Treasures to Commemorate The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday and for many around the world, she is the most popular U.K. monarch of all time. To commemorate her birthday, she will be in Windsor with the Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty will then light a beacon and will view two further beacons being lit. There will be more than 900 beacons lit across the country and around the world to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Queen’s effigy is featured on Precious Metal coins from all around the world and special coins have been minted to honor her throughout her reign. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, this notable selection of coins pays tribute to this wonderful time in history.

Silver Britannia2016 1 oz Silver Britannia Coin  – Minted with precision by The Royal Mint, this beautiful Silver coin features two well-known images in Britain’s history, Britannia and Queen Elizabeth II, gracing the opposing sides. The obverse depicts the fifth effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rendered by talented designer Jody Clark.

Proof Gold2016 £5 Proof Gold Queen’s 90th Birthday Coin – Celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday with this beautiful Gold coin minted by The Royal Mint. The coin was designed by Christopher Hobbs, a well-respected painter, sculptor and illustrator. Hobbs’ design was inspired by the heraldic rose of England and The Queen’s love of flowers.

HR Proof Gold2016 1/4 oz Gold Queen’s 90th Birthday High Relief Proof Coin – The Perth Mint is honored to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the longest reigning British Monarch and designed this lovely Gold coin to honor her historic reign. The coin is a depiction of St. Edward’s Crown surrounded by wattle branches. The design includes inscriptions paying tribute to The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Silver with Diamonds2016 Silver 1 Crown Queen’s 90th Birthday with Diamonds Coin – The Pobjoy Mint is pleased to honor this milestone with The Queen. This stunning Silver coin, with a limited mintage of
just 600, features a two-tone design with three glistening diamonds that add attention-demanding detail.

These are just a few of the many Precious Metal coin selections from APMEX that feature and honor Queen Elizabeth II. Shop now and add a stunning piece of history to your collection.

New Cast of Coins for Epic New Movie: Batman vs. Superman

Have you marked your calendar? March 19, 2016, is the day Gotham’s billionaire industrialist takes on Metropolis’ man of steel in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice™,” the film highly anticipated by comic book enthusiasts and moviegoers alike.

Clark Kent caught the attention of Bruce Wayne when he revealed his alien powers to the world in 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Now the Dark Knight vigilante is coming to ensure that Superman remains a non-threat to humanity and possibly settle the long and hotly debated question: which superhero would be able to defeat the other?

Maybe the answer is neither. The Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman makes an appearance in this epic film, too. Could she be Earth’s greatest defender? It’s all so exciting that the Royal Canadian Mint is issuing several exclusive coins to commemorate this epic meeting of strength and heroism.

With remarkable coloring, high-definition design and details that DC Comics buffs will recognize (like Kryptonian syllabic writing), these coins are authentic movie memorabilia. From cupronickel lenticular coins to a .9999 fine Gold issue, there is a Batman vs. Superman coin for every fan’s price range.

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Cupronickel lenticular Coin
As you tilt the coin, the silhouette of Superman transitions into a shadowy figure of Batman. This stunning coin comes with superhero trading cards to relive fond memories.

 

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1/4 oz Silver Dawn of Justice Coin
Depicts the epic superhero battle that comic book and movie fans have longed to see! This .999 fine Silver coin comes complete with a certificate booklet.

 

 

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1/2 oz Silver Logo Coin
Featuring the blockbuster film’s clever logo, superimposing the s-shield logo over the iconic bat symbol, this vibrantly colored .999 fine Silver coin is a perfect representation of the battle between superheroes.

 

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1 oz Proof Silver Trinity Coin
The Trinity, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, all present and ready to serve justice on this .999 fine Silver coin, depicting each hero in exceptional color.

 

 

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2 oz Silver Coin
Heroes in action! This coin comes with premium packaging. The obverse also features a unique net-style background, adding even further interest to the .999 fine Silver beauty.

 

 

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Proof Gold Dawn of Justice Coin
Destined to be a top seller, the back-to-back design of this Gold coin shows Superman looking up for strength as Batman looks only to himself.

 

 

The best part of all? They are available now at APMEX.com! You can wow your movie and numismatic circles with one (or several) just in time for the film. Take a look and place your bets: Batman or Superman. Either way, you’ll be picking a winner with these stunning coins!

Ultimate Canadian Getaway Winner reports back!

Have you ever held nearly $500,000 in your hand? One lucky APMEX customer has!

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Last year’s Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes winner, John, recently shared with us details of his “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to the Royal Canadian Mint. He and his wife received a four-day trip to Montreal and Ottawa, home of the mint, courtesy of APMEX.

The couple found Ottawa to be a charming city of historic sites, personal and similar to Washington D.C. They stayed at the four-star Starwood Westin Hotel, which they said “was perfect,” as was the visit to the Royal Canadian Mint. The two enjoyed a VIP tour led by senior personnel. True to Canadian form, John reported that all of the staff, including top executives, were friendly and welcoming.

Their tour included viewing the production of bullion and numismatics, receiving a personal commemorative coin and holding a 400 oz Gold bar, which was worth around $460,000 at the time. Talk about investments you hold!

Speaking on the magnitude of the mint, John declared, “Totally amazing, a mind-blowing experience seeing that much Gold and Silver all over the place. It’ll rock your world.”

In addition to the mint, John and Melanie recommended visiting the National Gallery of Canada, one of the country’s premier art galleries.

And good news! APMEX may be able to rock your world with your own “absolutely incredible” experience. The 2016 Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes launches March 7. More details to come, so stay tuned for the official announcement.

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.

Don’t Wait — Get Free Shipping On 2014 Eagles – Offer Ends 12/31!

Free Shipping on 2014 Silver & Gold Eagles

*Special Promotion: Enjoy Free Shipping when your order includes five or more 2014 Silver American Eagles (Raw or Certified) or Any Quantity of 2014 Gold American Eagles (Raw or Certified). Offer ends 12/31/2013 at Midnight ET. Applies to US Domestic Shipping Only.

Incredible Price: 1/2 oz. Gold Canadian Maple Leafs

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Get incredible APMEX Gold Prices on 1/2 oz. Gold Canadian Maple Leaf (Random Year) coins. In the past, these coins have warranted a premium of up to $85 over spot, making this a rare buying opportunity. Add these beautiful coins to your portfolio at the low-cost of spot price plus face value of $20 per coin. Buy as many as you want! Hurry, these coins will sell out fast.

Made of .9999-fine Gold, Canadian Maple Leafs have worldwide appeal among Gold collectors and investors. With fractional coins at this incredible price, you have the flexibility to invest as much as you like and get the best Gold price no matter how large your order is. Order today, while supplies last!

Canadian Maple Leaf coins are a staple among Gold investors, and are one of the most popular entry points into the Gold market. Because of current dynamics of Gold rates, APMEX is able to offer you this rare opportunity to purchase high-quality Gold bullion at the spot price plus face value. Canadian Maple Leaf coins are broadly popular with worldwide appeal and easy to sell. They are approved for Individual Retirement Accounts to help you diversify your long-term savings with precious metals. There’s no minimum purchase required to buy 1/2 oz. Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins for just $20 face value per coin over spot. At this price, we expect these coins will go fast. Order today, while supplies last!

The Royal Canadian Mint is known for the quality and beauty of its coins. The 1/2 oz. Maple Leaf coins feature an elegant single maple leaf on the reverse or back and a profile of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse or front. When buying random years, you can expect to receive dates of our choice.

Order Maple Leafs online today at APMEX.com, your online Gold dealer!

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1.13.12 Weekly Recap

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Gold broke the recent trend of following the euro’s movements against the U.S. dollar, thanks to safe-haven investment demand that originated from the renewed jitters in Europe. Economic expectations are pessimistic with inflation rising internationally and economic growth declining globally. Investors are searching for a safe-haven investment, such as precious metals. According to Sundeep Sikka, with Money Manager (India) Inc., “The current global macroeconomic environment is very conducive for higher Gold prices.” Frank Holmes of U.S. Global Investors echoed this sentiment, saying, “People get so caught up with the next three minutes for Gold, and they should really be focused on the next three years. Does anyone really believe in the long-term strength of the U.S. dollar?” Holmes said the Gold price could double within the next five years. Investors are buying U.S. bullion coins at the fastest pace in over two years, and China is importing more Gold than ever.  One analyst noted, “The thing that’s caught people’s minds is the massive increase in Chinese buying.  Gold has demonstrated time and time again its ability to hold purchasing power.” A poll of 164 investors conducted by Nomura showed that 19.5% of them prefer to buy Gold and hold it until the end of the year. The poll compared Gold, bonds and stocks as investment choices.

The United States reached a “symbolic tipping point” as the country’s national debt surpassed $15.23 trillion, which is nearly equal to the value of its entire economy. Debt projections estimate that the U.S. economy grew to around $15.3 trillion in December, a figure the debt level is expected to surpass in January. Estimated retail sales figures for December were not quite to the levels anticipated, and a reported increase in jobless claims defied expectations. The U.S economy is facing several obstacles to successful growth, including a high unemployment rate, low demand in the housing market, and the European debt crisis. Economists will be evaluating their fourth quarter gross domestic product estimates after data was released Friday morning showing that U.S. exports declined in November, and imports rose.  The U.S. trade deficit is at its widest in six months, and is higher than the consensus expectations of economists.

The Federal Reserve’s modifications to its communication approach are drawing favorable reviews, with the Fed indicating that it will provide updates four times a year on its plans for short-term interest rates. According to the Fed, the U.S. economy is expanding at a modest pace. The main crux of further improvement continues to be a less-than-stellar jobs market, which has prevented incomes from rising. Residential real estate is still viewed as sluggish, but commercial property markets have shown improvement. Consumer confidence was generally “characterized as firmer than in recent reporting periods.” Transcripts released from the Federal Reserve policy meeting showed that as late as December 2006, top Fed officials including Chairman Ben Bernanke believed that the housing market was stabilizing and failed to anticipate the subsequent housing crash. Fed policymakers were seemingly oblivious to the threat housing represented to financial markets and the economy. The housing market’s crash resulted in a U.S. banking crisis and the biggest recession this country has seen since the Great Depression, as well as a corresponding increase in the price of Gold.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met to discuss Greece’s unresolved debt issues and to create a plan to ensure that the euro survives a potentially failing banking sector. The announcement was made that Greece would not receive its second bailout package (which would prevent a debt default in March) until Greece reaches an agreement with creditor banks on a bond swap. This week’s bond sale in Italy was not as successful as investors had anticipated. Even though Italy met the planned amount of 4.75 billion euros, hopes had been that the sale would bring in twice as much. The European Central Bank (ECB) decided to keep its key lending rate at 1%.  Afterwards, ECB President Mario Draghi warned of the “substantial” downside risks to the eurozone’s economic outlook, including increased debt market tensions, and stated that although there are “tentative signs of stabilization,” uncertainty remains “very high.” Fitch Ratings expressed that the ECB needs to do more to help Italy, the next big euro zone country seemingly in danger of default. The head of sovereign ratings for Fitch, David Riley, described a potential collapse of the euro as “cataclysmic.”  A French newspaper published a story that said that Standard & Poor’s would be downgrading France’s “AAA” credit rating by one notch.  Although the paper didn’t cite any sources and an official announcement wasn’t scheduled until late Friday afternoon, stocks experienced a triple-digit drop.  Gold and Silver saw drops as well, although they quickly climbed back up to the levels they were at before the news was released.  The expectation is that several other euro zone countries will be downgraded; this could force investment funds to sell bonds because they have a requirement that a set percentage of their bonds be AAA-rated. For those countries that would be affected, this could raise their borrowing costs. At a time when debt is rising and GDP (income) is declining, the last thing these countries need is for borrowing costs to rise.

Several hedge funds indicated that they are not willing to accept International Monetary Fund (IMF) proposals to bring Greek debt down to affordable levels by taking a voluntarily 50% loss on bond holdings. Instead, the hedge funds would prefer to either let Greece go bankrupt in the hopes that the hedge funds will be covered by the credit insurance they bought to protect against loss, or to get others involved and force the issue so that the funds will get paid in full. It’s a dangerous game being played by two parties with completely different interests. The hedge funds are focusing on what is best for their clients, and the IMF is trying to fix the entire sovereign debt problem in Europe. Greece is preparing to start final talks that could affect whether that country stays in the euro zone. In a move that will probably not sit well with German constituents already opposed to Germany’s role in the Greek bailout, German Chancellor Merkel announced that Germany would be willing to pay more funds to help conclude negotiations over the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) permanent bailout fund. The Greek bailout is viewed as the key solution before the European Union can work toward growth and job creation.

Tensions continued to grow in Iran, as one of the country’s nuclear scientists was killed by a car bomb on Wednesday. The bombing came as sanctions were being toughened on Iran because of its nuclear program. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iran immediately blamed the U.S. and Israel.  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has denied any American role in the slaying, and the U.S administration condemned the attack. However, Israeli officials, without admitting involvement, have hinted at covert campaigns against Iran, and Israel’s military chief of staff said that similar “unnatural” events could be expected this year if Iran continues along its path of nuclear development. The U.S. is looking for support from the Japanese government on imposing economic sanctions against Iran for its nuclear development program, as Japan is one of the top-three buyers of Iranian oil. President Barack Obama announced this week that the U.S. would freeze out financial institutions that deal with Iran’s central bank.

Recent data from China shows an increase in that country’s trade surplus for December.  Although expectations were met on export growth, import growth declined sharply. China is often seen as a major component of a global economic recovery. Barclays Capital Analysts said, “…the Chinese economy remains on track for a soft landing, with external weakness continuing to pose the biggest downside risk.” The U.S. and its allies are looking to impose stronger sanctions on Iran due to that nation’s nuclear ambitions, and China, as Iran’s top trade partner, seems to be caught in the middle. Hua Liming, former ambassador to Iran, said, “Iran will expect China to support its interests at the U.N. and other international circumstances, while the U.S. will exert tremendous pressure on China and use the Iran issue to judge if China is a ‘responsible’ major power.” Meanwhile, Chinese Gold imports from Hong Kong have climbed to a record high due to investment demand. China bought nearly 103,000 kilos from Hong Kong in November alone.

WEEKLY SPOT PRICES

Gold: Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,609.20. The high was on Thursday, Jan. 12th at $1,622.90, while the low for the week occurred on Monday, Jan. 9th, $1,605.70. Gold ended the week up $32.10 at $1,641.30. 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 $28.25. Silver reached a high of $30.68 on Thursday, Jan. 12th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Monday, Jan. 9th at $28.55. Silver ended the week up $0.86 at $29.81 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 $1,428.40 and ended the week up $64.20 at $1,492.60. 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 $616.80 and ended the week up $22.20 at $639.00. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week at APMEX.com.

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Australian Gold Lunar Coins

Designed by the Perth Mint in Australia, the Australian Gold Lunar coins are among some of the most beautiful coins in the world. Centered around the Chinese lunar calendar, the Australian Gold Lunar coins appeal to collectors and investors all over the world. Created because of popular demand from international investors and the success of the Australian Gold Lunar Series I coins, the Australian Gold Lunar Series II began in 2008 with the Year of the Mouse coins and will end with the Year of the Pig coins in 2019.

Struck from .9999 fine gold, Australian Gold Lunar coins are a great way to acquire and invest in precious metals. Legal Australian tender, most Gold Lunar coins are struck with a larger diameter. Inspired by China’s ancient lunar calendar, the Australian Gold Lunar Series coins feature the 12 animals central to the calendar’s stories. According to the lunar calendar, each of these 12 animals has a profound influence over those born under its year of “rule.”

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