Yes, silver. No, not junk. Junk silver is what numismatists call circulated coin with an 80% or better silver content. There are many ways to buy such coin but I will give a few pointers.
"Why silver?" you may ask. Well, for one, it is much easier to break down silver coin into cash. For example, even in a relatively minor SHTF situation, silver would be worth more than gold because it would be easy to use it to trade for needed items. The thing about any precious metal is that WHILE the S is hitting the F it would be very difficult to convince people to take it in exchange for things that they could use more than money. Some people will try to tell you otherwise--but think about it and examine history and then tell me what you think. Sure, you may get some suckers' goods in exchange for a sackful of silver coin on the first day of a major disaster, but chances are that as the days without government intervention or relief go on, you will notice that people will be more and more reluctant to take your "precious" metals. Chances are they will tell you to take your "precious" metals and do something very inappropriate with them.
This phenomenon is only heightened by the value of the coin itself. If the coin is gold, for example, it is much harder to break it down or know the value of it enough to want to trade with it. Platinum suffers from this problem even more than gold. If the coin is worth more than what people have to offer you, why wouldn't they want to trade for it? Simple: Their goods are more useful to them than your coin, during SHTF. Conversely, if the coin is worth more than what people have to offer you, why don't you want to trade it? Simple: Because if you make it through the disaster alive, you will have lost a whole bunch of tied-up assets (tied into the gold you bought before SHTF) and you will have taken a BIG financial hit.
The answer? SILVER. Specifically, silver that you can get on the cheap--often termed "junk silver" by coin collectors and mints, it is usually 80- 90% silver per coin and when you have enough of it (not hard to do) it is worth a whole lot, enough to trade with for sure, but not worth so much that it's impossible to get anybody to trade for it.
The common channels of buying "junk" silver are through both mints and auction sites such as Ebay. My favorite ways of buying both "junk" silver and "rounds" of 99.99% pure silver bullion is through Ebay. Just be sure as always you should, to check feedback ratings on the seller to avoid being scammed. It has been known to happen on auction sites. Tin, steel, or aluminum "silver" dollars are not unheard of.
Some good coins to look for: Pre-1920 Canadian silver coins are sterling (98%) silver. Pre-1967 Canadian silver half-dollars and quarter-dollars are all 80% silver per coin. Pre-1964 American silver coins are 90% silver. Chinese "Dragon" silver dollars are 90% silver at least. English silver crowns minted before 1920 were made of sterling (92%) silver. Mexican "8-reales" coins are generally fairly high in silver content (usually 90%).
All of these can be found online via auction sites and government mints. There are also U.S. Barber dimes (90% silver), Mercury Dimes (90% silver) and silver quarters from the pre-1960s.
I hope you get into silver too. Remember, if you can't trade it off, it's not worth much in the end.
Cross-posted from BCUSA: ______________________________________________________ Here is a small sheath for a double-edged sock knife I got a while ago. As it turned out, leather wasn't the best choice due to the shape of the hilt, esp. wetformed. Kydex would've been better. However it works all right as long as I don't turn it up side down (lol). This is the first time I made a sheath with a welted seam. I kinda like the "sturdy" feel it provides.
What I've been doing is a sort of reverse-saddle-stitch, where I single-line stitch it one way, and then at the other end I turn around and go back around again through the same holes, only the opposite direction. This way there is only one fuse-mark where I snip the sinew lol!
And here's another "Cutpurse's Delight" coin pouch: Cheers! PMZ
Cross-posted from BCUSA: ________________________________________________ Made this out of some astoundingly ugly leather, after attempting to dye the leather I gave up and am now somewhat resigned to it.
Made in the Middle Ages fashion with a flap and a "neck." Button is a piece of buffalo horn left over from handling my GRK.
Belt loop detail:
I had riveted it but the rivets were obviously a weak point with such thin leather, so I also bartacked it at key points.
There's more in there... including my silver and my herb pouches. This was my first time utilizing a gusset so it is terrible IMHO...first times always are at least in my experience. I almost sewed in some pouchlets or sleeves for small items, I might still do that eventually. Cheers, PMZ
MMM...sounds like the title of a really bad B-grade movie:D
Well, here's my latest and not-so-greatest leatherwork:
Slipcovers for my new Gaga spoon knives! PMZ
__________________________________________________ Update on the pellet/.22 ammo dump pouch:PMZ Holds 2 boxes (100rnds) .22 and prob. even more in pellets:
Originally put a single snap on the belt loop, found it was too loose, added some velcro, STILL too loose, added another snap and finally a D-ring and a safety pin:
Afterward I added a paracord belt loop, maybe 3ft of OD green cord attached to the D ring so as to make it easier to put on my belt... PMZ __________________________________________________ And this one's a bigun. About 6-8" long and 2-3" wide at widest point. I tried to flare the lip, was somewhat successful. I call it "cutpurse's dream."
Modeled off of my limited knowledge of a medieval coin pouch:
Now I just gotta find some gold and silver to put in there haha! PMZ ___________________________________________________________ Here's another "cutpurse's delight" pouch I just put together tonight:
More of a flared top for easier loading and dumping. I've only got one (well two actually) silver pieces...one troy ounce silver bull, one old silver dollar... PMZ ___________________________________________________________ More silver is on the way lol Here's a pic of a belt pouch for a folder I made a while ago out of the lining of a police duty belt.
For a toggle I used a fishing weight or some such with a loop of paracord threaded between the doubled-up front of the pouch and up through the front and melted down, thus preventing snagging on the interior of the pouch.
I tinkered with a belt loop but ended up not havin enough room to sew it on, so I simply cut part of the stitchmarks out and reinforced the corners of the cuts to prevent further wearing.
PMZ _______________________________________________________ And this is one I just made tonight
Yay, pants for my GRK! PMZ _____________________________________________________________
This one is a departure from the norm and IMHO also a departure from my forward progression--I didn't even the edge out correctly, the grommets are too unevenly spaced, and the belt slit is rough around the edges. But insofar as the wetmolding goes, I did much better this time.
Those are just a few of the things I've made. I hope they give you ideas for your next project too! PMZ
I like to read, write, hunt, hike, backpack, listen to music, worship God, and sit under trees. I love good gear, things that go BANG, things that are sharp, good tobacco, good beer (think Guinness) and good coffee/tea.
Recently I have been getting into learning and implementing primitive living skills, also known as Bushcraft. I have also been a prepper since 1998 or earlier.