Sunday, July 19, 2015


Been thinking that I need to winnow the herd; started selling walker/barber halves.  Collecting just isn't what it used to be for me; getting down to just government sets seems like a good way to focus.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Quiet start

Been a quiet start to my collecting so far... I 'saved' quite another last year, but haven't had the ability to attend any CCAC meetings yet (new job with tight deadlines), so cash is short.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sell high, buy low

So, I have been watching the price of silver move sideways for a while, and I have been reading the analysis of where things are likely to go with the precious metals market and the U.S. stock market, and I have determined that taking some money off of the stock table and putting it on the PM table is a sound move.  I have mentioned this concept to my spouse, but she does not share my views on this topic.

Recently, my family was watching television, and news about the 300-point drop in the Dow came on the set.  I remarked that it's a shame we didn't get some of the money out of those stocks before this happened; she responded with a half-shrug.  I have interpreted that as partly admitting my idea had merit, and partly abdicating her position to say my idea didn't have merit.

I have started a time-based sale of a handful of shares that I acquired years ago through company purchase plans and spin-offs (no, really, like 6 shares total), and will turn the proceeds (after setting aside capital gains tax money) to purchasing silver bars.

I am doing so with no emotion, or intent to "play" the market swings, just make the sale in the first week of the month, wait for the deposit, transfer it to the bank, then purchase the silver.

One of four things could occur while this is going on: stocks could go up or down, and silver could go up or down.  Regardless of which occurs, at the end of the year, I will have transformed approximately 3% of our market-based investments from stocks to silver; a proverbial drop in the bucket, but I can't sit idly by and watch the run-up of stocks wither away after some random event, or well-planned markdown, occurs.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 wrap-up

Well, the effort to increase my Winged Liberty dimes, a.k.a. Mercury dimes, was relatively successful: 18 coins acquired, 21 left to go.  Thinking I may shift to quarters next year.

Picked up a number of sets as well (2 mint, 9 proof); not quite to the HSN 50-year straight set yet, but getting there.

Tried to stockpile gold and silver as the year went as well; always challenging to try to catch a falling knive, even harder to know when it hits the floor.  Thinking of leveraging some of the exuberance in my meager stock holdings to help that out; as they say, buy low, sell high.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two out of three

Picked up a trio of Mercury dimes recently, but only needed two  (1927-D and 1936-S) for the collection.  With the price being a little over $3 each, it seemed like a reasonable enough situation to act on.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Help for another friend

Got a great boost last night from Col. Mike Olson, formerly of the CCAC.  He informed me that he has been using my article on his exit from the committee in his job search.  Never thought of it being used in that way, but... wow...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coin collection review

Just finished a 3-hour visit with a local couple from whom I purchased 3 coins after they posted to the community Facebook page, reviewing the rest of their coins to verify the grades and ensure their mint mark data was accurate.
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