Until 1964, quarters had silver in them. Fifty years ago, a quarter would have been worth, well, a quarter of a paper dollar.
But because of the silver in the coins, quarters from that era have grown in value. A dollar will buy you half a gallon of gas these days. The money from a silver quarter will fetch you nearly twice that amount.
If you’ve been thinking about investing some of your hard-earned money into gold, as so many people seem to be doing these days, you may be wondering what form of gold bullion you should purchase. That is, should you buy bars or coins?
Ultimately, the decision is up to you, although there are a number of facts and details that may inform your decision, and that will likely make it an informed decision.
But first things first: It’s crucial to understand that while most people think only of gold bars when they hear the word ‘bullion,’ gold bullion coins certainly exist as well. Bullion, just to be clear, is simply a refined and stamped weight of precious metal.
So if you’re planning on purchasing gold primarily as an investment—and assuming you prefer coins to bars—you’ll want to steer clear of ‘collectible’ gold coins, and instead make sure that the coins you’re buying are indeed actual bullion.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself and mull over if you’re not sure whether the bullion bar or bullion coin route is the best for your situation:
According to Michael J. Kosares, one of the country’s foremost gold experts and the author of numerous books on the gold market, gold should essentially be thought of as ‘wealth insurance.’
“You cannot approach [gold] the way you approach stock or real estate investments,” Kosares says. “Timing is not the real issue. The first question you need to ask yourself is whether or not you believe you need to own gold. If you answer that question in the affirmative,” he goes on to say, “there is no point in delaying your actual purchase, or waiting for a more favorable price which may or may not appear.”
In other words, gold is one of the most secure financial investments available, and if you’re ready to diversity your investment portfolio with the addition of gold, there’s not much point in waiting for prices to fall, which tends to happen during times of economic crisis. There were periods during the height of the 2008 financial crisis, for instance, during which demand for gold was so great that actual shortages occurred.
So yes, now certainly is a good time to buy gold, which, aside from its positive relationship with the US dollar, has been performing well in other currencies for a few months now.
You’re probably familiar with the Tupperware parties your mother or grandmother may have had in the 1980s, or perhaps the more modern Pampered Chef parties. These events were designed to get friends together for fun, food, and some profit for the hostess.
The newest twist on these entrepreneurial efforts are gold parties. With these parties, guests can make some money rather than spending it, so they’ll be eager to attend.
Hosting a gold party is simple to do. Just get a group of friends together to come to your house with their unwanted gold. Most people have old or broken pieces of jewelry tucked away in a drawer or jewelry box and forgotten. If they bring these items to your party, not only will they have a good time getting together with friends, they could also leave with extra money in their pockets. People are often surprised at how much they’re able to receive for their gold.
Gold is a great way to get ahead financially, and it makes a marvelous investment that you can appreciate wherever you are. For a lot of people, owning gold can be one of the most satisfying types of investments, bar none. When you want to get ahead and grow your wealth, gold can be a great way to do so.
The Price of Gold Generally Rises
The biggest problem with a lot of “investments” over the past few years is that their prices have fallen instead of risen. This isn’t so bad when you’re ready to buy them. But when you’re looking to cash out and use some of the money you’ve waited so long for, this can be a serious heart breaker.
The big problem with investments that tend to stay where they are—or worse, go down in value—is that you might actually need that money someday for something important. Your kids need to go to school, and you need to retire some day. It almost seems as if some investments assume you just want them for fun, instead of as a way to grow your wealth.
If you’ve lived in the Bucks County or Montgomery County areas for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with the Best of Bucks readers’ choice contest that’s organized annually by the Bucks County Courier Times. Our local Doylestown newspaper, The Intelligencer, runs its own readers’ choice contest each year as well — it’s known as the Best of Bucks-Mont.
Every autumn, both papers list the community’s favorite businesses, products and services, and this year, Doylestown Gold Exchange & Jewelers came out on top in not one but two different categories. To say that we’re both humbled and incredibly grateful would be a huge understatement.
In The Intelligencer’s Best of Bucks-Mont poll, we were honored as “One of the Best Jewelry Stores” in the two-county region. Which isn’t bad for a shop that’s been in business for less than three years! Some of you may remember we actually won the very same honor in last year’s contest.
But much to our surprise, both papers awarded us the top prize in a brand-new category, Best Gold & Precious Metal Buyers.
In today’s market, it is very difficult to find a gold exchange and jewelers company that actually pays you in cash the money you rightfully deserve. Thankfully, though, if you live in the Bucks County area, we’re here to help. When you visit us at Doylestown Gold Exchange & Jewelers, we will provide you with a one-of-a-kind experience, while buying, selling or trading your valuables.
If you’re wondering who we are here at Doylestown Gold Exchange & Jewelers, we we are a family owned company that offers high quality services. In fact, we are one of the few businesses in this field that has both the experience and expertise to back up their actions. That’s right, when you come into our store you’ll see that we have the knowledge and years of service to handle your needs. In fact, our staff members all have a thorough background in coins. In other words, we specialize specifically in this area. Besides that, we even have a Graduate Gemologist on hand, who can offer wisdom in this field that you cannot find anywhere else. That’s why when you come to us at Doylestown Gold Exchange & Jewelers you’ll end up with a detailed appraisal of either your jewelry or coins that actually accurately matches up with the fair market value of today. Remember, here it is not our mission to make the one sale. Instead, we care more about forming a real relationship with you. It’s important to us that you know that you can count on us. Here, the customer is and will always be our main priority.
Our economy is often uncertain and unstable. We’ve seen what were once considered solid assets crumble and devalue in front of our eyes. And yet over the years, we’ve also seen consistent growth and business from individuals looking to learn how to invest in precious metals.
Gold is hitting record levels, and investing in gold has grown in popularity across the globe. Even after the financial crisis in 2008, gold held its value and then some, growing while most other economic investments collapsed.
Unlike stocks or mutual funds, precious metals are tangible and can be stored and managed yourself. We want any customers who are interested in preserving their wealth to come in store and meet with our professionals to learn about their investment options. Whether you want to buy gold or silver to sell in case of an emergency, or invest in gold or silver as a part of a long-term investment portfolio, at Doylestown Gold Exchange we can teach you how to invest in precious metals. Maybe now is the time to start buying gold and silver. Here are some tips to get you familiar with the practice.
As we see an ever changing world, the one thing all people see today is that the dollar in their pocket buys less and less each day. Doesn’t matter if you make $30,000 a year or $200,000, we all try to live within a budget from what we earn, and each one of us are feeling the pressure or our ever devaluing dollar.
One of the easiest and most relevant examples used to demonstrate preservation of purchasing power is thePre 1965 US silver quarter. All quarters (dimes and half dollars too) minted before 1965 are composed of 90% silver. Back when they were circulated, that quarter was worth 25 cents due to its content and not what was stamped on it. Today’s coins are the opposite. They are worth their face value based on the proclaimed value. In reality, their melt value is a fraction of what they are assumed to be worth and exchanged for. Here’s the comparison: