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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.

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...

Can You Transfer an Inherited IRA to a New Custodian?

Can You Transfer an Inherited IRA to a New Custodian?

When you inherit an IRA, you might be puzzled about what to do with it. One of your options is to transfer the inherited IRA to a new custodian. Remember, a custodian is a special bank, credit union, or nondepository bank that executes asset directions from IRA owners...

Do Gold Coins Tarnish? Tips for Taking Care of Gold Coins

Do Gold Coins Tarnish? Tips for Taking Care of Gold Coins

Gold coins can be a great addition to a financial or retirement portfolio. Plus, it’s easy to take care of the precious metal because gold does not tarnish. Head with us down the yellow-metal road as we explain why gold coins don’t tarnish and how to take care of your...