by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
American Star Notes

The expression “star note” is used to describe the miniature star which replaces the final letter in American currency’s serial number. Other than this, star notes are the same as regular notes. The reason why star notes are so important however is due to rarity. For instance, experts have stated that the amount of U.S. bills which contain star notes are lower than 1% of all the bills which have ever been produced. As you can imagine, this means star notes carry a very high collection value.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
junk silver

While gold usually gets all the attention when it comes to precious metals investment, there are a number of advantages you’ll gain from investing in silver, particularly junk silver. You should not be fooled by the name either, as junk silver is anything but.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches
Patek Philippe power reserve moon steel

The Patek Philippe Power Reserve Moon (5085) is a watch that manages to distinguish itself in a brand known for its distinction, which is no easy feat. Along with the Nautilus, it is one of the few Patek luxury watches to incorporate metallic bracelets, and it has a classic look which is timeless with superb movement.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Antiques & Jewelry
upscale silver flatware

Silver flatware has been prized by households for centuries, particularly among the wealthy class. This is due to the elegant finish combined with silver’s natural antimicrobial properties, making it a wise investment. However, knowing how to shop and care for silver flatware is paramount to getting the best value for your money.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Vintage & Luxury Watches
Perrelet

Since its inception, Perrelet has continuously made advances in watches and horology, and is most famous for its invention of the world’s first watch which was self-winding. However, this is just one of the many contributions that it has made to the mechanical watch industry, which has allowed the brand to flourish for more than two centuries.

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by: Ben Tseytlin - on Coins & Currency
Series of 1902

At its height, the National Rochester Bank issued almost $7 million in American currency, one of which is this bill. Whenever a bank issues such a large sum of money there usually isn’t much space for issues which are rare, but with Series of 1902 $5 NB of Commerce of Rochester there are exceptions.

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