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- Letters to the Editor (February 7, 2017) ‘Average’ collector values history, geography in coins Reading Dave Harper’s editorial and the Viewpoint of the Jan. 3 issue I’m responding to both giving my collection preferences and my general agreement with the Viewpoint column. I collected coins as a child with my father and probably stopped in high school and didn’t start again until I ...
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Author Archives: Pat Heller
In 2010, the state of Colorado enacted a law that required out-of-state merchants who made sales to Colorado residents to either collect and remit the applicable Colorado sales tax on the purchase, or if no such taxes were collected, to … Continue reading
When central banks own physical gold reserves, that means they own coins and/or bars. Mostly they own bars, which have hallmarks of the manufacturer, serial numbers and the weights and purity of each piece punched right into the surface. The … Continue reading
In years past, trading contracts of precious metals in the London Bullion Market Association was supposed to be backed 100 percent by physical metals in London vaults. Similarly, New York COMEX futures contracts for the spot month could be purchased … Continue reading
In my experience, coin and paper currency dealers focus almost all their marketing efforts toward existing and would-be numismatists. They may be missing out on another niche to expand their sales – serving topical collectors. A topical collection is one … Continue reading
Coin dealers, no matter whether a one-person operation or much larger, have several ways to benefit from hiring students. That does not mean hiring just anyone for the sake of hiring a student. Instead, look at the students you know … Continue reading
As weak as precious metals prices have been since the U.S. elections, it is still possible that they may yet decline a bit more before the end of this year. Having said that, however, there are multiple significant reasons to … Continue reading
Only a tiny percentage of American adults own physical gold or silver for investment. The estimates I have seen range from one to three percent. From my more than 50 years of personally owning such items or trading them as … Continue reading
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