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Recent Observations of the Gold Market

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Following the various indexes may not be for everyone who enjoys coin collecting, but in a way they are investors. The heavy volatility which exists in the markets is beyond a lot of what we do as collectors but did you ever stop to think how the price of gold today could affect the gold coin values in your collection? At the last coin show we attended there was quite a lot of talk about the way that gold prices have been fluctuating up and down in the recent months.

For a long time the prices were just going up and up nearly everyday but that has since changed. Still a lot of the folks who are into investing in the commodities like gold and bullion are still saying that they are continuing to hold tight even though most of them could sell at a profit since they got in earlier in the game when prices were on the upshot.

We have not seen much talk about this in the news recently, just mentions of the daily activities in the market and opinions of the value of the dollar is all. But even so the fact is that the gold coins which are the basis of most of the numismatic interests are not really affected in the same way as pure bullion for instance. The value does not solely lie within the weight (in ounces) of these coins in other words. Less of the volatility is just fine with me though. This makes it a lot easier to know what the gold coins in your coin collection are actually worth, without having to worry about the current price of gold either.

Commodity prices of all types will go through many periods of wild swings in their valuations. This is after all the very definition of speculative investing. Coin collecting on the other hand offers a much more stable way to actually own gold though. This is fine by me and for plenty of other folks we spoke with at the last coin show. The whole scenario of investing is just a bit too awkward right now, but then again, those who are the most involved in the market tend to enjoy that kind of chase. It takes a real familiarity with the trending found in the data unless you simply have someone else managing things for you. This is ultimately a lot of work and since the straight upward valuations of gold in the marketplace have begun to change it does not appear to be drawing anywhere near the attention it was earlier in the year.

Find Stability in Gold Coins

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The variations in gold prices this year have seen a fairly wide range when you look at certain periods of 2011. The price rising has certainly caught a lot of attention as it always does when this happens. The prices falling though seem to make a bit less of a splash in the media overall though. This year has seen gold prices reaching upwards of $1,900 while declining into the range of $1,650 recently this year as well. The fluctuations may not represent the wildest ranges ever but it does cause many of the would be investors to take proper notice of the fact that all that does go up must eventually come down.

Timing is certainly the chief element in the minds of many people who either decided to get in, get out or stay away completely. The opinions of the rapid declines witnessed latter in 2011 do range just as widely but no matter who you actually listen to, you have to wonder if gold is still worthy of investing in just to take advantage of the upward motion of its prices. This is what some call a hot topic and many say that it is too late to jump on board. We as coin collectors however really may not feel the direct impact of falling gold prices because the gold coins which we focus on have numismatic values as well as all that being a collector brings to the table so to speak.

For investors though, gold is as you know used as a hedge against the times we are experiencing economically on a global scale hence all the upward movement in price during 2011. It is, no matter what side of the fence you sit on, representative of the economic times around the entire world obviously. Gold is indeed a powerful commodity but it may be best left to those who are interested in the investing side or the gold bullion side when it comes to following the heard. We have seen some nice increases in gold coin values over the last year and more stability as well, but thankfully this is not quite so directly tied to the wild ride which gold investors have been on and will likely continue to experience into 2012 from the look of things globally.

The Three Most Common forms of Bullion

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

While the value of gold might mean something different to investors compared to what it means to coin collectors, there is definitely one meaning that can affect the decision which anyone who is interested in gold can make. Silver and gold bullion provide several kinds of ways which gold can be bought, and just because an old coin is not in a collectible condition does not mean that it is not still valuable. The bullion will allow for the value to be in the metal as opposed to the coin’s mint or historical significance.

Bullion Types

  • Coins
  • Rounds
  • Bars (Ingots)
Gold Bullion Coins

So what are the most common forms of gold bullion that you will find today? Beside silver coins and gold coins there are bars and there are also rounds which people sometimes mistake for coins. Take silver rounds for example. These pieces are not based on face value in the sense that coins are, instead these are privately minted. This ultimately means that they will definitely not work in the open market to directly purchase goods and services in the way the coins do. For instance you know what the face value of five dollars is but the silver rounds are valued in their weight as well as purity such as .999 Fine Silver One Troy Ounce.

The silver bars and gold bars are the other common type of bullion besides coins. They are quite easy to distinguish from the silver rounds due to the fact that they are in bar shape as opposed to the more coin-like shape which the rounds happen to be in. The bullion bars will frequently have the purity as well as the maker on them for easy identification.

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Typically people however are most familiar with the coins which, as we mentioned earlier, may be not quite considered to be as desirable to collectors if they are in poor condition or are not a desirable mint. With the value of gold having been on the rise in recent years and the fact that the world economy has been in decline, there is no wonder why more people have developed an interest in bullion as a form of investment today. Many collectors have a head start in the fact that while they may already possess lots of coins which are not so significant from a collecting standpoint, they can act as a significant source for bullion which is considered to be a valuable asset today and historically.

Gold Coin Dollar Coins as Speculative Investing

Monday, April 26th, 2010

A good deal of people who are new to coin collecting will often have some really good questions about the hobby. Although most of the time these inquiries are going to be fairly similar types of questions regarding to who, what and where interests, more and more these days they refer to more of a specific investing angle. A specific reference would be gold bullion investing which has reached a premium over spot value. The values overall will always fluctuate is the main point to keep in mind, therefore any speculative investing should ultimately be left to the experts in this type of investing strategy.

Certainly gold coin dollar coins are excellent, solid and tangible assets but for those who wish to buy and sell on upward trending need to be really careful. Always remember that everything that goes up must come down sooner or later. Most experts are predicting that the upward trending in the value of gold will continue for quite some time, and the global market changes would definitely seem to be backing this perspective up. The thing is that nobody really knows when gold prices will decline. Will they decline significantly? This is simply the same type of questions you would ask about real estate or any other form of speculative investing.