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A Comprehensive Resource For Precious Metals

The Dollar's 2014 Power Surge

The U.S. dollar was by far the world's best-performing currency in 2014. This infographic helps explain the "how" and "why" behind this development.

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Glossary

Bullion
A highly pure form of gold, silver, or platinum that is used as a commodity or investment product
Coin
A monetary unit that is issued by a governing authority for the settlement of debts or the transfer of value
Melt
The value of the metal content of a precious metal object, regardless of workmanship or rarity. The raw value of an object if it were melted down. Metal value is usually only calculated on the precious metal content of an item. For example, the melt value of a sterling silver coin only takes into account the 92.5% silver content of the coin, and ignores the 7.5% copper content.

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Use our Learning Center to research coins descriptions and facts. Today’s precious metals collectors face an ever growing range of choices when accumulating a precious metals portfolio. Gainesville Coins’ Learning Center was designed to simplify the task of researching among the wide-array of precious metal bars and coins available.

Coin enthusiasts considering purchasing precious metal are encouraged to utilize the Learning Center. Making the right bullion choice is important, and the Learning Center can be a powerful tool empowering the individual precious metal collector. Each coin or category provides users with a relevant description, mintage, purity, weight, legal tender, obverse design, reverse design, and more.

The Gainesville Coins Learning Center is an ongoing work in progress. Check back to see new additions and expansions as they happen.

Exclusive Articles

Search our library of precious metals articles for the topic you're curious about or simply browse through until you find something that catches your eye. Arm yourself with knowledge--and be entertained along the way!

Where To Buy A Metal Detector

Guide on your options when buying a metal detector. How to decide between a new or used metal detector. What to look for when buying a metal detector.

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Relic Hunting with a Metal Detector

Relic Hunting with a Metal Detector Finding War relics with a metal detector. Tips for finding relic sites

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Beach Hunting With a Metal Detector

Learn how to treasure hunt with a metal detector on the beach. Read about strategies for hunting under the water, in dry sand, or in wet sand.

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The Cultural Significance of Gold

Over the broad span of history, gold's importance to humankind has been predominantly conceptual or symbolic. It is only very recently that gold has been used in industrial applications, and this still only accounts for about 12% of the world's annual gold consumption. It is clear that gold's value is largely independent of its actual usefulness to humanity. Yet, it is a foregone conclusion that gold is valuable to people. Perhaps the more pertinent question is, How do we value gold?

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Timeline of Gold Use

Gold has been used, valued, and coveted by disparate cultures around the world for literally thousands of years. This Timeline traces gold's history.

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Gold By Country

Gold has been valued by many different cultures over the course of human history. How did we independently arrive at these conclusions about gold?

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Treasure Hunting and Metal Detecting Guides

Many people love history, and metal detecting is a way for them to go out and uncover lost history. There are some general things that apply to all aspects of metal detecting. Check out the “Beginning Guide to Metal Detecting” for pointers and tips that you can use, no matter what you're hunting for.

Coinshooting

Coinshooting

Perhaps the most popular area of metal detecting, coinshooting refers to hunting for old coins. This could be in a park, old homestead, or anywhere people gathered.

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Relic Hunting

Relic Hunting

Relic hunting is the search for old artifacts from previous centuries. War relics are a special area of relic hunting, where bullets, swords, and buttons can be the targets.

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Beach Hunting

Beach Hunting

Beach hunters are after lost jewelry, dropped coins, and similar items. Some, especially on the East Coast of the US, dream of Spanish shipwreck treasure, swept to shore by storms.

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Prospecting

Prospecting

Especially popular in Australia and the American West, prospectors use today's technology in historic gold-producing areas to uncover nuggets missed by their forebears.

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Beginner's Guide

Coin Collecting Guide

Use our First Time Buying Guide to research the basics of coin collecting, the actual coins themselves and unique facts. Today’s precious metals investors face an ever growing range of choices when accumulating a precious metals portfolio. Gainesville Coins’ Learning Center was designed to simplify the task of researching among the wide-array of precious metal bars and coins available.

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What are spot prices?

understanding spot price

The spot prices of the various precious metals are the constantly changing prices at which they are traded on the global market. Unlike futures prices, spot prices indicate the value of precious metals for immediate delivery. Spot prices are used by financial institutions, precious metals dealers, and investors to calculate the price at which varying silver products are bought and sold. Whether they be physical products (such as bars, coins, or bullion) or financial instruments (such as ETF shares), the spot prices of precious metals are the basis for which those products are sold and traded.

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Product Spotlights

Bi-Metallic Coins Spotlight page

In addition to offering rare coins and high quality bullion, Gainesville Coins is equally dedicated to providing current and potential clients with prescient information about our products in order to help them make the ideal choice that fits their specific purposes. Are you interested in silver or in gold? Would you prefer to keep your bullion in bars or in rounds? Bringing clarity to these topics, among many others, is important to us. The Spotlight Pages below can guide you in deciding what direction suits your individual needs.

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