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Who decides what is normal

Who Decides What is Normal?

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Approximately half of the states in the US are starting to relax social distancing measures. This fractious approach to returning to “normalcy” has become the defining characteristic of the country’s response to COVID-19. Some states are extending aggressive stay-at-home measures. Others never fully embraced them in the first place. Despite this asymmetry, there appears to be a uniform hesitance among Americans to embrace business as usual. While the government and states can issue formal re-opening ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up: May 18, 2020

The days are getting longer. The sun is shining brighter. Flowers are blooming. Garden centers are reopening in many part of the country so people can begin their spring planting: seeds, tomato plants, annuals and more. Spring is a time of new beginnings. We as a country are still mired in a great deal of uncertainty, yet there is so much to be hopeful about. In the midst of the economic distress, tragic health issues ... >> Read More        
This Coin Is Hard To Find

This Coin Is Hard To Find

If you collect rare coins, you are probably familiar with the Winged Liberty Head Dime, popularly known as the “Mercury” Dime. The U.S. mint struck this beloved coin from 1916 until 1945. This is one of the most popular and iconic coins that numismatists acquire for sets. Easy availability of most of the years is one reason that even beginning collector will reach the satisfying goal of owning a Mercury Dime set. Within the Mercury ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up: May 11, 2020

America is Resilient As we move into the second month of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's worth pausing to remember how our country overcame past crises. Remember the historical events that shook our country like the Spanish flu, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, 1970's oil embargo, 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis and more. America is resilient. We as a nation worked through previous crises and this too shall pass.  While the details and cause of the ... >> Read More        
The Role of Rare Coins in Your Portfolio

The Role of Rare Coins in Your Portfolio

Many numismatists acquire rare coins for their rich history, exquisite beauty and absolute uniqueness. Owning early U.S. American gold and silver coins opens a window to a bygone era in history and invites exploration of the exciting years as our nation developed. Once you begin learning about rare coins, the interest, love and appreciation for this unique asset class grows stronger. Beyond the pure aesthetics of rare coin ownership, there is proven historical research that ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up: May 3, 2020

A message from David Beahm President and CEO Opening Up Over half of America is beginning a week with looser coronavirus restrictions. While some states remain under shelter-in-place orders, other states are reopening for business. Gyms, malls and hair salons are beginning to reopen in a scattering of states amid warnings from public health officials that the moves could cost lives. Will there be a cost to opening up? What about a second wave of ... >> Read More        
Why “Tail Risk” Should Be in Your Investment Vocabulary

Why “Tail Risk” Should Be in Your Investment Vocabulary

A tail risk is the probability of a rare event occurring.  The tail is the left and right portion of a normal distribution curve which resembles a bell and therefore carries the name “bell curve.” Author and investor Nassim Taleb explored the concept of tail risk in his 2007 best-seller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. In the book Taleb tries to draw the reader’s attention to the idea that too often ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up – April 27, 2020

A message from David Beahm President and CEO Gold $3,000 It was another wild week in the economy and the markets. As we wait for the coronavirus to peak, the economic toll from the shut-down continues to mount. Never say never. We saw oil prices go negative last week. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil closed below zero on April 20. That's right, oil sellers couldn't give barrels of oil away for ... >> Read More        
The Nuanced Appeal of the 1873-S $20 Open 3

The Nuanced Appeal of the 1873-S $20 Open 3

The California Gold Rush changed the firmament of American life. Nearly 300,000 people came to the state seeking to stake their claim and pull new found wealth from the ground. However, this adventurous spirit precipitated some serious problems. Many indigenous populations were forced off their lands by opportunistic “forty-niners,” a reference to those flocking to California during the peak of the gold rush in 1849. In fact, the gold rush was so momentous that its ... >> Read More        
1921 Peace Dollar

The 1921 Peace Dollar

Soon after World War I ended, the US decided to commemorate the peace that followed with a dollar coin. When it came time to design the artwork officials had the idea to host a competition. Artists could submit designs and a winner would be selected and receive the honor of seeing their work on an approved piece of US currency consisting almost entirely of silver. Additionally, the winner would be awarded $1,500 in prize money ... >> Read More