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  • Christmas gifts for the coin collector

    It isn't easy finding just the right Christmas gift. Instead of buying your loved one a sweater that doesn't fit or a gaudy piece of jewelry that doesn't match her tastes, start your search by considering her hobbies and interests. If someone on your gift list is an avid coin collector, you're in l...
  • Chinese counterfeit coins are a growing problem for the global economy

    The U.S. and global investors should be wary of precious metal bars and silver and gold coins. The Wall Street Fraud Watchdog, the premier U.S. advocate for investor protection and due diligence for high net-worth individuals, recently announced that Chinese counterfeit coins and precious metals a...
  • How A Gold Bar Changed The Way We View Egyptian Culture

    Gold has always played a role in how humans measured wealth. Gold bullion seemed to catch the eye of Earth's inhabitants as far back as 2500 B.C. in Egypt, as descriptions of the metal appeared in hieroglyphs cast in building walls. By 1500 B.C., gold had become recognized as the preferred med...
  • Adding Up the Value of a Coin Collection

    Maintaining hobbies while aging may help keep cognitive abilities sharp. Hobbies promote social and active lifestyles, which may delay the progression of age-related diseases like Alzheimer's. "Older people may enjoy the camaraderie of a club," Texan coin dealer Mike Fuljenz told the Chicago Tribun...
  • Collectible Civil War Tokens

    Civil War tokens are some of the most coveted collectors' items from the era. They have become even more popular this year, as 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil war. When the war began, Union citizens immediately began hiding and ...
  • What Should You Bring To A Coin Collectors Show?

    Ever wonder if any of the coins at the bottom of your coin jug are worth anything? According to Daniel Ward, coin expert from the International Coin Collectors Association (ICCA), your coins, jewelry, and even old silverware may be worth more than you think. The ICCA travels all over the country to...
  • Alexander Hamilton and the History of the U.S. Mint

    On September 11, 1789, George Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton Secretary of Treasury. In his five years serving, he was the primary author of a number of economic policies for the Washington Administration, including The Coinage Act, which Congress passed on April 2, 1792. The Coinage Act ...
  • The end of the gold standard

    From about 1880 to 1913, most countries adhered to gold as the standard backing currency. This period, known as the classic gold standard, was a period of unprecedented economic growth, according to the Library of Economics and Liberty. It wasn't until 1944 that, with the Bretton Woods system, an i...
  • The Myth of King Midas (and the Midas touch)

    The myth of King Midas and the Midas touch is the ultimate "be careful what you wish for" parable. Midas was the King of Pessinus, a city in Phrygia. He was a good king but had an obsession with gold and money. The myth of the Midas touch begins when Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry, passed th...
  • Hidden Inca gold

    In the 16th century, Francisco Pizarro captured the Inca leader Atahualpa after he defeated his brother for the throne. The Inca offered a ransom of a room full of gold, but before their final and largest installment of the treasure, they found that Atahualpa had already been killed. Legend has it...

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