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Sweet Mercury

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  1. True. There are always people putting things on eBay for way over value, but in this case, there were a lot of people bidding on the pieces, which just shocked me I guess.
  2. Ah. I didn't know the W was so rare. That's what I was referring to about the Walker. The seller hinting at an xf/au grade, which was obviously crap.
  3. I know that the unsuspecting buyer can easily be ripped off by fakes or shadey deals on eBay, butthat's not the kind of rip I'm talking about. I'm referring to seemingly honest auctions on which people are bidding way over the value of the coins. For instance: A Run of the mill Walking Liberty Bullion Piece, Notice the price! Are the W's already worth that much after only a year? It seems that either someone is being dishonest, someone is willing to pay way more that the value of the item, or I'm missing something. I know the '95 W Proofs are valuable. Or there's 1919 D Walking Liberty Half I have a bunch of WL Halves in that condition. I just recently returned to the collecting world after about 10 years, but that guy's grading has to be a bit optimistic, doesn't it? I mean, AU? With that much tarnish and worn that flat? It would seem like whoever buys that is going to be paying way more than it's worth. I don't know, I could be WAY off here. I wouldn't buy anything from eBay that wasn't junk at spot price, but what do you old pros think of these auctions and others like them?
  4. Hehehe, I remember when I first started buying silver bullion rounds, I loved to clink them together. Not only do they have a beautiful ring, but they sound so different from the 'change' minted today. The video was cool. A really condensed version of info that any good Capitalist already knows. Paper money that isn't directly linked to specie of some sort, that is to say, exchangeable on demand, is ultimately worthless. Linking paper to specie also limits the amount of promissory notes that can be printed at all, which stops inflation. I'm surprised that no one arguing this viewpoint cited Murrey Rothbard's definitive work on the subject: The Case for the 100% Gold Dollar. It's a long read for a weblink (about 30 pages printed), but very informative.
  5. Ah, well the luster on these is distinctly cartwheel. I guess that's good!
  6. Ah, ok. These have a bit of a sheen on them, oh well. I only paid about a dollar each for them 10 years ago when I was into collecting. I like them more as curiosities than as "value pieces" anyway. Do you have any links that compare pictures? How would I get one that was unc but not replated, buy certified?
  7. I have a few Steelies that are still shiny. How can I tell if the have been re-coated?
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