Rollin’ down the line: 2016 Series of Hobo Nickel Replicas

“They were hobos, and with every word they uttered… it spelled adventure.” – Jack London

So it is, the wandering workers of the 18th and 19th century, romanticized for a life of open road, or open rails. Many songs and book characters have been inspired by the lifestyle over the years, and a special coin series is now paying tribute to the ramblin’ men of early America: five Silver Hobo Nickel replicas designed by artist Paolo Curcio.

Altering coins has been a longstanding form of art and cultural critique, but hobo nickels really took off when the U.S. Mint introduced the Buffalo Nickel in 1913. The coin’s size and the Indian’s larger portrait made it a perfect canvas for traveling workers to pass time whittling away new images. The handcrafted, sculpted designs often reflected the political and economic times, with thousands of unique variations. Now a rarity, hobo nickels have gone from the poor man’s bindle to numismatic auctions and dealers as one-of-a-kind collector’s pieces.

Unaltered 1913 Buffalo Nickel                  Various Altered Buffalo Nickels
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The Silver Hobo Nickel replica series honors this distinct bit of Americana tradition. Each round is crafted from .999 fine Silver, edge-marked with a unique production number and encapsulated for long-term preservation. The designs feature both classic hobo and modern imagery, a reflection of the hundred years of change since hobo nickels gained momentum.

Hobo Nickel replicaThe series includes:
1. The Fisherman
2. The Train
3. Skulls & Scrolls
4. Green Fairy & Fish Bones
5. Jefferson Skull Scroll

 

The Fisherman was released January 26 and a new round will be released every two months. With only 10,000 rounds minted for each fascinating design, they will be rollin’ down the line and into collections quickly.

The artist behind these exquisite designs, a man known as Mr. The, created his original carving over two days at the Original Hobo Nickel Society’s booth during the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando. The original carvings included an inlaid 24k Gold cigarette and a copper fishing rod. You can view a series of videos showing the carving of the design.

Mr. The is based in Spain and is known throughout the carving world for his intricate designs, including 40 to 70 Hobo Nickel carvings each year. On his Silver Hobo Nickel website, you can watch videos of his engraving process of The Fisherman. This unique design is now available at APMEX!

Dream Building: Precious Metals Acquisition

Part of being a Precious Metals collector or investor is constantly planning your next purchase. Some of that planning is pure business — deciding where to put your money is responsible and necessary — but some of it is all about the fun of selecting and acquiring. Precious Metal acquisition allows you to invest in your future while experiencing the joy of collecting. Like an angler with a reel, you always see a big “get” on the horizon; a dream purchase you are determined to make. While it may seem silly to daydream about bars of Silver or Monnaie de Paris commemoratives, dreams make us strive toward our goals. APMEX is her to help you build your dream and plan how to bring it to fruition!

For Silver Stackers

100 oz JM Silver Bar
A young stacker building toward a large bar purchase might look at this tempting 100 oz Silver Bar by Johnson Matthey. Beautiful and decidedly rich-looking, this Silver bar is an attainable dream. The solid 100 oz Silver content makes it easy to add more .999 fine Silver to your holdings with one simply purchase.

 

For the Royal Watcher

Christening of Prince George

To commemorate the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge, the Royal Mint struck a one kilo coin, only the fourth in its thousand-year history. Featuring opulent artwork and a tasteful portrait of Her Majesty, this coin would be a dream acquisition for any Silver collector who also enjoys following the majestic continuity of the royal family.


For the Platinum Buyer

10 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar

Breaking in to Platinum collecting can be intimidating. It is “the rich man’s Gold” after all. But anyone who buys a bit is sure to want more. A large Platinum item makes you feel that you have arrived as an investor or collector. To that end, look to the stunning 10 oz Platinum Bar by PAMP Suisse. Featuring the alluring Fortuna design, this Platinum bullion is both an objet d’art and a solid investment item, as this bar is eligible for inclusion in your Precious Metals IRA.


For Those Who Want a U.S. Mint Coin

2015 High Relief American Liberty

This 2015 High Relief American Liberty in Gold is both strikingly pretty and an important U.S. Mint issue. Appealing to collectors and investors of all stripes, this coin depicts Lady Liberty as rendered by Justin Kunz and is the highest denomination ever issued on a U.S. Mint Gold coin. For a Gold investor or a coin enthusiast, there is no greater “get” than a coin of this caliber.


For the One Who Seeks Luxury

Monnaie de Paris and Sevres
The Excellence Series by Monnaie de Paris is unparalleled in its exquisite luxury. The 2015 pairing of Monnaie de Paris and Sèvres porcelain wrought one of the most bewitching coins on the market today. With an exclusive mintage of just 1,000 coins, this item is one of those extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime coins that must be appreciated in close proximity.


For the Big Time

2015 kilo Gold Lunar Goat

Are you ready to make the leap into serious investing? Are you ready for a kilo of Gold? The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series includes the 2015 1 kilo Gold Lunar Year of the Goat, which might be the right step for you to take into major Gold investing. Exquisite goat artwork and a tasteful profile of the Queen make this coin charming to look at, while the one-kilo heft tells you that you have made it as an investor or collector.

 

Whatever your dream for your collection, whatever your investing goal, APMEX has a product to inspire you! Build your dream and plan your future with Precious Metals.

New! APMEX Gold Bars in Tamper-Evident Packaging

 

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If you are looking to increase your allocation to Gold this year, consider APMEX Gold Bars — superbly manufactured in .9999-fine Gold. Choose from four sizes, 1 oz., 10 gram, 5 gram and 1 gram, to meet your investment goals and budget. The added value of these bars is the tamper-evident packaging (TEP), which protects the bar and adds another level of security to guarantee the bar’s authenticity. APMEX has a reputation for quality, and provides safe and secure shipping. Order your APMEX Gold Bars — in stock and ready to ship today — while supplies last!

See The Difference in Quality from APMEX. Not all Gold bars are alike. APMEX Gold Bars are pure Gold at four-nines, .9999-fine, and we stand behind every product with a satisfaction guarantee. Our Gold Bars are sealed in tamper-evident packages that provide another level of security and serve as assay cards to guarantee the weight, purity and authenticity of the Gold. In addition, with APMEX Gold Bars you get:

  • A high-quality strike
  • Purity and size stamped on the bar
  • A manufacturer with an excellent reputation
  • A well-known product

The back (reverse) of each bar features the APMEX name and web address, while the front (obverse) depicts the APMEX eagle logo, along with the purity and weight. Start the   year off by balancing your investment portfolio with an allocation to Gold.   APMEX Gold Bars are in stock and ready to ship in four different sizes, 1   oz., 10 gram, 5 gram and 1 gram. Order   today, while supplies last.

Order APMEX Gold online today at APMEX.com!

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WHAT TYPE OF INVESTOR ARE YOU?

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What is your outlook regarding the future of oil prices, world peace, the U.S. budget deficit, the European debt crisis and unemployment? Your opinions about worldwide political and economic events should help shape your asset allocation strategy — including the percent of your portfolio you dedicate to Gold and other precious metals.

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Take our ”What Type of Investor are You?” quiz to see whether your allocation to precious metals is in proper balance given your outlook about key global issues. The quiz will help you:

  • Pinpoint your views on topics that are likely to affect the financial markets.
  • Learn how precious metals have historically reacted during times of inflation, global political disruption, and weakness in the U.S. dollar.
  • Determine whether you might make adjustments in your asset allocation into precious metals.

Whatever the future holds, a well-balanced portfolio with asset allocation that includes exposure to Gold and other precious metals can help protect your wealth. You might have questions and we would like to help. Call our non-commissioned Account Managers toll-free at 888.518.7464 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

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8.19.11 WEEKLY RECAP

Markets were still highly volatile this week and the lack of certainty has pushed Gold to new record highs.  Stocks are suffering from fears of a double-dip recession due to weak economic data in practically every sector. 

Early in the week, the markets were buoyed by the European Central Bank announcing that last week it began buying Italian and Spanish securities. According to Christoph Rieger, head of fixed-income strategy at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt, “The market optimists will interpret this number as good news as it underscores the ECB’s resolve…Equally, the pessimists will point out that it is bad news as it shows how much money the ECB had to commit for the yield compression seen.” This came about primarily due to a failure of politicians to convince investors that the debt crisis could be contained.  Many experts are pushing for a new “Eurobond,” saying that such a common bond issuance would allow euro zone members to borrow at affordable rates, thereby solving the current debt crisis. However, the German government is strongly against the idea of issuing Eurobonds, fearing that such a move would increase borrowing costs for Germany while also reducing the incentive for troubled euro zone countries (such as Greece) to make necessary economic reforms.

All hopes of a common Eurobond went away on Tuesday; however, as the highly anticipated meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday did not satisfy world investors. The growing feeling is that plans for closer monitoring of fiscal policy in the euro zone are not enough to stop the debt problem from spreading to other countries.  This news, along with weak data about the overall health of the German economy caused jittery traders to lose the shred of confidence they had gained over the previous few days.

All of this culminated in a massive selloff late in the week, led by large losses in European financial sector.  World equity markets are plunging Thursday and Friday and the European banks are the cause for concern. Major Banks across the euro zone are sharply lower, as the news broke that the European Central Bank lent $500 million Euros to a euro zone bank, that had not requested a loan since last February. Although no details were offered, the market reads this as another sign of escalating difficulties in the European financial system, which could also affect U.S. banks.

Weekly Spot Prices

Gold:
Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,744.40. The all-time record high was on Friday, Aug. 19th at $1,881.80, while the low for the week occurred on Monday, Aug. 8th at $1,730.80. Gold ended the week up $112.90 at $1,857.30. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.

Silver:
Spot Silver prices opened this week at $39.18. Silver reached a high of $43.04 on Friday, Aug. 19th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Monday, Aug. 15th at $38.69. Silver ended the week up $3.86 at $43.04. The most popular Silver products on APMEX.com this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds and 10 oz. APMEX Silver Bars.

Platinum:
Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,801.00 and ended the week up $79.10 at $1,880.10. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Palladium:
Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $749.00 and ended the week up $6.10 at $755.10. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week.

 GOLD BUFFALO COINS 

 In 2006, the United States Mint introduced its first 24-karat pure Gold coin: the Gold Buffalo Coin. The Gold Buffalo coin is designed after the famous 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel created by James Earle Fraser. The obverse shows the well-known Indian Head design, and the reverse features the classic buffalo design.

The Native American depiction on the Gold coin’s obverse is believed to be based on three different American Indians.  Before his death, Fraser named two of the American Indians- Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne.  Although many Indians have claimed to be the third Indian, Fraser could not recall the person’s name.  It is widely believed that the bison on the coin’s reverse was modeled after Black Diamond, a popular attraction at the New York Zoological Gardens.

The 2006 and 2007 Gold Buffalo coins were a huge success; they provided pure-gold competition for the Canadian Gold Maple Leafs. The 2008-W Gold Buffalo is the prize of the Buffalo collection.  2008 is the only year fractional Gold American Buffalos were minted and they are scarce. The 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Gold Buffalo coins are .9999 fine and are only available in a 1 oz coin.

To add the stunning 24-karat Gold Buffalo coins to your Gold coin collection or Gold portfolio, shop APMEX’s wide selection of Gold Buffalo coins. APMEX makes it easy to buy Gold by offering competitive Gold prices on all Gold coins.

 

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Special Opportunity for Austrian GOLD- but Limited Time!

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Announcing a special price on Austrian Philharmonic Gold bullion coins: Any quantity for only $49.99 per coin over spot until 3 p.m. CDT, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

First minted in 1989, the Austrian Philharmonic Gold bullion coins were the best-selling Gold coins in the world in 1992, 1995 and 1996 according to the World Gold Council. The Gold Philharmonic was created as a Gold tribute to the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The obverse of the Gold Philharmonic coin depicts the Great Organ of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s concert hall, the Musikverein. 

Gold prices fluctuate, but the popularity of the Austrian Gold Philharmonic bullion coins only increases.  APMEX offers Gold Philharmonic bullion coins in “GEM” uncirculated condition in current and backdated issues. Many Gold Philharmonic coins are eligible for precious metals IRAs; buy Gold to invest in your precious metals IRA at APMEX.com.  APMEX makes it easy to buy Gold by offering competitive prices on all Gold bullion coins. 

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Gold As An Insurance Policy

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Are you intrigued about the reasons why investors are purchasing more Gold? A primary reason for this interest in Gold is its role as an insurance policy. Possibly because no one has ever defaulted on Gold, it is considered an insurance policy that will pay out when needed.  The following are examples of how Gold reinforces that belief and how it provides financial security and protection against uncertainty:

  • The fragile economic recovery we are experiencing in the U.S.
  • The high level of debt in our cities, states and federal government.
  • The fragile economic recovery in the European Union, Russia, Japan and many other parts of the world.
  • The sovereign debt crisis in Greece, Portugal and Ireland that threatens to spread into Italy and Spain and eventually the entire European Union.
  • The geopolitical tensions in the Middle East; India and Pakistan; North & South Korea and elsewhere
  • The volatile currency markets. Even Central Banks are becoming less reliant on paper money and trading it for gold.
  • The devaluation of the U.S. dollar.
  • Investors try to deal in financial markets which move at the speed of light, and where “flash crashes” occur and one year later can still not be explained.
  • Inflation in the U.S. and other countries where governments choose to print more money to cover their debts.
  • Black Swan Events. The recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor problems devastated Japan. Unexpected events with severe negative consequences cannot be predicted. We know they will come but we cannot anticipate the time and locations.

Gold holds value in times of uncertainty where your other investments do not. There is an old saying, “Put 5-10% of your money in Gold and 90-95% into the three primary asset classes; then every night go to bed and hope Gold prices go down because that means everything else just went up.” 

Geoff Varner, APMEX Account Manager