does anyone buy gold or silver coins or bullion as investment?
i need information pertaining to buying gold and silver in its metal form as an investment... what are the pros and cons of buying it
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Coin silver and silver bullion also discussed
Investors buy silver coins, silver bullion coins, and coin silver for one of three purposes: as an investment, as an inflation hedge, or for survival purposes. Investors who buy for investment purposes look for price increases because of silver's supply/demand fundamentals. For example, in 1998 Warren Buffett purchased 129.7 million ounces of silver for Berkshire Hathaway, a holding company that Buffet heads.
Buffett's silver purchase, which became legendary among silver investors, was probably for investment purposes. However, it may have been an inflation hedge; Buffett did not say. In fact, Buffett said very little about his silver investment, even after he disposed of it. One thing is certain, however, Buffett did not buy 129.7 million ounces of silver for survival purposes.
Silver bullion as an inflation hedge
Investors who want protection against inflation buy silver and gold as inflation hedges. During the 1970s, silver and gold prices skyrocketed in response to price inflation that reached 13%. During the '70s, popular silver and gold investments included any form of silver bullion, from 1-oz silver rounds and pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver coins to 100-oz silver bars and 1-oz Krugerrand gold coins. When the Federal Reserve brought inflation under control in the 1980s, much of the silver bullion and the gold coins purchased in the 1970s were sold and the proceeds put back in paper investments.
Coin silver for the worst-case scenario
Investors who buy silver and gold for survival purposes fear the worst. Those fears include the Federal Reserve printing so many dollars that the dollar will become worthless, which is the history of all paper currencies not redeemable in gold or silver. Fear of a financial meltdown, which would close banks as in Argentina and Paraguay in 2002, is another.
Argentineans and Paraguayans who had to foresight to bail out of the banking systems and convert their assets to gold or coin silver were protected. Not only did banks close, but also when they reopened depositors were limited in the amount of money they could withdraw. Meanwhile, the Argentinean peso and the Paraguayan guarani sank in value. Shortly after those crises, Brazil defaulted on its international debt and its paper currency, the real, sank.
Those are the kinds of situations that investors who buy coin silver and small gold coins for survival purposes want to protect against. In doing so, these investors buy silver and gold in forms that can be used for money or to barter for goods and services.
Silver Coins and Coin Silver for barter
Small gold coins for barter
The best forms of silver for survival purposes are pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver coins and 1-oz silver rounds. The most useful forms of gold would be fractional-ounce gold coins, such as the 1/10-oz Gold Eagles, the 1/10-oz Krugerrands, the ¼-oz Gold Eagles and the ¼-oz Krugerrands. But, before going forward, it is imperative that we discuss which coins to avoid. That is because hundreds of web pages promote numismatic and collector coins, as well as foreign coins. Such coins are simply wrong for survival purposes.
If the time ever comes that silver coins and gold coins were again used as money, coins would be worth only their metal content. Numismatic (collector) premiums would disappear. Anyone using gold or silver coins to buy goods or services would not be asked, "What's the mint mark on your coin?" Nor will they be asked, "When was it minted?" The question would be, "What's the gold content?" Hand someone a St. Gaudens and tell him it contains .9675 ounce of gold, and it will be difficult--if not impossible--to convince him to accept it at more than .9675 times the price of gold.
Numismatic premiums are fleeting in normal markets. (See our Double Eagle coins page.); you may also want to read our Myths, Misunderstandings, and Outright Lies page, which exposes the tactics used by telemarketers. Numismatic coins are bad investments for the average investor anytime; for survival purposes, they are simply wrong.
If you ever need to use your silver and gold to buy goods and services, you will want silver coins and small gold coins. Additionally, those coins should have certain characteristics to ensure they are readily accepted. First, survival coins should be stamped in English. Most Americans do not read foreign languages.
Second, the coins should have their gold or silver contents stamped on them; except for the modern bullion coins, most do not. In an emergency, having the gold content stamped on a coin could go a long way toward causing someone to accept it.
Bartering with silver coins
If your furnace goes out in January, the local heating guy may have never seen a gold coin before. If you hand him a $20 St. Gaudens, how does he know it contains a little less than an ounce? If you try to get him to take British Sovereigns, how can you prove they contain .2354 ounce each? Try convincing the guy at the auto parts store that a French 20 franc contains .1867 ounce of gold.
Third, the coins you buy for survival purposes should contain amounts with which Americans are comfortable. Americans understand one-ounce, 1/2-ounce, 1/4-ounce, and 1/10-ounce coins. Americans do not easily grasp the concept of .2354 ounce or .1867 ounce.
For survival purposes, avoid arcane foreign gold coins. (Despite more British Sovereigns having been minted than any other coin, Sovereigns are not well known in the U.S.) Simply buy the popular modern bullion coins. Krugerrands are the cheapest and best known. American Eagle gold coins are also readily recognized in the U.S., but carry higher premiums (markups over spot) than Krugerrands.
Both Krugerrands and Gold Eagle come in four sizes: one-ounce, 1/2-ounce, 1/4-ounce, and 1/10-ounce. For more information, visit our Modern Gold Bullion Coins page. (If you have been told that bullion coins are subject to confiscation and that old U.S. gold coins and/or foreign coins dated before 1933 are exempt, you really need to read Myths, Misunderstandings, and Outright Lies.)
Another plus for Krugerrands and Gold Eagles is that both are basic bullion coins and sell at small mark-ups over the value of their gold content. Generally, however, Krugerrands carry lower premiums than Gold Eagles, but both Krugerrands and Gold Eagles carry smaller premiums than foreign coins of comparable sizes. And certainly, Krugerrands and Gold Eagles are cheaper than old U.S. gold coins.
Silver coins or gold Coins?
Finally, the question arises whether to buy silver or gold. Probably both, but if you are investing $10,000 or less, go exclusively with one-ounce silver rounds or circulated pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver coins. Pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver coins are commonly called junk silver coins because they have no collector value and trade for the value of their silver content. If you are investing larger amounts, say $30,000 up, you may want silver and gold.
If conditions were to deteriorate to the point that silver and gold re-emerged as the preferred forms of money, you would want lots of small silver coins. If you were buying canned food, you would need silver coins because gold coins, even 1/10-ounce ones, would have great value. If you have only silver coins and need to buy something of high value, then you simply trade a larger number of silver coins.
At current prices, an investment in silver results about fifty times the bulk and weight than if the same investment were made in gold. Therefore, large investments in silver create storage and handling challenges for some people. If storage and handling is a problem for you, then go exclusively with 1/10-oz Krugerrands or 1/10-oz Gold Eagles for the first $10,000 or so. Still, try to have some silver coins on hand.
Silver bullion coins or junk silver coins?
The choice of the form of silver for survival purposes is a toss-up between one-ounce silver rounds and junk silver coins. Rounds have their silver content and purity stamped on them. However, circulated pre-65 U.S. 90% silver coins once served as money in the U.S. and could do so again.
Actually, U.S. 90% silver coins were used for money in the U.S. as recently as the late 1960s, and many Americans remember using them. Yet pre-65 silver coins do not have their silver content stamped on them, but if the dollar were repudiated people would quickly learn the value of pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver coins.
If you are considering silver and gold for survival purposes and would like to discuss the matter or if you would like to know more about silver coins and silver bullion coins, call us at 800-528-1380. Our normal hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST, Mondays through Friday. However, we often take calls before 7:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
- alcan52Lv 51 decade ago
Yes I started buying gold and silver. Buying gold and silver should not be looked at as an investment. It should be looked at as a hedge against inflation. I buy through MONEX.http://monex.com/why/silver_market.html
But I would also use Kitco as well. https://online.kitco.com/sellprice/selling.html
Its best to buy bullion coins becaus ethat is real money. Call MONEX and they will send you information and the DVD they will send you has alot of valuable historical information within it. http://monex.com/why/3goodreasons.html
Ive read some of the books that the MONEX DVD refers to in their interviews and I truly believe that we will have a dollar collapse or at the very least a devaluation in the near future.
Gold and silver is to store wealth. Unlike cash which declines in value each year due to inflation, gold and silver has the chance to keep pace with inflation and even exceed it at times. If gold or silver do go down after exchanging your worthless paper for it then you have the ability to dollar cost average. You cant do that with cash. So the fluctuation is a downside but you can use it to your advantage long term. The other downside is (and I doubt this would happen in the US again) the government could confiscate and outlaw the ownership of gold like FDR did in 1933. Most people are unaware that gold ownership was against the law in the US for 41 years. This is why if you buy gold you should not keep it in a bank safe deposit box. I doubt the government would do that again because most people do not hold gold as a store of wealth like they did prior to 1933. Prior to 1933 gold was used as money for everyday transactions so everyone owned it. Today that isnt the case. The backlash of that type of confiscation today due to tech and mass media would make it impossible for the government to do that in the same way again. People who own gold and silver also own the means to protect it as well. Guns and Ammo.
I have recently moved all my cash into gold and silver and Im not holding US dollars any more except for a small amount ($1,100) in a savings account for emergencies. http://www.europac.net/newspop.asp?id=12919&from=h...
- Anonymous6 years ago
Buying gold and silver in coins or bullions is the best investment choice. It furthers is widely known as a safe haven for future, during emergencies. Every investor must include Gold and Silver investment in his portfolio, to add value and safety.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
that's pointless if you're not interested in it for its numesmeric value.
buy actual gold from a broker offering you good commission and at a price matching XAU-USD rates.
- radio309Lv 51 decade ago
Yes try www.usagold.com If you buy small amounts the commission is high with most companies.