THREE PIECES OF A BALANCED METALS PORTFOLIO

  1. Bullion coins Gold, Silver, & Platinum

Bullion coins come in several sizes. They range from less than a tenth of an ounce to whole ounces. These coins are normally legal tender with a face value. The face value is largely symbolic. Bullion coins are almost always valued higher than their face value or denomination. Example: The Silver American Eagle has a $1 denomination but the content of the silver has been more than $19 for months at the time we are writing this.

Bullion coins trade very close to the value of the metals that they contain. They could serve as means to barter if other forms of currency fail.

2. Semi Numismatic Coins – Pre 1933 United States Coin

Semi numismatic coinage are US coins that have a small premium above their intrinsic value in today’s market. These include $2.5, $5, $10 and $20 gold pieces. Premiums exist on these type of coins because while there are quantities of them they are not being minted anymore. In fact, the majority of these coins are more than 90 years old.

Semi numismatic coins are an excellent hedge for tough economic situations. While today their premiums are relatively low in comparison to their metal value, they have been stronger in the past.

3. Pure Numismatic Coins

Pure numismatic coins are collectible coins. The numismatic coins we place in our customers’ portfolio are third party graded or what we called “certified”. Third party grading allows sight unseen trading. Numismatics are not tied to the precious metals they contain, the way that semi numismatic somewhat are and the way bullion is completely. Numismatic coins hold value based on rarity and condition. They are graded on a scale from 1-70. Generally the higher the grade the greater the rarity. The greater the rarity the higher the value. Numismatic coins have the greatest potential for gain because of their low and static supply

These are the pieces that are the most important in your portfolio. They need to meet certain criteria to insure you maximize your investment dollar. Even though they are certified, it takes an expert eye to select premium eye appeal. In a nutshell, pretty coins can sell for a lot more than average coins in the long run. It is also important to remember that some truly rare coins do not always exist in high or uncirculated grades. For example, the first year the Carson City struck $20 gold pieces was 1870. The mint only struck 3780 coins in its inaugural year. Less than 100 coins are known in all grades. The finest of the coins known is graded almost uncirculated 55. Even though this is a “middle of the road” grade for many rare coins, the 1870CC $20 AU55 would likely fetch over $400,000 in today’s market. 

There are many values in each of these categories. As with anything, timing is important. You should start today!

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