Four numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend coin collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s articles:
How to Play It ‘Safe’ When Buying Gold
By Gail Buckner, FoxBusiness
Interest in gold is soaring for the usual two reasons, according to gold expert Scott Travers: people see it “as a hedge against calamity and as a hedge against inflation.” He recommends owning collectible gold coins as opposed to bullion, mining stocks, futures, and common coins such as Canadian Maple Leafs and Krugerands.
How to Buy Gold and Other Metals With a Self-Directed IRA
By Certified Assets
With so many coins and metal choices out there in the market, choosing a retirement investment can be confusing. Which metals and which types of metals are acceptable for an IRA investment? Does the IRA owner store the metal personally? How can a self-directed IRA owner tell if the gold in question is approved by the IRS? Bill Humphrey, a CPA who has worked with self-directed IRA owners for years, can help answer these questions.
[Coin] Originality and Toning
By David Hall and Ron Howard, PCGS
What PCGS graders look for on a coin more than anything else is an original surface. There seems to be confusion about what constitutes originality in regard to a coin’s surface. Some people think it means a coin that has original toning. That’s not the case.
ICG Moves to Florida, Does it Matter?
By Scott Barman, Coin Collector’s Blog
In case you had not noticed, and judging by the numismatic press you probably have not, the Independent Coin Grading Company (ICG) moved from Englewood, Colorado to Tampa, Florida on December 8, 2008. I found this out when I visited the ICG web page while checking the links in my last post…
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