The truth of the matter is that there aren’t that many investment options in these hard days that carry the assurance of rising values and expanding profits. Perhaps if you are among the most wealthy of folks you can afford to enter the burgeoning field of modern art investments and make grow your personal wealth in that market. However, if you are a person of more modest means, things are not so easy. The investment options that used to be the gateway to personal wealth for so many people in the past, things like real estate or the stock market, just aren’t what they used to be. In fact, it can often seem like an awfully big gamble to put your hard earned money into these fields at this time. But what then is a wise investment choice for these trying times? According to many of the leading experts in the field of personal investing, people should be looking toward the purchase of gold to protect and grow their personal wealth. With the gold price on the rise, many folks are making excellent returns on investment in this lucrative field.
The thing many people may not know about gold is that it is becoming a more and more rare metal as demand for it outstrips the available stockpiles. In addition to the storing of gold for investment purposes, gold is also increasingly used in many very important manufacturing processes such as the consumer electronics field and the growing medical manufacturing industry. At the same time that the demand on gold continues to rise, much less of this metal is being produced, with the most important gold producing regions in the world greatly cutting back on gold mining operations. Due to economic and political troubles in these gold producing nations, it has become harder and more expensive to mine gold. Thus, with demand for gold rising and available stockpiles shrinking, the gold price has been on the rise.
Because neither of these factors—high demand and low supply—are expected to change in the coming years, most industry insiders are predicting that the gold price has only begun its upward climb. Because of this, those with gold holdings right now can expect significantly high returns on their investments. In this way, now is certainly the time to invest in gold, joining the many people all across the country that have made the wise decision to buy gold and secure their financial futures.
If you are looking to invest in a precious metal, silver could be the metal for you. Silver has a lengthy history in which it has been used for jewelry, coins and even utensils—that’s where silverware comes from! In addition, the white metal is often used in dentistry and electronics because of its conductivity. Silver were also used to treat and prevent infection during World War I prior to the invention of antibiotics. The precious metal is clearly an element of many trades.
Much like gold, silver’s roots can be traced back to as early as the 4th millennium BC. Throughout its history it has undergone many uses and the interest in silver has peaked at various times. For example, in the middle Ages the white metal was rediscovered and used to disinfect water and food as well to treat wounds. Today, silver is seeing yet another increase in interest only now it is for investment purposes.
It used to be that people could not decide whether they want to wear a silver ring or silver necklace? Today during economic uncertainty a new concern has arose, do I buy silver bars or silver coins? Silver prices have moved up and down the stock market as people buy and sell their shares in order to protect their assets. Buying silver bullion is a standard way to invest in the metal.
Silver bars vary in size from 10 troy ounces to 1,000 troy ounces with 100 troy ounces being the most popular bar invested in. A troy ounce is a unit of measurement commonly used when measuring precious metals like silver and gold. In countries like Switzerland one can actually purchase silver bullion bars over the counter at banks. They can also be sold back to the bank the same way.
If storing silver bars at your home is or at a specialized storage unit is not appealing, you can also invest in silver bullion coins. Similar to silver bars, also vary in the amount of silver they contain. The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is the most appealing to investors because it contains 99.9% silver. The lower percentage value of a coin the less silver it contains. Coins that contain 92.5% or even 80% sliver are sometimes referred to as “junk silver.” No matter which coin you choose to invest in, silver coinage is often easier to store for those who want to physically own the metal.
The Morgan dollar is a popular coin amongst collectors and dealers. Minted in the United States between 1878 and 1921, it is highly affordable and known for its uniquely intricate designs. The Morgan dollar also has an interesting history behind it, as it was not originally struck for general circulation. The value of it is largely based on its condition and its rarity.
Typically, an uncirculated coin is in pristine condition. It is free from visible wear and tear, and contains the luster of a coin that is “hot off the press”. This type of coin is more valuable than one that has been circulated and has obvious signs of damage, particularly in the intricate areas of the Lady Liberty’s locks, and the feathers on the eagle. These are areas that dealers and appraisers often look at first to determine the coins grade.
Where the coin was minted also adds value to it. The Morgan dollar was produced at five different mints: Philadelphia, Carson City, San Francisco, New Orleans and Denver. The mintmark is located below the wreath on the eagle side of the coin. Appraisers and dealers have certain methods of determining the value based on the mint. There are online resources available that will give you more information on this information.
If you are looking to sell your coin, it is important to know the value and history. By going directly to the dealer without doing your own research, you face the risk of not being properly compensated for your coinage. If you have the funds to do so, you should have the coin appraised and certified by a reputable company that will stand by its certification. This is a safe and professional way to approach it dealer, especially if you’re putting several different Morgan dollars on the market.
Once your currency is appraised for its value, you can then decide whether or not you want to keep it or if it is worth selling. Some coins have sentimental value and are better kept in the hands of the owner. These pieces can be mounted as jewelry, or simply stored in a case for viewing. The value of the coin will decrease when it’s mounted, as collectors typically look for pieces in their original state.
If you are a buyer, the Morgan dollar can add value to your portfolio and is an affordable way to do so.