Product Spotlight – American Silver Eagle

classic coinsFirst released in 1986, the American Silver Eagle quickly became one of the most popular bullion coins in the world. Most coin collectors, especially those who treasure U.S.-minted coins, have more than a few in their collections. It is considered one of the most beautiful coins ever minted and is the world’s only Silver bullion coin whose weight, content and purity are guaranteed by the United States government. Spend some time learning a bit more about this popular collector piece — then you can make smart purchasing decisions when it comes time to add the American Silver Eagle to your collection!

The Stats

Composed of 99.9% Silver, the American Silver Eagle is truly a Silver coin. It has a $1 face value and is only available in a 1 troy ounce size. The United States Mint certifies the content, weight and purity of the Silver that composes the coin and makes sure it meets the standards they put in place. The most common version, the business strike, is intended for circulation and is popular amongst investors, while the proof and burnished versions are more popular with collectors.

Minting
The American Silver Eagle has been minted at three different United States Mint locations since its inception in 1986: The San Francisco Mint, the Philadelphia Mint and the West Point Mint. The first coin was struck in San Francisco on October 29, 1986.

Demand
Because the American Silver Eagle is made of 99.9% Silver, it is a popular investment piece for many. In fact, during the recession between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. Mint suspended selling proof sets and had an allocation program in place. This meant that the secondary market prices on these products were higher. This was a short-term financial problem, but proved the point that Precious Metals were a sure bet in economic downturn.

Design
The obverse of the Silver Eagle coin depicts Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty Half Dollar design, used from 1916 to 1947. This image is one of the most cherished and well-known designs ever to grace coins minted by the United States. The reverse of the American Silver Eagle coin is just as impressive as the obverse, featuring an American eagle, the very symbol of our nation’s freedom, echoing patriotism and national pride.79019_Obv

Special Releases
Because of its popularity, the American Silver Eagle coin sparked a number of special issues. In 1993, a Philadelphia Set was created commemorating the bicentennial of the striking of the first United States coins in the city. Other special issues include a Millennium set and a Reverse Proof Silver Eagle.

The American Silver Eagle is a relatively new coin when compared to many of the others in the U.S. coin lineup. However, it has a storied history and is a popular collector piece. Take the time to look over the options available and consider adding a few to your collection today.

5 Signs Investing in Precious Metals May Be Right For You

low gold price, low gold prices, lowest gold prices, buy gold, how to buy gold onlineSo you’ve been thinking about mixing up your investment portfolio and trying something a little different from the same old stocks and bonds. Have you considered Precious Metals? For many people, investing in Gold, Silver, Platinum and other Precious Metals is an excellent way to plan for the future in a diverse way. Before you make a decision, take a look at these five signs investing in Precious Metals may be right for you.

  1. You Already Invest – Those who already invest in stocks, bonds or simply have a solid savings account are the perfect candidate to begin investing in Precious Metals. They can be a great addition to round out a portfolio and hedge your other assets.
  2. You Understand Volatility – The demand for Gold, Silver, Platinum and other metals will go up and down over time. You must be willing to weather the volatility. This is why it is important to also have other liquid investments available.
  3. You Want to Protect Yourself Against Inflation – Many experts believe that investing in Precious Metals is one of the best ways to protect yourself against inflation. Historically, Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals have risen in value at or ahead of the rate of inflation.
  4. You Like the Idea of Owning Something Tangible – Unlike other forms of investments, physical Precious Metals means you have something you can hold in your hand. This is a comfortable feeling and could give you confidence if you enter an uncertain future.
  5. You Have Done Your Homework – Precious Metals are a long term investment and there are a variety of options. Make sure you do your homework and understand what you’re getting into. You also want to find a reliable retailer you can trust and can answer your questions.

So are Precious Metals right for you and your portfolio? Take the time to learn everything you can about the buying and holding process and you are more likely to make the best choices for your financial future.

Platinum and Palladium: The Forgotten Metals

plat & pladPlatinum who? Palladium what? This is often the response when you speak to someone about these core Precious Metals. Platinum and Palladium are both commonly used in jewelry and catalytic converters, but even so, these metals are too often forgotten. Many times they’re not even considered as an option when investing in Precious Metals.

Gold and Silver are the most popular metals in the world and are often the fiplatinum coinrst metals that come to mind when adding Precious Metals to a portfolio. Gold and Silver have a much greater supply than Platinum and Palladium, thus making the entry cost more accessible to the majority of investors. However, the rarity of both Platinum and Palladium is one of the things that make these forgotten metals desirable for some collectors as opposed to Silver bullion or Gold bars and coins.

Let’s take a closer look.

The world supply of Platinum is about one-tenth that of Gold and less than one-hundredth that of Silver. It’s estimated there 2014 plat eagleare over five billion ounces of above ground Gold, compared to about 200 million ounces of Platinum. Unlike Gold, there are no large stockpiles. So while the metals in nature are equally rare, annual Platinum mined equates to only a small fraction of that for Gold. Interestingly, Platinum is actually more favored by jewelers over Gold.

Palladium is 15 times rarer than Platinum. This rarity makes the metal very desirable to investors, as demand is what drives the price.

Some believe that over time Platinum and Palladiumbermuda palladium should trade at significant premiums compared to Gold and Silver. Platinum and Palladium have a unique industrial application that make them irreplaceable.

Not every local coin shop or Precious Metal dealer sells Platinum and Palladium, but you can find both in many different forms at APMEX, from to There are also many products offered by the United States Mint.

Are Platinum and Palladium the right metals for you to invest in? Do your research and make your own decision. Just don’t forget about Platinum and Palladium as an option and know that if you ever have questions about these or other metals you can always call APMEX at 800.375.9006 with no pressure to buy.

Gold, Silver and Other Metals – Is the Time Right for You to Buy?

blog image 2Choosing to buy Precious Metals as an investment is a big decision. Choosing when you want to buy Silver coins, Gold bars or perhaps Platinum bullion is another tough aspect of that decision. Once you find a company you can trust to buy from, you then have to decide if the time is right for you to buy. Just like the stock market, Precious Metals prices ebb and flow. While no one can decide for you whether you should make that investment today or wait, these tips will help you decide if you are ready!

  • Financial Stability – Purchasing Precious Metals is a long-term investment. Make sure you are planning for the long term and can handle the financial swings of your investment.
  • Knowledge – Whether you are thinking of buying junk Silver coins or Palladium bars, you should know something about the product in which you are investing your hard-earned money. Read up on current trends and information, and find out everything you can about the product. Check out the education center on APMEX.com to learn more.
  • Expectations – Another thing you should consider when purchasing Precious Metals is your expectation. As mentioned before, these are long-term investments. Like purchasing mutual funds or bonds, for example, you probably will not see a huge return on your investment right away. Make sure your expectations are in line with what investing in Precious Metals offers.
  • Interest – Unlike buying stocks or other forms of investments, investing in Precious Metals gives you something physical to hold and even enjoy as a collectible. Many people find that once the product arrives, their interest in Precious Metals increases not only as an investment but as an heirloom as well.

Now that you have a better idea if the time is right, perhaps you would like to talk to someone about the options available to you. Reach out and talk to the team at APMEX.com at 800-375-9006. We’d love to help you, whether you’re making your first Precious Metal purchase or you are a veteran investor.

APMEX Announces Worldwide Exclusive Release of the Exodus Coin

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APMEX launches Exodus – Crossing the Red Sea, a 2 oz Silver coin, the first in a new Biblical Series.

Many know the stories from the book of Exodus in the Bible. The most well-known, Moses parting the Red Sea and leading the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land, is recognized by many as one of the most iconic stories from the Bible. Now this epic event is depicted on a 2 troy ounce Silver legal tender coin from the Scottsdale Mint.

With its rimless high-relief design and antique finish, this Silver coin brought to you by APMEX is truly one of a kind. Inspired by an illustration by master French craftsman Gustave Doré, the creative team at the U.S. based Scottsdale Mint designed this .999 fine Silver piece to be a true testament to the gravity of events depicted in the story. Each coin in this limited mintage is antiqued brushed and hand-distressed by a team of specialized artisans. The final result is a unique work of art honoring the timeless story.

“APMEX is proud to be the exclusive dealer of this inspiring and one of a kind series,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re committed to giving our customers variety and options they can’t get anywhere else and this coin and series is just another example.”800x400-biblical-series-exodus-press-image

The Silver Exodus coin has a limited mintage of 1,499 coins, a unique 2 oz size, and rimless high-relief artwork, guaranteeing its place as a collector’s item that stands to last the test of time. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of the coin and minting specifications, along with a unique serial number that matches the laser- etched number on each coin.

About APMEX, Inc.

APMEX, Inc., one of the largest online sellers of Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals products, offers one of the world’s largest selections, including all U.S. Mint bullion such as Gold, Silver and Platinum American Eagle coins. APMEX also sells all types of Royal Canadian Mint products, including Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Maple Leaf coins. APMEX is a member of the American Numismatic Association, the International Precious Metals Institute and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. For additional information, visit www.APMEX.com or call 800.375.9006.

5 Precious Metals Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Finding the perfect gift for a friend, family member or spouse is a challenge. Instead of giving a Christmas sweater, box of chocolates or smartphone that will be outdated before it comes out of the box, why not consider something with long-term value theader_cat_25185hat will show you really care? A Precious Metal gift is thoughtful, interesting and can be a great investment. If you are struggling to find that truly special gift this year, consider one of these ways to share investment-quality Precious Metals with your loved ones.

Gold or Silver Bullion – If you are looking to buy Silver or Gold as an investment, consider gifting it as well. Giving a Gold or Silver bar or round is an impressive gift and one that will not be soon forgotten. If you are buying Silver online, you’ll find a number of options at APMEX for bullion minted around the world.

3-D Coins – On the opposite end of the spectrum from the more “basic” option of a bullion bar or round are the truly high-tech 3-D coins — a great gift for anyone who thinks they are “too cool for coins.” Minted in a number of countries worldwide, 3-D coins are available in designs honoring occasions, events and even animals. The excitement of 3-D is a great way to introduce the collectible pleasure of Precious Metals to the next generation.

Gift Sets – There are a number of items designed especially for gifting. These often include a number of coins in a themed set, packaged for display and collection. One popular example avengersis The Avengers Set,  which is a great way to share the love of coins and Silver with a superhero fan. There are many other gift sets available, including ones with Gold.

Proof Sets – Coin collectors love proof sets. These collectible-quality coins are labeled and protected, making them an ideal gift for both coin collectors and Precious Metal investors. While you can still pick up the traditional yearly proof set, there are other options available today that are anything but traditional. Consider any one of the back-dated U.S. Proof sets. They’re a great gift for those interested in collectible coins.

Classic Coins – This is what many people first think of when they think about how to buy Gold or Silver. These can be anything from bullion items like a 2014 Silver Eagle to a numismatic item like an older year Peace Doclassic coinsllar. Classic coins are always a great gift idea, and they’re available in both low-price stocking stuffer options as well as pricier choices that could become family heirlooms.

The best thing about gifting Precious Metals is that this gift lasts a lifetime. Check out the options available to you and perhaps you’ll be able to finish your shopping early this holiday season! APMEX has a wide variety of Silver and Gold gift options along with the APMEX Holiday Gift Guide to give you some fun ideas when it comes to gifting Precious Metals for the holidays.

Also, don’t forget, APMEX has FREE SHIPPING for the holiday season!

APMEX Announces Worldwide Exclusive Release of Batman Coins

AP800x400-Batman_PRMEX is the exclusive dealer of the new 2014 75 Years of Batman™ Proof Coins

Dark Knight. Caped Crusader. World’s Greatest Detective. Whatever you know him as, wherever you know him from — the blockbuster movies, TV shows, video games, cartoons or millions of comics — Batman is an iconic symbol of what a hero is to so many.

Now everyone’s favorite DC Comics superhero is legal tender currency. To celebrate 2014 as the 75th anniversary of Batman, the island of Niue has authorized a series of legal tender, Precious Metal collectible coins featuring the Caped Crusader.

There are two different strikes available: a 1/4 oz Gold piece with a face value of $25 and a 2 oz Silver coin with a face value of $5. Mintages are limited to 7,500 for the Silver coin and 750 for the Gold coin, positioning the series for a high collector value.

“APMEX is proud to be the exclusive dealer of these coins featuring such an iconic superhero,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re committed to giving our customers variety and options they can’t get anywhere else and these coins are just one example.”

Each coin comes complete with limited edition Batman utility belt packaging and a lineup of one-of-a-kind bonus features designed to wow even the casual Batman fan. The first special bonus is a 3-D, augmented reality experience. For the first time ever, users with an Apple or Android tablet or mobile phone can launch an incredible 3-D image of Batman alongside the legal tender coin.

The 3-D experience is launched through a free 75 YEARS of BATMAN™ application available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. After downloading the app, a user can hold their device’s camera over the coin as it nests inside a specially created game board (included free with each coin and also available as a free download alongside the app). Within moments, the Caped Crusader appears right before your eyes, ready to fight crime. There is also an amazing “selfie” mode where purchasers and their friends can snap a close-up picture standing alongside the Dark Knight.

The app uses “augmented reality,” a technology that supplements the view of a real world object with computer-generated graphics and sound when viewed through a digital device. In this case, the results are nothing short of amazing.

The next bonus is a numbered, die-cut, stainless steel Certificate of Authenticity featuring a copy of the autograph of none other than noted cartoonist, filmmaker and creator of The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller. Also included in the set is a limited edition 75 YEARS of BATMAN™ lapel pin.