The Impact of Hurricanes – Massive Costs to Victims, Insurers, Taxpayers and the Economy

Economic Hurricane

9-12-17 The Impact of Hurricanes – Massive Costs to Victims, Insurers, Taxpayers and the Economy, by Lynette Zang   Today we’re looking at the impact of hurricane Harvey on the victims, insurers, taxpayers and the economy. This could easily be a metaphor for the economic hurricane headed our way. Doppler radar enables us to watch the evolution of a hurricane and history tells us the most likely outcome. Peeking beneath the skin of the markets, along with 6,000 years of … Read More »

What Does It Cost To Find Out If A Rare Coin Is Real?

1943 P copper bronze LWC experimental shell case penny

There are many ways that you may come across a coin that you want to have authenticated and/or graded. Perhaps you found a loose coin at a garage sale. You may have an unusual coin as a family heirloom. If you are an avid coin collector, you may come across a particular coin of interest at a shop or on the Internet. In any case, however, you find a coin that you want to have certified and guaranteed there are … Read More »

How To Tell If A Coin Is Counterfeit

How To Tell If A Coin Is Counterfeit

Counterfeit coins are very interesting. There are all types of counterfeit coins. There are also a myriad of ways how to tell if a coin is counterfeit. Some ways are easier than others. You see, the more intricate and correct the forgery is, the harder it is to detect. See Our Gold Coins  Following is a more in-depth look at authenticating a US Large Cent coin. The coin is dated 1796. Michael Fahey, a Senior Numismatist, describes in a very … Read More »

Counterfeit Coin Countermeasures

Gold Questions Answered: Jewelers Loupe

Recently I wrote an article in response to a comment that was left by the reader of an article  on the ITM Trading website about counterfeit coins. You can read the article here. The article covered the first part of the multipart question asked by the reader. This article will focus on other ways to detect counterfeit coins, specifically simple counterfeit coin countermeasures, that I did not cover in the first article. However, if you did not read the previous … Read More »

Coin Grading: The Evolution

Gold Coin Grading

Speaking from common sense, I imagine that coin grading began sometime shortly after coins began being coined. Archaeological findings tell us that coins have been around for thousands of years, and coins of gold and silver quite often date B.C. In any event, coin grading is a development that underwent it’s own evolutions to become a present day science and art of coin grading. By the way, the earliest version of coin grading was quite simple. There were two grades … Read More »