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New Zealand marks Rio

A couple of weeks out from Rio 2016, New Zealand issued two “Road to Rio” coins to celebrate this year’s Summer Olympics: a 30 mm, 1/2 ounce, .9999 fine gold $10 and a 40 mm, 1 ounce, .999 fine silver … Continue reading

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ISIL launches ‘circulation’ gold coins

By Richard Giedroyc Mexico tried it and failed during the 1990s. During the early 21st century Bernard von NotHaus tried it and failed (He also got himself arrested!). Now the terrorist organization calling itself ISIL or ISIS thinks they know … Continue reading

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‘Buy what you know’ valuable advice

There is a sensible bit of financial advice to only invest in what you understand and know. If you don’t understand the nuances of a possible investment, your risks of a loss go way up. The same advice applies when … Continue reading

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Gold quarter mintage set

The Mint has set a mintage ceiling of 100,000 for the gold Standing Liberty quarter Centennial coin that will go on sale Sept. 8. The coin is the second of three Centennial issues released in 2016 to commemorate the 1916 … Continue reading

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Brexit boosts bullion

The day Britons were deciding whether to Brexit, the country’s Royal Mint experienced a marked spike in its bullion trading. The Director of Bullion, Chris Howard, commented that on the day of the vote visits to the Royal Mint’s bullion … Continue reading

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Bitcoin becomes tangible

By Richard Giedroyc Aren’t bitcoins supposed to be in cyberspace? Surprise! Bitcoin provider BTCC recently announced it is minting a line of titanium composition coins. BTCC Chief Executive Officer Bobby Lee announced, “Launching our own physical bitcoins is a significant … Continue reading

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Early U.S. paper brings big prices

By Bill Brandimore The last Memphis auction by Lyn Knight was full of great notes bringing great prices. For example, the auction started with the $117,500 purchase of a $20 Demand Note on Boston, one of only four known Boston … Continue reading

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English coins among top performers

By Richard Giedroyc The Luxury Investment Index in Knight Frank’s recently released Wealth Report indicates English coins have performed very nicely. According to the report, rare coins were the second highest performing luxury asset during the 12-month period leading up … Continue reading

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Silver markups decline

Premiums have fallen for pre-1965 90 percent silver U.S. coins. Since my article two weeks ago where I did some comparison shopping on what different dealers were quoting retail customers as their price for $1,000-face-value bags of circulated 90-percent silver … Continue reading

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Gates of Hell lined with coins

By Richard Giedroyc Are the Gates of Hell lined with gold coins? If the Gates of Hell to which you refer are along the coast of Namibia, the answer is yes. Gates of Hell is only one name given to … Continue reading

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