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  • 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...
  • Common Uses of Gold

    Gold has long been the most sought after metal on Earth and it/s easy to see why. Gold’s characteristics make it perfect for a vast array of different uses. From the beginning of recorded history, humans have been searching for gold, whether the conquistadors of Spain or the explorers of China. T...
  • The Properties of Platinum

    The element platinum has an atomic number of 78 and the chemical symbol Pt. Platinum is a part of a group of elements known as the platinum group. This group contains platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, osmium, and iridium. Platinum has a unique makeup that gives it several interesting characte...
  • The Properties of Silver

    The element silver has an atomic number of 47 and the chemical symbol Ag, from the Latin argentum, meaning “shining.” A precious metal, silver has been highly sought after throughout history for its beauty, but it also has many practical industrial uses, too. Although harder than gold, silver i...
  • The Properties of Gold

    The element gold has an atomic number of 79 and the symbol Au, which comes from the Latin aurum, meaning “shining dawn.” Because of its properties, gold has been highly sought after for all of human history and has a number of practical uses. Gold is very malleable and ductile—in fact, it is...
  • Gold American Buffalo: The Indian Nickel Resurrected in Gold

    The Gold American Buffalo, or commonly known as the Gold Buffalo, is the first 24-karat gold bullion coin ever issued by the U.S. Mint and was first made on June 22, 2006. The production of the gold buffalo was authorized by Public Law 109-145, also known as the Presidential $1 Coin Act. This wa...
  • Investing in Gold: A Financial Planner's Perspective

    TV personalities and their guests have been on TV incessantly debating the investing virtues (or lack thereof) of gold. And of course, inflation is the most often mentioned reason behind the purchase of gold. Others simply own it because it has gone up from historically super low levels or because ...
  • Attention High Rollers: Play with real silver, gold and platinum coins

    Ante up with real silver, gold and platinum coins with poker sets created by The United States Gold Bureau made with actual precious metals and collectible coins. The company is a leading authority on consumer education and gold as an investment vehicle, but that doesn’t mean they don’t understa...

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