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About the U.S. Money Reserve Team
John Rothans

JOHN ROTHANS

Master Numismatist

Chief Procurement Officer and Master Numismatist John Rothans has been a key fixture in the numismatic industry for over 30 years. Rothans joined U.S. Money Reserve as a consultant in 2004, eventually becoming Chief Procurement Officer and overseeing all wholesale operations, new product lines, and coin strategy. Rothans is credited with the development, production, and distribution of proprietary product offerings, including U.S. Money Reserve’s best-selling Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima coin series.

How To Tell If Gold Is Real Or If You Have Fake Gold

How To Tell If Gold Is Real Or If You Have Fake Gold

How Can I Tell If Gold Is Real? If you recently purchased or inherited gold, whether in the form of gold coins, bullion, or jewelry, you may be curious about how to tell whether that gold is real. Gold is a rare commodity, and you only want to add real, genuine gold...

What Is a Troy Ounce?

What Is a Troy Ounce?

Troy Ounce Defined A troy ounce is a unique weight used for precious metals and gems. It is based on a 12-ounce pound instead of a traditional 16-ounce pound, which means that a troy ounce actually weighs more than a standard (or imperial) ounce. How many grams are in...

5 Great Silver Coins for the First-Time Silver Buyer

5 Great Silver Coins for the First-Time Silver Buyer

For first-time gold buyers, the variety of gold coins available for purchase may seem overwhelming. The same holds true for first-time silver buyers. But with a little extra information, anyone can find the right silver coin for their precious metals portfolio and...

5 Reasons Silver Demand May Increase in 2022

5 Reasons Silver Demand May Increase in 2022

Do you own gold? If so, you’ve taken a great first step towards diversifying your portfolio with precious metals. But owning precious metals can involve far more than just buying gold. If buying gold is one great move, another is diversifying within your precious...

What Does Mintage Mean for Coins?

What Does Mintage Mean for Coins?

Mintage means more than the process of producing coins. The word “mintage” also refers to the maximum number of a specific coin that has been produced. According to the Royal Canadian Mint, mintage can range from 10 to 65,000 and beyond. Silver American Eagles, for...

7 Great Coins for the First-Time Gold Buyer

7 Great Coins for the First-Time Gold Buyer

First-time gold buyers may wonder where to begin, and that’s understandable. Fortunately, the first-time gold buyer can gain knowledge from U.S. Money Reserve to help them choose the right gold coins for their portfolio. Who Produces Gold Coins? Several government...

What Is a First Strike Coin?

What Is a First Strike Coin?

When shopping for new gold and silver coins to further diversify a precious metals portfolio, you might encounter the term “First Strike.” But what is a First Strike coin? Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), one of the world’s top third-party coin certification...

Is Gold a Liquid Asset?

Is Gold a Liquid Asset?

Liquidity is a prized benefit of holding physical gold. But if you’re not familiar with the term “liquidity,” you might be a little confused. Gold itself is solid, but gold is also considered a liquid asset. How can it be both solid and liquid? What Is a Liquid Asset?...

Why Gold Can’t Be Created

Why Gold Can’t Be Created

The U.S. government is a money-making machine. For the 2020 budget year, the U.S. government ordered the printing of nearly $146 billion in paper currency—a total of 5.2 billion notes ranging from $1 to $100 each. By contrast, the U.S. government stashes tons of gold...

Which Country Is the Biggest Producer of Gold?

Which Country Is the Biggest Producer of Gold?

California experienced a gold rush in the mid-1800s. But these days you won’t find much gold in California. To witness a modern-day gold rush, you’ll need to head to Asia. In 2020, China ranked as the number-one country for gold production. According to the World Gold...

What Is a Bullion Depository?

What Is a Bullion Depository?

Located in Kentucky, south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown, is the facility known as Fort Knox. This veritable fortress holds about half of the American federal government’s stored gold, weighing more than 18,000 metric tons. It is also one of the world’s...