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Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices 7,900 Coins

The 71st edition of the hobby’s Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will launch at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo on March 30, 2017. It features new and extensively updated content reflecting the current market for collectible coins.

Coin collectors have used the Red Book to value their collections since the 1st edition was published in 1946.

At 464 pages the new 71st edition prices 7,900 entries in up to 9 grades each, with more than 33,000 retail valuations in total.  The book has 2,000 images, including enlarged close-ups of rare die varieties, with 442 of them new this year.

“The Red Book is an invaluable source of current price information combined with important historical information for each issue,” said Valuations Editor Jeff Garrett.

“The new Red Book contains the most recent Lincoln cents, Jefferson nickels, Roosevelt dimes, America the Beautiful quarters, Kennedy half dollars, Native American dollars, commemoratives, official Mint coin sets, and bullion coins.”

Go to the article in Coin Update for order information and further details about the new issue.

Source: New OFFICIAL RED BOOK Celebrates 225 Years of U.S. Coinage | Coin Update


Silver Bullion Proofs Celebrating the People, Natural Resources and Spirit of the Great Lakes.

The 2017 FUN Show in Florida gave this new company an opportunity to introduce their High Quality, Limited Mintage Silver proof rounds to the silver collecting public.  Their underlying belief is that Silver has long been prized as a treasure from the earth and has been recognized for its brilliance and unique physical properties.


Their website goes into detail about the Great Lakes Region and what it has to offer collectors and investors today.  They also share their initial grading results and discuss the world class quality of the Mayer Mint.

The site offers a shopping cart with a diversified selection of additional silver products that are available for purchase.


The first issue one ounce .999 Silver Proof Round.  The second issue displayed above is also now available.

Check them out today. Great Lakes Bullion


The Engelhard Prospector silver rounds are highly collectable and typically command a significant premium above their melt value.  They are considered by many to be the premier silver bullion round to which most others are compared.  These rounds, which pre-dated the US Mint released American Silver Eagles in 1986 were the premier quality silver round.  The series ran from 1982 to 1987 and each piece contains one Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.  The production run was extremely low and the quality was excellent for all years, making them a great addition to any collection.  In 1985 Engelhard produced the Prospector in 1/10, ¼, ½ ounce sizes in addition to the one ounce round and this was the only year making them very scarce.

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1985 Prospectors Series

It is important to note that 1983 and 1987 have been considered to be considerably lower in mintage than the other years.  As such, a study and resultant guide created and published on eBay by Dave, an eBay seller and buyer, provides results of an individual sampling study of Engelhard Prospectors listed on eBay in 2014 to determine which year really is the rarest. The interesting results can be found in the article.

All of the Engelhard Prospectors have an image of a prospector panning for gold along with the text “U.S.A.” and the date. From 1982 through 1984 the reverse of the round had a large “E” inside a globe and the text “ENGELHARD/ ONE TROY OUNCE/ 999+ FINE SILVER”. In 1985 the reverse design was changed to an Eagle with a branch and flag and the text “ENGELHARD/ ONE TROY OUNCE 999+ FINE SILVER”.

Engelhard Prospector 1oz Silver Rounds

Source: Engelhard Silver Prospector Series Rarity Study | eBay

King of Nothing

“As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information” – Rick Mills


He wrote this article for the gold and silver bullion purchaser who wants the comfort and the insurance of owning some gold and silver in what are very troubling times.


There’s a lot going on in the world – from Trump being elected in the U.S. to turmoil in the middle east, the China Sea and Turkey, Russia is flexing it’s still considerable might, North Korea’s flinging it’s nukes helter skelter, Japan’s rearming, disease runs rampant and fear escalates about virus mutation, there’s shortages of fresh water with many rivers not reaching their former endpoint and of course climate change is rearing its head to destabilize natural rhythms or cycles.  Add in out of control population growth, the divide between races, religion and wage inequality – the have and have not’s – and a coming major economic collapse caused by interest rate increases on the trillions and trillions of dollars of global debt and it’d be hard to go back in history and pick a period of time when things weren’t so combustible.

Read the Complete articleAhead of the Herd

His articles have been published on over 400 websites and concludes  –  “Being prepared for worst case scenarios, that most pray never happen, should be on all our radar screens. Is a little prep time on your radar screen?  If not, maybe it should be.

The SilverTowne Assay Process

Have some precious metals or “scrap” you want to know the purity of or the market value of?

SilverTowne can do that for you! Get paid in cash or use the value as trade for SilverTowne Minted Bullion!

Watch this very informative YouTube Video that explains how the valuation process works from beginning to end.

Go to the website for information and their History SilverTowne Mint.

You can also visit their facility in Winchester, Indiana.

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Coin Update author Dennis Hengeveld states that collectors were once limited to buying at their neighborhood coin shop, at local and national trade shows, and through mail-order lists.  The Internet has created an online marketplace that stretches from coast to coast and beyond.  As a seller, does not having an on-line presence make you non-existent to buyers?  Are there new innovations coming to keep collectors interested?  How does the younger generation take over for the older dealers?

It is obvious that the wonderful world of numismatics is changing, but these changes are happening more rapidly than ever. He examines the hobby and makes comparisons to other collectables as to how it is changing for many reasons.

In this article he takes a look at the future of numismatics, both good and bad.  Where do you stand an how will it change how you view the hobby?   Check the Possibilities

Source: The Future of Numismatics | Coin Update

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The Olympic Rings

The ANA (American Numismatics Association)  shares with Coin World some interesting obscure facts about the history of the Medals.

7 Facts about the Olympic Medals


The Olympic Medals

Kitco News’ Daniela Cambone and The Street’s Scott Gamm discuss just how much the tax burden can be for America’s top athletes.

The Real Cost of an Olympic Medal




250x200xiStock_000005558311Medium_4_1_1_jpg_pagespeed_ic_sZrBmCiCh0Dr. Jeff Lewis asks:

  1. Are you curious about buying silver coins to protect you and your family’s against inflation?

  2. Do you want to learn about the advantages of silver investing?

  3. Are you already collecting silver and believe it is great investment?

If any of these sound like you, go to his website –  it is a wealth of information.

If you don’t have a lot of knowledge about silver investing, take your time and browse through the different topics or sign up for his Free Guide to Silver Coin Investing or Free Silver Assessment.  Picture courtesy of Silver-Coin-Investor.com

Great Silver Information


Source:  Think For Yourself

Diversifying your wealth into precious metals is one of the most important financial decisions you can make. It’s also important to carefully consider what types precious metals to own amidst the many options available.

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Engelhard 1 oz bars with case

What follows in an article written by Stefan Gleason President of  Money Metals Exchange are pointers regarding seven key criteria for deciding what to buy. The seven key points are Tangibility, Frugality, Functionality, Liquidity, Purity, Reportability, and Opportunity.

Source: 7 Things to Consider When Buying Precious Metals

How do you enjoy your collection and still make sure it is safe?  Too often we hear news of a home invasion, a dealer being robbed or a collector’s car being vandalized while grabbing something to eat on a long drive back from a coin show.  Security is a top concern for many collectors and dealers around the world.

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Silver Eagles Nest 1969 Walla Walla Mint 19.25 oz

Dennis Hengeveld shares his views on securing your collection.  His article will discuss some things collectors can do to protect their investments and when it comes to security and valuables, there are a few basic things to keep in mind.

Source: Securing Your Collection | Coin Update

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