Author Archives: Pat Heller

Gold profits or world peace?

Early last week, a friend of mine asked a question along these lines: “If pretty much all of the world’s financial problems and political fighting came to a positive resolution, and peace and prosperity reigned across the planet, do you … Continue reading

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What story does your money tell?

Attention numismatists and dealers: if you want to interest new collectors or customers, be sure to share the stories that coins and paper currency can tell. Think about it. Why does someone become interested in a particular hobby? There are … Continue reading

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Premiums sag for scarcer coins

In 2007, for customers of our company, I began producing an analysis of different series of U.S. coins to identify which dates, mintmarks and grades would be better values than others (as in which had better appreciation prospects). The methodology … Continue reading

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Stocks fall, gold up – not always

Along with many other writers, I have long advocated the ownership of a portion of one’s investment portfolio or net worth in the form of hard assets such as physical precious metals and perhaps even numismatic collectibles. One of the … Continue reading

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Dumb questions? Not really

Experienced collectors and dealers have pretty much all been asked what might be construed as dumb questions about coins or paper money by non-collectors. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of such questions, but here are a few examples: “How … Continue reading

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Dealer memberships show competence

It is a common occurrence that people come into possession of coins, paper money, precious metals and other related items from an inheritance, gift, or discovery. In many instances, these new owners do not have the ability to easily identify … Continue reading

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Studying numismatic history can be fun

By the time you read this, I will have delivered my Money Talks program at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Irving, Texas. The title of my presentation is “Oops! A Lighthearted Review of Design Mistakes on Circulating … Continue reading

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Who backs price quotes with cash?

The value of rare coins, paper money and precious metals is a significant consideration in buy and sell decisions by collectors, investors and dealers. So, an important part of the decision process involves the question of “What is it worth?” … Continue reading

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Proof sets lose ground

In the 1990s, when Congress was reviewing legislation for the U.S. Mint to issue a series of state quarters, it projected that it would generate an extra $1 billion of profits that would be turned over to the U.S. Treasury. … Continue reading

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Margin calls depress gold

From its peak close on Jan. 26 to the close on Feb. 8, the Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 major U.S. stocks declined 10.4 percent. In the same time frame, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 10.2 percent … Continue reading

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