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  • Old Coins That Are Worth Money

    How Much are Old Coins Worth?

    Buying rare coins can offer far more value than beyond the balance sheet. Rare U.S. gold offers investors the chance to own an irreplaceable national treasure as well as a link to the America's rich history and heritage. These genuine historical treasures reflect the development of our nation. They can offer greater return potential than most other investments and, in recent years, have been active high performance investment vehicles.

    In fact, according to the PCGS 3000 report, the top 3,000 rare coins have had a nearly 3,000 percent return since the 1970's -  far better than any other investment known. Investors can add rare U.S. gold to their portfolios without making a new investment simply by trading bullion for rare coins.

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    Investors looking to diversify with rare gold coins would do well to seek coins from the New Orleans mint. The following are a number of rare coins that return a lot of value:

    Old and Rare Coins with Real Value:

    1854 O $3 Gold Indian XF-40N

    A three dollar bill might sound like something out of a fiction novel, but a three dollar coin was a real thing! The idea for minting such a coin is thought to be related to the price of stamps. While the price of stamps today keep going up, back in 1851 they actually went down, from from 5 cents to 3 cents. A three dollar gold coin then allowed customers to purchase stamps without having to handle the unpopular copper large cent or small silver three cent pieces.

    The coin was struck after being authorized by Congress with the Mint Act of 1853. The gold coin was designed by Head of the Mint, James Longacre. On one side bears Lady Liberty, crowned with a feather headdress. The reverse contains an arrangement of the cash crops of the day: wheat, cotton, corn and tobacco in a wreath.

    The 1854 coin bears a striking difference from the subsequent mintings - there is the word ‘DOLLARS’ nestled within the wreath in small print. Starting in 1855 the word DOLLARS was changed to a larger font. 100,000 were minted the first year, but the coin was not widely circulated. The coin was minted in New Orleans in 1854, but not after, making this coin a rare treasure. Buy the 1854 O $3 Gold Indian here.

    1855 O Gold U.S. Dollar AU-58N

    The gold dollar coin was designed in reaction to the three dollar coin of the day. To make it noticeably different, it was struck to be wider growing from 13mm to 14.86. It was also considered to be too heavy for what it was, but the weight stayed the same at 1.67grams. The image of Lady Liberty was also altered, made narrower and the relief raised so it stood out against the coin more. Purchase the 1855 O Gold US Dollar coin here.

    1843 O Gold Quarter Eagle MS-61N

    The 1843 Gold Quarter Eagle coin is the most available from the New Orleans minting of quarter eagle gold coins. At the same time, it was not widely circulated, leading many to consider it undervalued.

    The design crafted by Christian Gobrecht was later on utilized for the half eagle coin and gold quarter eagle coin. In order to reduce the threat of counterfeiting, dies were struck for the images. However, the date was still done by hand, famously leading to the problem of ‘3’ appearing like an ‘8’. Purchase the 1843 O Gold Quarter Eagle coin here.

    1893 O $5 Half Eagle with Motto MS-61N

    This coin has proven to be an incredible investment, showing massive growth in value since the 1970's, according to the PCGS 3000 report. This coin is among those named the "Top 10 New Orleans mint coins to own" by noted numismatist Douglas Winter and is a top recommendation by IPM as well.

    The half eagle coin was first minted in 1795, although it was first authorized in the Coinage Act of April 1792. Three years later, when production finally began, 744 half eagle coins were minted that first day. The weight and fineness of the coin remained consistent until 1837, when an act of Congress reduced the weight by 6 grains to 129 and fineness down to 0.90.

    It is difficult to find a coin that hasn’t been worn down slightly over the years. To compensate, many collectors tried freshening the coins up, to often undesirable results. One might think this is due to age and the malleability of gold, which is true in part - but not the entire story! Coins from this year were sent via ship to Europe, and over the course of their voyage were knocked around into each other causing small discolorations.

    In addition to such marks, the coins have an interesting coloring. The color of the coin is often a rose-gold, however there is a ring around the boards of the gold coin, giving it a contrasting highlight at the edge. This piece is truly a beautiful piece of history in addition to a valuable investment! You can purchase the 1893 O $5 Half Eagle coin here.

    1852 O Type 1 Double Eagle AU-58N

    This is another top ten listing. Few gold coins from New Orleans have shown as much price appreciation as Type One double eagles. This means that most of the issues from this dozen coin group are priced well into five figures.

    The double eagle coin was minted in $20 denominations after gold became plentiful in the US after the 1849 gold rush. This coin has the highest gold content of any coin from that period. There were three types produced - the Type I has no motto on it, but still contains the patriotic image of the eagle symbol on the reverse, and Lady Liberty in full, crisp relief on the obverse. Mint Chief James Barton Longacre also designed this coin after the US government felt compelled to create a large denomination gold coin to keep pace with the large quantities of gold found at Sutter’s Mill. Buy the 1852 O Type 1 Double Eagle here.

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    1909 O $5 Gold Half Eagle

    IPM recommends this 1909 O $5 Gold Half Eagle New Orleans mint coin as a long-term hold in your metals portfolio.

    The most magnificent gold eagle coins are those designed by Bela Lyon Pratt after President Theodore Roosevelt was inspired that American coins should be as artistic as Greek coins in their designs. These types of images didn’t last long, as purists demanded a return to traditional reliefs, such as Lady Liberty.

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    This half eagle coin is one of the rarest Indian gold coins minted. They are highly detailed gold coins, with a Native American head with full headdress on the obverse, and a proudly stanced bald eagle perched for flight on the reverse still retain their newly minted crips relief. Not only is this half eagle coin valuable due to its low production, but the year 1909 is also a highly desirable date, no matter it’s condition, as the 1909-O half eagle is the last gold coin minted in New Orleans. Also, it is the only half eagle Indian head gold coin to be minted in New Orleans.

    How much are old silver coins worth?

    Investors need not forget that old gold coins aren't the only ones with value. Silver coins are following the upward trend of all precious metals and collectible. And though the price is currently a little higher than usual, most of them offer an affordable way to bring rare coins into your portfolio.

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    Some good investments include  Silver Dollars BU Peace, Silver Dollars AU Peace, Silver Dollars Heavily Circulated Mixed Type or the Silver Dollars PCGS MS 65 Pre-21 Morgan; all of which are $1 U.S. silver coins minted between 1878 and 1935.

    How Much Are Old Gold Coins Worth?

    The inclusion of rare gold coins in your investment strategy helps reduce portfolio risk. In fact, studies show that rare coins trump gold bullion as a diversifying asset by reducing volatility and enhancing returns. Gold bullion alone can't do both. The numismatic return coupled with the intrinsic value of these pieces of history make rare coins an obvious investment choice.

    If you have any questions or followups, please don't hesitate to contact IPM, an online precious metals dealer with nearly 20 years of experience.

  • How to Store Your Precious Metals

    Why is it Important to Properly Store Precious Metals?

    Gold and silver are valuable assets and as such must be protected. Storage of these precious metals is one of the most important components of ownership. While keeping precious metals at home offers absolute control over your asset, it is imperative that you protect them from environmental degradation as well as from thieves.

    Store Your Precious Metals at Home

    Your precious metals are going to be in storage far more than they will be out for inspection, so how you store them is one of the most important decisions you will make about your investment. The first step in planning for storage is to determine how much space your collection will need.  The second step is to determine where it is to be stored.

    Precious Metals Safety

    Remember that secrecy equals security. Limit the number of people who know about your investment. If you have chosen a safe for storage, make sure it is a heavy one. Take extra precautions such as bolting the safe down, hiding it under floor boards or within walls or buried in the yard. There are also many products available in which to hide your gold and silver - clever containers that mimic other items like books or soft drinks. If you choose to bury your metals, be sure to remember where; do not visit the site often and be sure to bury them deep enough, at least 4 ft. or more, to foil a metal detector.

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    Maintaining Value

    Regardless of where or how you choose to store your precious metals, your storage environment should be fire and water proof. Because excessive heat or moisture can have an impact on the value of your assets, the space should remain cool and dry.protect gold - cash box

    How to Store Coins Vs. Bars

    While flip-books and coin albums are a convenient way to store one-ounce coins, they aren't completely airtight which can lead to discoloration. To protect your more valuable pieces, coin slabs, the hard plastic cases used for coins graded by a guaranty service, or air tight capsules or other containers are a good choice. For storing bars, look for air tight containers that have slots to keep the bars from touching. There are several brands available that offer holders designed  for 20 one-ounce gold or silver bars.

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    Protecting Physical Gold & Silver Is Crucial 

    While the prospect of storing your physical gold coins or bullion may seem daunting, taking a few well-thought out steps will go a long way in protecting your physical asset. Carefully selecting a location and those privy to that information and making sure that your bars and coins are in an air-tight, temperature-controlled environment will help ensure the safety of your collection.

  • Gold Investment Advice for 2015

    Investing in Gold as a Means Toward Profitability 

    Though gold investing advice may vary among retailers and experts, there really is no question as to whether or not one should invest in the precious metal. Gold makes good sense as part of any investment portfolio because it is one of the few financial assets that does not rely on a third party's promise to pay. It serves as a foundation asset within any long term savings or investment portfolio and offers diversification, reliability and opportunity for gain. You can purchase gold bullion coins here. Check out a very affordable 1 gram pure gold bar for purchase.

    As we know, the price of gold rises and drops depending on demand. During the mini-recession of 2008, the demand and subsequent sales of gold skyrocketed, as shown in the graph below. Sales have slowed a bit in 2014, though is still ahead of demand from 10 years ago. This represents a great opportunity, as prices are currently at a 5 year low.

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    Why Invest in Gold?

    Gold is a tangible, portable asset completely safe from fraud or scandal. The most powerful function of gold is its performance as a hedge against inflation and the devaluation of the American dollar.

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    Both coins and bullion offer an excellent way to add gold to your portfolio. Most gold bullion investment advice lists the one ounce American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins as an affordable vehicle for the precious metal. The weight and purity of American Eagle Gold Coins are backed by the U.S. government, thus they are legal tender and can be sold for cash and coins at precious metal dealers the world over. Gold has historically retained its intrinsic value. In terms of the goods and services gold can purchase, the precious metal has remained relatively stable over a span of centuries.

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    The Price of Gold in 2015 and Beyond

    Gold is one of the best performing commodities of 2014 and 2015 thus far and the majority of current gold investment advice touts it as a good time to buy. It has left a good deal of commodities, most equity markets as well as Treasuries behind. Despite gloomy projections from top investment banks, gold has risen and there are many global indications that that trend will continue. Gold is a safe bet in an uncertain world and a large portion of the world is presently rife with uncertainty.  The uptick in violence in Iraq, ISIS, the general Middle East, as well as ongoing conflict with Russia and the Ukraine has increased the demand for gold. Also, Festival and wedding seasons are ongoing in India and demand for the yellow metal is on the rise, so long as India's job market continues to rise.

    Where Can I Invest in Gold?

    Whether it be coins or bullion, International Precious Metals is a natural choice in retailers. Gold bullion investing advice generally recommends doing business with a reputable retailer, and IPM is one of only two dozen companies recognized as a National Dealer in official United States Mint literature. IPM's  dedication to providing customers with exceptional service has garnered an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.  IPM can offer a an excellent range of choices .Gold Investment Advice for 2014 1-oz-gold-american-eagle-coin

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  • How Do I Invest In Gold?

    Where to Buy Gold?

    When purchasing gold, the two major markets for the physical product are local shops and online retailers. While local shops have been the traditional routes for much of gold buying history, that is not the case anymore. With the advent of the Internet and online shops, gold can be purchased safely online. Also, purchasing online can now save you money, and of course offers more convenience, thereby rendering many local shops obsolete.

    Also, the fact that there are now a plethora of online shops selling gold means huge competition. This forces online stores to keep their prices competitive, and improves one’s chances of buying gold at prices close to the spot. Online precious metal retailers like International Precious Metals can offer an excellent range of choices and competitive prices.

    How to buy gold?

    When buying gold, the easiest way is to buy bullion, which is gold in its purely physical form. The one ounce American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins offer an affordable way to buy gold for those with more limited means. It is important to note that Gold Eagles are backed weight and purity by the U.S. government, thus they are considered legal tender and can be sold for cash and coins at precious metal dealers the world over. St. Gauden's and the American Buffalo are other popular gold coin options for affordable prices.

    Another way to buy gold is through paper gold investments like gold exchange-traded funds or ETFs. These are mutual funds whose portfolio is fixed in advance and does not change. ETF’s trade like stocks, and only two are traded in the United States. Both of these ETF’s use gold bullion as their only asset.

    Another option is Gold mutual funds. These mutual funds hold the portfolios of the gold stocks of senior mining companies that can boast a profitable track record for a substantial amount of time. These companies consistently recover known quantities of gold from their established mines. This type of investment can offer those wary of investing in physical gold some of the same exposure to the precious metal. In terms of choosing which fund to invest in, the senior mining company is considered to be the more conservative choice than some of the younger upstart companies.

    Gold options and futures offer yet another way to buy gold. However, this option is not for the faint of heart, as it requires speculating on future gold prices. Because this carries significantly more risk, it is more suited toward the experienced investor.

    Should I Buy Gold?

    Two of the biggest allures of gold for investors are gold's performance as a hedge against inflation and its ability to maintain its inherent value throughout history. Gold is a portable, tangible asset that can't be tainted by fraud or scandal. Because you can actually hold it in your hand, the physical element of gold (bars and coins) allows for a safer for of currency which people can keep with them in their homes. These safe attributes make it a natural choice for investors.

    That is why it is important to have a trusted coin and bullion dealer when buying something expensive such as gold. International Precious Metals has over 20 years of numismatic and coin dealing experience, and is also mentioned by the United States Mint as a recognized coin dealer. Buying gold needs to be a secure and safe investment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions – we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any of your questions and offer advice. Good luck investing!

  • What Is The Most Precious Metal?

    When discussing the most precious metals in the world, all discussions obviously include gold and silver. These two metals have been considered the official standard of wealth and value throughout the vast majority of human history, and were used for monetary systems across many nations throughout history.

    There are two other precious metals that were never used in the traditional sense, like gold and silver were, but are nonetheless considered to be precious, and worthwhile of an investment. These two metals are platinum and palladium.

    Platinum: The Most Precious?

    Platinum is the most precious of the aforementioned metals, and at nearly 15 times more scarce than gold, with no known stockpiles, makes it very sought after. Because one in every five consumer products either contains platinum or was produced using the precious metal, it remains in high demand.

    Platinum is known for its malleability, resistance to corrosion, strong density, and is often used in the jewelry, dentistry, aeronautics and weapons industries.

    Gold: Historical Value

    Gold only recently passed platinum in terms of price per ounce, but because it is such a necessity to so many industries, it is predicted to surpass it in the future.

    Gold, the next most precious metal on our list, is known as the king of precious metals and is one of the oldest metals to be recognized as currency. First coined by the Romans in 50 B.C., it was used as currency in China more than 3,000 years ago.

    Gold's conductivity, reflectiveness, malleability and durability make it a desirable commodity for use in crafting jewelry as well as in industrial applications.

    Physical gold is private, portable, secure and immutably valuable. Historically, it has retained its value, maintaining through the collapse of governments and even cultures. No paper asset offers the same security.

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    Palladium: Multi-Faceted

    Palladium is the third most precious metal.  This silvery-white metal was discovered in 1803 and is named after the asteroid Pallas. Palladium is sought after for its rarity, malleability, stability in heat and ability to absorb large quantities of hydrogen at room temperature. The lustrous metal is used by automobile and electronic manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and jewelers. It is also used to purify hydrogen and treat groundwater.

    Silver: Consistency

    Silver is the fourth most precious metal in our list. Historically, silver has been the most affordable precious metal and, like gold, has been considered a form of currency since its discovery. The lustrous, white metal is a by-product of processing and smelting copper, gold and lead-zinc ores and was discovered after gold and copper in 4,000 BC.

    Silver is the most electrically and thermally conductive and reflective metal on earth with the lowest contact resistance of all metals. It is also the most used metal with no known substitutes. It is used in a multitude of applications ranging from jewelry to mold prevention, and represents an extremely valuable way to diversify one's precious metal investing.

    Other Precious Metals

    These four precious metals, platinum, palladium, and silver collectively fill out the list of most valuable precious metals that are commonly invested in. There are other precious metals in the world, some of which are more valuable than the ones on this list, yet are less commonly invested in. Examples of these are rhodium, ruthenium, iridum, and osmium.

  • How Much Is A Gold American Eagle Coin Worth?

    How Much Is A Gold American Eagle Coin Worth?

    There is a reason why the American Gold Eagle coin is such a popular coin for investors. Not only is investing in gold always a smart move, but coins are small, easy to conceal, and highly portable. In fact, 80% of gold bullion in circulation in the U.S. is in the form of the American Gold Eagle coin, and is the most traded coin in the world.

    The biggest selling point for why people purchase American Gold Eagle Coins is because they are an agile investment in the form of gold, and possibly the best investment for a coin. Most people cannot afford to buy a full brick of gold. A coin however, representing variations of an ounce, is much more affordable, and a recognized monetary asset by every government. With the current value of gold at around $1300 an ounce, buying even 1/10 of that is affordable for most.

    Check out our American Gold Eagle 1 oz coin for sale here.

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    The most affordable option is the 1/10 American Gold Eagle from 2015, for about $140.

    Why Buy Gold Coins?

    Gold is a highly active market, meaning it has high liquidity and is easy to sell. The price of gold is also reported daily in major newspapers, making it easy to track your investment. The coins are considered legal tender, with each size valued at the denomination printed on it (at values of five, ten, twenty-five, and fifty dollars). However, in reality the value of these coins is much higher than the face value. For example, there is a high demand for coins minted in the early 1990s, meaning an investment today can be worth more than its weight in gold in a matter of years.

    Thinking of investing in gold and don't know where to start? Get advice on gold investing from International Precious Metals!

    These coins can also be added to your Individual Retirement Account (IRAs), adding invaluable security of having your long-term investments with you at home as well as diversity to your investment portfolio. Additionally, the fact that the coins are physically solid, and can be kept in one's personal property, makes them attractive. In the event of mass computer or internet crashes, owning "shares" of gold that is held in a vault or bank in another location would be at risk.

    Gold American Eagle Measurements

    Gold American Eagle coins are highly valuable for their size: the resale value of a 1/10 oz Gold American Eagle Coin is approximately $143 at the time of publication. Yet they are so small:

    • Diameter: 16.50 mm
    • Thickness: 1.19 mm
    • Gross Weight: .1091 troy ounces
    • Official Face Value: $5
    • Actual Street Value: $120-$160

    No matter what your budget, there is likely an American Gold Eagle Coin affordable for you.

    American Gold Eagle Investing for Beginners

    Bullion coins are a good investment for beginners. Its base value is clear, meaning it is worth at least as much as its weight in its component precious metals. Additionally, they are considered to be the official gold bullion coins of the U.S.  Government, having been authorized by US Congress. Check out our rare coins value guide which is a good start for beginners.

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    In order to predict the future value of American Eagles, we can take a look at the price of gold in the chart above as a reference. While there may be variations as much as 30% from one year to the next, the most important thing to judge is the long-term trend, which is only increasing.

    About the US Mint American Gold Eagles

    The American Gold Eagle Coin is not only one of the best ways for investing in gold, it is also a way to buy a piece of America itself, because the Bullion Coin Act of 1985 mandates that all of these coins be minted with gold mined in the United States and are produced at West Point, New York, where there is a national mint along side the famous military acadamy. The coins are minted on one side with Lady Liberty majestically posed with a beacon of light and olive branch.Gold Investment Advice for 2014-american-eagle-gold-coin

    This image maybe be familiar, as it is in the style of perhaps the most famous and beautiful of all American coins, Augustus Saint-Gauden’s $20 gold coin, which was first minted in 1907. The flip side continues the American spirit with a male bald eagle carrying an olive branch to a nest with a female eagle and their hatchlings. Coins minted from 1986 until 1991 are dated with Roman Numerals, while all coins since then are dated in the standard Arabic Numerals.

    Coin Material & Gold Content

    Gold American Eagles are currently offered in one-tenth, one-half, one-fourth and full one ounce (1 oz.) 1 oz sizes and are certified by the U.S. Government to contain the exact amount of gold that they are stated to carry. That means an American Gold Eagle contains 91.67% gold, 3% silver, and 5.33% in copper. The gold is 22 karat – the perfect density to be pure yet durable. The coins are minted with the additional small amounts of copper and silver to prevent wear and tear, thereby maintaining its resale value for years to come.

    The coins come from a hand-carved die that was then turned into a high-quality steel mold. The gold is melted and then cast into gold bars that are pressed 12 times until they are only half of an inch thick. They are then taken to a finishing mill to continue to reduce the thickness, depending on the coin’s denomination, and then cut into blank coins. The coins are polished with steel beads, cleaned, and hand dried. Next, the coins are reheated to re-crystalize the metals and prevent the coins from breaking. Finally, the coins are suitable to be pressed, and each coin is pressed twice, to ensure the highest quality engraving on your coin.

    Various Editions

    There are other editions of American Gold Eagle coins for buyers who are looking for something extra valuable. Proof coins are limited edition, known as beautifully produced coins that have a striking extra polished background that offsets the frosted, raised image. This gives the images incredible detail, making them higher in demand, and therefore more valuable. There are also uncirculated coins that first came into the market in 2006, and are unique in that they are hand-fed into special burnished molds and are only minted in one ounce denominations.

    American Eagle Gold Coin Price History

    There is no clear history of the historical prices of American Eagle gold coins, and this is because there are many versions of the coin. However, to learn more about the American Gold Eagle and other rare coins, please check out our rare coins price guide, in which we will send you a comprehensive guide for you to learn more about coin investing and as well as the industry more in depth.

    Gold Coins Vs Inflation

    Buying gold bullion coins online represent the most agile form of physical investment in gold. American Eagles are the most popular form of agile gold. Additionally, coins in general represent a huge measure against inflation. Please see the chart below for a staggering display of the value of coin investing compared with inflation over time.

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    How to Buy Gold American Eagles

    The current value of a 1 oz Gold American Eagle coin (which contains 31.104  grams of pure gold) is $1356 , while the value of one ounce of pure gold is currently around $1295. How do you know if the coin you are trying to buy is being inappropriately marked up? The problem is finding a trustworthy vendor to buy from. Someone may offer an American Gold Eagle for cheaper than market value, though the chances of it being legitimate are slim.

    Where to Buy American Eagle Gold Coins

    Don’t be fooled by imitations, coins of this caliber are only sold by companies approved by the US Mint. International Precious Metals is one of only twenty companies to be recognized as a national dealer by the US Mint, and has multiple coin industry affiliations. Use our site to buy gold and silver online, as well as shop for authentic American Eagles, some of which are listed below, along with some product details.

    International Precious Metals is currently offering many American Eagle coins, below are a selection of our most popular:

    1) American Gold Eagle 1 oz Common Date - 22 karat standard, containing full, stated weight of gold, with the balance consisting of silver and copper (to add for durability).

    2) American Gold Eagle 1/10 oz 2015 Coin

    3) American Gold Eagle 1/4 oz 2015 Coin

    4) American Gold Eagle 1/2 oz 2015 Coin 

    As well as American Eagles in other metal forms:

    4) Platinum Bullion - The first and only platinum coin offered by the US government. Available in 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 and bars.

    5) American Silver Eagle Coins - First minted in 1986, this coin is made up of .999 silver content.



  • American Gold Eagles as a hedge against inflation

    Gold, known as the king of precious metals, has been an obsession of mankind's for all of recorded history.  First coined by the Romans in 50 B.C., it was used as currency in China more than 3,000 years ago. And since its discovery, it has maintained its inherent value. Investors in gold will never be left with a worthless metal. Gold is tangible asset completely safe from fraud or scandal.

    The most powerful function of gold, the most convertible of all the precious metals, is its performance as a hedge against inflation and the continuing devaluation of the American dollar.

    The declining dollar is good news for investors in the precious metal as, historically, gold has tended to outperform other common investments during times of political or economic upheaval.

    American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins offer an affordable way to add gold to your portfolio.

    The American Eagle Bullion Coin was first minted in 1986. The obverse of the coin is based on the design of world-renowned American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens produced for the prized 1907 $20 gold coin. The reverse pictures a family of eagles.

    Gold Eagles are backed  -weight and purity –by the U.S. government, thus they are legal tender and can be sold for cash and coins at precious metal dealers the world over.

    Buying the gold bullion is as simple as visiting your nearest coin or precious metals dealer or even a brokerage house or participating bank. They are available in four denominations and sell at a variety of prices. They sell at the prevailing market price along with a small premium to cover their coinage and distribution costs.

  • Why Buy Silver: Diversification


    Historically, silver has been the most affordable precious metal. It was discovered after gold and copper in 4,000 BC and has since been used in jewelry, as utensils, for ornaments,  and as a medium of exchange. The Romans were the first major economy to mine silver, reaching peak levels of 10,000 tons in usage around the second century AD.

    Modern Use of Silver

    Investors interested in diversifying with the precious metal need to do so soon. Silver is the most electrically and thermally conductive and reflective metal on earth. It is also the most used metal with no known substitutes and currently silver inventories are at record lows. Also, in the past decade, silver has been strongly correlated with the national debt of this nation. That debt is rapidly increasing and investors can assume that the price of this highly volatile metal will increase over the next few years as well.

    Silver Prices

    The price of silver has most recently been hovering around $20 per ounce. Compare that with the price of gold, which is currently $1300 an ounce. This staggering price differential is one reason why people invest in silver, due to the sheer difference in dollars. It is said that silver reached the equivalent of $1200 an ounce in the 15th century. Once the Americas were discovered, the influx of new silver brought the price down to modern prices.

    In more recent times, silver has seen some staggering movement: In 2009, it dropped to $10 an ounce, and in the summer of 2011, spiked to $48 an ounce. It has since seemed to level off into a more affordable $20 an ounce.

    Considering that miners are digging about 9 ounces of silver from the ground for every ounce of gold, shows that maybe silver is indeed undervalued, considering that gold goes for 64 times the price of silver.


    American Eagle Silver

    American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins act as building blocks for your precious metals investment. The metal was first minted into dollar coins in 1792 and has only just recently become an investment option. They are America's only official investment grade silver bullion coins. One of the most beautiful coins ever minted, the Silver Eagle features a design on the obverse based on A.A. Weinman's Walking Liberty, introduced in the 1917 silver half-dollar. The reverse displays an eagle and shield is featured on the reverse.

    Silver Eagles are backed  -weight and purity –by the U.S. government. Silver Eagles are legal tender and can be sold for cash and coins at precious metal dealers the world over. Buying the silver bullion is as simple as visiting your nearest coin or precious metals dealer or even a brokerage house or participating bank. They are available in four denominations and sell at a variety of prices. They sell at the prevailing market price along with a small premium to cover their coinage and distribution costs.

    Silver Bullion

    Traditionally, silver bullion is looked at as an important hedge for the overall economy: both against inflation, as well as doomsday scenarios, where economies collapse and currencies are no longer accepted. Buying silver bullion is currently an affordable optionfor those looking to get into precious metals, and offer more bang for your buck than gold. International Precious Metals has a huge selection of silver bars and coins for low prices, and encourages you to reach out with any questions for more information.

  • Have you avoided investing in graded coins?

    Have you avoided investing in numismatic, or graded, coins?   Are you interested, but hesitant, because you don’t have time to learn as much as you’d like about coin investments?

    IPM has been around since 1995, and we’ve found this to be the sentiment with a lot of our clientele.  The solution is to find a company with a strong, provable track record that you can trust.  To put it plainly, we want to be that company for you.

    This section is devoted to giving you, our valuable client, a resource to learn at your own pace about why coin investing is one of the best tools for wealth preservation and returns.    Start with our Basics of Buying section if you’re new to precious metals.  Or, if you’re a seasoned investor, use our historical numbers and comparisons to check historical spot prices and ratios between the different metals types over time.

    Many people inquire annually about opening a precious metals IRA.  We would be happy to help you learn more about IRAs, and we can assist you through the entire process, from opening up your account, funding, diversification strategy, and finally, depository services to help store your metals in order to minimize risk.

    What makes IPM different than many other companies is our dedication to integrity, and to helping you understand what coins to purchase, and most importantly why- so that you can be properly diversified inside the metals markets.  Our Importance of Diversification section goes into more detail.

  • Should I Buy Platinum?

    So far in 2014, we’ve seen many good reasons to start thinking about platinum as a real investment. Mining strikes, along with increased production, are starting to put pressure on the price. At $1514 per ounce, it is near the 52 week high of $1543.

    Worldwide Usage

    Platinum has historically been regarded as the most precious of all precious metals, and rightly so, as it is nearly 15 times more scarce than gold, and with no known stockpiles. And because one in every five consumer products either contains platinum or was produced using the precious metal, it remains in high demand. Currently, roughly 45% of platinum is used for vehicle emissions control devices, and another 30% for jewelry. The remaining 25% of platinum is used for a combination of investing, laboratory equipment, dentistry equipment, electrodes, spark plugs, electrodes, and turbine engines. Because of its scarcity, only a few hundred tons are produced each year, with nearly 80% of that production coming from South Africa.

    History of Platinum

    The metal was initially discovered in the early part of the 16th century by Conquistadors, and derives from the word ‘platina’, which literally means: little silver. However, it only became more recognized and known in around 1741, when British metallurgist Charles Wood discovered it in Jamaica, and sent it back home for further research. Only recently, however, has platinum become an investment option. Platinum's scarcity, coupled with the industrial demand for it combine to make it a solid asset with great potential. Platinum generally tracks the price of gold but, given its necessity to so many industries, it is predicted to surpass it gold’s value in the future. Additionally, the price of platinum is more volatile than gold, and is subject to higher drops and higher jumps.

    Government Platinum

    American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coins offer an excellent vehicle for including this precious metal in your portfolio. First authorized by U.S. Congress in 1996 and then minted in 1997, they are the only official investment-grade platinum coins from the United States Mint. Platinum Eagles are beautifully designed bearing a portrait of the Statue of Liberty on the obverse and a soaring bald eagle framed against a setting sun on the reverse. These Platinum Eagles are the only platinum bullion coins whose weight, content, and .995 purity are officially guaranteed by the U.S. Government. They are sold in one ounce only.

    True Value of Platinum

    Their face value is mostly symbolic because platinum's market price has historically been higher. The metal is currently outperforming both gold and silver. Platinum Eagles are legal tender and can be sold for cash and coins at precious metal dealers the world over. Buying the platinum bullion is as simple as visiting your nearest coin or precious metals dealer or even a brokerage house or participating bank. They are available in four denominations and sell at a variety of prices, and they sell at the prevailing market price along with a small premium to cover their coinage and distribution costs.

    Platinum has historically been a lucrative investment, and with a guarantee from the U.S. Government, Platinum Eagle coins certainly represent a great opportunity to get in on the platinum rush.

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