Saved junk silver is a buried treasure
Every child dreams of finding buried treasure. Heck, adults do too, thus the popularity of the Powerball!
Last year I read a report from a fellow whose grandpa had left him a jar of quarters and dimes. Definitely something akin to buried treasure.
That’s a nice little gift on its own, but what made it even sweeter was that those coins were all junk silver — minted pre-1965. In other words, that jar was full of 90% real silver! Its true worth was far more valuable than the face value of the coins.
At the time I said, “Wow, what a great gift,” and felt a little envious.
It didn’t occur to me that I could leave the exac same gift for my children, and that’s what I’m doing now.
I have 2 canning jars labeled with both kids names, and every so often I add a few junk silver coins to each jar.
That silver is part of their inheritance. Who knows what its value will be decades from now or how useful it might be as barter currency?
Just 14 years ago on 9/11, silver was $5 an ounce. When I was a kid and my grandparents were around to save silver coins, it was less than a dollar an ounce!
Today an ounce runs more than twenty bucks.
Junk silver is easy to identify and easy to buy
Any American silver coin minted in 1964 or earlier is 90% silver.
One reason I personally favor these coins is because they are so identifiable. With a quick glance at the year stamped on the coin, I know right away if it’s junk silver or not, and so will anyone else in a financial transaction.
If you start checking the coins you have in your wallet and pockets, you’ll quickly notice that finding junk silver among them is nearly impossible. They’ve been snatched up by collectors or pulled out of circulation entirely.
Instead, you’ll do better filling that “buried treasure” jar by visiting either coin stores or buying online.
Do check out online precious metals dealers
Sometimes I buy junk silver from coin stores, but it all too easily slips my mind or I get too busy to make the trip. Also, a few of those stores are in less desirable parts of town and I’m somewhat paranoid walking out of the store with my little bag of silver treasure.
Provident Metals is one online company that specializes in selling precious metals, including junk silver. I noticed their variety of purchase options and reasonable shipping prices when I placed an order myself. Their website is full of great tutorials, including this article about junk silver and its history.
You can ship orders to other addresses, perfect for grandparents wanting to fill their grandkids’ piggy banks with a little something that will hold its value forever.
Don’t be afraid of sticking your toe in the precious metals pool. I was very nervous the first time I went to a coin store with a hundred dollars in hand. At the time it didn’t make sense to hand over a perfectly good hundred dollar bill in exchange for a few coins, but the value of those coins has increased, while $100 buys less and less these days.
Educate your kids and grandkids
Teach your kids about the junk silver you’re collecting. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should they ever take one of those quarters and put it in the gumball machine!
Today’s teens and young adults have personally experienced the downturn of our economy and want more secure futures. If you teach them about precious metals and then give them that jar of junk silver, they will already be ahead of their peers who think silver is just for piercings! A simple way to do that is to take them to a coin store and help them buy just 1 or 2 silver coins with a bit of their birthday, graduation, or Christmas money.