There are all kinds of websites advertising gold and silver coins for great bargains. The problem is, often, these coins are counterfeit. Unless you really know what to look for, you could be throwing your money away. This is why you really want to work with a dealer, preferably one who is a member of the American Numismatics Association or Professional Numismatics Guild. It is worth paying a little bit more to work with a reputable, well-known dealer. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.