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  • Gold Mining - Top States/Towns in the U.S.

    While the process of sourcing gold is often referred to simply as “mining,” mining is actually just one piece of the puzzle. As we’ve talked about here and here, the road to obtaining gold is nuanced, involved and often quite costly. Gold production has become big business and needless to sa...
  • The Mintage Process of the 2019 Gold American Buffalo PF70

    The Gold American Buffalo is a true American icon. Revered not only for its artistic legacy and nod to Native American culture, the Buffalo is the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever produced by the United States Mint. While these laudable traits are widely celebrated, what's often overshadowed i...
  • 4 Notable Native American Inspired Coins

    Still reeling from the excitement of last week’s 2019 Gold American Buffalo launch, we wanted to dive deeper into the legacy of Native American culture and the profound impact it has had not only on U.S. coinage but on the cultural heritage of our great nation as a whole. The Gold American Buff...
  • Anybody Seen Our Missing $21 Trillion?

    Has anybody seen our missing $21 Trillion lying around? Most of us are familiar with the $22 Trillion national debt that politicians of all stripes talk about, and which we mentioned earlier here. But many haven’t heard about the other $21 Trillion that has gone missing from federal coffers, curr...
  • 2019 Gold American Eagle Proof or Bullion?

    When choosing between the bullion and proof versions of the Gold American Eagle it is important to consider the production process for bullion and proof coins addition to pricing and market variation differences. Proof coin production is a highly specialized process, and as a result, is labor inte...
  • Rising Debt Ceiling Raises Gold

    While many Americans are counting the days until spring training begins for baseball season, a more ominous season is already upon us.  I am referring to the “debt-ceiling season” quickly approaching, from Washington DC.  Beginning March 2, 2019, the debt ceiling will be reinstated at the then...
  • 3 Gold Coins Honoring African-Americans - Including One You May Not Have Heard Before

    Each February, the United States recognizes, remembers and celebrates the important people and events that have shaped the African-American experience in our country. To commemorate Black History Month this year, we’re celebrating three iconic pieces of American coinage that tout, highlight or o...
  • 8 Things You Didn't Know About California Gold Rush History

    Tales of ambitious trailblazers striking it rich in the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s loom large in our national narrative. While there are countless uplifting stories of these pioneering souls peppered throughout our history, there are also many aspects of the Gold Rush era that get drown...
  • Who is on the Dime?

    If you reach into your pocket, piggy bank or wherever your loose change seems to collect these days, chances are you’ll pull out at least one dime. The dime is so ordinary in today’s world that it’s easy for it to be overlooked or even taken for granted. Despite this seemingly mundane role,...
  • The Kilo Standard Has Been Redefined - But Why?

    An inch, a foot, a pound, a degree. All standard ways to measure ordinary things in our everyday lives. But have you ever stopped to think about what makes those inches, feet, pounds, and degrees what they are? How they came to be and what they’re based on? If you’re anything like us, proba...

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