Monday, April 25, 2011

A Brief History of Silver

Here's a brief history of silver:

April 25, 2011: Spot silver rose to $48.84 an ounce and U.S. silver futures to $49.82, highest since 1980.

2010: Spot silver rose to successive 30-year highs, and prices gained more than 80 percent, outperforming gold.

1997: In 1997 and 1998 Warren Buffet bought about 130 million ounces of silver.

1988: The Hunt Brothers were . . .

Full story at: Reuters

Friday, April 15, 2011

Royal Wedding Boosts Coin and Stamp Collecting

It appears the upcoming Royal Wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William is providing a boost, even if only short term, to both the world of numismatics and philately. It seems my inbox is being bombarded every day by press releases announcing either new coins or postage stamps celebrating the upcoming wedding, or even just their engagement.

Here's a look at some of what's being offered by different countries around the world:

United Kingdom
The Royal Mint

Royal Mail

Perth Mint

The Royal Australian Mint

Australia Post

Royal Canadian Mint

Canada Post

New Zealand
New Zealand Post

Aitutaki, Cook Islands and Penrhyn
Cook Islands Stamp Bureau

Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Isle of Man
Isle of Man Post Office

New Zealand Post

I remember all the excitement that surrounded Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding and I really think this latest Royal Wedding tops that one. Let's just hope that Kate's storybook wedding has a happier ending than Diana's.