I got real lucky a couple of years ago. A friend who had sold his pawn shop and then went traveling with his wife found himself short of cash. He called and said he had some silver coins he needed to sell quickly. There were over 150 Morgan silver dollars in very fine condition, over 100 Peace dollars, bags of mercury dimes, bags of Liberty quarters, and silver rounds. All pre-1965 with many of the Morgans minted circa 1882very beautiful coins. I bought the whole boxful at bullion prices when silver was at $4.98. The whole thing cost me $3785.00.
Same friend is a jeweler in a busy store. He had piles and piles of cut-offs, small pieces of gold jewelry after sizing, repairing, etc. I got it when gold was under $300.00.
At the time Karen was livid with me. Now, she's kinda glad I bought the stuff.