Category Archives: Ask Gainesville Coins

The experts at Gainesville Coins answer your questions regarding numismatics, purchasing precious metals, and the bullion market.

BUYER BEWARE: NFC Microchip Bullion

May 16th, 2017 by

There’s a troubling trend in the bullion investing community that could have major consequences for those who own gold and silver. Yet this development is being pitched as the next great innovation in bullion security. Many investors may unwittingly be duped into disclosing exactly how much gold they have, and where it’s stored, all because of […]

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NFC Tags Used to Track Gold and Silver?

May 12th, 2017 by

Gold refiners and bullion dealers are always looking for ways to make purchasing and owning precious metals safer and more secure. Privacy is undoubtedly one of the typical gold buyer’s prime concerns. This is true whether someone is a small-time silver stacker or a high-end investor in bulk amounts of gold.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Bread and Circuses

February 16th, 2017 by

If so much turmoil and instability was brewing beneath the surface of Ancient Roman society even before Augustus declared a new imperial order, how did the empire survive for centuries before finally succumbing to outside invaders? This somewhat puzzling paradox lies at the heart of the practice of “bread and circuses.” “Bread and circuses” is […]

A Tale of Two Empires: Pax Americana? (Part II)

January 31st, 2017 by

Much of the focus in this series of articles has been on the meteoric rise and eventual downfall of the Roman Empire, and how this correlates to similar patterns in American history. However, there is a dark side contributing to the narrative of decline that challenges the idea of Rome as “virtuous”—or of America as […]

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A Tale of Two Empires: Pax Americana?

January 25th, 2017 by

What the “A Tale of Two Empires” series has somewhat overlooked—amid the brutality and totalitarianism that came along with Rome’s unparalleled power at the height of the empire—is the widely heralded Pax Romana. This is the name given to the roughly two-century period, from the empire’s establishment by Augustus to the late second century CE, characterized by […]

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A Tale of Two Empires: Sic Semper Tyrannis

January 20th, 2017 by

Defining political systems in the modern era has become a tricky endeavor. The difference between a “liberal democracy” and an authoritarian state in everything but name has shown itself to be rather tenuous. Though today’s citizens in Western countries tend to view certain democratic norms (such as free elections, religious plurality, and legal apparatuses that […]

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A Tale of Two Empires: the Best and Worst

January 10th, 2017 by

In a broad sense, the common wisdom of “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” seems to especially apply to empires. The degradation of an empire is oftentimes a chaotic affair that drags on for years, decades, or longer. Descriptors like collapse or fall may not accurately capture this process, however; decline is probably more appropriate and more useful, implying […]

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A Tale of Two Empires: Patricians and Patriots

January 3rd, 2017 by

The American Revolution is considered one of the most important events of modern history, especially given its far-reaching impact beyond the shores of North America. Yet aside from its implications for the following two centuries of world history, the rapid and fluid march from the late colonial period to the early American republic (with the […]

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A Tale of Two Empires: Humble Beginnings

December 29th, 2016 by

Before the ancient city of Rome achieved supremacy over its neighbors and rivals as a republic, and later an empire, it was actually organized as a kingdom. Although the primary actors of Rome’s origin story are more myth than anything else, historians do agree that the kingdom was established around 753 BCE. For more than […]

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Introducing “A Tale of Two Empires”

December 27th, 2016 by

As far back as the 19th century, and continuing to the present day, many historians have been fascinated by the apparent similarities between the Roman Empire and the modern United States. Several of the parallels are striking: military forces stretched around the globe, a strong sense of cultural exceptionalism, and especially similar economic patterns in […]

Why Gold Will Rebound

October 13th, 2016 by

After posting fantastic gains through the first half of the year, the gold price has fallen back sharply over the past two weeks. The yellow metal is still up more than 18% year-to-date, but all of the focus has been on its rapid decline to begin October. According to Daily Reckoning‘s Australia edition, a strong […]


Gold Outlook for 2017

August 24th, 2016 by

After gold tore through the first half of the year, everyone is wondering what the next 18 months hold in store for the yellow metal.

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Gold: The Best Life Insurance

May 24th, 2016 by

We are often told by so-called experts that the best an investor can hope for is put his or her money into the stock market and simply wait. If wisdom regarding personal finances is a valuable commodity, this particular crop should have never been harvested. An individual with 100% of their portfolio in stocks might […]


Friday the 13th Explained

November 13th, 2015 by

Stay inside, lock your doors, and grab your good luck charms. Today, unfortunately, it is Friday the 13th! On this day, millions around the country will deal with friggatriskaidekaphobia, sometimes paraskevidekatriaphobia: a fear of Friday the 13th. Have you ever wondered, though, why this day is considered so unlucky?

What to Look For in the FOMC Minutes

October 8th, 2015 by

The most recent Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes will be released at 2 pm this afternoon, possibly revealing the specifics of the committee’s decision. The Fed held off on hiking interest rates at its September meeting by a vote of 9-to-1. Most observers don’t think that the minutes will reveal anything enlightening. […]

Trust Your Stockbroker?

September 1st, 2015 by

We’ve all seen those small planes towing giant marketing banners across the sky before. They promote dentists, pharmacists, insurance companies, tire outlets—any sort of business you can imagine. Even if the sky was criss-crossed with these kinds of advertisements, would you believe them if they read, “TRUST YOUR STOCKBROKER”? This is what brokerage firms desperately […]