins and the odd Numismatic piece too. I’d be interested to hear what other members of #steemsilvergold prefer.


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Great post dude.
I used to buy whatever was on offer in both gold and silver coins and bars. However over time I changed to coins only and exclusively UK minted ones.
The reason is to get around capital gains tax (there is none on UK minted coins) Another reason is I only buy rolls/tubes now as you get a better deal.
My suggestion to new stackers is to just get anything you can as cheap as you can. As far as I'm concerned both gold and silver are on sale at current prices and at some point in the future today's prices will look ridiculous.
Stack and hold, our day will come.

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Thanks. Sounds like pretty solid advice. I knew there was some strange UK tax but don't really know how it works. Thanks for sharing.

I know the article is about stacking but if you truly believe that gold will increase then people should consider diversifying with mining companies too, which will leverage gains. Should the entire market collapse and stocks and shares be unredeemable, then their physical holding would have protected them. My view - physical is insurance, mining firms are an investment.

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It's a good point. I do hold some gold mining shares too and I wrote about them recently HERE

This was very well written @Buggedout. I have always been a semi-numi guy. I like buying lots of different coins. I want to enjoy my coins and not look at boxes of the exact same one, even though I know that it is going to cost me some extra $ and will make it harder to sell. My silver is either part of my retirement plan or will be partially liquidated in a "to the moon" scenario.

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Thanks. Sounds similar to my own attitude. I don't plan to liquidate my PMs unless we are in a moonshot scenario :)

Great information! Well put together👍

Man I wasted a lot of $$$ On premiums over the years. I wish I just got the cheaper stuff since I stack for weight not rate stuff. We all live and learn! For any newbies this is awesome post to check out👍

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Thanks @geneeverett I really appreciate the endorsement. I think we have all made that mistake of paying too much premium when we got started.

It is interesting what you say, however it also depends on the country where you are, at least where I live is worth nothing to invest in jewelry because no one will be willing to pay your value over time, therefore it is minimized, the coins do not even though Nowadays, due to economic depression, they merge to make rings, while gold bars are still a good option, but to sell them outside the country.

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Whereabouts are you from? I am very interested to learn how things might be different in other parts of the world.

That's some good stuff. Thanks for explaining it. I never really knew the difference between some of them. Do you have any suggestions on where you buy your precious metals? Thanks!

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Where are you based?

I am in Australia and I pick up a lot of stuff from www.silverstackers.com or I get the newer stuff from the bullion shops in Sydney or order online.

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I'm in USA.

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I don't know of any secondary markets in the US other than maybe eBay (buyer beware), but there are some good online bullion dealers to order from. Maybe somewhere like APMEX?

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Cool, cool. Thanks, man

Very nice article.

My father was a jeweler / watchmaker. My mom owned several jewelry stores. So I've been around and seen gold made into bars.

You may want to make an article on how to sell scrap gold to a dealer.
And figure out how to get the scrap price of the gold you're selling so you don't get ripped off when selling.

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Very interesting. I'm sure I could learn a bit from you about the jewellery business.

It's a bit outside my personal experience though. I don't trade in junk metal or jewellery so I'm not really qualified to write the article your suggesting, sorry.

great post, I'm in the first stage learning to see if I can start to diversify more, thanks for the help!

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You should check out @raybrockman and his post HERE

He is offering to take newer stackers under his wing with a few solid upvotes.

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I will, thanks for the advice!

I would like to start getting more into some of the other types. Typically just go with the generics myself.

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It's hard to go wrong with generics at low premium. I'm always trying to learn more but still very wary of anything that carries a bigger premium.

Very interesting. I've always thought gold/silver would be cool to start buying... I usually never get to physically hold my investments lol.

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It's never too late to start. Just go out and grab a an ounce of silver and see how it feels in your hand ;)

great content , you have really done your research, but i think gone are the days when, people stuck metals , the digital world has evolved rapidly and soon the millennial will want a piece or the digital rush,

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I think you are correct @monjan. These days of crypto the ease of transaction, the liquidity of the currency, all of which makes this such an interesting time. As of today I do not (and I sure as heck hope not) see a circumstance that these precious metals become the most common used currency. Great stuff though, minting, precious metals I think are always at least a curiousity to virtually everyone in the world @buggedout. thanks!

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There is a big difference between an Asset and a Currency. Cryptos are a very effective, quick, liquid form of Currency. But when it comes to storing wealth you want Assets. Despite the claims of Bitcoin, it is not a good store of wealth because it is too volatile. Gold and Silver still are great stores of wealth.

Thanks for how well you explain everything, it made me understand the differences and different classification indicating a standard or higher quality finish that can attract extra premium..... I do love to read more from you.

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Thanks. Glad you got some value out of my post. Stay tuned ;)

Always nice to see another gold bug in the crypto-space!

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Cheers! I don't know why a lot of Gold Bugs and Crypto Zealots can't get along. We're all basically on the same side it just seems natural that we should be allies.

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The art of distraction. Everyone is focused on what going on over here, while the real trick is happening over there. Keep stacking that bullion!

Cool post. You learn something new everyday! I had never before thought about getting some gold or silver, but now you have my interest.

Great article. Thank you for taking the time to put all the examples out there. I love the junk silver fun to hold it and it really looks like money

Great post for newbie stackers like me!

I actually trade gold, but this is meta 💹

Resteemed! Despite Bitcoin and Litecoin being my gold and silver, it's nice to take some time to remember these... I might also get into this, and this info is really nice, thanks!

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Thanks for the Resteem! Glad to hear you liked the info.

hi am new to steemit..i would prefer Jewellery and generic coin

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