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The History of the American Gold Eagle

The History of the American Gold Eagle

If you are a serious collector in the hobby, more than likely you own one or more of the following designs: Morgan Silver Dollar, Lincoln Wheat Cent, Buffalo Nickel, American Silver Eagle, and a Gold American Eagle. The latter two are still being produced today and are quite possibly the most popular collector coins to date. The American Gold Eagle though piques the interest of investors the most and is the pivotal coin to have when looking to buy gold.

The Pre-1933 American Gold Eagle Coin

The original Gold American Eagle coin actually dates way back to the early 1790s. How can that be you say? They took form in the Quarter Eagle...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/31/2019

First Two Uncirculated American Innovation $1 Coin Released By the U.S. Mint

First Two Uncirculated American Innovation $1 Coin Released By the U.S. Mint

This Fall has been a whirlwind of United States Mint releases so far. Namely, the first two releases of the new American Innovation $1 Coin Program. September 19th marked the very beginning of the multi-year series that will honor innovation and innovators with $1 coins from each State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands.

The first four were slated to be released in 2019 while their Proof and Reverse Proof counterparts were also on the production schedule. So far, Delaware and Pennsylvania have had their Philadelphia and Denver minted uncirculated versions released. In addition, the Mint dropped a 4-coin Proof Set earlier this month that featured all four coins...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/29/2019

100 Greatest U.S. Coin Series: 1793 "Strawberry Leaf" Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse Large Cent

100 Greatest U.S. Coin Series: 1793 "Strawberry Leaf" Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse Large Cent

There is a term in the numismatic business that can change everything if you do not know that much about a specific coin or series. United States coinage has a rich history and even more so, a rare history when it comes to certain coins. Rarity can change how a coin is bought and sold and even sought after.

In the first post of our new blog series focusing on the top 100 Greatest United States Coins as explained in Whitman Publishing’s book written by Jeff Garrett with Ron Guth, we will look at a coin that should have “rare” in its name. With the help of influential coin dealers across the country, the fourth edition of the publication will look to explain a variety type from the early 1790s that still does not have a definite designer or engraver. Let...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/24/2019

New Release! 2020 Great Britain Silver Britannia 1oz BU

New Release! 2020 Great Britain Silver Britannia 1oz BU

We pride ourselves on having a plethora of options when it comes to our very own SilverTowne minted silver bullion. But if what we have is not your thing and you prefer world mint products such as Royal Canadian Mint options like the Maple Leafs or the Predator Series Coins, China Pandas, Perth Mint options like the Kangaroo or Kookaburra, the South African Krugerrand, the Austrian Philharmonic, or the Great Britain Britannia, we also have you covered. As a matter of fact, we just received the 2020 Great Britain Silver Britannia 1oz BU coins and now you have the opportunity to get ahead for your 2020 world silver bullion collection!

The figure of Britannia first appeared on the coins of Emperor Hadrian over...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/22/2019

SilverTowne Employee Profile Series: Vickie W.

SilverTowne Employee Profile Series: Vickie W.

Vickie W., Graphic Designer

Vickie was already familiar with SilverTowne when she was hired a little over three years ago. Or so she thought…

Working for a print and web design company back in the 1990s, Vickie got to know our former owner, David, and Cindy (accounting department) when SilverTowne had print catalogs. Until she started her day-to-day here in May of 2016, she never realized how much there was to learn and how much she would continue to learn about this...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/17/2019

William Barber: United States Chief Engraver Series

William Barber: United States Chief Engraver Series

“It’s all in the family.” We know how that goes here at SilverTowne as our family-owned and operated business has been comprised of aunts, uncles, cousins, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandfathers, grandmothers, and more throughout its beginnings in 1949. The coin business is a business that gets passed down from generation to generation in most cases, so it makes sense.

While our family tree features a lot more branches, there is a father and son duo in numismatics that has made quite the impact when it comes to United States coinage: William and Charles Barber. While we have already taken the time to talk about Charles’ impact on numismatics as the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, let...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/15/2019

Special Occasion Silver: SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Edition!

Special Occasion Silver: SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Edition!

“There is magic in the night when the pumpkins glow by moonlight.” - Unknown

Break out the decorations and classic movies. Visit the haunted houses and corn mazes. Get your costumes ready. Go pumpkin picking for that perfect carving. Grab up ALL the candy and get ready! It’s about to get spooky up in here!

In addition to your traditional Halloween activities, silver bullion purchasing should be on that list! Our Halloween-themed bullion is perfect for this time of year as ghosts and goblins make their way down Elm Street! Oh, wait...that’s Freddy Krueger!

Jack-O’-Lantern carving is a fun tradition for both the kids and adults! Celebrate...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/10/2019

Retirement: The Accomplishment Of A Lifetime

Retirement: The Accomplishment Of A Lifetime

Alarm clock rings. Feet hit the floor. Get ready in an hour or less (depending on who you are). Take your car, a bus, a train, a taxi to the job you have been going to for the past 20+ years. Day shift, night shift, overnight shift, etc. Rinse and repeat. That is until you retire.

All of a sudden your life is completely different and this can be scary to some. But remember these words if the thought of not being on a mandatory schedule scares you: now is the time to enjoy what you have been working so hard for. Now is the time to slow down and do things you want to do but never had the time for. Now is the time for YOU!

Retirement is a huge accomplishment and it should be celebrated first and...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/08/2019

Silver of the Month: 10th Anniversary 1oz .999 Silver Round

Silver of the Month: 10th Anniversary 1oz .999 Silver Round

A lot can happen in 10 years. Anniversaries, babies, marriages, divorces, two and a half Presidential terms, sobriety, class reunions. All of these things are worthy (maybe not so much the divorce part) of commemorating. All of these things are significant and could be remembered with the gift of silver. It just so happens that our Silver of the Month for October can enhance that gift. Not familiar with our Silver of the Month options? Continue reading, please.

Do you like free shipping? Of course, you do. Do you like the opportunity to get silver without having to buy more than what you want? Who doesn’t? Welcome to our unofficial official silver of the month club where you do not have to sign up or enter any...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/03/2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Spreading Awareness Through Silver

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Spreading Awareness Through Silver

October brings about a number of changes in the country. Leaves start to turn and fall, temperatures get cooler, pumpkin-spiced everything hits the shelves everywhere, and our awareness involving breast cancer sharpens just a little bit more. Pink shows up everywhere: on clothes, shoes, in the media, on the NFL’s jerseys and football fields, across a number of platforms, and so on. Everyone, unless living under a rock, will see or hear the rumblings of breast cancer awareness.

Among most cancers, individuals are usually most familiar with breast cancer. Why? One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime and it is the second leading cause of cancer death among women according to the National Breast...read more

Posted in: The Vault Blog - 10/01/2019
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