I recently passed up opportunity to buy Maples off Kijiji – they where cheap (below spot) and seller wanted to sell them ‘tonight’… I’m so new to this I googled ‘fake maple’ and yes, they’re out there so I passed. I know sometimes ppl just need cash – but didn’t feel right so I followed my gut and the old adage ‘if it seems too good to be true it probably is’. I’ll never know if I missed out on a really great deal or if I saved myself a bunch of coin – but as I feel I just don’t have the education to deal safely – I figured I’ll pay the premium and buy from SD/Silver Gold bull or my local coin shop….
Are they all the same year? Just curious if mint maybe has slight variance year to year so a tube of 2012 would be different then a tube of 2009 say?
Here is a utube that might help – basically filing in this one, but he mentions other videos/tests so you maybe able to find something that works (without wrecking your maple if it is real!).
Ok – I did do the magnet test, they all had that slight magnetic feel when passing my HD magnets closely to them (but not full attraction).
Checked the veins on the leaf and they appear to be fine… stem looks centred… There’s that little mark on the queen shoulder.
I am going to invest in a scale as well and check the weight … also will see if I can do that “specific gravity test” on them.
I see a comment from Uglydog about a tool called fisch. It looks interesting… $169 for Maples only or $259 for krugs/ASE/Maples… not sure if I want to shell out for a tool like this at the moment without more research and proof.
Also just become as educated as possible about weights, dimensions, markings, sound, taste…etc. I can usually tell just by the sounding of flipping it with that very resonating high pretty pitch compared to the thud of other metals.
Not that this will help…but Canadian Maples…are PERFECT…without flaw.1989 Maples are a little bit different from todays 9999 fine but only in the portrait of the Queen and .999 purity.Weights should be exact. Any large variation ie more than a gram should make you suspect and PASS on any deal.
Know what you are buying or dont buy… be wary of receipts offered as Bona fides…the Chinese fakers..know no border and they will fake receipts…If you have to do a deal…in haste…do it in a Coinshop so you get a an expert EYE on the transaction. If you have any doubts…DONT BE GREEDY PASS
This discussion should raise some eyebrows among those folks who stack just in case TSHTF and fiat becomes worthless. Your Maples, ASE’s, Pandas, etc. will only have value if the person whom you are selling them to (or trading with) believes they are real.
Another reason to consider stacking circulated ‘Junk Silver.
" Yeah, hit JM last month. Took FOREVER to finally receive the metal. I'm talking a few weeks; unacceptable. This was metal they said they had in stock. Provident is out of my 5 oz'rs today; bummer. Probably have to check SD or Gns'ville. "Reply To: Pawn Shop
" JM Bullion is also very good with prices, i have read a few negative reviews so wouldn't necessarily endorse them, but have read some ok reviews too... maybe check them out as well. "Reply To: Pawn Shop
Thanks for the link. No, I have not bought from SD. About a month ago I attempted to and found the price/shipping higher than Provident. I actually found Provident after pricing SD. Provident was very fast and easy to deal with. Heck, even checking during this post thei... "Reply To: Pawn Shop
" Thanks Mikey for the reminder of the coming meteor shower.
With an abundance of clear, starry skies here in the dry Pacific NW, there are sure to be plenty of viewing opportunities.
(sarcasm/off) "Reply To: COMET ISON – OCT 7
" PMG have you bought from SD Bullion? I have purchased from them twice, with no problems. Just received a 'junk' order and with shipping included, the price came to 16.5 x Face. Before buying from them I checked around, and SD Bullion had the best price I could find. And although I have never ... "Reply To: Pawn Shop
" Good info. I quit my local pawn guy because he jacked up his prices way way high. I'll have to check in at EoQ to see what I can get.
Re ebay. I've been doing quite well. My LCS sells 90% at 20x face (at least). Then I have to pay tax, my time there and fuel. Usually I can fi... "Reply To: Pawn Shop
" yeah, i read that the first time you typed it. it's just now we're going to go through it same time as the geminids... lots of 'told you so' coming whether it is actually warranted or not. "Reply To: COMET ISON – OCT 7
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