Any gold nugget collector/buyers/sellers out there?
I have had an urge to collect a few gold nuggets (from some of you that have posted photos here). Coins are neat but you can't handle them when they are slabbed. I figure a gold nugget would be something that could be handled without lowering its value. I guess I could buy a $5 or $10 circulated gold coin instead but a nugget seemed different than the coins I already have.
I have been researching things for a while now but thought why not ask "The Brain" that is here on CU. Are there things to watch for or avoid (looked at Goldbay and Nuggets by Grant to start)? Common mark up (I understand they need to make money or they could just melt them). Size that works the best (#8, #6 or just go for 5-10 gram pieces)?
I know, just buy gold Buffalos and get pure 24K gold, but there too I would not want to handle those and they would sit in slabs. I am not talking about buying 10 oz of nuggets or funding my retirement with these. Sometimes it is just fun to have something out of the ordinary.
If you have sold nuggets, how far back of melt do dealers offer or do people avoid them all together?
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