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- Letters to the Editor (5/5/15) Put Liberty back on our coinsThis letter is in response to Bob Olekson’s letter, “Time for action on designs not words.” I agree it is time we have a change of design on our coins. And we should be able to collect them from pocket change.We also ...
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Author Archives: Pat Heller
As most of you have probably heard, the U.S. Dollar Index is now at its highest levels since September 2003. In theory, this is an index of the value of the U.S. dollar against a market basket of foreign currencies. … Continue reading
A creative new tactic is being used to help alert the public to the risk of counterfeit and altered Engelhard bars being offered for sale in eBay online auctions and online stores. Seven months ago, I wrote (http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=27777) about a … Continue reading
As I write this Monday morning, the price of gold is up about $80 (6.7 percent) and silver soared $2.10 (13.4 percent) since the end of last year. If this news were for any other financial asset, it would get … Continue reading
The activity level at the massive Florida United Numismatists show in early January each year is considered a bellwether indicator of the state of the numismatic markets. The show last week in Orlando revealed some shining spots and some weak … Continue reading
It is common as a new year begins for various writers and speakers to opine on what they anticipate for markets in 2015. Let me start off first by saying that I don’t know what will happen to the numismatic … Continue reading
As I write this on the morning of Dec. 29, the spot price of gold is at $1,193. That means that gold at the moment is down 0.8 percent against the U.S. dollar since the end of 2013. However, gold … Continue reading
The U.S. Mint charges $2 above the spot price when it sells regular silver American Eagle one-ounce coins to its handful of Authorized Purchasers. These APs are then responsible for the costs and logistics of picking up the coins at … Continue reading
As often happens, this column was sparked by a question received by someone who last week requested a copy of my PowerPoint presentation on “Consumer Protection Tips When Buying And Selling Physical Precious Metals.” This reader had gone on to … Continue reading
Criminal scams are not unique to the precious metals industry, as it is but one minor niche of the massive financial markets. However, it is the industry in which I participate. Where possible, I try to help would-be buyers of … Continue reading