Author Archives: Pat Heller

Hand them something strange

What U.S. legal tender coins and paper currency could be spent and possibly spark enough interest to encourage a new numismatist? Over the past several months, I have aggressively spent $2 Federal Reserve Notes when paying for purchases. This causes … Continue reading

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Gold up, dollar down? Not quite

Some people consider it conventional wisdom that when the value of the U.S. dollar is strong, the price of gold will be weak. Although it may seem like there is some sense to this, since both the dollar and gold … Continue reading

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Dollar pushes gold around

On May 15, the price of gold hit its lowest COMEX close since Dec. 27, 2017. As measured in U.S. dollars, the price of gold that day was down 1.3 percent year to date. I repeat, as measured in U.S. … Continue reading

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Debt grip holds world economy

On April 18, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued its latest annual Global Financial Stability Report. The title of this year’s report is “A Bumpy Road Ahead.” You can read the summary of it online at http://www.imf.org/en/Publications/GFSR/Issues/2018/04/02/Global-Financial-Stability-Report-April-2018, or click on … Continue reading

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Saved by the cash

The government of Sweden has been trying to eliminate the use of physical coins and currency in everyday commerce. Even street beggars are required to use portable card readers to enable electronic donations. The latest information I have received from … Continue reading

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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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