Silver as Currency

While we are now used to fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar, which are unbacked by precious metals and subject to fluctuating exchange rates, this hasn’t always been the case. In ancient times, humans bartered for the goods and services they needed by specializing in a niche product or skill. Slowly, valuable commodities gained popularity…

Should I Invest in Bitcoin Instead of Gold?

Bitcoin has been a hot topic in the news lately, and it is being touted as a potential can’t-miss investment. Some have said it could be the future of currency in the U.S. and abroad. Even with those lofty proclamations, many people don’t fully understand what Bitcoin is and aren’t sure if it’s a safe…

More Than a Pirate’s Tale – Real Life Treasure Troves

Buried treasure is more than just a tall tale told by pirates about their adventures to find secret caches of gold. Treasure has been buried or lost throughout history, from the early days of humankind to the modern era, and not all of it has been lost at sea. Here are some of the biggest…

Why Is Gold Valuable?

Gold is glittering, beautiful and universally acknowledged as a symbol of decadence and power. It has been used in items as precious as King Tut’s sarcophagus, the crowns and jewelry of royalty and even our modern-day wedding rings. But very rarely do we question how gold became so valuable, to the point that the US-backed…

Gold is More Than a Pretty Investment

Gold’s rarity, resistance to inflation and globally-held value make it a sound investment for individuals worldwide. Because it forms as a naturally-occurring metal, gold also sports incredible age-resistant properties that make it invincible to rust, burning, weathering and deterioration over time. Talk about eternal wealth!

What Are Precious Metal IRAs and Are They Right for Me?

Deciding whether a precious metal IRA or more commonly a gold IRA is right for you depends on your investment savings circumstances. Gold isn’t renowned for its growth potential, but it is commonly utilized as a hedge against the unforeseen market, currency, and economic risks. Should you convert all your retirement savings into a gold…

The Rise and Fall of the Gold Standard

Early U.S. Standard Soon after the United States won its independence, Congress had to decide how the country controlled and measured its currency. Founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, Robert Morris and Alexander Hamilton were the first to recommend the decimal system. The U.S. then adopted a silver standard based on the Spanish milled dollar in 1785….

How the Gold Rush Shaped America

Gold has long been thought of as the most valuable metal. Even today, it’s synonymous with wealth and success for good reason. In the mid-19th century, the California Gold Rush played an important part in shaping both the state and the economy of America as a whole. The discovery of gold in the U.S. is…

The Coin That Saved a Church

Many people only dream that their beloved coin collection could really bring home the bacon one day, especially the lucky owners of rare coins. There are dozens of coins that can fetch a high price at resale simply due to their age or rarity, but, when you have both age and rarity, you have something…