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The experts at Gainesville Coins answer your questions regarding numismatics, purchasing precious metals, and the bullion market.

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BUYER BEWARE: NFC Microchip Bullion

May 16, 2017

There's a troubling trend in bullion investing that could have major consequences. Yet this tech is being pitched as the next great innovation in security.

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NFC Tags Used to Track Gold and Silver?

May 12, 2017

Collectors are concerned that bullion with NFC tags could generate reports about the sale that include location data and the quantity of metals purchased.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Bread and Circuses

February 16, 2017

"Bread and circuses" is a reference to how the Roman elite would pacify the masses through cheap food and diversions, much as is done in the U.S. today.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Pax Americana? (Part II)

January 31, 2017

Although most Americans have enjoyed the benefits of Pax Americana, the ballooning U.S. prison population is a feature of an empire in decline.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Pax Americana?

January 25, 2017

After seven decades of largely unchallenged global hegemony, the period of Pax Americana seems to be nearing an historical turning point toward decline.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Sic Semper Tyrannis

January 20, 2017

If the Roman Empire is any guide for America, the line separating an open society from tyranny is more fluid than we would probably care to believe.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Birth of an Empire

January 17, 2017

By the late 19th century, America's power and influence extended far beyond the continent of North America. It in fact became a global superpower.

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A Tale of Two Empires: Mining and Minting Gold

January 12, 2017

The ancient Romans' feats of engineering, technological advancement, hydraulic gold mining, and conquest for gold were truly remarkable for their time.

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A Tale of Two Empires: the Best and Worst

January 10, 2017

Many of the themes of decline and excess became increasingly pronounced in Rome's late republican period. How does this compare to the United States?

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A Tale of Two Empires: Expansion and Exceptionalism

January 05, 2017

Many of the developments that brought Ancient Rome to such prominence actually began or crystallized during the period of the Roman Republic.

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