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Nova Constellations obverse and reverse

Nova Constellatio Patterns Coins: The Foundation of Our Numismatic Legacy

Market News, Rare Coins |
In 1783, after eight difficult years, Great Britain declared it would cease hostilities with the United States, creating an end to the long Revolutionary War. The 1783 Treaty of Paris officially ended the war and recognized the United States as an independent nation. Now, our young nation faced its next serious problem. At that time, there was no official coinage and the thirteen early American states all used different forms of official or unofficial money ... >> Read More        
Wall Street

New Data Shows Inflation Is Still Hot, Hot, Hot

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Kind of like the uncle who keeps sticking around long after dinner has ended, inflation is proving hard to say goodbye to. Ten interest rate hikes later, the Federal Reserve still hasn't stuffed the inflation genie back into the bottle – as the central bank battles with the highest levels of inflation in the United States since the early 1980s. New data reveals that despite the most aggressive interest rate hike campaign in history – ... >> Read More        
Wisconsin Territorial Centennial half dollar

The 1936 Wisconsin Territorial Centennial Half Dollar

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In 1936 the Wisconsin Centennial Commission appointed a Coinage Committee to pursue the development and minting of a commemorative coin to celebrate and help finance the Wisconsin Centennial that year. The Wisconsin Centennial half dollar came at a time when the commemorative coin market was booming. This surge was due to previous commemorative coins that were minted in low quantities causing them to appreciate in value significantly. Many of these pieces sold at a premium ... >> Read More        
David Zanca, Senior Portfolio Manager, holding slabbed coin with Blanchard signage in background

What’s Going On With Gold? A Deep Dive with Blanchard Senior Portfolio Manager David Zanca

In 2023, there is a shining star in the financial world: gold is shimmering and bright. Since the start of the year, gold climbed as much as 10% higher, traded above $2,000 an ounce, and approached the all-time record high price for the precious metal. You may be wondering – what's going on with gold? To uncover what's driving the big move higher in gold this year, David Zanca, Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard, and ... >> Read More        
1937 Antietam Commemorates

The 1937 Antietam Commemorates the Deadliest One-Day Battle in the Civil War

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The 1937 silver 50-Cent Antietam coin was minted to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a Civil War battle that had major national significance. On September 17, 1862, nearly 5,000 were killed and 20,000 were wounded in the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland. it was the first field army–level engagement in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War to take place on Union soil and is remembered as the single bloodiest day of the ... >> Read More        

Why the 1960s and 1970s Are the Playbook for Investors Today

Gold, Investment, Market News |
Retirement accounts face greater risks today. That risk is inflation. Rising inflation has moderated a bit in recent months. Yet it is still well above the 10-year historical average of about 1.88%. The problem is that many retirement accounts were set up, funded, and invested at a time when inflation was low. That time has passed, but few retirement accounts have caught up to the current environment. As a result, the allocations within many of ... >> Read More        
Mosby's Rangers

5 U.S. Hidden Treasures Still Waiting To Be Discovered

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Mosby’s Treasure in Virginia Idaho Stagecoach Robbery Treasure Pirate Treasure at Hawaii’s Palemano Point Gangster John Dillinger's Suitcase Filled With Cash Jesse James And His Band of Outlaws Lost Loot in Oklahoma The allure of hidden treasure and sudden riches is strong. The possibility of a huge stash of gold, silver, jewels, cash and more has driven treasure hunters on expeditions throughout history. Today we highlight five hidden treasures that are still waiting to be ... >> Read More        
Gaussian (bell) curve or normal distribution graph on white napkin with a cup of coffee

How Gold Performs in “Left Tail” Events

Gold, Investment, Market News |
An event that has a small probability of occurring is sometimes called a tail event. The “tail” is the sloping far left and right sides of a normal distribution curve. These are the areas that sit outside the main bulge of the curve. If the tail represents uncommon outcomes, why do they matter? They matter because when they do happen, they often present dramatic outcomes. In his 2007 best-seller, The Black Swan: The Impact of ... >> Read More        
Trade Dollar (obv and rev)

The U.S. Trade Dollar

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The Trade Dollar is an interesting example of how expanding global trade can give rise to new coins. In the mid-1800s, the Mexican peso was a highly valued means of exchange in China. In contrast, the American silver dollar was far less popular due to its relatively light weight. This meant that American merchants had no choice but to use Mexican and Spanish currency when engaging in commerce. Around this time, Louis Garnett, who served ... >> Read More        
Fed Headquarters

Gold Soars After Fed Hikes Interest Rates To A 16-year High

Gold, Market News |
Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Tenth Time Investors turned to the safety of gold and silver after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the tenth time in its battle against America's public enemy number one: inflation.On Wednesday, the Fed increased its benchmark interest rate by 0.25% to 5.0-5.25%, a 10-year high. Gold and silver both traded significantly higher after the Fed meeting.Are Rate Hikes Over?In a hint of what lies ahead, central bankers removed ... >> Read More