The Brilliant Uncirculated Very Affordable 1 oz. Silver Round – The 2017 Niue Silver Athena Owl

You may be like me who enjoys buying 1 oz. silver rounds because of their long-term investment value and the fact that they are beautiful pieces of art, although when buying my silver rounds, I am very cautious in overspending. I always look at the SPOT price of silver for the day and make my assessment in which round/coin I would like to purchase after that.

Some rounds I have bought recently are the A-Mark Silver Round, Sunshine Silver Round, Sunshine Buffalo or Sunshine Walking Liberty Rounds. All beautiful pieces respectively but I was trying to look for something from a different Mint and/or design that wasn’t going to be too high of a premium over spot (Not hating on you – 2017 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, 2017 British Silver Britannia Coin or 2017 Australian Silver Kangaroo Coin.)

After a while of searching various websites and not just grabbing up miscellaneous rounds that had a low premium but may be scuffed/damaged/cull, I found the silver round I was looking for. I came across a 1 oz silver round that was Brilliantly Uncirculated and was very-very affordable.

Niue has one of the fastest growing portfolios of silver coins struck in its name. Produced primarily by the New Zealand Mint, there are many rounds and coins that are being struck and processed. Among them is the exciting new 2017 Athenian Owl Stackable Coin. The Athena Owl Round contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver. The Obverse (front) has Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy. The reverse (back) has a Athenian Owl design.

The great thing about the 2017 Athena Owl Silver Round is that it contains several unique design features. First and foremost, the background field on both sides of the coins include a hammered finish that gives the silver coins a unique, ancient appearance. Secondarily, the coins all have an outer-rim design on the obverse and reverse face of alternating raised and sunken surfaces. These features of the design interlock so you can easily stack your 2017 1 oz Niue Silver Athena Owl Coins together!! These rounds are exactly what I was looking for.

*  Low cost over premium

*  Unique design.

*  Brilliant Uncirculated

I encourage you, if you have the same checklist that I do, the 2017 Niue Silver Athena Owl would be a great coin to add to your silver portfolio.


Coin Roll Hunting Half Dollars – My Search for Valuable Kennedy’s

I guess I am a fortunate individual. After looking at videos on YouTube about people coin roll hunting $500 boxes and coming up with nothing I was pessimistic about ordering a box but I did it anyway. The very first box I ordered of half dollars contained (35) silver coins. I found (29) – 40%’s and (6) 90%’s and two of those 90%’s were a ’54 Franklin and a ’45 Walking Liberty. I was very excited and I thought every box was like this. I quickly ordered more boxes for the next week and subsequent weeks. I have ordered 9 boxes since the ‘Silver Box’ and have come up with (1) 40%er. Very unpleasing. I guess the guy who did my first box got fired.

To be honest though, I don’t strictly Coin Roll Hunt for silvers. To keep my interest level high and not get bummed out or upset when/if I don’t find any silvers, I created some categories that would help me stash coins away and invest in my near future.

When I Coin Roll Hunt the things I look for are:

90% (1916-1964) and 40% (1965-1970) silver half dollars – Because of their silver weight the 1965-1970 half dollar is, as I type this, $2.54 each and the 1916-1964 half dollar is $6.21 each.

Character Kennedy Coins – These coins are the ugly ducklings of the group. Beat up, discolored, drilled through for necklaces or shot at by a bb gun, I collect these coins because they have character.

Toned half dollars – These coins have discolorations on the surface due to oxygen and other chemicals in the air acting with the silver.

Whether your CRHing half dollars, looking through cent coins for wheats or nickels for buffalo/war nickels, search for different features within the coins to keep the intrigue level high. Maybe with cents, collect wheats and pre-82 cents for their copper content. Whatever you’re searching for here’s to you and your quest!!

(2) San Francisco Mint Proofs found CRHing!!

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The Journey all started with Wheats

On March 23rd, 2017, I was rustling through the trunk of my car and I found a Donald Duck piggy bank. I shook it and heard some jingle, as I took out the coins, two Wheat Pennies fell to the palm of my hand. A ’42 and a ’46D. I was amazed at how these little guys had survived through the decades and as I started to really think about it more, it really started to intrigue me.

Through the next couple of days I would scurry through my wife’s purse and dig my hands in the sofas looking for loose change. I cleaned out the rest of the piggy banks in the house, got through all the ‘crap drawers’ in the kitchen and laundry room and looked through every nook and cranny in the closets to make sure I would find every last coin in my Diameter o’ Crazy.

Before I knew it a whole week had gone by since my first discovery and I was now looking at 32 Wheat Pennies. Not bad for 7 days of obsession. I ended up coin roll hunting (numerous times), rolled my neighbors coins for them in exchange that I would keep the pennies and my Dad ended up having a little stash stored away too.

The journey has now been a little more than one month and now my attention has turned to collecting and selling various denominations of coins. I have started to invest more in myself and my future and I believe it is because of my newfound affection for coins. And to think the journey all started with wheats.