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  • Common Uses of Silver

    Silver has been in demand for as long as humans have known about the metal. Its beauty, industrial uses, and overall properties have made it a valuable and sought-after commodity. Silver Jewelry The most well-known use for silver is for jewelry. Its shine and appearance make it widely desired for j...
  • Where Are the Largest Platinum Deposits in the World?

    Most of the platinum in the world is found in Southern Africa, Russia, and North America. South Africa leads the way, producing 75% of the world’s platinum output every year. The following are the three largest deposits of platinum in the world. Bushveld Igneous Complex The Bushveld Igneous C...
  • Where are the Largest Silver Deposits in the World?

    Although not as sought after as its more famous brother, gold, silver is still a highly desired precious metal. The following deposits have the largest amount of silver in the world. Kongsberg Kongsberg, in Norway, is the most famous location of silver deposits in history. Silver was first found ...
  • Where are the Largest Gold Deposits in the World?

    Some of the largest gold deposits in the world are in places you wouldn't expect. Although much gold has already been mined throughout human history and the gold reserves of foreign countries are massive, there are still large gold deposits out there. Some of them are in places you wouldn’t expec...
  • Where Are Coins Minted in Canada?

    Canada has two mint locations: The Ottawa Branch and the Winnipeg Branch. Unlike the United States, where coins are minted in several different locations, coins in Canada are only minted in two locations: Ottawa and Winnipeg. The history of these locations goes back just over a hundred years to 1...
  • Where Are Coins Minted in the United States?

    Coins in the United States are minted in four different facilities. The United States Mint currently operates six different facilities, though only four of those mint coins. The two facilities that don’t mint coins are the United States Bullion Depository in Fort Knox and the United States Mint H...
  • What is Fort Knox?

    Commonly known as Fort Knox, the building most people think about when they hear that name is the United States Bullion Depository, located next to Fort Knox, Kentucky. It stores much of the United States gold reserves and other valuable items belonging to the federal government. How Much Gold is i...
  • History of the California Gold Rush Creating Wealth

    The California Gold Rush Created Wealth out West Although popularly known as the 49ers, the California Gold Rush actually began a year earlier in 1848. This was a less than a decade period where people moved to California in hopes of capitalizing on the discovery of gold in the American territory. ...
  • Most Valuable Coins in American History

    As you’ve seen, the face values of coins from gold, silver, and platinum are only nominal face values—the coins trade on prices many, many times higher than their face value. This is because they are valued based on the value of the precious metals contained within the coins, the rarity of the ...
  • Gold Reserves by Country

    While most gold in the world is held in private hands, a surprisingly large amount—about 20%—is held by governments, international organizations, and central banks. This is who owns the most in the world. The United States' Gold Reserves Perhaps not surprisingly, the largest reserves of gold in...

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