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Discussion in 'PM Dealer Feedback' started by pitw, Mar 7, 2015.



  1. pitw

    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    savvydon Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I would buy the maple leaf. I like coins better than bars. :s11:
     
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  3. Mujahideen

    Mujahideen Black Member Midas Member

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    I'd get a 2015 maple leaf with the extra security features, I know that wasn't exactly a choice.

    I think maple leafs are more recognized and harder to counterfiet than those bars, but I really don't think it matters at all. It's bullion and they both are popular brands.
     
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  4. woodman

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    I'd go for the bar. I can't stand the sight of that ugly mug on the coin.
     
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    dpong Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I'd get the one that I think is more recognizable and will potentially be more liquid in the uncertain future. For me that's got to be the coin. One of the most instantly recognizable pieces of gold on the planet.
     
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  6. pitw

    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    dang, 3 outta four says a whack. I guess buying with ones heart shouldn't be aloud. I got maples but no bar like that.
     
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    <===Foolsgold Gold Chaser Site Supporter ++ Platinum Bling

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    The coin will be worth more when you try to sell it, even if only a few bucks. Get the coin.
     
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  8. dpong

    dpong Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Then get the one that makes you happy. It's no crime. Enjoy yourself.
    [No sarcasm here. I mean it.]
     
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    SilverBuyer Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Maple leaf, better resale value. But if you want to get the bar it certainly won't make much of a difference. (I'd say the maple leaf is worth $10-$15 more)
     
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    historyrepete Silver Member Silver Miner

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    I'm weighing in, get both! Lots of em
     
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    It's easier/more rewarding to fondle a coin. No assay package "condom" getting between you & the metal you love. :wink_smile:
     
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  12. pitw

    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    The two I'm looking at are both loose. Bar was removed for testing and the maple has love marks.
     
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    dpong Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Oh for the love of god, just pick one.
     
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    917601 Mother Lode Found Mother Lode

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    I do not buy gold bars.
     

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    neither is a coin, both are bullion

    would go with the stronger gov backing -- which I think is the canadian round
     
  16. Mr Paradise

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    With fakes on the rise I'm not a fan of the assay cards anymore unless it's a direct from a mint purchase. The leaf gives you the opportunity to weigh, measure, fondle, etc...
     
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    I don't think APMEX would let their reputation get soiled. I'm guessing they're selling the real deal whether from Perth Mint or RCM. Wouldn't you think?
     
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    value wise the maple historically would sell faster and for more $ in a private market for reasons previously given by others.....and i would think it would be even more so with you being Canadian......ASEs here in the states get a premium just because....

    but a melting pot will not know the difference...
     
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    Usury Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    I hear you.....BUT at one point last year I got to thinking on this and reached out to several online dealers to ask them know do they KNOW for sure whether or not inventory they're buying (especially from individuals for resale) are legit. Apmex was the only one to respond with what I felt was a real effective policy--they run the metals through an XRF scanner to be sure it is real. FWIW....YMMV.
     
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    Maple here too.
     
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    bulloncoins Silver Member Silver Miner

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    I have never had a problem selling gold bars in assay cards to my local coin shop. However I have been sticking with the Sunshine Mint bars with the new mint marks the last few purchases. I can check both silver and gold bars both with the same viewing lens. Worth the small premium to me to feel better about my purchase when I get it in my hand.
     
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    michael59 heads up-butts down Platinum Bling

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    I see the harvest has been good. Well done!
     
  23. Winomaster

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    Do we know that security feature is not being faked...and that it is not likely to be faked in the future. There is nothing worse than a security feature that gives you a false sense of security. Then you wake up one day to discover you have a 100K of fakes.
     
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    I'm not 100 % sure here but I think the Am Gold Eagle has a concave coin surface instead of a flat one. This allows you to create a "dazzle effect" as you very slightly rotate the coin in your hand. If I have this right...and the Canadian gold maple Leaf has this same feature...I would buy the Maple Leaf for that reason alone...for that one additional security feature.

    Incidentally, as long as you don't turn the Maple Leaf to the heads side, you have a much more attractive piece of metal sculpture to look at than the Perth bar. I really wish the Canadians would get over this idea that they have to put that woman on one side of so many of their coins. I swear their sales would go up 50% if they put anything else on the other side of their coins...even a grizzly bear mooning you would be preferred.
     
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    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    You would prefer to look at say, Obama? I find it amusing Americans want everyone to change to their way of thinking. Step away from your comfort zone and look around a bit you may find some nice things in the world.
     
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    Sir, I'll have you know that with two Canadian parents, I am about as close to being a Canadian as an American can get. And you should know that I am equally annoyed by the US Susan B. Anthony coins. Those too were being rammed down our throats and we did't like it here. So much that the coin has been recognized as a failure. Then they tried another politically correct choice (The indian maiden coin) and we rejected that coin too. It's sorta like when the Brits were trying to find a tax we would tolerate. We don't tolerate force feeding well. That's the problem.

    One coin after another with the Queen on the flip side is just boring. I fully know what the problem is here: You Canadians are just too polite. You don't want to offend the old bag by a break with tradition.
     
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    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    With the queen on the coins they become far more recognized than many others. I don't particularly like the monarchy but I do like the fact it is recognized.
     
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    So how do you explain the other 19 countries who's coinage she graces?
     
  29. Ragnarok

    Ragnarok I'd rather be Midas Member

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    I think I would rather have the Maple, in a coin flip at least. Please be aware that 24k gold coins are soft and will scratch VERY easily, even a light swipe with a clean finger to remove a speck of dust will leave sleeks, especially on coins with proof surfaces. As such the Maple is not a good "fondle" piece, get an American Eagle for that. ;-)

    2c,
    R.
     
  30. Winomaster

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    Perhaps "too polite" was not the the words I was truly looking for. Maybe "hidebound" serves better here. :>) Now look what you made me do. And I try so hard to always be nice.
     
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    Mints always want to put people on their coins...not to honor them, but because faces are are a good security feature. If you get them just a little off, they look grossly wrong. There is a big part of our brain devoted to facial recognition, because it is so critical that we be able to recognize at a glance those of our tribe and family. People who are decent artists can produce drawings that look great until you get to the face...then we roll our eyes because they so failed to capture the look of a famous person.
     
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    When I'm buying gold I'll buy the cheapest I can find, its all liquid. Sold off this 100 gram bar in Hong Kong earlier this year and didn't have a problem but they cut it open to make sure it wasn't loaded



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