When Did the U.S. Go Off the Silver Standard

When Did the U.S. Go off the Silver Standard?

The “silver standard” lasted for centuries, and the U.S., China, India, and Great Britain are countries that had adopted it. The Coinage Act of 1792, which created the U.S. Mint, first defined the dollar relative to silver, not gold. So why don’t we hear about the silver standard anymore, and what happened to it? Read…

Why Is the Bald Eagle on So Many Coins?

Why Is the Bald Eagle on So Many Coins?

You already know that majestic imagery of the bald eagle graces many of our coins and that it’s also our national emblem. But did you know that the U.S. nearly missed out on incorporating the powerful bird into our nation’s official seal, the one and only “Great Seal”? It’s true. Many people toiled away at…

What Is Bretton Woods? Learn About the Bretton Woods Conference

What Is Bretton Woods? We Recognize & Explain

The year 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference, which created the World Bank and its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Learn how the Bretton Woods system affected gold—and what we can learn from it today. Setting World Monetary Policy In July 1944, shortly after D-Day, delegates from 44 nations…

Fascinating Women of Precious Metals

7 Fascinating Women in the World of Precious Metals

Depictions of key historical figures and ideas are among the most intriguing elements in precious metals. Themes of freedom, bravery, and exploration recur in both designs of American and international origin. Another recurring theme is the role that women in history—real and fictional women alike—have played in the story of this great nation. It’s a…

Learn about the Coinage Act of 1965 and how it impacted American coinage and half-dollars

What to Know About the Coinage Act of 1965

In the early 1960s, the U.S. faced a dwindling supply of silver that threatened to elevate the demand of coins such as the dime and quarter—coins that at the time contained actual silver—beyond their face value. The Coinage Act of 1965 aimed to address this shortage. This silver shortage spurred people to hoard significant amounts…

Gold chart surrounded by gold coins and jewelry

10 Gold Facts That Will Floor You

You’ve read all about the power of physical gold as a safe haven, a means of wealth protection, and even a recession-proof asset. As serious as buying gold can be, however, it can also be interesting and fun! Keep these nuggets of gold knowledge in your back pocket to “wow” your friends and family, excel…