Brasher Doubloon Brings Big Money at Auction

Monday, June 16, 2014 11:12:00 AM America/Chicago

If you’ve ever been worried about taking advantage of the investment opportunities provided by rare coins, the recent auction of the Brasher Doubloon may have you feeling a bit more confident about your return on investment. At the beginning of January, Heritage Auctions and Florida United Numismatics held an auction that ended up bringing in a staggering amount of money, and the headliner of the show was the first coin ever minted by the U.S.—the Brasher Doubloon. The coin, sold to an undisclosed buyer, went for over $4.5 million. Read More
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5 Collectilbes Soaring in Value

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:18:00 AM America/Chicago

Increased interest in these high-end investments has helped raise their value recently. Record auction prices haven't hurt.

Collectibles can help diversify a portfolio

"Prices of luxury items, such as classic cars, ancient Chinese ceramic art, and rare coins, have reached record amounts in recent years. Such items can be a good way for wealthy investors to diversify their long-term investment portfolios."

By Vince Calio and Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St.

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Safeguarding Your IRA With Gold and Silver

Friday, February 14, 2014 5:18:52 PM America/Chicago

After 2008, many people found themselves in a scary and uncertain situation with regard to their retirement, including IRAs, leading them to look to new ways to diversify their retirement accounts through the addition of precious metals. Prior to 1997, the IRS only allowed the addition of American Eagle coins as a precious metal IRA investment, but since then, they’ve expanded the options. Read More
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Purchasing Investment Grade Jewelry in Time for Valentine's Day

Friday, January 31, 2014 7:23:30 PM America/Chicago

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for some people it may be met with dread, but for others, it’s an important time of year. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the already committed—it’s also a great time to announce you’d like to start your life together as a married couple. In 2013, it’s estimated that 10 percent of all the year’s engagements occurred on Valentine’s Day, which equates to about six million people either expecting, or planning a proposal. That’s a lot of engagement rings—and a lot of gold and silver in many cases. Read More
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Why Premium Coins are a Must for Any Investor

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:23:28 AM America/Chicago

With continued economic uncertainty and inflation-producing monetary policies in-place, the value of gold and silver continue to rise at a steady pace. Many investors are shunning traditional investment opportunities, including stocks and bonds, and are instead delving into the world of precious metals. One of the easiest and most profitable ways to invest in gold, silver and other metals is through the purchase of coins, yet there’s one important component that can’t be overlooked: quality. Read More
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Bullion Trends Down While Numismatics Hold Strong

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:19:45 AM America/Chicago

If you’re a novice metals investor, or even if you’re just attempting to choose the best option for your next purchase, it’s important to note trends in the industry, and in particular the shift away from bullion and toward numismatics. Read More
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The True Value of Peace Silver Dollars

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:58:42 PM America/Chicago

Peace silver dollars were minted in the U.S. between 1921 and 1935, and they continue to remain one of the most sought-after silver dollars ever made. The mintmark of a Peace dollar is located below the letter “O,” of the word “One,” located on the reverse side of the coin. Read More
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Why Inflation Looms on the Horizon for the U.S.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:51:45 PM America/Chicago

Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve are continuing on with their quantitative easing, dubbed “QE,” even in the midst of growing concerns about the impending possibility of extreme inflation. The Fed has continued to buy U.S. government bonds, and while the measure was initially meant as a way to improve the economy in the wake of the Great Recession, QE continues, with no sign of slowing down. Read More


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Silver Eagle Premiums See a Rise at the End of 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013 7:05:00 PM America/Chicago

At the start of November, the U.S. Mint made a decision that has impacted the premiums of the Silver Eagle. The Mint let the world know that its last allocation of American Eagle Silver Bullion coins for 2013 would occur on December 9, 2013. The news came as a shock to many, because at the time of the announcement, the country was only slightly more than 80% finished with the 2013 calendar year. The four-week suspension of sales has retailers scrambling to fulfill orders, on a rapid increase in demand. Read More
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The Disappearing Act of Rare, High-End Coins

Monday, November 25, 2013 6:41:00 PM America/Chicago

Many investors have a common complaint: high-end, rare coins are ever-increasingly difficult to find. Many people seeking the opportunities of purchasing a high-end coin are extremely disappointed with the availability, and have differing views and theories on why they’re so difficult to find. 

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Texas eliminates sales tax on precious metals coins!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 11:49:29 AM America/Chicago

Sales Tax Threshold has been REMOVED on ALL Gold, Silver, Platinum Bullion coins and Numismatics in the GREAT state of TEXAS!

We just received information about a new bill passed regarding Precious Metals and Numismatic Bullion coins. VERY EXCITING AND GREAT NEWS FOR PRECIOUS METALS AND RARE COIN BUYERS!

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Coin Grading 101

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 11:22:07 AM America/Chicago

For those of you who want to learn more about grading and why it is important. Take a look at this Webinar by PCGS - Professional Coin Grading Service. Coin Grading 101: Introduction to Coin Grading:

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Benefits of Owning Rare Coins and Precious Metals

Friday, March 8, 2013 1:03:54 PM America/Chicago

Here are some more benefits of investing and collecting in rare coins and precious metals.

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code provides that no gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business, or for investment. A tax-deferred exchange is a method by which a property owner trades one or more relinquished properties for one or more replacement properties of "like-kind", while deferring the payment of federal income taxes and some state taxes on the transaction.

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Counterfeit Gold & Silver Coins - BEWARE!

Monday, November 14, 2011 5:39:12 PM America/Chicago

Fake Silver and Gold Flood Global Markets; 100,000 Coins From A Single Counterfeiter!

Whether it’s pirated software, poison-infused baby formula, cancer-causing drywall, luxury purses, or fake medicines, if you need a knock-off, China has traditionally been the go-to country, with a counterfeiter always willing to oblige.

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