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New release from the Royal Canadian Mint

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We’re expecting a big hit with the latest release of the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2016 3/4 oz Howling Wolves coin.

The .9999 fine Silver coin is hauntingly beautiful, depicting two thick-coated grey wolves raising their own song from the hillside, under a bright moon and clear sky.

Wolves are known to welcome their pack and warn their enemies with a chorus of howls that carry for miles across their territory. The bone-chilling sound of modulated pitches echo and scatter across trees, ridges, and cliffs to surprising and bolstering effect.

The coin is the mint’s second tribute to the Great White North’s legendary hunter. Unique security features (including precise radial lines and micro-engraved lasered maple leaf) ensure that the coin is as sophisticated as it is radiant.

As an APMEXclusive®, the coin is minted on an incremental basis. A specific mintage cannot be determined, but as a comparison, the mint’s Wildlife Series and Bird of Prey Series each have a mintage of 1 million coins.

Precious Metals Investing For Girls

Sparking Girls’ Interest in Precious Metals Investing

girl with bankOne of our most sacred duties as parents is to show our children the path toward financial security in adulthood. This is especially true for parents who are raising little girls to become independent women. But how do we get our girls interested in Precious Metals investing? Numismatics is traditionally a “boys’” hobby; there is even a Boy Scouts badge for it! At APMEX, we know that Precious Metals collecting is a great hobby for any young person and that it can lead to a lifelong habit of smart Precious Metal investments. Let’s look at how we can inspire our daughters’ interest in Precious Metals.

Power in Financial Security

While the world has changed a great deal in the last two generations, the fact is that women still earn approximately $0.77 for every $1.00 men earn in the same job. For parents who want to set their daughters on the road to true financial security, it is imperative we show them how to protect and grow their money through sound investments. Help your daughter understand there is nothing more exciting than looking toward a future full of the possibilities financial security provides. Show your daughter how you protect and grow your money with Precious Metals investments. Empower her to make smart investment decisions for herself so no matter what her future holds, she will have the knowledge and ability to take care of herself. Knowing how seriously you take her financial future and that you invest in Precious Metals will pique her interest.

Starting Early

The very best way to interest your daughter in Precious Metals investing is to begin early and make investing a part of everyday life. But how do you make Precious Metals investments exciting for a little girl? APMEX has the answer for that: Cinderella. Many little girls go through a princess phase, when all they want to do and be is wrapped up in the magic of Disney Princesses. There is a wonderful series of Disney-licensed coins sure to speak to the little girl in your life. Whether her favorite is Snow White, Jasmine or Belle, there is a coin that could spark a lifelong interest in Precious Metals collecting and investing for your child. These particular coins can even be placed in an ornament capsule to grace your holiday tree, making the presentation as spectacular as the item itself.

Celebrating Her Interests and Abilities

For an older girl, you may need to gradually build an interest in Precious Metals investing. Educators often use the strategy of relating to children over their existing interests. This is a great tip for parents, too. If your daughter is an accomplished ballet dancer, you might open the discussion of Precious Metals investing with a present of a beautiful Russian Ballerina, one of the world’s most popular Palladium coins, with its strikingly beautiful artwork of a dancer en pointe in fourth position. If your daughter is inspired by the work of Eleanor Roosevelt, you might give her the Gold Eleanor Roosevelt from the uplifting First Spouse series by the U.S. Mint. Whether your daughter loves classical music or herpetology, there is sure to be a coin that speaks to her interests. As long as you connect to what matters to her personally, you create an opportunity to make Precious Metals investing fascinating.

Precious Metals investing can be seen as an unusual pursuit for young girls, and even avid Precious Metals enthusiasts may struggle to share their passion for Precious Metals investing with the little girls in their lives. At APMEX, we believe that for every person, there is a coin that will inspire a lifelong interest in Precious Metals investing. Help your daughter on the path to personal empowerment through financial security by getting her started as a Precious Metals investor today.

 

Considering Platinum? What You Need to Know

Platinum is the most precious of the Precious Metals. While all precious metals are recognized for their durability, scarcity and beauty, Platinum has, in its short time on the Precious Metals scene, become the proverbial belle of the ball. The benefits of Platinum include the following:

  •  Platinum is extremely durable. As the least reactive metal, Platinum is considered a noble metal, meaning it is remarkably resistant to corrosion, even at high temperatures, and is resistant to oxidation in moist air.
  • Platinum is famously rare. The common example that all the Platinum in the world can fit in the average-size American living room is entirely accurate!
  • Platinum is gorgeous. In just over 200 years, Platinum has become the ne plus ultra, or the ultimate, in luxurious jewelry.

Platinum is also vital to many necessary industrial applications. For example, catalytic converters in our cars require Platinum, making the automotive industry the largest Platinum consumer.

Experts estimate that 20% of everything we use either contains Platinum or requires Platinum in its production. It is quickly becoming a true necessity, making Platinum an excellent long-term investment.

Why Make Platinum Your Next Purchase?

 For the established Precious Metals investor, there is no better time to branch into Platinum investing. Platinum has long been referred to as “rich man’s Gold” because it has historically traded at a higher price. Only the wealthiest investors went into Platinum.

Recently, due to upsets in the mining and automotive industries, the price of Platinum has fallen below that of Gold. While this is not unprecedented, it is rare. Now is truly the time to get on board with Platinum.

Platinum experts say that if you hold on to your Platinum investment long term — which is the best plan for any investment — you can see a good return. The rebound of Platinum prices is expected, and certain to be strong. Now may be the time to add Platinum to your investment portfolio.

How To Buy Platinum

Whether your interest lies in bars or coins, there are remarkable values available now.

APMEX is currently stocking a 1 oz Platinum Bar by Valcambi, offering the attraction of a historic Swiss refiner and the security of being packaged in assay. For investors preferring coin presentations, the 2015 Canada 1 oz Platinum Maple Leaf is a true must-see. Beautiful, featuring an iconic design, the Platinum Maple Leaf would make an outstanding first foray into Platinum.

These opportunities in Platinum extend to smaller investors, too. Those who would like a piece of Platinum but see it as prohibitively expensive may be pleasantly surprised at the exceptional values available, such as the stunning 1/2 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar. Besides the lower price point that may appeal to a new Platinum investor, the 1/2 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar comes in assay for that extra piece of mind tamper-evident packaging offers newcomers to the Platinum market.

For the Gold investor looking for something exciting and new, there may be no better moment to branch out and choose Platinum over Gold.

 

Precious Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are here, and with it we hope comes cheer and love. Finding ways to show our friends and family that we care is one of the best parts of remembering the past year and looking forward to the future.

Another great part is finding a thoughtful gift that fits your budget. Fortunately, having a Precious Metals enthusiast in your life doesn’t mean you have to shell out thousands of dollars for the perfect item. APMEX has several gift options that allow you to give more than one perfect, “I know what you love” gift. The best way to look at gifts of the Gold and Silver variety is through the APMEX Holiday Gift Guide. This guide beautifully displays products to make your gift buying task easier. Check out some other gift ideas below.

 Caring for a coin collector?

 magnifiers and loupes Magnifiers/Loupes

Help your collector see every magnificent detail with a selection of magnifiers and loupes.

 

 red book 2016 Red Book of United States Coins

This one-volume library features full-color photographs and covers the history and value of coins throughout American history.

 

 coin gauge Coin Gauge/Caliper

If your collector is always on the lookout for rare coins, a pocket gauge is perfect for coin shows, local coin shops and serendipitous street finds.

 

 coin album Coin Albums

Collecting coins takes patience and vast knowledge. Let your collector show it off in one place with an album that can protect, store and organize their favorite finds.

 

 coin holder Holiday Coin Holders Holiday coins or rounds look great on the tree. Set your collector up to safely show off Gold or Silver items with ornament capsules so everyone can enjoy the beauty of Precious Metals!

 

 

Shopping for a Silver lover?

 guide American Silver Eagles, A guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program

This inside scoop from the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff offers detailed information about America’s most popular coin, the American Silver Eagle.

 

 money bag Cloth Money Bags

Metals are heavy! Support your investor by gifting strong and durable money bags to store Precious Metals.

 

 eagle set 29-Coin Proof Silver American Eagle Set

This stunning collection of all Proof Silver Eagles in the series, 1986-2015, is encapsulated in near-perfect Proof-69 condition by PCGS.

 

 silver snowflake Silver Snowflake

Intricately detailed, this hexagonal snowflake containing .999 fine Silver is a beautiful token of the wintry holiday season.

 coin dip Coin Dip

Coin cleaner is a must-have for Silver lovers. Fill a stocking with our favorite dip and see your Silver investor beam like a bright new coin!

 

Gifting a Gold investor?

 A guide to the us bullion coin American Gold & Platinum, A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

Just released! The U.S. Mint’s 38th Director Edmund Moy brings together diverse elements to explore Precious Metals Americana.

 

 cotton gloves Cotton Gloves

Investments you can hold need to be handled with care. The gift of gloves lets your investor feel the weight of their investment without soiling it with fingerprints.

 

 Gold 100 Francs Gold 100 Francs Merry Christmas Coin

This 2015 Christmas edition coin is perfect for your jolly Gold lover. Its limited mintage makes it a one-of-a-kind gift.

 

 Bar Bezel Bar Bezels

Bar designs can be true masterpieces, so why not wear them? Our assortment of 14-karat Gold bezels securely hold bars to create beautiful pieces of jewelry.

 

 clearance item Rare Gold finds

Don’t let your investor miss a great Gold find. Check out our list of specials and clearance items to find Gold at amazing prices.

 

 

 

 

 

7th Annual Escape to Australia Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

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On September 21, 2015, APMEX and The Perth Mint launched their 7th Annual Perth Mint Australian Giveaway. The winner was recently chosen and we’re excited to congratulate Doreen L. from California on being chosen as the winner! The contest ran through October 23 and more than 2,000 people entered, either through mail-in entry or by purchasing select Gold and Silver Perth Mint products.

Since 2008, APMEX and The Perth Mint have partnered to bring customers this once-in-a-lifetime experience. With entries growing yearly, it has become an event people anticipate and are excited to enter. Oftentimes, winners will chronicle their journey through photos or even a personal blog.

Doreen and her husband are excited to take their trip fall 2016.”Winning this trip to Australia is one of the top five best things that have ever happened to me,” said Doreen. “I have wanted to go to Australia since high school, and I am way past high school age now. To say I am thrilled is an understatement, and my husband and I are so looking forward to going to Australia. Thank you APMEX, and thank you Perth Mint for this outstanding opportunity. It certainly pays to do business with the best, and APMEX has consistently been wonderful to work with.”

As part of her winnings, Doreen will receive $1,000 spending money, an exclusive VIP tour of The Perth Mint, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations for seven days and memories to last a lifetime.

The Perth Mint is renowned for producing some of the most beautiful Precious Metals products in the world. If you haven’t seen our lineup of Gold and Silver from The Perth Mint, then you don’t know what you’re missing. View our products from the land down under: Gold Kangaroos, Silver Kookaburras, Silver Koalas, Gold Lunar and Silver Lunar.

 

 

Why a higher interest rate is good for Precious Metals investors.

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Hanging near zero, the federal interest rate has not been raised in nearly 10 years. As the economy has recently improved, economists are speculating about when the Federal Reserve will raise the interest rate. With the national unemployment rate now around 5 percent or what is often considered “full employment,” the U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to hike the interest rate at its next meeting in December.

A higher interest rate would imply the economy is back to normal; the Fed isn’t flushing the market with cash for people to spend. When people have less money to spend, it prevents the prices of goods and services from accelerating too much (inflation). For Precious Metals investors, this is a very good thing!

When the interest rate hike takes effect, Gold and Silver prices are likely to go down because of a stronger dollar. That means investors can buy more and save for the future. This future could include conditions that might make Gold and Silver prices go back up—like geopolitical issues that create uncertainty, or changes in supply and demand that limit access to tangible investments.

Considering recent tension with Russia, China’s economic slowdown and the high cost of mining, that future may not be far away. The interest rate hike may create a window of buying opportunity—so keep an eye out for its announcement and changing Gold and Silver prices!

 

2016 Britannia Sweepstakes winners announced!

Winner_RoyalMintOn October 22, 2015, APMEX and the Royal Mint in London launched the 2016 Britannia Sweepstakes. The winners were drawn on November 11, 2015.

This contest provided customers and entrants the opportunity to be one of four winners selected to receive a free 25-coin tube of 2016 1 oz Silver Britannias. The tube includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Jody Clark, the artist behind the new design of the Queen’s fifth effigy.

The contest ended November 10, 2015 and the following day Chris Howard, Executive Director of the Royal Mint, and Nick Bowkett, Head of Bullion Sales at the Royal Mint, visited APMEX to meet with the team and select the four winners. A live drawing was held at Noon (ET) on November 11, 2015, when Bowkett and Howard were introduced and conducted the drawing. To view a recording of the drawing, click here.

Congratulations to the following winners:

David B. – Texas
Laryssa Z. – Pennsylvania
Melvin P. – Illinois
Stephen S. – Alabama

Visit APMEX.com to discover all of our Royal Mint products. Keep an eye out for the next sweepstakes opportunity!