In 1947, Don Lutes Jr. bought lunch from his high school cafeteria and noticed something strange about his change. One of the pennies he received had a copper tint to it. Normally, this would be fine for most pennies, however, the date on this penny was 1943. Lutes Jr. knew that pennies from that date were always made of steel. This was due to the Military's needs during World War II.
Recently, Ron Guth, President of Coinfacts, has suggested a new 100-point grading scale for numismatic coins. As it stands, coins are currently graded on a 70 point scale. 1 being the lowest, and 70 being a perfect coin.
Each year, the U.S. Mint issues an American Eagle Congratulations Set. The idea for the coins is to offer a gift of congratulations for special occasions. Whether for graduations, anniversaries, or engagements, the American Eagle Congratulations Set is a unique gift to celebrate any special event.
Chances are if you are reading this, you are interested in investments concerning numismatics and bullion. Typically, people tend to invest in either gold or silver. But what about Platinum, or the even lesser considered palladium? If we look at the percentage gains and losses for gold, silver, and palladium for the last 5 years, the results are interesting. Palladium is up 43.63% while gold is down 22.47%, and silver, 46.51%.
Even in the past 12 months, palladium is up 36.70% while gold is 0.55 percent, and silver was down 7.94%.
Recently, the U.S. made a palladium bullion coin listed above. This is what allows investors to feel more comfortable when dealing with precious metals other than gold and silver.