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September 2019

U.S. Mint Is Stretching The Boundaries Of Coin Production

Looking back at what the U.S. Mint has accomplished this year it is a banner year for coin minting technology. The 2019 releases have all happened under the newest U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder. Let’s recap some of the highlights so far: • 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Five Ounce Silver Dollar  • 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary $5 Gold Coin • 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Clad Half Dollar • 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar The Apollo coins are...

The Fed Is Heading Back To Zero

As yields flash recession warnings, global economic slowdowns Deepen, equity markets are on the verge of historic corrections and it seems the Fed is headed back to 0% where do you park your assets to shelter the storm? Ex-Fed boss Greenspan says ‘there is no barrier’ to Treasury yields falling below zero Fed interest rate forecast: Wall Street sees return to near zero Apparently for the foreseeable future there is no money in money. Is it time again for Tangible...

March 2019

Why are the Apollo 11 Coins released by the US Mint so special?

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary coin celebrates this achievement. This happened on July 20, 1969, as Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin, Jr. took mankind’s first steps on the Moon. Now these kids are coin buyers in the 50’s and 60’s. Collectibles tend to do best when the potential collector remembers the item from their childhood and the Apollo 11 Coins hit all the marks. Space, coins, history and American accomplishment. Seldom have I seen a Mint launch met with...

December 2018

So, what’s going on with palladium?

Palladium is a rare silvery white metal discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston. He named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, acquired by her when she slew Pallas.  More than half the supply of palladium and its congener platinum is used in catalytic converters, which convert as much as 90% of the harmful gases in automobile exhaust into less noxious substances. Palladium is also used in electronics, dentistry,...

August 2018

Timeline of the history of the San Francisco Mint

In 1849 the California Gold Rush begins. Initially, the gold is shipped across the Country to the Philadelphia Mint to produce coins, a long and dangerous journey. In 1852 Congress approves a California branch Mint In 1854 the San Francisco Mint opens to accept deposits from miners. In November 1874 The Mint outgrows its original small building and moves to a larger facility at 5th and Mission Streets. The building resembles an ancient Greek temple and would become...