At BSBG, we believe that knowledge is power.

This ever-evolving page provides you with a wide array of info on coins, pricing, grading services, industry associations, precious metals IRAs and more, and unlike any other dealer we know, we even provide you with links to several of our leading competitors! We believe this will help you with your comparison shopping.

Please note that, unless specifically stated, no company or link on this page is associated with BSBG. We do not endorse, recommend or make claim to the validity or accuracy of any info on these websites. We are only providing them for your own independent research.

The US Mint’s wholesale pricing
 Did you know? The U.S. Mint only sells to 11 “Authorized Purchasers”, ten in the U.S. and one abroad. They do not publish the list or state which product each supplier is authorized to purchase. Even within the coin dealer network, only a fraction of dealers know who all of these distributors are.

There is a perception among the public that dealers, like BSBG, purchase metals, like US Mint products, for “spot price” (the current price at which gold or silver can be bought or sold at a specified time and place). They do not take into consideration factors such as mining costs, production costs, storage, security, transportation, marketing etc. To bring a little bit of clarity, and transparency, to the process, we provide the US Mint’s publicly published pricing, and qualification criteria, for their tiny network of distributors.

Definition of “spot price from Investopedia

Current spot pricing
 The most widely used gold and silver prices are published by Kitco. The prices are updated constantly throughout the trading day, reflecting the NYMEX (New York Metals Exchange) as well as the Asian and European markets.

Grading & Certification Services
PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), the most respected name in third-party coin certification, offers a guarantee of grading accuracy and authenticity for each coin they encapsulate. Simply put, a PCGS certified MS70 is known worldwide as the highest grade possible, a perfect coin.

Since 1987, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) has been known as a world leader in third party coin certification, offering a guarantee of grading accuracy and authenticity for each coin they encapsulate. As just on example, NGC defines an MS70 Gold Buffalo as having no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification. NGC certified MS70 coins are accepted worldwide as the highest grade possible, a perfect coin.

Our Leading Competitors
If you find a lower published price than you’re seeing on, please give us a call, show us the price and we’ll do our best to match it or beat – and we’ll ship for free.
Blanchard: “The premier authority in precious metals and rare coin investing”
Goldline: “one of America’s largest companies providing physical precious metals to investors”
Gov Mint:  “the best source for coins worldwide”
Kitco: “one of the world’s premier retailers of precious metals”
Paradise Mint: market maker in certified modern US coins
Monex: “America’s trusted name in coin and bullion trading for more than 40 years”

Price guides:
Official Home of the Red Book – The #1 Price Guide for US Coins
NumisMedia “The pricing information we report comes from all over the numismatic market including many reliable dealers known for their unbiased market knowledge and information”.
PCGS price guide: PCGS provides a free trial period for viewing their price guide. Extensive viewing requires a membership.
NGC US coin price guide

General info on coin & collecting
CoinHELP!: “the right place to learn about U.S. Coins, coin values, third party coin grading services…”
Coin World: “the #1 resource for coin and paper money collectors in the world”
Coin Week: “The most innovative online coin news and resource web site for numismatists”
Coin Site: Extensive history of US coins
NumisMaster: “Your Numismatic Home for Coin Collecting, Values, Pricing & News”
My Coin Collecting: “Coin Collecting Made Easier”
the following 12 informational websites are owned and operated by BSBG:
PCGS MS70 Silver Eagles
NGC MS70 Silver Eagles
Canadian Silver Birds of Prey
Canadian Silver Maples
MS70 Gold Buffalo
1964 Kennedy Halves
British Gold Sovereigns
MS70 Gold Eagles
Pre-21 Morgan Silver Dollars
Pre-33 Gold
US Gold Indians
Walking Liberty “Walker” Half Dollars

Coin Supplies
– again, we are not affiliated with, nor do we endorse, any of these sellers. We are merely providing you with info from our own web searches. The quoted descriptions are their words.

Coin Supply Store “Quality Coin supplies”
JP’s Corner: “Serving Coin and Currency Collector’s Worldwide since 1999”
Wizard Coin Supply: “Your quest to find the ultimate source for coin supplies and coin collecting accessories has ended”

Precious Metals IRA custodians
 There are several well established firms who are custodians for Self-Directed precious metals. Among the most popular are:
Goldstar Trust
Equity Institutional

Industry Organizations
American Numismatic Association “is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items.”
Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) is “the watchdog for the rare coins, paper money, and precious metals industry”.
North American Collectibles Association (NACA) “is a for-profit organization, formed in 1982… to ensure the advancement of numismatics and related collectibles, including coins, currency, watches, jewelry, antiques, fine arts, and all other collectibles.”
Certified Coin Exchange (CCE) “Since 1990, CCE has been a key intermediary in U.S. certified rare coin trading between major coin dealers.”

Reporting rules for precious metals sales:
One of the most misunderstood areas of precious metals is what is, and what is not, reportable to the government. At BSBG, what we are are coin brokers. What we are NOT are legal experts, legislators, financial advisers, accountants or tax authorities. That disclaimer aside, we provide a couple of interesting articles about reporting requirements for your precious metals purchases. Again, we do not verify or substantiate the specific info here; we merely provide it as part of your own independent research. As with anything on, if you find inaccurate info, we kindly request that you inform us of the error so that we may correct it. Thanks.
Coin Week

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