The Premier Silver Resource Website

Live Spot Silver
Silver Market Articles
Silver Discussions at the Forum
Silver Company Links
Silver Market Updates
Silver & Gold Headlines
Silver Stock News
Silver Equity Quotes
Silver & Precious Metals Quotes

Local coin shop runs out of silver bullion coins

By: Peter J. Cooper

-- Posted 18 July, 2008 | | Discuss This Article - Comments:

Yesterday I visited the local coin shop in my home town, Salisbury in England and while full of interesting medals and collectables something was missing this year. The coin counter had shrunken to a small selection in the corner.

I asked the owner of The Castle Galleries, John Lodge what had happened and he explained that it was proving hard to buy sufficient supplies to keep up with demand. Indeed he apologised for only having two silver bullion coins on display: a 1924 Silver Eagle and a 1780 Marie Theresa. So I bought both for $40 and emptied his shop!

However, Mr. Lodge has been in business for a long time, and as a very small boy I used to go to a youth club he ran called the Happy Hour Club. He recalled that in the late 1970s people used to queue down the road to buy gold and silver coins, and nothing like that had happened yet.

Mr. Lodge felt it was remarkable just how long ago the last gold boom seemed. It certainly appeared unreasonable to me that I should pay $20 for an ounce of silver as a coin, exactly the same price as I would have paid in 1979.

In that year I worked as a labourer for my fatherís building company and we sold one house for $36,000. Today it would be twenty times that amount.

Nothing else I have bought on my short visit is close to the 1979 price. In just the past year gas prices are up 27 per cent and the average supermarket basket by 21 per cent, according to the Daily Mail. So why should bullion coins be unchanged over 29 years?

Mr. Lodge says it is extraordinary how long the bear market lasted and reminded me that the coins bottomed at $5 each. Yet you look at one ounce of silver and it looks like it ought to be worth $100 or more.

But there is a shortage emerging, clearly and that ought to be driving prices higher if nothing else. Mr. Lodge also thinks the industrial consumption of silver is forgotten, and that means the silver of 1979 has gone, unlike gold which piles up in vaults.

Apparently bullion dealers report a doubling of sales in the UK over the past year with increasing interest among the public in buying silver and gold coins and bars of metal. But if inflation does what it did in the 1970s then the queues down the road to buy from Mr. Lodge will be there again. I just hope he finds some stock.

Peter J. Cooper
-- Posted 18 July, 2008 | | Discuss This Article - Comments:

Article Archives is presented to you by:

© 2003 - 2011, Silver Seek LLC

The content on this site is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws and is the property of and/or the providers of the content under license. By "content" we mean any information, mode of expression, or other materials and services found on This includes editorials, news, our writings, graphics, and any and all other features found on the site. Please contact us for any further information.


The views contained here may not represent the views of, its affiliates or advertisers. makes no representation, warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy or completeness of the information (including news, editorials, prices, statistics, analyses and the like) provided through its service. Any copying, reproduction and/or redistribution of any of the documents, data, content or materials contained on or within this website, without the express written consent of, is strictly prohibited. In no event shall or its affiliates be liable to any person for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided herein.