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Metals Higher from Recent Lows; Silver a Bargain?

March 28, 2016

     While we continue to see a smattering of increases in specialty areas, mostly as a result of the latest Pogue Sale, the overall trend seems to be down. Unless it is a very rare coin with limited population availability, most of the coins being offered for sale are at current levels or slightly lower. Most dealers are thinning inventories in order to raise cash or increase their bullion holdings.

     Nine years ago in March, Gold was $653.70 and Silver was $13.13; today Gold is $1,216.50 and Silver is $15.18. It sure seems like Silver is underpriced compared to Gold in this current market. With the Whitman Baltimore Expo this week, the dealer community will be looking for lots of activity in bullion as buyers will be taking advantage of the lower prices, although the metals are moving slightly higher as the week begins.

     Stack’s Bowers Galleries will host a major sale which contains numerous rarities including multiple examples of the 1937 D 3 Legged Buffalo Nickel; there are seven Mint State coins available with four of them graded MS64 by PCGS and two of those have the CAC sticker. There are many other rare date Buffaloes in this sale. Below are some of the other potential highlights.

1937 D Buffalo Nickel 3 Legged MS64 PCGS CAC

1937 D Buffalo Nickel 3 Legged MS64 PCGS CAC is available at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, March 30 - April 6, 2016

1843 Half Cent OriginalPCGS PR63 BN$5,625
1839 Large Cent Silly HeadPCGS MS66 BN CAC$7,750
1856 Flying Eagle CentNGC PR62$12,650
1909 S VDB Lincoln CentPCGS MS66 Red CAC$9,650
1914 D Lincoln CentPCGS MS65+ Red$14,250
1872 Two CentPCGS MS65 BN CAC$5,850
1852 Three Cent SilverNGC MS68$18,250
1840 Half Dime No DraperyNGC PR66$38,500
1818/5 Bust QuarterNGC MS65+$24,750
1831 Bust Quarter Large LettersPCGS PR65 Cameo$58,500
1867 S Seated QuarterPCGS MS62 CAC$16,250
1836 Reeded Edge HalfPCGS MS63$16,500
1795 Draped Bust DollarPCGS MS63+$100,000
1802 Bust DollarPCGS MS63 CAC$56,500
1808 $2 ½ GoldPCGS MS61$135,000
1898 $2 ½ GoldPCGS PR66+ DCAM CAC$24,500
1915 $2 ½ Gold IndianPCGS PR67$48,750
1854 O $3 GoldNGC MS62$61,500
1814/3 $5 GoldNGC MS64$53,500
1799 $10 Gold Large StarsPCGS MS66 CACN/A
1866 S $20 Gold No MottoNGC AU53$40,500
1876 S $20 GoldNGC MS65$175,000
1885 $20 GoldPCGS AU58$56,500

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