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  1. #1
    Feb 2006
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    Always a debatable question that needs to be openly clarified.

    The answer is 'YES"...

    After some research, the following web site provides a synopsis which clarifies the topic: Is melting silver coins legal

    One often wonders how many coins are melted annually...

    How many rare coins of collection significance are melted just because the silver market exceeds the intrisic value to a collector...we will never know.

    Or do smelters hand select or separate bagged or boxed coins?

    A lot of questions surround this topic.
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    Feb 2008
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    The coin dealers are the ones buying the silver coins. They keep out the better ones and turn the rest in to have them melted down.

  4. #3
    Feb 2012
    West Michigan
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    I can Melt a Morgan but not Pennies, Yep, Life is Good!!!
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  5. #4
    Jun 2007
    Southwest Michigan
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    Yes they have been melting them for years now, I remember a guy in the local coin shop showing me all the coins he had for melting, they were all really worn and worth no more than silver value so that's what he did with them. That was in the late 80's.

  6. #5
    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
    925 times
    silver surfing
    Quote Originally Posted by jimb View Post
    The coin dealers are the ones buying the silver coins. They keep out the better ones and turn the rest in to have them melted down.
    Guess again. In the last year that I've visited several local coin dealers, they have had no reason to ship to a refinery, they sell all the silver that comes in so fast that there's no chance for any to collect dust. I've bought many times, and ya gotta get it while the gettin's good my friend. Why on earth would they sell to a refiner, when there is more money to be made from collectors and investors coming in off the street?

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    what hath god wrought

    Feb 2009
    Gateway to the 1000 Islands
    585 times
    tectin crap
    Whether it is legal or not is a moot point. Nobody melts a coin that is numismatically more valuable than melt value, unless said nobody was a complete dumbbass and did not know what the hell was going on. Now, illegal or not, they always have and always will melt coins that are not worth more face value than melt value, it's called profit. But nowadays, you have numismatic value to throw into the mix. We have to ask is this coin worth more in face value, numismatic value, or melt value?. I know I got about a hundred silver dimes that are worth ten cents face value, almost zero numismatic value, and a whopping two dollars melt (bullion value). The legal or illegal smelting pot is ready, willing and waiting for smoothies any day.
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