by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
Gold standard

Due to increasing deficits and a constantly rising national debt, many financial pundits in the U.S. have raised the question of whether or not the nation should return to a gold standard. Indeed, many of the most successful nations in history, such as Imperial Rome and the English Empire, thrived for centuries due to using gold coins or backing their currencies with it. Below is an overview of this financial system, and the benefits and challenges it brings to countries that utilize it.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches
ceramic watch bezels

Over the last few years major luxury watch manufacturers such as Rolex have made changes when it comes to their watch bezels, transitioning from stainless steel to ceramic. Many enthusiasts are surprised by the switch, and are interested to know why these watchmakers have made such changes. Below is an overview of ceramic watch bezels and how it compares to steel.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
Star Note

There are a number of things to take into consideration when determining the value of a star note, the most important of which are age, condition, the total amount of notes that were printed for a given denomination, and the print run size.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Pearls

There is fabulous jewelry on the market which showcases intricate pearl design. These pieces range from earrings which are 14 carat gold to necklaces, bracelets and everything in between. Below are some reasons why pearls are so coveted, and how best to wear them.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
Central Banks Are Stockpiling Gold

Gold has showcased impressive growth this year, with many experts attributing it to uncertainty involving the stability of international markets. Equities have been choppy, which also supports a bullish environment for gold. However, the decision by many central banks to hoard gold gives an even stronger indication of where the market is headed.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
Series of 1928 Bill

The 1928 $1000 bill is sought after by collectors, and its value will be determined by factors such as the district of issue, the star note, serial number, color of the seal and condition. Originally about 1,105,008 notes were printed in 1928, as of today it is estimated that less than 70,000 remain.

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