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2015 American Silver Eagles – Where to Find the Best Deals

Are you in the market for an American Silver Eagle or two, specifically the 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU)? Are you looking for the best deals available on 2015 American Silver Eagle coins, especially when shipping and hidden fees are brought into the equation? If yes, be sure to look no further, you’ve come to the right place.

American Silver Eagles certainly need no introduction here, so let’s get on with it…

Normally I only focus on the “Big 5” online coin and precious metals dealers in the States, but was prompted to bring two much smaller US-based dealers into the equation, namely SD Bullion and JM Bullion. I normally tend to focus only on the “Big 5”, because they have more experience and is normally better equipped to make the largest impact possible. I mean, if one is hoping to make a positive difference by equipping customers with the knowledge required to make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right coin & precious metals dealer, it makes a lot of sense to have the primary focus on the “Big 5” where the biggest impact can potentially be made. However, I will entertain SD Bullion and JM Bullion this time around at the expense of Gainesville Coins and SilverTowne

Lot of 5 - 2015 1oz. Silver Eagle GEM BU

Best Deal in Comparison – Lot of 5 – 2015 1oz. Silver Eagle GEM BU

I want to prove for one that free shipping with no restrictions in terms of an order minimum, as offered by ModernCoinMart (MCM), is way better than to have free shipping with order minimums as APMEX, JM Bullion and Provident Metals have in place. All three of the latter force customers to place orders of $99 or more in order to qualify for free shipping. In fact, you cannot place an order of less than $99 if you wish to do business with JM Bullion.

Now while SD Bullion has no order minimum in place and offers flat rate shipping of $7.77 on all US domestic shipments for a limited time, it doesn’t mean that their customers are necessarily getting the best deal on 2015 American Silver Eagles.

Furthermore, I’ve decided to use an order minimum of 5 x 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU) in my comparison. This is because of the order minimum of $99 or more that APMEX, JM Bullion and Provident Metals have in place in order to qualify for free shipping.

In addition to the above, in order to keep my comparison as fair as possible, the following should be noted:

Live Pricing: The prices of 2015 American Silver Eagles have live pricing enabled at the websites of the relevant dealers. This means prices continuously update with up-to-the-minute market conditions. Therefore, don’t use the price data in my comparison below as a measure of exactly what you can expect to pay at the respective online coin & precious metals dealers. The data in terms of the comparison below was taken or captured at approximately 01:30 Eastern Standard Time (EST) – Tuesday, March 31, 2015. However, the results of my comparison shouldn’t be taken at face value, but only seen as a guide in terms of the best deals potentially available on 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU). If you’re looking for the best up-to-the-minute deals, then this comparison is probably not for you.

Least Expensive Option: I always use the least expensive option when doing my comparisons. In other words, if any seller offers “lots” and a volume discount, I will use the less expensive option of the two for the comparison.

Published Price Matching Policy: MCM will match or beat a competitor’s price as per their published pricing matching policy. Terms & Conditions apply that can be found here. This while SD Bullion offers a low price guarantee that can be found here. I stand to be corrected, but I am not aware if any of the other dealers in my comparison have published pricing matching policies in place. Nonetheless, I’ve taken no such policies into account in my comparison, although it is a real possibility that it might impact on final prices and/or deals offered.

Website Deals/Prices: I’ve only taken deals and/or prices quoted at the websites of the relevant dealers into account. eBay deals and/or prices were excluded as well as limited time specials offered at their websites (except in terms of the limited time special SD Bullion offers on shipping). This is to be able to as far as possible compare apples to apples and not skew the results in favor of one dealer based on short-term, special events. 

International Shipping: I have not taken international shipping rates nor international shipping options into account, but I know that not all of the dealers ship internationally, and that those who do, more than one offer different international shipping options, some better than others.  

Credit Card/PayPal Prices: I’ve taken a conscience decision to only focus on credit card or PayPal prices in my comparison. This is to keep my comparison straightforward and uncomplicated. The reason being is because most dealers are willing to negotiate lower prices when it comes to check/wire prices. Thus, I tend to shy away from those prices, because I try to keep the subjectivity of price negotiations out of my comparisons. This is to keep it fair towards all.

Other factors: When it comes to deciding which online coin & precious metals dealers offer the best deals, or best value for money overall, one has to look beyond the total cost charged (prices + shipping cost + hidden fees). Total cost charged is of course an important factor to consider, but the serious collector and/or investor also want to consider factors such as experience and size, customer service, consumer protection, payment methods, returns & cancellations and more. 

Screenshots: I’ve decided to do away with tables in my comparisons and use screenshots of the respective deals instead. This should be easier on the eye and add to some extent credibility to the data provided.

Here is a list of the above-mentioned online coin and precious metals dealers, listed from best to worst, when it comes to the buying of 5 x 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU/GEM BU)…

[Click on an image to go to the relevant deal]

1. MCM – $103.10 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (GEM BU)

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2. Provident Metals – $104.80 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

provident metals price comparison

3. SD Bullion – $104.93 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

sd bullion price comparison

4. JM Bullion – $104.94 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

jm bullion price comparison

5. APMEX – $108 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

apmex price comparison

Elephant Coin – MCM vs APMEX

Are you in the market for an elephant coin or two, specifically 2015 Somalia elephant silver coins? Are you looking for the best deals on 2015 Somalia elephant coins?

2015 Somali Republic Silver Elephants

Somalia elephant silver coins certainly need no introduction here, although many coin dealers certainly need a lesson or two in this regard. The reason I say this, is because the popularity of Somalia elephant coins seem to be lost on most coin dealers. This seems to impact negatively, from what I’ve heard, on the supply of these elephant coins, especially at coin shows. Most coin dealers don’t seem to be knowledgeable when it comes to these coins. In fact, in more than one instance coin collectors seem to know more about the Somalia elephant coins than most coin dealers out there. I mean, how many coin dealers out there know for one that the extremely popular Somalian African Wildlife Elephant series kicked off in 2004 or 10 years ago?

However, as noted above, the purpose of this article is not to educate coin dealers in this regard, but rather to help coin collectors find the best deals on 2015 Somalia elephant coins, specifically the 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant coin. This coin is the latest issue in the Somalian African Wildlife Elephant series.

Lucky for us, some dealers are knowledgeable when it comes to these coins and they normally make sure they have an ample supply in stock to satisfy demand. Two of those dealers are APMEX and MCM… the two dealers that I intend to stack up against each other in order to see which of the two offers the best deals when it comes to buying 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant coins.

2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coin – APMEX vs MCM

ModernCoinMart (MCM) has just added a brand new selection of 2015 Somali Republic Silver Elephants to their inventory. This makes it the ideal time to see how MCM stack up against APMEX in terms of best prices and lowest shipping cost charged when it comes to buying 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coins.

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I’ve chosen to limit my comparison to these two, because they count among the cream of the crop when it comes to online coin & precious metals dealers. In order to keep it fair, I’ve decided to do a like-for-like comparison by taking price and other data from the respective websites at the same time. This was done on 10/29/2014 at approximately 09:22 AM ET.

Now while the respective prices are certainly not set in concrete and current prices will most likely differ from prices taken at the date and time specified above, it can certainly to some extent provide one with valuable insight into which of the two dealers offers the best deals on the relevant Somalia elephant coin.

So with the above in mind, I included the data obtained, in no specific order, in the table below (best prices and/or deals in bold):

elephant coin comparison

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Savings based on credit card prices…

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Single Coin: MCM offers the best deal, especially considering that APMEX has a minimum order requirement of $50 in place in terms of US orders, $250 in terms of Canadian orders and $1500 in terms of orders from elsewhere in the world (Europe + Australia).

elephant coin 3 Lot of 5: MCM offers the best deal. You save $9.27

Elephant Coin 1

Lot of 10: MCM offers the best deal. You save $13.52 

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Roll of 20: MCM offers the best deal. You save $23.85

Thus, in comparison to what APMEX has to offer, it should be clear that MCM offers the best deals on 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coins.

Now of course nothing is set in concrete here and the following must be taken into account:

  • Live Pricing: It is no secret that the prices of the 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coins have live pricing enabled. This means prices continuously update with up-to-the-minute market conditions. Thus, don’t use the price data in the above comparison(s) as a measure of exactly what you will pay at the respective precious metals dealers now.
  • Published Price Matching Policy: MCM will match or beat a competitor’s price as per their published pricing matching policy. This while, as far as I know, APMEX has no published pricing matching policy in place. Thus, while it was not taken into account when the above comparison(s) were made, it can certainly make a huge difference. Needless to say, it would be wise to contact MCM before buying from APMEX, because there is a real possibility that MCM may match or beat APMEX’s price on an item (and vice versa). However, it won’t be necessary in this instance, since MCM offers the best deals across the board when it comes to buying 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coins.
  • Website Deals/Prices: I’ve only taken deals and/or prices quoted at www.apmex.com and www.mcm.com into account. eBay deals and/or prices were excluded.
  • Grade: APMEX offers the 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) grade, which means the coins should grade anywhere between MS-60 through MS-62. This while MCM offers the coins in GEM BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) grade, which means the coins should grade at MS-65 plus. Thus, MCM offers coins of a better grade than APMEX in this regard.
  • International Shipping: I’ve not taken international shipping or the cost of international shipping into account, but I do know that MCM ships to a greater selection of countries and accepts orders of almost any size. APMEX on the other hand has quite high minimum international order requirements in place, which makes it difficult and in more than one case impossible for the little guy to order from them.
  • Volume Discounts: Both MCM and APMEX give volume discounts. This can also impact on the results of the above comparison(s) made. This has also contributed to the fact, that although MCM also offer the best prices when it comes to sending payment via wire/check, I’ve taken a conscience decision to leave wire/check prices out of the comparison.
  • Other factors: When it comes to deciding which precious metals dealer offers the best deal or the best value for money, you’ve got to look beyond the prices and shipping cost charge. These are of course important factors to consider, but you also want to consider factors such as experience and size, customer service, consumer protection, payment methods, returns & cancellations, etc. The bullion dealer comparisons and/or bullion dealer reviews at Bullion Dealer Reviews and Compare Bullion Websites take these factors into account. You may want to give it a read-through before making the next purchase, because the best price may not always equate to the best deal.

Now while the above is by no means extensive, it should give the prudent silver stacker, coin collector and/or investor valuable insight that can be used as a point of reference when he/she decides to buy 2015 Somalia 1 oz. Silver Elephant Coins. MCM is the clear choice here.