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Rare Gold Coins at the Long Beach Expo

August 31, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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The folks over at CoinNews.net are reporting that two huge California Gold Rush era assayers’ ingots, recovered from the famous SS Central America and with a combined weight of over 100 pounds of gold, will be exhibited at the next Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, September 10 – 12, 2009, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.

During the three-day Long Beach Expo more than 1,000 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, paper money, stamps, postcards, historic documents, antiques, estate jewelry and other collectibles. Some dealers will provide free, informal appraisals on gold coins and other items for visitors.

A free gold coin will be awarded daily to a registered visitor. Young numismatists’ activities include a children’s treasure hunt, educational programs, and collectors’ clubs meetings. Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas, the world’s largest collectibles auction house, will hold a public sale of U.S. and world coins and paper money.

The public hours of the Long Beach Expo are Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The show is closed on Sunday.) A complete Schedule of Events is online at www.LongBeachShow.com.

General admission is $6 (good for all three days); $4 for members of any coin or stamp club who display a valid membership card; and $3 for seniors 65 and older. Free admission for children ages seven and younger. Discount coupons are available online at www.LongBeachShow.com.

Worst Ways to Buy Gold

June 28, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Investor’s Chronicle (IC) has just published an article that San Diegans who are interested in buying gold as an investment. The IC reports that gold’s status as a safe haven in bad times has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity, with the World Gold Council recently reporting a 248 percent increase in the investment demand for gold, compared to the same period last year.

If you are thinking of buying gold in San Diego, experts warn that you must take care because physical gold is not a regulated investment market. So while lots of people think they should be buying gold, they don’t recognize that there are bad ways to buy the metal. According to the IC report, 3 of the worst ways to buy gold are:

1. Online auction sites: While this might seem obvious, eBay has seen a surge in gold-coin auctions as demand for physical metal has grown. The prices on online auction houses often out-strip true gold-market values – known as the “spot” gold price – by 25 per cent even for the plainest coins. Rarer gold coins are often bid up much higher, as new investors lack knowledge about what they are buying.

2. Newly minted “collectible” coins: So-called collectible gold coins can cost significantly more than the actual value of the gold they contain. Mints often charge 40% or more above the gold market value for these gold coins.

3. “Rare” gold coins: US authorities often warn investors against “hard-sell” dealers charging rip-off fees for what turn out to be anything but rare gold coins. Spotting a truly rare coin and knowing how much above the gold-content’s value it should cost takes experience and expertise. Take the time to build your knowledge and understanding before venturing into this market.

SDJB, Timothy Meier, & Green Gold

March 25, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB) has teamed up with local award-winning designer Timothy Meier to provide “green” (eco-friendly) fine jewelry to San Diego residents. San Diego and Southern California residents can bring their used gold jewelry into SDJB’s shop, located in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego, and receive cash for it today. Read more

Demand for Gold Bullion Coins Soars

March 25, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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Reuters (London) is reporting demand for gold coins has risen sharply, according to mints around the world, as interest in the precious metal soars on the back of financial instability and concerns over the inflation outlook. The Royal Canadian Mint, which produces Maple Leaf bullion coins, said it quadrupled its production capacity late last year as demand for gold and silver bullion products leapt. Read more

Record Sales for Gold Bullion & Coins

February 25, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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San Diego gold buyers and sellers take note. According to the Financial Times, investors are buying record amounts of gold bars and coins. Why? Because they are shunning risky assets for the relative safety of bullion as renewed fears about the health of the global financial system resurface. Read more

Gold Prices Jump to 7 Month High

February 25, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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The good news keeps coming for people looking to sell their gold in San Diego. Bloomberg reports that gold climbed to the highest level in seven months on demand from investors who want to protect the value of their assets as stocks slump and the global recession deepens. Read more

iGavel.com Now Auctioning Vintage Jewelry & Watches

December 10, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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San Diego holiday shoppers should take note that iGavel (a leader in online auctions) is currently hosting an online jewelry auction. As we are now in a buyer’s market, iGavel has worked with many of its consigners to lower estimates and reserves in order to have a successful auction. Therefore, this is a great time to purchase jewelry at prices that are more reasonable than have been seen in years.

The auction includes a varied selection of vintage and designer jewelry. Recent highlights have included a 3 carat sapphire and diamond ring, estimated at $1,200-$1,800 with a starting bid of $800; a Diamond, Gold and Pearl Convertible Brooch or Pendant, estimated at $2,500-$3,500, with a starting bid of $1,800; and an Antique 14K White Gold, Emerald and Diamond Pierced Work Horizontal Brooch, with the emerald under 2 carats, and diamonds totaling close to four carats. This piece is estimated at $3,000-$5,000, with a starting bid of $1,995.

The watches included in the iGavel auction are often exceptional. Over the past ten days, items have included a Bovet, Fleurier, Enamel and Gold Open Face Key-wind Watch for the Chinese Market, 19th Century, estimated at $500-$700, with a starting bid of $250; a Gold and Enamel Keywind Watch, Just & Son, London, 19th Century, Estimated at $800-$1,200, with a starting bid of $500. Also included is a Gold Cartier Ladies Watch, Paris, late 20th century, from a private South American collector. This piece is estimated at $2,000-$3,000, with a starting bid of only $900.

Check out iGavel.com to see if these items are still up for auction, and to discover what other new jewelry and watches have been placed up for bidding.

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Shoppers in San Diego take note that a huge stash of gold coins, jewelry, and other gold items are soon going to be up for sale. Read the details about the auction at: Treasure Trove to be Auctioned.

Treasure Trove To Be Auctioned Dec. 16th and 17th

December 10, 2008 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego buyers of precious metals get prepared. Jewelry, stacks of gold and silver coins, and assorted medals are among more than 3,000 lots of unclaimed property treasures the state is auctioning off at James G. Murphy Inc., located at 18226 68th Ave. NE in Kenmore, beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 19.

The auction will continue each day until all lots for that day are auctioned off. Interested parties can preview items between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17, or online at www.murphyauction.com. Online bids can be made during the auction.

Pocket watches, bars of silver, and assorted souvenirs are samples of items turned over to the State Department of Revenue after banks and credit unions lost contact with owners who rented safe deposit boxes and held the boxes without rental payment for at least five years. The department has sought out owners of the safe deposit contents, but by law must auction off the property within five years of receipt.

The state now holds $650 million in unclaimed property, belonging to three million people, accumulated since the 1950s. In addition to safe deposit contents, unclaimed property includes uncashed payroll checks, savings and checking accounts, and stocks and bonds. Each year more unclaimed property is turned over to the department. An online searchable database and claims system makes it easy to check for property – a system that has enabled the Department to return more than $112 million to about 240,000 rightful owners over the past three years. The database is available at ClaimYourCash.org.

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For those interested in the fine print regarding the trade of gold and silver jewelry, then we have just what you are looking for. Go to the following article for the details: Essential Guide to Trade in Gold & Silver Jewelry.

Look for Colored Diamonds at San Diego Pawn Shops

October 23, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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According to a recent article in Forbes, the poor economic outlook is causing many people to invest in tangible goods like jewelry and diamonds. They cite a recent auction conducted by Chicago auctioneers Leslie Hindman, which attracted buyers from around the world and sparked bidding wars on several items that ended up being sold for around $100,000. Also mentioned was Sotheby’s recent September jewelry auction which broke all expectations—and included items from Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston which sold for more than double their pre-sale valuations.

According to the article, what really is becoming popular are colored diamonds. These diamonds are much more rare that colorless diamonds. How rare? Well the ratio of one carat colored diamonds to one carat colorless diamonds is 1 in 100,000. It is because of this rarity that high quality colored diamonds are said to double in value around every 4 years! Thus it is no surprise why diamond buyers seek them out.

That’s something to keep in mind if you come across some fine quality jewelry set with colored diamonds at an area San Diego pawn shop. After all, if you have money to invest, why not put it into something that you can wear and enjoy every day?

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Of course, diamonds and diamond jewelry are not the only things to be looking for in San Diego pawn shops. Gold coins and gold bars are also items to keep an eye out for. Read more: Buying and Selling Gold Bullion Coins at Pawn Shops.

The United States Mint Suspends Sales of 24K Gold Buffalo Coins

October 3, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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San Diego gold buyers won’t be able to purchase any gold buffalo coins this week. The United States Mint is temporarily halting sales of its American Buffalo 24k gold coins because it can’t keep up with soaring demand. The Associated Press reports that sales from the Mint were being suspended because demand for the coins, which were first introduced in 2006, has exceeded supply and the Mint’s inventory of the coins has been depleted. Read more

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