prepping with silver

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#6: Junk silver is hiding for you to find.
Junk silver is not junk, and you can still find some gems out
there. Often silver coins are called "junk silver" but there are
other kinds of junk silver you may find.

Tips on finding junk silver.

  • Know the value of junk silver (melt value). The junk silver
    price is the melt value of old silver coins, jewelry or
    silverware (utensils). Go to to find the
    current melt value of coins. Visit also, right.

    Can you really melt coins for their silver? No! In the U.S.
    1965 Coinage Act made it a crime to melt-down any legal
    tender coins to profit on the metal-content.

    Collecting junk silver is popular way to invest small amounts
    of money in silver. Coins for their junk silver are hard to get
    a good price on eBay because collectors are looking for rarity
    of the coin and not just the junk silver value. A coin value
    sky rockets if it has a minting error or is in pristine mint or
    un-circulated condition.

  • Know the value of silver bullion (grams and kilogram).
    One gram of silver is worth around .57 cents, while a
    kilogram bar is $571.31  (value of silver gram bars on April
    23, 2017). A gram is 0.035274 ounces, a Kilogram is 35.274
    ounces. The prices may be subject to volatile swings.

  • Know the spot price of silver (troy ounce). Spot price
    refers to the current price of silver at which it is bought or
    sold at a specified time and place (troy ounce). The spot
    price for an ounce of silver is around $17.76 (spot price of
    silver on April 23. 2017). Price is based on forecasts and
    analysis of silver prices and silver stocks.

  • Know the difference between an ounce and troy ounce.
  • 1 troy ounce = 31.1034768 grams or 480 grains
  • 1 ounce = 28.3495231 grams or 437.5 grains

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  • Precious Metal testing kit.  Everything you need to appraise
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So why should you invest in silver?
Here's how preppers can use silver in prepping and why you
should protect yourself with precious metals, including silver...

#1: Silver always has a value.
If you are low on money you can always turn in your silver to a
coin shop for cash (don't go to a pawn shop).

Think of collecting silver for a job loss or for an economic
depression. If you have a job loss in the family or experience
other hard times because of medical bills or other unexpected
expenses you silver coins can come in handy. If you've expired
your stash of food storage or need fresh food to supplement your
food storage, you can exchange your silver coins for cash and buy
what you need.

#2: Collecting silver is a prepper skill and hobby.
As a pastime, collecting silver is a fun hobby for preppers,
especially those who have kids. It's inexpensive to get started
and it's exciting finding overlooked little treasures.

Let the treasure hunt begin! Take notice of your loose change and
get to know the weight of U.S. coins. You'd be surprised how
often a little gem of silver is hiding in your coin stash that others

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#3: Bartering with silver is easy.
Bartering for needs, wants and desires in terms of goods and
services may eventually happen as society collapses. This is
where silver comes into play, as gold may be even too highly
valued for purchasing everyday non-perishable items you may
have forgotten or lost a disaster.

Personal sundries, such as aspirin, toothpaste, razor blades,
sunscreen or tampons could be among the highly prized
commodities you could buy potentially with silver. Someone may
even be willing to part with a can of SPAM for your silver coin.

How to store silver:
Silver tarnishes easily. To slow tarnishing of your silver, you can
wrap it in cheesecloth or place a piece of chalk in the bag with
your silver.

Another option is to
store your silver with oxygen absorbers, since
silver tarnishes with exposure to oxygen.

More uses of silver
Silver has other significant uses to preppers. It can keep your
health in check if used properly and it can help filter water for
drinking. Below are some of our favorite products with silver:

  • Colloidal Silver. Read the full article about Colloidal Silver
    and talk your physician as colloidal silver was largely
    discontinued by the medical practice in the mid 1940s in
    favor of mainstream antibiotics. Colloidal Silver, pictured
    right, is free of toxic artificial additives. Silver is
    concentrated to 30 parts per million in a pure base of
    deionized water.

  • Nanosilver 10ppm and Ebola. It's important to know that
    nanosilver is not the same as Colloidal Silver. Both Colloidal
    Silver and NanoSilver are derived from silver and yet they are
    distinctly different:A study suggests that NanoSilver (very
    specifically 10 parts per million) inactivates and neutralizes
    the Ebola Virus. Dr. Rima Laibow has been very vocal with
    regards to the benefits of NanoSilver 10ppm, and points to a
    study on this nutrient that neutralizes Ebola.  The
    declassified research in 2009 from the Department of
    Defense shows that NanoSilver 10ppm (not to be confused
    with Colloidal Silver) inactivates and neutralizes the Ebola
    virus. Silver Biotics, pictured immediate right, in the blue
    bottle, is nanosilver 10ppm.

  • Silver ceramic filters water: The highest quality water filter
    for is the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter, pictured right.
    The filter's silver-impregnated ceramic element is effective
    against bacteria and protozoa.

We hope this article has inspired you to take a closer look at the
coins in your purse and that you're collecting in jars.  

Happy endings...
Wisdom from the generations before us say that every cloud has
its silver lining, and we're here to tell you it is so! Line your preps
with silver and be happy that you did. Silver makes an excellent
bartering tool to give you peace of mind, and it will  keep you
healthy as well.  If need be, to forge new tools with silver. You'll
find silver is a multi-use survival item and a fun hobby.

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  • Read about Copper! Learn the many interesting uses of
    copper for preppers. Copper is an incredibly overlooked
    precious metal and prep. Not only does copper have a
    monetary value in bartering, and practical use for preppers in
    forging tools, but copper also has an array of healthful
    benefits! Copper's ability to conduct heat has made it an
    ideal material for plumbing and accessories. Through the
    generations it has also been a metal suitable for kettles,
    cookware and more.

So now you know how to use silver prepping! When you look at it,
silver and prepping just go together. Silver has many uses and is
the currency of preppers.

Happy endings...
Every cloud has its silver lining! It's a great project for kids to go
through your coin stash and it will help them get a prepper
hobby: coin collecting.

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Prepping Secrets about Silver
Include silver in your prepping for many reasons...

Prepping secrets about silver...
Silver is the currency of preppers. Not every prepper can afford
gold, but just about every prepper can afford to invest in a little
silver (and with good reason). For starters, silver is much cheaper
than gold and more practical for bartering purposes.

This quick guide will give you some fun tips, but here's a basic:

  • Do you know the difference between an ounce and a troy
    ounce? The important thing to know is that a troy ounce is
    31.1 grams while an ounce of silver is just 28 grams. The
    details are in #6 below. If you are a beginner, that's good to
    know, but even experts will get a kick out of the tips below.

For survivors there is a silver lining in collecting junk silver and
prepping with silver!

Prepping Secrets about Silver
If you read no further in this article, than the next few lines, you
can learn a very valuable prepper secret about silver. We are
happy to divulge this secret to preppers.

  • Here goes... a secret stash of silver is still readily available
    in Kennedy half dollars.

Silver secret #1: Kennedy half dollars 1965-1970.
Many people know that 1964 is the magic number for silver half
dollars ~ anything 1964 or older is 90% silver. But in that magic
year when the government eliminated the silver content of dimes
and quarters, the Kennedy half dollar composition still had some
silver! It went from 90% silver to 40% silver between 1965 to
1970. Many people today don't know this big secret about silver.

Silver half dollars are still in circulation at banks if you ask for
them and you may get one every now and again in your loose
change. Look at them and you can find the 1965-1970 coins with

Kennedy Half dollars from 1965-1970 are 40% silver and
60% copper and they are hiding in circulation today. The little
known secret is that these half dollars are really worth around
$2.66 in melt value. While it is not legal to melt them for profit,
you can certainly collect them and save them as part of your
overall prepping. They may be useful in bartering in a world
without rule of law. They are also valuable in job loss so you can
convert them into cash for what you may need.

Some preppers have found luck going to the bank and exchanging
dollar bills for half dollar coins and finding silver in the coins they
get from the bank.

Silver secret #2: Silver is hiding in nickels!
It seems odd that you can find silver hiding in a nickel, but it's
true. The secret is in the year of the nickel. Look for silver in
nickels produced during wartime - 1942-1945. During World War II
nickels were minted in silver for an interesting reason. The war
effort needed metal nickel more than they needed the silver!

World War II Nickels 1942-1945 have 56% copper, 35% silver,
and 9% manganese. Ironically there is no nickel at all in these
war nickels, which makes them even more valuable! War nickels
are worth around .80-.90 cents each in metal value. These war
nickels will of course have an even higher collector value than
their spot price, particularly if the coin has an error.

According to an Amazon listing of a war nickel, right, "Because of
the presence of silver, the war nickels have a brighter, more
lustrous appearance than normal nickels. To make the war nickels
easy to identify, pull out of circulation and melt down after the
war, the coin's mint-mark was enlarged and moved above
Monticello on the reverse of the coin."

  • Did you know that the old nickel is one of the most
    valuable coins minted in terms of its metal value? Save
    your Jefferson nickels (particularly the dates 1938-41 and
    1946-1964). These silver coins are worth more relative to
    their face value than any other US Minted coin today. Nickels
    have almost always contained 75% copper and 25% nickel.
    Their metal content makes them worth around .07-.08 cents
    each, so you potentially profit from each coin.

#3: You can turn in your loose change for silver!
A little known secret in the prepping community is that you can
use your loose change to get silver. Yes, you can buy silver on
the Internet with those coins. It' very easy to do.

Here's how to turn your loose change into silver:
  • Step one: Gather all your loose household coins. You'd be
    surprised how much money you will find in piggy banks,
    mason jars, and just around the house.
  • Step two: Find a coinstar machine in your area.
  • Step three: Dump the coins into the machine and get an receipt. You will get 100% of your money to
    spend on Amazon with no fees taken.
  • Step four: Buy silver on Amazon. You can buy one troy
    ounce (.999 Fine Silver from the West Point Mint) when you
    load your receipt from Coinstar into your Amazon account.

You can also ask for Amazon gift cards at birthdays and holidays
and turn those gift cards into silver! Remember, as a prepper your
goal is the silver value and not the collectible value. You'll have
to poke around Amazon, but you will be able to buy silver using
the loose change you have.

Silver secret #4: Silver dimes are still circulating!
Dimes are the smallest U.S. coin and they have looked virtually
the same since 1946. Therein lies the secret! Because they look
the same and because they are so small, you will find the
valuable silver dimes 1946-1964 still in circulation today.

  • Note: Roosevelt dimes 1946-1964 are 90% silver and the
    melt value is around $1.29.

Okay, it's not a get rich quick scheme to look for silver dimes, but
it is fun to find these little gems. You may get the bug to become
a coin collector.

How to find the silver dimes:
Aside from looking at the date of your dime (some prefer a
magnifying glass), here's how to find the silver dimes in your

  • Look at the ridges. If you are lucky enough to find yourself
    a silver dime you will notice that the ridge around it is silver.
    Dimes of today will have a copper-colored line next to what
    appears to be silver, but is actually nickel. Looking for the
    dimes without a copper ridge is one way to find the silver
    dimes. Collectors often grab a stack of dimes and flip them
    to look at the ridge.

  • Use a green Coinstar machine. Another big secret is that
    Coinstar machines have been known to reject silver coins,
    and you'll get many silver dimes if you are a regular.
    Coinstar may have realized the flaw of their machines and
    may have started to alter them. Rumor has it that for now
    the green Coinstar machines are the ones to use if you want
    to find silver. You will need patience and a large stash of
    coins, but eventually you will find the silver ones. It is a
    confirmed method of! We've found
    several this way. You see, Coinstar machines have a rejected
    coin bin. Many people do not realize this, so even if you
    don't dump your own coins in it, be sure to search it out to
    see what others have left there. You may be surprised to
    find it a source of silver as well as foreign coins for your
    collection. Now you know, some Coinstar machines reject
    silver coins!

Ironically, dimes today are made with copper and nickel. The
amount of 91.67% Copper and 8.33% Nickel is valued at around a
Pennies are much more valuable than their face value.

#5: Silver quarters, half dollars and dollars are still in
You may on occasion find silver quarters, half dollars and dollars
in circulation. Their size and the distinct texture make them
harder to find than the Roosevelt dimes, but even store clerks
may not realize what they have. Below you'll see just how easy it
is to use a Coinstar machine and other clever ways to find silver
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