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Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion. Courtesy of Martin Amigo

Did You Know?: Bank of England Founded by Pirate Gold

March 8th, 2016 by

The Bank of England (sometimes abbreviated simply as BOE) could probably claim the title of most prestigious central bank in the world with little argument. It has been in operation for over 300 years, founded in 1694. Few outsiders may realize that the bank began, and spent most of its history, as a private corporation.


Hungarian Central Bank Arms Itself

February 18th, 2016 by

The bewildering story of the Hungarian Central Bank took another turn recently when it was revealed that it had gone out and purchased 112 nine-millimeter pistols and 200,000 round of 9x19mm Parabellum ammunition. The purchase, which was made in December, was apparently kept secret until a member of the Hungarian Parliament asked about it. The […]


Santa Claus Once Had His Own Bank

December 24th, 2015 by

During the 19th century, America had a somewhat more immediate relationship with Saint Nicholas, the figure popularly known in Christmas folklore as Santa Claus. This is the era when American industry really took off; when robber barons eagerly concentrated the nation’s wealth; and when fly-by-night “wildcat” banks dotted the entire country.


Gold Holds Firm as Stocks Dive

December 8th, 2015 by

Spot gold held ground early this morning, just 0.12% lower at $1,069/oz in choppy trading. As gold prices seem to stabilize after about a month of successive swings higher and lower, most analysts are convinced that rate hike considerations are fully priced into the precious metals market. The other metals were also mostly flat at […]

This is a reconstruction of Australopithecus afarensis, an early ancestor of modern humans.

I Love Lucy, But H. naledi Is The New Prize

September 10th, 2015 by

Arguably, the most famous hominid fossil found is that of “Lucy,” who is classified as Australopithecus afarensis. Lucy is the most complete A. afarensis fossil to be found and the oldest (3.2 million years old). While Lucy remains the oldest A. afarensis in record, a new species of hominin has been discovered near Johannesburg, South […]


The Sad Story of Cecil the Lion

August 3rd, 2015 by

It is estimated that less than 20,000 lions exist in the world today. This marks a 40% reduction in population in only two decades. The killing of Zimbabwe’s famed lion, Cecil the Lion, has dealt another blow to conservationist efforts, causing a shockwave of sadness spanning the plains of Zimbabwe to all corners of the […]


Saint-Gaudens “Family Tree”

July 13th, 2015 by

“I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would it be possible, without asking permission of Congress, to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage that would have some beauty?”—President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904 Let’s face it, chances are your favorite coin designs have been created or influenced by one man, Augustus […]


Carat vs. Karat: What’s the Difference?

July 3rd, 2015 by

Have you ever noticed that the word carat has two separate meanings, both of which help describe the quality of high-value investments or luxury items? Although these two uses for the word are related (as we will see below), they are not the same. Learning the difference between carat (for diamonds) and karat (for gold) […]


14 Precious Metals Terms All Investors Should Know

May 13th, 2015 by

Are you new to precious metals investing? Wondering why people want to buy “junk” silver, or what “fineness” is? Our friends at the Perth Mint Bullion Blog have put together a quick little glossary of terms to get you started. We’d like to add a little something to that list: ASW and AGW stand for […]

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Has the Perth Mint Solved the Milk Spot Mystery?

January 27th, 2015 by

Any serious coin collector knows that the nefarious milk spot will often sully the surface of your favorite coinage. Milk spots are white deposits that leave unappealing blotches on many silver coins and bullion bars. Thankfully, collectors may soon have their frustrations ameliorated. A recent analysis by Australia’s Perth Mint has shed light on the […]

Markets Rebound On High Volatility: Morning Market Update Oct 21

October 21st, 2014 by

The dollar is seeing some volatility this morning, as the the DXY dollar spot index has been undulating above and below the 85.0 mark. In fact, the markets at large have been characterized by volatility the last several trading days, as the volatility index is at a 13-month high. This comes just three months after […]

South Africa Seeks End to Copper Thefts

October 8th, 2014 by

We’ve all heard of criminals stealing the copper wire from electrical devices (typically air conditioning units) in order to hock the metal as scrap. While this is a somewhat common practice in the States, criminals in South Africa have taken the concept to new heights. Thefts of copper cables have become so frequent in the […]


Asking The Experts: The 3 Coins Would You Choose Over All Others

July 30th, 2014 by

Check out the newest feature article at Gainesville Coins, where we ask the experts which three coins would they choose over all others? See what some of the leading numismatists, bullion analysts, and ancient coin experts say. If YOU could only have three coins for your collection, what would they be, and why?

This Canadian 1998 gold coin honors the White Buffalo.

The Legendary Great White Buffalo – Immortalized in Gold!

July 23rd, 2014 by

The 1998 Canadian $200 gold White Buffalo coin was the second release in a four-coin series released by the Royal Canadian Mint to commemorate beliefs and traditions of First Nations people, the Native Canadians and Americans. Designed by native artist, Alex Janvier, the coin’s reverse depicts a white buffalo rearing up on its hind legs. […]


In Dubai, People Who Lose Weight, Gain Gold

July 9th, 2014 by

The municipal government of Dubai has launched a repeat of its program last summer called “Your Weight in Gold,” but this time, it’s aimed at families. Over the two month weight loss drive, anyone who loses at least two kilos (1 kg = 2.2 lbs) of weight will get one gram of physical gold per […]

A pile of Brilliant Uncirculated American Silver Eagles

What Are the Key Dates for the Silver Eagle?

June 13th, 2014 by

There is no more popular silver bullion coin on Earth than the American Silver Eagle. In 2013 alone, over 40 million of these 1 oz silver coins were produced by the U.S. Mint, shattering all previous sales records. Yet, you may be surprised to find that this series also offers some intriguing collecting opportunities.   […]