5 Cool Coins for every budget

APMEX’s large selection of Numismatic items has a little something for everyone. Check out these Cool Coins!


Civil War Tokens

Civil War Tokens – $34.99

    • Own a piece of history.
    • These tokens were issued by private manufacturers’ and by store owner’s during the Civil War when there was a shortage of all coins.
    • There is a huge variety of types and styles.
    • Some are called “Patriotics” and they display patriotic themes.
    • Some are called “Storecards” and they display the names and specialties of merchants.
    • Widely circulated throughout the North and the South.
1811-1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar VF PCGS/NGC

1811-1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar

1811-1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar VF PCGS/NGC- $119.99 

  • Bust Half Dollars are highly collectible and always in demand.The coins will be dated between 1811 and 1836.
  • All coins will be graded by either PCGS or NGC and certified as grading Fine-12.

PCGS or NGC 1875-CC Twenty Cent Piece – Graded Fine-12 – $479.99


PCGS 1875-CC Twenty Cent Piece-Graded Fine-12

    • Unusual and short-lived series of odd denominations of US Coins.
    • Only minted between 1875 and 1878.
    • One of only two dates minted at the famed Carson City Mint.
    • When issued the public was confused by these coins because they were so similar to a quarter.
    • Only 132,000 were minted at the Carson City Mint that year.

1798 Draped Bust Dollar Heraldic Eagle/ 13 Stars Fine-12 NGC

1798 Draped Bust Dollar Heraldic Eagle/ 13 Stars Fine-12 NGC – $1,695.00

    • One of the earliest dollars issued by the United States.
    • Hard to find large silver coins issued by the United States  in the 18th Century.
    • Issued during President George Washington’s lifetime.
    • Nice, problem-free coins.
    • Graded as Fine-12 by NGC.



1849-O $1 Liberty Head Gold MS-64 NGC

1849-O $1.00 Liberty Head Gold Piece, MS64, NGC – $5,795.00

    • First year of issue for the $1.00 Liberty Head Gold coins.
    • Struck at the fabled New Orleans Mint.
    • Designed by James B. Longacre.
    • The smallest gold coin ever minted by the United States.

Maximizing Your Silver Investment in 2015

blog image 2We live in uncertain times. There is no telling which direction the market’s winds will blow against the sails of your investment portfolio. The key is to anchor your wealth in commodities with time-tested intrinsic value and buying power, including Precious Metals from APMEX. A growing number of investors are turning to Silver as a hedge against inflation and financial volatility.

As you begin growing your Silver investment, one of most important factors to consider is the premium over spot price.

What are Silver premiums?

Silver’s daily spot price, along with historical data, is easily accessible through APMEX. This number represents the market value of pure, unrefined Silver. Imagine this as Silver extracted directly from the mine.

Of course, Silver trade depends on mints and dealers to convert Silver into coins, rounds, bullion, bars and jewelry, adding distinction and collectibility to Silver products. You’ll notice that APMEX carries a range of products, from Silver American Eagles, the United States’ only official investment-grade Silver bullion coin, to highly collectible Silver Chinese Panda coins.

Mints and dealers are responsible for ensuring the purity of their products, verifying their authenticity, and adjusting and maintaining their inventory through fluctuations of supply and demand. The customer pays price over the cost of the Silver, also known as the premium, to accommodate these costs.

What is causing the rise in premiums?

Silver has recently experienced a significant rise in premiums. National premium averages have risen between roughly 14 percent of spot price per ounce in May 2015 to more than 18 percent in August 2015, as reported by Gold Charts R US. Some analysts predict the rise will continue.

The cause is simple. As Silver’s spot price has fallen to record lows, more customers are demanding Silver products. Premiums have risen as demand has significantly outpaced supply of finished goods, like precious metal bars, rounds and coins. Meanwhile, mints and dealers are facing lower physical supplies. Mining and minting additional Silver products is no small task. It takes time and advanced manufacturing to replenish inventories.

How can I capitalize within the current market?

Understandably, higher premiums may be intimidating to individual investors, but there are strategies for continuing to maximize your Silver investment.

First, investors can minimize the premiums they pay by purchasing larger quantities of Silver. For most products available at APMEX, premiums are lower when buying 500 or more coins, as compared to buying fewer than 20. As you decide how much of any Precious Metal to purchase, consult APMEX’s extensive educational resources.

Also keep in mind that as spot price continues to fluctuate, some analysts predict the best time to buy is sooner rather than later. Silver is widely underappreciated, but there are signs it may jump drastically again. The last time Silver prices made such extraordinary gains was from 2009 to 2011 when Silver nearly topped $50.00 an ounce.

The Silver-Gold price ratio is a key indicator that foreshadows Silver price gains. The two metals tend to move as a pair over the long term, but if they fall out of sync in the short term, it often means one if the metals in incorrectly valued. Every time the Silver-gold price ratio gets too high, it means Silver is undervalued.

Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com

Chart courtesy of http://www.StockCharts.com

History indicates that rises in Silver prices are all but guaranteed when the ratio tops 70. Currently, the ratio is 75. The last three times we saw the ratio cross 70 was in 1997, 2003, and 2009. This resulted in enormous gains on Silver prices. Investors who bought when the ratio peaked could have made an easy 70%, 200%, and 420% respectively.

This ratio is sounding the alarm again, implying Silver prices are headed sky high. While premiums may scare away the average investor, it’s important to remember long term gains and get in now while you still can.

Regardless of how you decide to move forward on your Silver investment, be sure to sign up for Silver price alerts, the most efficient way to precisely time your purchases according to your investment goals.



Whether you are holding onto your Precious Metals for a while or you need to quickly liquidate your assets, you should know your options when the time comes to sell. Your situation will most likely dictate your decision, but it is important to understand the available options.

3. If you want to avoid costly shipping (and your products are stored in a vault)…

… Consult your vault manager.

Shipping Precious Metals is expensive. Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium are heavy and shipping them requires insurance.

If you’ve kept your Precious Metals in a secure vault, it’s likely the facility is holding investments for many dealers in your area or abroad. These storage neighbors are potential buyers. Tell your vault manager that you’re looking to sell. If someone in your vault is interested in buying, your manager simply has to transfer the title of Precious Metals to the buyer.

Pros: Avoid expensive shipping costs.

Cons: At the mercy of someone else. Only applies if you’ve stored in a vault.

If you’re not storing your Precious Metals in a vault but want to avoid shipping, option two works for you.

2. If you need cash today…

… Look to local bullion dealers, coin shops, pawnshops and jewelry stores.

Emergencies happen. When you’re in need of fast cash, local dealers might be your best option for getting money on the spot. The United States Mint website has a directory of bullion dealers. Although the Mint does not endorse these dealers, it’s a good place to see what’s near you.

Beware: you may receive a below-value price, especially if there are a limited number of dealers in your town. Pawnshops and jewelry stores likely won’t know the true value of your items, either. It’s dangerous to carry around Precious Metals and risk losing your investment, so call around for best prices before driving around town.

Pros: Get cash quickly. Able to avoid expensive shipping costs.

Cons: Less likely to receive full value. Dangerous. Time consuming.

  1. If you want the best deal…

… Go online for expert evaluations and top returns.

When the investment you’re holding is pure precious metal, you know it’s worth a little effort to get top dollar. After all, that’s why you invested in the first place. Fortunately the Internet makes this easier than ever.

Online retailers can make offers based on real-time market values, locking in your price immediately. You’ll know exactly what you’re getting.

Just like with local dealers, you’ll want to shop around for the best prices online. Unfortunately there are a lot of scam and fraudulent companies to avoid, so you’ll also need to research each company’s ratings and reviews.

Once you’ve found a dealer you can trust, like APMEX, you can securely ship your Precious Metals through USPS Registered Mail. The dealer will then verify your items and issue payment. APMEX releases payment in 1-3 business days, making it nearly as fast as the selling options above.

Pros: Best return on investment. Easier to shop prices. Can be paid quickly if you choose the right dealer.

Cons: May encounter expensive shipping costs. Must be vigilant against fraudulent dealers.

When you consider APMEX’s 5/5 star rating from the Better Business Bureau, posted buy prices all over the website and fast payment, it’s easily the best place to sell, no matter your situation.

Gold and Silver prices vs. the Stock Market

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From cable news pundits to your next-door neighbor, a swing in the stock market is known to get people talking. After all, a recent Gallup poll found that 55 percent of Americans have money invested in the stock market, including individual stock, a stock mutual fund or a self-directed 401(k) or IRA. In contrast, significantly less chatter surrounds fluctuations in the prices of Gold and Silver.

Check today’s Gold prices and Silver prices on APMEX.

But are they related? Not surprisingly, like most issues related to global financial markets, it depends. For the most part, however, while stocks tend to thrive during times of perceived certainty and economic growth, Gold and Silver prices tend to rise in times of either a crisis or inflation.

Take the Great Recession as an example. As massive U.S. financial institutions crashed in September 2008, sending stocks into a nosedive, Gold prices rose significantly. Between 2008 and 2012, the Producer Price Index (PPI) of Gold surged 101.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Continued uncertainty, an uneven recovery and quantitative easing efforts by the U.S. Federal Reserve caused Gold prices to reach an all-time high of $1,917.90 an ounce in late August 2011. That month, the Dow to Gold Ratio reached a historical low of 6.36, meaning that one share of the Dow Jones Industrial Average could be purchased with just over 6 ounces of Gold. Compare that to August of 1999 — during the height of the dot-com bubble that sent Internet stocks booming — when the Dow to Gold Ratio peaked at 42.19.

According to former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Gold prices reflect “global uncertainties.” 

“The reason people hold Gold is as a protection against what we call tail risk, really, really bad outcomes. And to the extent that the last few years have made people more worried about the potential of a major crisis, then they have Gold as a protection,” Bernanke said.

Because Gold and Silver markets are based on the value of limited commodities, they are less susceptible to pressure from inflation and other unpredictable events. Perhaps Gold and Silver’s most attractive aspect is this: their purchasing power endures. In stark contrast to a digital stock note, you can hold a Precious Metal product in your hand and be sure it will retain value for decades (and even centuries) to come. Experts agree that Gold and Silver investments add lasting value to a diversified and secure investment portfolio.

How should you get started in growing your Gold and Silver investment? Check out APMEX, the leading Precious Metals retailer in the U.S., for details and consult our Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver for even more insight.

Rule Britannia: The Great London Getaway Winner Announced!


In June 2015, APMEX and the Royal Mint in London launched The Great London Getaway Sweepstakes. We are excited to congratulate Wesley W. from Nevada on being selected as the winner! The contest ran from June 1 through June 30 and more than 4,600 people entered, by purchasing select Gold and Silver Royal Mint products or through online or mail-in entry.

This is the first year APMEX has teamed up with the Royal Mint for this type of event, and by all accounts it was a success. The Royal Mint produces some of the most recognizable and beautiful Precious Metals products, most notably their Britannia Coin Series. The Royal Mint was founded in 886 during the reign of Alfred the Great, and has since become one of the leading mints in the world.

“We were excited to work with such a prestigious mint for this special sweepstakes,” APMEX Vice President of Marketing Jean-Marx Mantilla said. “The Royal Mint has the same commitment of excellence to the product they produce that APMEX has to our service we provide. We’re proud to offer the opportunity for such a special trip.”

Wesley and his wife are both excited to take their trip within the next year. The trip, valued at over $7,500.00, includes roundtrip airfare and accommodations for five nights at a four-star hotel in London. In addition to an exclusive VIP tour of the Royal Mint, Wesley and his wife will delight in historic sites of London, such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and many more. With $1,000.00 USD spending money included as part of the prize, memories are sure to be made.

Visit APMEX.com to discover all of the Royal Mint products. Keep an eye out for the next sweepstakes opportunity, the 7th Annual Perth Mint Australian Giveaway, where APMEX will once again team up with The Perth Mint to give someone the trip of a lifetime to Australia!

Top Places To Gain Insight Into Precious Metals

Precious Metals, notably Gold, Silver and Patinum, have been sought by humans since antiquity. Not only have they been used as a store of monetary value, but as investments to secure personal wealth. That practice, of course, continues to this day.

The key to successfully investing in Precious Metals in the 21st century is knowledge. As with any investment or business venture, the more you know, the better you are able to assess risk and make informed decisions. Thanks to the Internet, there are several sources from which you can gain insight into Precious Metals. Here are ten of the top resources.

Bloomberg Business

One of the leading resources for business and financial news, Bloomberg offers a user-friendly Precious Metals price index covering several international markets. It includes Gold, Silver, and Platinum, as well as Copper, zinc, and tin. Users can click on each market for a detailed price history.


Covering all kinds of commodities including oil, CNBC’s Precious Metals and Mining section also provides the latest news stories on Gold, Silver, Platinum, and other Precious Metals.

 Fox Business News

Like its rival CNBC, Fox Business also presents the latest news on Precious Metals. Unlike CNBC, Fox Business coverage deals more with how Precious Metals affect world markets overall, with some investment related news included.

Wall Street Journal

The acknowledged leader in business and financial news, The Wall Street Journal, of course, is a great resource for the latest news about Precious Metals around the world. The one drawback is most of the publication’s stories are behind a paywall, meaning you have to subscribe to see the content.


This web-based resource for all things financial offers up-to-date articles about Precious Metals. Many of these articles deal with funds that invest in Precious Metals. Another great feature is the glossary of terms that help novices get a handle on the terminology used when discussing these commodities.

Investing News Network

As the name implies, this website covers the entire spectrum of investing but has specific sections devoted to Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium. Each can be accessed from the Resources Investing tab on the home page’s navigation bar.

Gold Newswire

Gold newswire not only covers Gold but Silver, Platinum, and Palladium. It is essentially an aggregator, collecting news on Precious Metals from other places on the web. It features separate sections for news and analysis.

Reddit Silverbugs and other Precious Metals Forums.

On Reddit’s Silverbugs and Bullion forums, investors can swap information, investing experiences and tips. Silverbugs covers all kinds of Precious Metals and features a wiki to help newcomers get up to speed. Bullion is divided into sub-forums covering individual Precious Metals as well as things like real estate and jewelry. As it is a forum, it asks that those posting not solicit or offer specific investment advice.


Of course APMEX knows a thing or two about Precious Metals, having been in business for over 15 years. APMEX has several different options when it comes to providing information about Precious Metals.

  • Daily Market Reports: APMEX writes a daily report describing what is going on in the market that day. We link to helpful articles within the report to give you the most information possible.
  • Education Center: A resource to help you determine where to start and what you want to invest in. We know that being a new investor can be daunting, we try and simplify the decision making process.
  • The APMEX Precious Metals Guide – an easy to read digital booklet about Precious Metals investing.

APMEX Returns from ANA World’s Fair of Money

APMEX returned from the 2015 World’s Fair of Money last week, a little jet lagged and ragged, but excited about the incredible number of bullion, coins and currency we purchased. It was a productive and exciting week for our team, as they savored all there is to offer at the yearly conference.

During the World’s Fair of Money, and other shows throughout the year, APMEX meets with as many sovereign mints and coin and bullion vendors as possible, constantly looking for items to offer our customers that no one else has. APMEX stayed busy doing just that at the ANA, finding all kinds of interesting products to bring back. We worked hard to ensure our unmatched product selection continues to grow! Over 50,000 products were sent back to APMEX headquarters, newly purchased from the hundreds of dealers we met.

Some fun new purchases, or “NEWPS,” our team was particularly excited about bringing back to sell were:

  • 1893-CC Morgan Silver Dollar – the rarest date Carson City Silver Dollar in a Redfield Holder – magnificently and beautifully toned, combining beauty with rarity and eye-appeal.
  • An INCREDIBLY RARE 1907 $20 Gold Saint-Gaudens coin in Proof-64 condition. All 1907 High Relief Gold coins are RARE, but it is believed that all Proof High Reliefs are either Patterns or Trial Strikes. Most numismatists have never seen one in Proof, let alone owned one!
  • A Series 1995 $1 Bill with a special feature: the reverse is totally unprinted and blank!
  • 1935 Canadian Silver Dollars graded MS-65, MS-66 and MS-66+.
  • A 1904 $5 Liberty Half Eagle graded Proof-64 Cameo.
  • A complete set of Peace Silver Dollars, all graded MS-64 by PCGS.
  • An extremely rare 1796 Capped Bust $10 Gold Eagle graded an AU-58. 1796 was only the second year the U.S. Mint struck any Gold coins, and they only struck slightly over 4,000 $10 Gold coins.
  • A 1785 Colonial BAR Cent, the design of which looks exactly like the buttons worn by Continental soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

All of these items range in price from a few hundred to thousands of dollars and they are all for APMEX customers to enjoy! Currently all products we brought back from ANA are being checked into our system and photographed and should be on our site soon.

The ANA is the perfect place for dealers and sovereign mints from around the world to meet. APMEX met with the Perth Mint, Banco de Mexico, Royal Canadian Mint and more. A few members of our staff were also able to meet the new Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint, Rhett Jeppson.

The ANA is also where coin collectors, enthusiasts and dealers can be educated and hear from top professionals in the industry. Members of our team attended classes and had the opportunity to meet coin industry legend David Bowers. Additionally, APMEX’s own Director of Numismatics, Mike Garofalo, gave a presentation covering Classic U.S. Commemorative Coins.

All in all, the event was a huge success and APMEX came away with great products to share with our wonderful customers.

Visit the ANA 2015 photo album!