Gold Articles

  1. The 1980 Precious Metals Boom and Numismatics

    The 1980 Precious Metals Boom and Numismatics
    I began my career in numismatics in the mid-1970s. At the time, precious metal prices played a relatively small role in the market for rare coins. Gold sold for around $150-200 per ounce and silver hovered in $4-6 per ounce range. The rare coin market was a quiet, cottage industry. The most acc ...
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  2. Should I Buy Gold or Silver?

    Should I Buy Gold or Silver?
    Traditionally, Gold and silver were the primary metals used for the production of coins.  Gold and silver both have intrinsic value as precious metals, so coins struck in these metals were easily accepted in commer ...
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  3. The Brasher Gold Half Doubloon

    The Brasher Gold Half Doubloon
    The Brasher Gold Half Doubloon was America’s first gold coin and a true national treasure.  The tale of how this amazing gold coin came to be is filled with history, mystery, and the “can-do” attitude and ingenuity of our Forefathers. Origins of the Brasher Half Doubloon Gold Piece Two men were ...
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  4. The Scandalous Stella

    The Scandalous Stella
    Stella Gold Dollar Coins The $4 gold "Stella" is one of the most famous and coveted U.S. pattern coins. The Stella pattern was minted in 1879 and 1880 in two types: Charles E. Barber's Flowing Hair type and Georg ...
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  5. Gold is Money

    Gold is Money
    In July of 2011 Congressman Ron Paul asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a simple question: "Do you think gold is money?" His answer: "No."  For a person like me, who has spent their career studying the history of money since the beginning of civilization, his answer struck me like a brick to the head.  ...
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  6. Should I buy bullion or collectibles?

    Should I buy bullion or collectibles?
    span.anchor { display: block; position: relative; top: -200px; } Condition of Collectible Coins Versus Bullion In coin collecting, the numerical grade of a coin can be a vital factor in determining its value. However, there is a huge difference in the importance of grading between preciou ...
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  7. World's Oldest and Largest Coin Market is the Newest

    World's Oldest and Largest Coin Market is the Newest
    It may seem hard to imagine, but the world's most exciting and dynamic coin market is not here in the U.S., but in China! The Chinese know about money. They practically invented it around 3,000 years ago. They also invented paper money and experienced the huge inflation and the destruction of value t ...
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  8. The First Commemorative? A Gold Rush Treasure Story

    The First Commemorative? A Gold Rush Treasure Story
    While the 1892 Columbian Half Dollar is officially published as the nation's first commemorative coin, there is another legendary issue that many argue is the true heir to this prestigious title: The 1848 "CAL." Gold Quarter Eagle. The reason for this claim? The 1848 Gold piece was minted from the very first gold sent ...
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  9. Collecting Southern Gold Coins

    Collecting Southern Gold Coins
    Building A Southern Gold Collection I have been buying and selling coins for over 35 years. One of my early mentors was the late, great coin dealer, Jack Hancock. I first met Jack in the early 1970's on the southern coin show circuit. Jack was a wonderful character and one of the biggest advocates ever for collecting Southern ...
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