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A Diamond Does not Shine at The Backside of a Cave 💎

Good morning!

I’ve a narrative to share with you at the moment that I stole from our good pal Joel 🙂

See if you happen to can catch the lesson(s)!


A father informed his daughter, “Congrats in your commencement. I purchased you a automotive some time in the past. I need you to have it now. However earlier than I give it to you, take it to a automotive vendor within the metropolis. See how a lot they provide if you happen to promote it.”

The lady got here again to her father and mentioned: “They supplied me $10,000 {dollars} as a result of it seems very previous.”

Father mentioned: “Okay, now take it to the pawn store.”

The lady returns to her father and mentioned: “The pawn store supplied $1,000 {dollars} as a result of it’s a really previous automotive and wishes plenty of work executed.”

Subsequent the daddy informed her to hitch a passionate automotive membership with specialists and present them the automotive.

So the lady drove to the passionate automotive membership. She returned to her father a couple of hours later and informed him, “Some folks within the membership supplied me $100,000 {dollars} as a result of it’s a uncommon automotive in unique situation!”

Then the daddy mentioned, “I needed to let that you’re not price something if you’re not in the proper place. If you’re not appreciated, don’t be offended, that simply means you might be within the fallacious place. Don’t keep in a spot the place nobody sees your worth.”

Know your price and know the place you might be valued. A diamond doesn’t shine on the backside of a cave.



Although I’ve to confess I hoped for an excellent higher lesson on the finish, lol… One thing alongside the traces of:

“You’re at all times price loads regardless of the place you might be! Your price is inside YOU –
not what anybody says!”

Or the place I *truly* thought this was going as a result of I’m a hustler:

“All the time take the time to determine one of the best place to maximise your earnings!”

Which I’ll admit isn’t as lovely because the internal price analogy, however nonetheless – simply as true 😉

And I’ve the right instance to point out for it this week!

As I used to be heading out of an antiques retailer looking for extra classic rings, I overheard a vendor providing a buyer a worth for his complete coin assortment, to which the shopper politely mentioned thanks-but-no-thanks and went on his merry manner.

As we crossed paths outdoors I requested him what he was making an attempt to promote as I’m a curious little lad like that (and in addition smelled a chance!), and he then did what all collectors like to see… He opened up a binder stuffed with 100 yr previous cash!! Which have been clearly all on the market! *Drool…*

He had not too long ago inherited them from his grandfather, and never desirous to proceed the household pastime at 20-something years previous (bizarre?), he was seeking to commerce them for some money cash.

We talked for a bit and I gave him my finest recommendation on tips on how to promote them for probably the most revenue, and in return he gave me a terrific worth on considered one of them that I wanted for my assortment. (My final purpose is to get *one* of every main sort of coin from the USA courting all the way in which again to the 1700s, after which show them at a neighborhood museum!)

Right here she is in all her magnificence:

1914 barber quarter

[1914 “Barber” U.S. Quarter – the first coin I ever bought “on the streets!” Lol…]

Now much like the story above, this one additionally enormously hinges on *who* and *the place* you’re making an attempt to hawk your valuables to get probably the most worth!

Taking them to a vendor will differ enormously than taking them to a pawn store vs taking them to a collector pal you would possibly know. Not solely that, the worth that’s assigned to them will differ wildly as effectively – although it’s at all times precisely the SAME COIN!

For instance, this quarter right here may be valued in three distinctive methods:

Face worth — When the U.S. minted these from 1892-1916, they have been assigned a face worth of 25¢. And if you happen to didn’t know something about cash or accumulating or something, you’d not less than be capable to inform that because it actually states “quarter greenback” on the reverse of the coin 🙂 So to all “regular” folks, this coin is price $0.25 and you may truly nonetheless spend it because it’s nonetheless thought of authorized tender!

Silver worth — Many don’t know this, however all U.S. dimes, quarters, half {dollars}, and {dollars} (cash) minted in 1964 and earlier include 90% silver. And at a present fee of about $19.32/oz, which means every of those cash include not less than a couple of {dollars} price of silver in them! That is why so many people inform folks to at all times verify their change to see if they’ve something good in there!

Now this Barber Quarter particularly (named so after the engraver, btw) incorporates roughly 0.18 oz of silver which equates to nearly $3.50 (.18 x $19.32). So the “soften worth” right here is already 14x its face worth!

And btw, that is the worth that almost all pawn retailers or jewellery shops offer you the place you see these “we pay money for silver and gold” sort indicators posted. They don’t care about the kind of coin or jewellery or silverware you herald and can simply weigh it, work out the % of bullion every incorporates, after which spit you out a % of the entire as your last “supply”. Which is often 80-90% of the silver or gold worth. From there they are going to bulk all of it along with others they purchased and money it in for the complete 100% worth of the silver and gold – OR (in the event that they’re good and know what they’re doing) – they are going to kind by all of it first and see if there’s something invaluable and uncommon and *then* ship all of it off to be melted.

This was the case for my new pal right here, who was supplied most likely round $3.00 per quarter which he (rightfully) turned down as a result of each was price multitudes greater than that, and a few even within the tons of of {dollars} resulting from collector worth! However if you happen to didn’t learn about that third valuation, which we’re slowly attending to subsequent, haha, you’d most likely suppose this can be a whole lot and take it. So once more the *place* issues the place you go to promote these items!

Collector worth — Lastly, cash or different objects which might be collected are assigned a complete different set of values relying on its rarity and recognition and situation. Some cool previous issues aren’t price jack, and a few boring new issues may be price a killing – all relying on the pastime and traits and various different variables that come into play.

With this quarter specifically, it’s not very uncommon (over 6 million have been produced!), however it is collected and in first rate situation (grades conservatively as “High quality” and generously as “Very High quality”) and is price round $35.00 in line with our pastime’s worth information. Which now places its worth as 140x face worth – an enormous distinction from $0.25! However once more solely issues if you happen to’re speaking to a *collector* as no regular individual would ever pay such a premium 😉

So TL;DR the three values that may be assigned to this coin are:

  • Face worth: $0.25
  • Silver worth: $3.50
  • “Collector” worth: $35.00

All drastically completely different values, and all for the very same coin!

So once more, *the place* you’re taking stuff to promote can matter enormously. If in case you have the time and power to discover all of the avenues, it’ll nearly at all times internet you extra revenue ultimately. However if you happen to’d slightly unload them rapidly for some quick money, effectively, there are many methods you are able to do that too, and which is why pawn retailers are nonetheless far and wide! You’ll simply should be okay with getting considerably much less in return going that route and greater than seemingly getting ripped off.

We’ll see how our pal right here makes out in the long term, however it was a enjoyable random bump in and love that it was an actual life instance of the cave story up there 🙂

Chances are you’ll be price 1,000,000 bucks, however if you happen to don’t know the place to go you would possibly find yourself promoting your self quick! And also you’re price each penny of your horny good self, so be sure you max your self out!! 😂

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PS: You may see my full information on tips on how to liquidate a coin assortment right here if you happen to ever want it: The right way to Promote Your Inherited Coin Assortment. The final purposes may also be utilized to baseball playing cards or marbles or anything that’s collectible for that matter!

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