by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
Luxury Watches

When most people think of materials for luxury watches, they envision things such as gold, platinum, silver, gems or titanium. But there is another, unexpected material that is taking the industry by storm and it is none other than rubber. Below are some reasons why it has become one of the hottest new materials among watchmakers.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
1000 Bill

As with most high denomination bills, the value for the 1934 $1000 note is determined by the district of issue, as well as its condition, designation star note, color of the seal and serial number. Out of the 925,464 bills that were originally printed, it is estimated by experts that only 57,222 remain that can be obtained by collectors.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
silver market

Silver is arguably the most overlooked and underrated metal in the world. The difference between its price and that of gold is substantial, and yet it shouldn’t be. Silver is a critical industrial material which is used from medical devices to the manufacture of appliances and emerging tech, which raises a simple question: just how influential is the silver market?

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Gold & Bullion
Ruble Gold

The 1902 5 Ruble Gold coin is stunning. It has a diameter of 18.5 mm and is comprised of .900 gold, and the total number minted by the Imperial Russian Mint at St. Petersburg was estimated to be just over 6.2 million. The gold issued by Russia during this time played a key role in the global economy, and was used in diplomacy that allowed the nation to acquire the armaments that would later be used in the First World War. These coins are sought after by historians and other collectors because they highlight a dramatic moment in Russian history and were the final monetary units to be issued by the Romanov family. They showcase the wealth, power and prestige that the family maintained and have the distinction of being one of the few coins from Eastern Europe that are still widely collected worldwide.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
citrine

Citrine is a fabulous gem that is a member of the esteemed quartz family. It is closely related amethyst and chalcedony, but has a number of properties which are distinct and responsible for its beauty and value.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches
Watches

Many luxury and vintage watch enthusiasts want to be able to predict which timepieces manufactured today will become collectibles in the future. The first step to doing this successfully is to recognize what a collectible is: an item which is manufactured in limited quantities for a specific period of time. However, there are other factors which must be taken into consideration, which are highlighted below.

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