2:38 pm (Hawaii) Recently, I was on the hunt for physical silver. I really wanted to just stack without paying a premium. But I came across the new minting of the America the Beautiful series by the US Mint. I was hooked. I didn't like the premium — $279 for a 5-oz coin — but Spot Silver was "only" $35/oz at the time and I talked myself into buying the Yellowstone National Park edition.
It arrived today and I feel like a coin nerd. It's huge. Beautiful. I took it out of the box, but not out of the plastic protection. I don't plan on buying more physical until spot drops below 36 again. But I'm glad I did it. It's just the beginning. Maybe I'll collect the series. Maybe not. It all depends on what I can afford, and I think I can't afford not to stack non-premium silver. It'll be good, though, to have easily recognizable, easily trustable physical like ATB and American Eagles.
eBay: ATB Yellowstone going for $350 (May 26 2011)