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16 Apr 2016

United States Fractional Gold

| user_8029

In the United States, specifically California, in the 1800s while the famous Gold Rush was occurring, gold coins were often made in amounts lower than a dollar (fractional gold coins). These coins were produced privately and in three ‘periods’, Period One, Period Two and Period Three. They were used for many things, but only period one was used heavily for commerce.

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27 Feb 2016

Encapsulation New Zealand style

Coins-World | Ian Fenn

In 2004, when the coin this blog is focused on was issued, I was regularly buying NCLT from New Zealand( New Zealand post). When I saw this coin and its method of encapsulation I had to have it.The coin is a 40 gram silver dollar sized gold piece of 22 Kt gold. It is in a traditional Maori treasure box called a Wakahuia. When I received the advertisement for the coin I jumped at the chance to own such an unusual type of NCLT. I submitted my order with credit card details and waited and waited. What I and many other weren't aware of was NZ post had underestimated demand for the 300 coins( for an expensive NZ$1500 in 2004) on the official issue date they had had only had 150 struck and the wooden boxes were taking longer than anticipated. It took them nearly 4 further months to fulfill my order. The delay was such that I was almost going to cancel my order for the coin when I received the latest NZ catalog. That catalog had the coin valued at NZ$500.00 more than the issue price. Behind the production was negotiations with the Ngati Whakaue sub tribe to whom Pukaki, the person the carving represents, was a venerated ancestor. There is much more behind the story; but with indigenous peoples rights and the chance of offending through my ignorance I will not venture here to tell the full story as I understand it. What I can report is that 30 of the 300 coins were given to the tribe and a further 75(or so), unlikely to ever come to market again, were also purchased by tribe members. This of course means the coin will remain a rarity. It is certainly one I treasure. I prefer this form of encapsulation but I don't see PCGS or NGC adopting the method.

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28 Dec 2015

DUPO Illinois Coin Show - January 3, 2016

Coins | user_7180

If you are in the Collinsville Illinois area on Sunday January 3, 2016 be sure to stop by the Collinsville American Legion Hall for one of the new year's first coin shows of the year. The annual DUPO show is one of the best for 57 years and still going!

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04 Dec 2015

Silver and Gold - November 2015 - Platinum Extra!

Stocks & Bonds | CMCC

Okay, here we are for November, and boy, did it drop!

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06 Oct 2015

Silver and Gold - September 2015

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SILVER:

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01 Oct 2015

October 4th Coin Show

Coins | user_7180

If you are out and about near Collinsville, Illinois please stop by our Metro East Coin & Currency Club sponsored coin show. The show is being held at the Collinsville American Legion Hall (Post 365), 1022 Vandalia Street (Route 159), Collinsville, IL 62234. For more details please visit our club website at www.MetroEastCoinCurrencyClub.com

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04 Sep 2015

Silver and Gold--August 2015--Volume Three

| CMCC

SILVER:

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13 Aug 2015

Silver and Gold--July 2015--Volume Two

Stocks & Bonds | CMCC

Okay, for a refresher, here is what the charts and tables include:

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06 Aug 2015

What You Need to Know Before Investing in Gold

Consumer Alerts | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

One of the most popular ways to invest in gold is through exchange traded funds; more commonly referred to as ETFs. There are a few reasons why individuals choose to invest in this form of gold. Most obvious is the convenience of being able to purchase shares through a brokerage account with a couple of keystrokes from a computer. Secondly, it’s possible to invest in shares that are a fraction of standard size gold coins and bars, which provides a bit more flexibility. Thirdly, the expenses associated with investing in ETFs are minimal. Lastly, the round trip commission associated with buying and selling gold through ETFs are nominal on an annual basis. While on the surface, investing in gold ETFs may sound like the ideal investment, the fact of the matter is that investing in gold ETFs is a very risky proposition; much more than you may have realized. In this article, we’ll share with you some of the potential pitfalls associated with investing in gold ETFs and why we believe that an investment in physical gold coins and bullion is a superior option.

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