Author Archives: Pat Heller

Another Silver Eagle Dollar “Instant Rarity?”

The U.S. Mint has issued some “Instant Rarities” over the years in the U.S. silver Eagle dollar series that began in 1986. For the 10th Anniversary of the series, the Mint produced a 1995 West Point Mint Proof silver Eagle … Continue reading

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Will U.S. Mint Price Increases Backfire?

This week, the U.S. Mint announced significant price hikes for its silver numismatic products. The range of increases ranged from about 30 percent to 70 percent. The jump in prices is related to the rise in the silver spot price … Continue reading

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Retailers Selling Precious Metals

On Oct. 2 it was reported that the Great Britain-based stores of major retailer Costco Wholesale have started selling physical gold and silver bars to their customers. Should this company, or any other large retail chain, begin offering such products … Continue reading

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What it Takes to be an Ambassador

It was my honor to be recognized in January 2020 by the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) as one of this year’s “Numismatic Ambassadors.” This is an annual award begun in 1974 by Cliff Mishler of Krause Publications (former publisher of … Continue reading

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Will the Public Need to Liquidate?

America’s two main political parties have set new records in 2020 of higher government spending and taking on new debt. However, this multi-trillion-dollar spending surge may stall, or even reverse, once we pass the Nov. 3 election day. Among the … Continue reading

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‘Wayfair’ Sales Tax Compliance Burden Grows

I doubt that many—if any—coin dealers know the answers to all of the following questions. Can you name the U.S. state where the governor and the revenue department have declared that a single sale by an out-of-state business to a … Continue reading

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Precious Metals Mining Stocks

Although I work buying and selling physical precious metals, many of our customers also own shares of precious metals mining companies. They sometimes ask my opinion on owning mining shares in general or about specific mining companies. I owned shares … Continue reading

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U.S. 90 Percent Silver Coins: Best Silver Value

A common question we hear from people contemplating a first-time purchase of physical gold and silver, once they realize there are multiple coin and ingot options, is which forms we would recommend. There are a number of factors that can … Continue reading

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Buy/Sell Formulas for Gold and Silver

A frequent question I am asked is what kind of buy/sell formulas for gold and silver my company might use if prices soar far above their current levels. An implicit question that is part of that is whether people would … Continue reading

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Precious Metals’ Soaring Prices Drives Buyers

By Patrick A. Heller Have you heard the adage of “be careful what you wish for as you may get it?” That certainly applies to people who purchase precious metals in anticipation of soaring prices. If the prices of gold, … Continue reading

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