Wealth Preservation: Understanding Silver and Gold Content for Collapse Investing

Now, many people do this routinely as a business.  Others hold onto their finds.  Your actions will be determined by your purpose: to turn a “quick” Federal Reserve note out of some metals, or to garner a supply little by little as a hedge against either a currency collapse, or as a barter material in a future time. 

Investing in precious metals is a great way to diversify and preserve your wealth. You can even find it on eBay! While this article is by no means an exhaustive treatise on gold and silver buying, it is more of a “primer” to give you some basic information you need to get started (if you plan on going into this area) or to provide knowledge to arm you in your dealings with people.  Some of this may be useful for you in purchases of precious metals, but the scope of this is mainly to cover things that you may find when out hunting in the flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales, or other areas of the “secondary shops.”

First, we’ll cover gold measured in terms of purity that is expressed in karats, symbolized by the letter “K” and “kt” with jewelers.

24 Karat                                 100%, or pure gold

22 Karat                                 91.7% gold

18 Karat                                 75.0% gold


14 Karat                                 58.3% gold

10 Karat                                 41.7% gold

Now let’s cover silver, a metal marked with a purity mark.  Here are the marks and their percentage of silver contents that correspond:

999                                          99.9% silver



958                                          95.8% silver

925                                          92.5% silver (known as Sterling silver)     

800                                          80.0% silver

We are referring mostly to jewelry or decorative pieces and keepsakes here (such as silverware, candlestick holders, or other things that may bear a stamp to show their precious metal content).  Coins are a little bit more involved and beyond the scope of this article, as there are too many to list here.


One of the problems that people run into with jewelry and their great-grandmother’s candlestick holders is that most businesses that buy them will usually pay according to their melt value.  This is especially true with silver.  Most of these dealers will estimate the silver content of your item by weight, and then will pay you roughly 15-25% under value to cover their handling and melting charges.

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For coins there can be a numismatic value attached to the coin…that is, its worth as a collector piece…that is greater than the melt value.  There is also the little problem that although the coins are no longer in circulation, well…they are.  All coins and currency are (technically) the property of the U.S. government…and to melt them down without proper authorization would be considered destruction of government property.

Jewelry doesn’t have that problem.  The real problem is that you will receive a fraction of what it is worth when you take it to a dealer who will hand you nice, crisp, approved, Federal Reserve Notes in exchange for your silver or gold.  Here’s how to figure out the “melt value” in silver:

Take your weight in silver (usually in grams) and convert to troy ounces, multiplying this weight by the percentage of silver in the silver content of your item.  Then you will have the amount of silver in troy ounces.  Then it’s a simple matter to look up the spot price of the silver (what silver is trading for that day on the commodities exchanges).  Divide the weight of your silver by the spot price to find out the worth in dollars.  Then multiply this figure by the percentage that the dealer will pay you minus his handling and melting fees.

Now, many people do this routinely as a business.  Others hold onto their finds.  Your actions will be determined by your purpose: to turn a “quick” Federal Reserve note out of some metals, or to garner a supply little by little as a hedge against either a currency collapse, or as a barter material in a future time.  Either way, this piece will get you started on researching an area you may choose to enter or specialize within.  Good luck and remember to lay your groundwork before you act.  JJ out!

 

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Now, many people do this routinely as a business.  Others hold onto their finds.  Your actions will be determined by your purpose: to turn a “quick” Federal Reserve note out of some metals, or to garner a supply little by little as a hedge against either a currency collapse, or as a barter material in a future time. 

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on May 11th, 2018