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Articles and stories that don’t necessarily fit into a discrete category.

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?

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.   […]

Enter the $100,000 World Soccer Challenge at Gainesville Coins!

May 22nd, 2014 by

Every four years, teams from the top 32 soccer nations in the world meet to decide who is World Champion. This summer, the eyes of soccer fans across the globe turn to Rio, where powerhouse Brazil will defend its home turf against the best players in the world. Who will win? Will top-seed Brazil bring […]

Don’t Be The Fool When Buying Gold (Or Silver)

April 1st, 2014 by

There are some bad people out there who make a living from selling counterfeit coins and fake gold bars. This April’s Fool Day, we’ve gathered a few tips on how to protect yourself and not get played for a Fool when buying precious metals. Rule #1: Know Your Seller Major bullion companies will stand behind […]

Discover The Path To Your Pot of Gold This St. Patrick’s Day

March 17th, 2014 by

Will you be gold hungry as a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day? Originating as an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, St. Patrick’s Day is both a cultural and religious holiday that honors the death of St. Patrick as well as the birth of Christianity in Ireland. Also known as the Feast […]

A “King’s Ransom?” 5 Outrageous Ransoms Paid in Gold and Silver.

March 5th, 2014 by

From Julius Caesar to King Richard, kidnappers have tried to extort money from the leaders of the world. “Give me liberty or give me death,” Naw…these five rulers just paid the bill. Whether the kidnappers asked for Crowns, Marks, Merks, or Talents, they were given what they  asked for. Heavy is the head, and the […]

Exclusive Interview with “Zeus” Coin Designer Tom Vaughan

February 20th, 2014 by

With the huge anticipation over the Perth Mint’s new two-ounce high relief Zeus silver coin prior to its release, I contacted the Mint to arrange an interview with artist Tom Vaughan, who designed this unique coin.  Mr. Vaughan was also the designer for the Perth Mint’s flagship gold and silver Lunar series this year, celebrating […]

Perth Mint 10 Kilo Silver Lunar Horse Video

February 18th, 2014 by

The Perth Mint today released a short video showing the massive 10 kilo 2014 Year of the Horse silver coin being minted on a giant custom press. The mintage on this year’s 10 kilo Lunar silver coin has been dropped to only 200 world-wide. Gainesville Coins is a primary distributor of Perth Mint precious metals […]

1913 : A Rare-Date Year For Coins

December 4th, 2013 by

Al Doyle at CoinWeek has an interesting article on how 1913 was a year that saw really low mintages on several different U.S. coins, and brings up the idea of collecting a 1913 set. Perhaps you’re looking for neat idea for a new set? If you collect Buffalo Nickels, which debuted in 1913, you already […]

Penny Lincoln

Is It Time To Retire “Old Abe” On The Penny?

October 29th, 2013 by

The obverse of the 1909 Lincoln cent is the longest-running coin design in U.S. history, and was the first design featuring a President to appear on American coinage. After 104 years, do you think it’s time for a change? Or perhaps you think that we should ditch the penny altogether, like many other industrialized nations? […]

Did You Know? Viking Invasions and Anglo-Saxon Silver

October 21st, 2013 by

The only coin minted in Anglo-Saxon England for over 500 years was a pure silver coin called the penny. Weighing about 1-1/2 grams, it was still a decent amount of money for the times.  But if you want to find one today, you’ll have better luck in Scandinavia than Sussex!  After having pillaged towns, burned […]

Caption the Silver King!

October 16th, 2013 by

We’re having a little fun at the expense of The Coin Explorer over on the Gainesville Coins Facebook page! Can you come up with a caption? We’re seeing big demand for Silver Eagles, with the price dips and Washington drama. Visit our new Guide to the American Silver Eagle and get all the facts about […]

Rediscover the American Silver Eagle

October 15th, 2013 by

The American Silver Eagle is the most popular modern silver bullion coin in the world, but how much do you really know about this beautiful coin? Did you know that many people do not even realize that there is a third type of Silver Eagle, other than the bullion “business strike” and proof versions? Check […]

clad and silver Eisenhower dollars

“Tricky Ikes” – The Story of the Silver Eisenhower Dollar

September 5th, 2013 by

One of the most confusing facets of collecting 90% silver U.S. coins, “junk silver”, is the Eisenhower Dollar. In this article, we hope to explain it so that everyone can understand the “Tricky Ike.” The last 90% silver “silver dollar” was the 1921-1935 Peace Dollar. From 1935 to 1971, no dollar coins were minted in […]

The Coin Adventurer Visits A Silver Mint To See Silver Rounds Made

August 19th, 2013 by

Today’s episode of The Coin Adventurer takes me to one of the mints that supplies Gainesville Coins with some of our most popular silver rounds and silver bars. I get to see the entire minting process, from design and die-cutting, to smelting 10,000 ounces of silver in a batch, to the extruding and rolling process, and […]