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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.

Understanding the Gold-Silver Ratio

Understanding the Gold-Silver Ratio

What is the gold-silver ratio, and why does it matter? To understand the relationship between silver and gold, it may help to first understand the gold-silver ratio (GSR). This ratio is one of the many key indicators used by seasoned precious metals holders and...

Which Presidents Are on U.S. Coins and Why?

Which Presidents Are on U.S. Coins and Why?

Abraham Lincoln appears on the penny, Thomas Jefferson is on the nickel, Franklin D. Roosevelt is featured on the dime, George Washington adorns the quarter-dollar, and John F. Kennedy is honored on the half-dollar. Ever wonder how certain presidents ended up being...

What Are Bullion Coins?

What Are Bullion Coins?

If you’re new to precious metals, you’re probably unfamiliar with the verbiage and industry terms used to describe various assets. Fortunately, there are companies like U.S. Money Reserve with resources that can walk you through the basics. For example, bullion coins...

Are Self-Directed IRAs a Good Idea?

Are Self-Directed IRAs a Good Idea?

Are you paying down debt? Smart. Want to spend more quality time with your family? That’s also a great idea. And saving for retirement? Another one! How about building retirement savings through a self-directed IRA? Learn why that may be an ideal option to add to your...

Prime Factors That Increase Palladium Prices

Prime Factors That Increase Palladium Prices

You can find the palladium price at any time posted at the top of all our web pages or by visiting our Palladium Price Chart. In recent years, Palladium has stolen the spotlight from other precious metals, at times becoming the highest-priced metal on the market. What...

The Best Type of Gold Coins to Buy and Why

The Best Type of Gold Coins to Buy and Why

Thinking of adding gold coins to your portfolio? If you’re looking to purchase precious metals, there are many types of gold coins you can buy, each with their own benefits and features. But which are the best gold coins to buy? How do they differ? It’s easy to get...

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...