Silver Coins: General Information

General Information about Silver Coins: Care, History, Grading, Collecting and Investing Outlook

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Editor’s note: So you might be saying to yourself, “I want to buy silver.” This naturally leads to the question, “Should I buy silver now?” SilverCoins.Ag will always say “It’s always a good time to buy silver!” This is completely unprofessional advice because we are silver fanatics. However, the vast fluctuations in silver prices usually … Continue reading »

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Silver IRA, 401K, & 403B

Item Weight (g) Composition Silver Melt Value Full Melt Value Monster Box 15,551.50 99.9% silver One way of getting around the tax phenomenon for United States citizens is by adding silver to their IRA, 401K, or 403B retirement investments. In 1997, when precious metals were first allowed to be included in these retirement plans silver … Continue reading »

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Tests for Counterfeit Silver Coins and Bars

There are a number of different ways to check whether a bar or coin is silver. A simple test is to use a strong magnet which is frequently referred to as ‘Rare Earth Magnets’. Since silver is not magnetic if you bring the magnet to the metal and the magnet ‘pulls’ towards the metal it … Continue reading »

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Australia’s Threenpence Silver Coins

Australia’s silver threepence coins were minted from 1910 through 1964.  These are Australia’s smallest coin.  They all weigh 1.41 grams, are 16 millimeters in diameter, and have a plan edge.  Those minted from 1910 through 1946 contain 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.  These have a total of 0.0419 troy ounces of silver.  The rest minted … Continue reading »

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Australian Silver Shillings

Australian Silver Shillings has two different silver contents.  The shillings struck from 1910 through 1944 are sterling silver or 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper and contain a total of 0.1680 troy ounces of silver.  Then the silver shillings minted in 1946 through 1963 are 50% silver with an alloy of 40% copper, 5% nickel and … Continue reading »

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Why is SilverCoins.AG the Best Site to Buy Silver?

SilverCoins.AG is the best site to buy silver for more reasons than I’ll be able to address here. I will try to contain myself from ranting and raving over what we have been putting together at SilverCoins.AG for silver coin and bullion enthusiasts. We strive to serve both the numismatic and precious metal investing communities. … Continue reading »

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Milled Bust Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

The Fifth style is the “Milled Bust” has the monarch on the obverse and the two pillars are on the reverse on either side of the Spanish coat of arms.  These were struck from 1771 to 1825 from the mints at Mexico City (1771-1821), Lima (1772-1824), Bogota (1772-1820 all of which are rare), Potosi (1773-1825), … Continue reading »

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Milled Pillar Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

Milled coins started replacing the cob coins with the fourth design, “Milled Pillar”, which were struck from 1732 to 1772.  This is a variation of the “Pillar with Waves” design and between the two pillars are two globes of the New and Old Worlds and a large crown over both.  These were minted in Mexico … Continue reading »

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“Shield” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

King Philip II had been given the thrown of Spain by his Father Charles V Empire of the Holy Roman Empire in 1556 and during 1572 he had the silver coins being minted in the Spanish colonies in the Americas redesigned.  The second type is called a “Shield” real and was minted from 1572 to … Continue reading »

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“Pillars and Waves” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

The “Pillars and Waves” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales were the last design to be hammer struck.  “Pillars with Waves” were minted from 1651 to 1773 and their obverse design is very similar to the “Pillars” however the ocean is replaced with pronounced waves.  There are also parallel lines above and below the motto allowing the … Continue reading »

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