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- Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016) Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of ...
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Author Archives: Pat Heller
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi announced on live television Nov. 8 that the government would immediately begin withdrawing the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation. Their face values are roughly $7.50 and $15 in U.S. funds, respectively. This was part … Continue reading
Beyond the question on whether it is sensible to acquire physical precious metals, I am most often asked when someone needs to have such assets purchased. The correct conceptual answer is that you need to acquire them before they protect … Continue reading
The financial news has been strange since it became clear last week that Donald Trump was the surprise winner to become the next U.S. President. During the early morning hours last Wednesday, as Trump’s electoral vote totals neared the number … Continue reading
Silver has a number of properties that can make it useful in a wide variety of industrial applications. More than 50 years ago, the use of silver to strike coins was a major industrial use of the metal. Before the … Continue reading
What was perhaps the most important news development in the last week that will impact precious metals prices in the long run? No, I don’t think it had anything to do with the U.S. presidential elections. In my assessment, no … Continue reading
In the second half of summer, trading volume in physical precious metals declined significantly. Then, following the significant price drops on Oct. 4, there was a jump in buying demand. However, this buying surge has since partially tailed off. In … Continue reading
On Oct. 13, the U.S. Mint conducted its Numismatic Forum in Philadelphia at the Federal Reserve Bank, followed by a reception at the U.S. Mint. I was one of those invited and was among approximately 50-55 people to come to … Continue reading
Last week, the price of gold dropped almost five percent, silver was down almost 10 percent, platinum fell nearly seven percent, and palladium was off close to eight percent. Are precious metals crashing? Yet, at last Friday’s closes, gold’s price … Continue reading
The process by which the U.S. Mint comes up with the designs for the series of America the Beautiful Quarters does not include any input from the general public. Does that seem fair to you? It sure doesn’t to me. … Continue reading