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Does anyone here stack bars (i.e. - not art bars or collectable bars) in preference over coins?

jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,263 ✭✭✭✭✭

In other words, do you make it a practice to keep adding the same type of bar (such as 10 oz. silver Maple Leaf, or 10 oz Scottsdale bars) to your stack until you reach a goal, etc?

If so, why do you prefer bars over coins?

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  • derrybderryb Posts: 36,016 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 17, 2022 3:41PM

    I prefer ASEs over bars, but due to their premium I have been adding to the bar stack. I stacked RCM 10 ouncers for years until the premiums skyrocketed. Now I'm stacking what I consider the next best bar choice at a lower premium: 10 Oz Asahi .999 and 10 Oz Valcambi Suisse Cast Bar .999 Fine. Every now and then I'll find a deal on the RCM bars and add them to the stack.The question now is what silver products will be next to see a big jump in premiums.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I stack the ASE's for silver. Sure, I have collections of Morgans and half dollars, but I do not consider them part of my stack. I have some art bars and rounds, but got them mainly for the design. I believe ASE's will always have better liquidity. Cheers, RickO

  • JDsCoinsJDsCoins Posts: 135 ✭✭✭

    I agree with these guys for sure! ASE's for the main stack and then 10oz bars when I can get them for a reasonable price

  • when I started stacking 20 years ago it was 100oz Engelhards for 500 each, which later was converted to bags of 90% only bars I have now are mostly JM 10ozs I did pick up some Scottsdale stackers that took a month to get back in March of 2020 since then I've only purchased a few rolls of Asahi rounds.

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  • cohodkcohodk Posts: 18,493 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @derryb said:
    The question now is what silver products will be next to see a big jump in premiums.

    The question should be, when is spot going to see a big run up.

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  • TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,757 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Those ten oz englhard bars look awesome. I poured a few of my own and the process, while fun, was long and arduous. The 1000 oz bars would be the least expensive route to take if ..... but in reality the ten ounce and 100 oz are my preference.

    1oz bar

    1000 oz bars ( not mine)

    I wish I could stack 30000 oz :joy:

  • fcfc Posts: 12,788 ✭✭✭
    edited December 3, 2022 12:04AM

    I am partial to kilo bars now days. Since I order online and to avoid MA taxes I have to buy at least 1000 dollars worth of bullion. So I buy a kilo as close to spot as possible when I find a deal and then toss some gold near spot in the order to kick it over 1000. For some reason kilo bars often have very good pricing compared to everything except 100/1000 ounce bars. Often comparable to 100s. Perhaps people just do not like the size and sales on the premium are more common. On top of that there always seems to be a website with a great sale on some 1/2 ounce round or 10/20 gram gold bar at the same time as the silver kilo. So it makes a nice combo order.

    One day when I sell I can go in and not be disappointed to get melt value. Not in the mood to play the premium game when buying the popular stuff. I just want .999 metal. I just want to slowly acquire. I want the most metal for the dollar. Kilo seems to be ideal and I don't have to spend 2000-3500 plus an order on a 100 ounce silver bar plus a bite of gold.

  • fcfc Posts: 12,788 ✭✭✭

    @TwoSides2aCoin said:
    Those ten oz englhard bars look awesome. I poured a few of my own and the process, while fun, was long and arduous. The 1000 oz bars would be the least expensive route to take if ..... but in reality the ten ounce and 100 oz are my preference.

    It looks like you did not heat up your mold first. Am I mistaken and you did heat it up?

  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,721 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 3, 2022 7:59AM

    While I really like the looks of many bars... at this point, I have been sticking with some of the issues of various governments around the world (British, Kangaroos, Maples, Philharmonics, etc. etc.), in one to two ounce sizes, when reasonable price and nice design are found. But... always depends on opportunity as it arises...

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  • OPAOPA Posts: 17,103 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 3, 2022 5:03PM

    5 oz silver bars with the lowest premiums, but only when ON SALE ..i/e SilverTowne, APMEX, JM Bullion.
    Likewise with silver rounds. Most national bullion dealers with offer their own brand name products on sale occasionally.

    edited to indicate 5 oz and not 1 oz

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