The Simple Trick to Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring for Less

The Simple Trick to Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring for Less

According to a recent study published in USA Today, weddings are on the uptick again after years of decline. Is 2013 or 2014 the year you’ll be hearing wedding bells? If you’re planning to get married, you’ve probably been thinking about diamond engagement rings.

 
A beautiful diamond engagement ring can take your loved one’s breath away and be a memento you’ll both treasure for the rest of your lives together. But when you’re buying a diamond, it’s easy to get carried away or be pressured by an unscrupulous salesperson to spend more than you can afford. You want the diamond that’s right for you — but you also want to get the most for your money.

Selling Gold: Expert Tips

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With the price of gold at almost $1,400.00 an ounce, gold buyers are looking for anything that has gold in it — and now is a great time to trade your old jewelry or coins for some cold, hard cash. The only question is: Where do you start?

At West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins, we talk to people interested in selling gold every day. So before you sell your gold to anyone, here are a few tips.

 

 

Bellevue Rare Coins Buys One-Cent Coin for $20,000

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 Back in the 1790s, the United States was quite a different place. George Washington gave the country’s first State of the Union address. Thomas Jefferson was in charge of the first U.S. Census, which asked a total of six questions. The largest urban area was New York City, with a population of just over 33,000 people. And in 1793, the federal government minted the first cents for general circulation on its own equipment. 

Gold Coins and Silver Coins Found Buried Under a House

Gold Coins and Silver Coins Found Buried Under a House

The doors to the Bellevue store opened and in walked a family — mother, father and three children — absolutely covered in dirt. “Even their car was dusty,” says Adam Richey of West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins. “They walked in with these filthy paint buckets in their hands, all of them giddy and grinning.”

Why It’s Still a Great Time to Sell Your Gold

Why It’s Still a Great Time to Sell Your Gold

If you’re considering selling your gold, it’s not too late. The price of gold remains historically high. Back in 2001, gold was trading at just more than $250 an ounce. In September 2011, an ounce of the world’s favorite precious metal was fetching nearly $1,900. It’s been an incredible ride for gold investors over the last decade or so, but fluctuations in the price of gold are nothing new.

The Curse of the Mountain of Light

There are some who believe the diamond we now call Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) has been around for more than 5,000 years. Although there’s no proof of that, we can trace the enthralling history of this magnificent stone for certain from the 14th century. It was then that the first mention of its curse appeared in a Hindu text: “He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity.” 

The Secret to Finding Great Deals on Fine Jewelry

The Secret to Finding Great Deals on Fine Jewelry

Were you left uninspired by the latest necklaces you saw at your local boutiques? Are you looking for something different, something with a bit more character? Well, West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins have an outstanding collection of heirloom and contemporary jewelry—handpicked from the items we’ve purchased locally or from jewelers across the country. In addition, many items are rare or one-of-a-kind pieces that come from the huge estate liquidations we’ve handled for over 30 years. 

Why You Should Own Krugerrands, One Of The World’s Most Popular Bullion Coins

Why You Should Own Krugerrands, One Of The World’s Most Popular Bullion Coins

Produced from one of the world’s largest gold mines in South Africa, the Krugerrand is the original and most recognized one-ounce gold bullion coin. First minted in 1967 from Rand Refinery, it was developed to internationally promote South African gold by making it easy for anybody to invest in gold. It’s been legal tender since it was created, which means that you can take your investment with you wherever you go—and sell it pretty much anywhere in the world for cash.

If you’re thinking about buying Krugerrands as an investment, here’s what you need to know about the most popular gold bullion coin in the world:

How To Make A Bundle Buying Bullion

How To Make A Bundle Buying Bullion

The word “bullion” may conjure up images of pirates pillaging treasure chests or the military patrolling the golden bunkers of Fort Knox — but bullion isn’t just for the criminal class and the government. In fact, buying bullion is a great way to diversify your portfolio and (often) realize a great rate of return.

How exactly do you buy bullion? Let’s start at the beginning.

Is it Time to Scrap the Penny?

Is it Time to Scrap the Penny?

The story of the U.S. penny begins back in 1787 when the first pure copper half-cent was designed by Benjamin Franklin and manufactured in a private mint. Back then, you could buy a nice plate of eggs and bacon with a few cents, but today a penny doesn’t get you much at all. If you’re like most Americans, you probably find yourself either leaving your pennies in the “penny dish” at the counter, or taking them home to drop in a jar that you periodically empty into a CoinStar machine.

In February 2013, Canada stopped producing its penny, deeming it a waste of money. Countries like Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands have done the same with minimal outcry. Are we reaching the point where it’s time to say good-bye to the U.S. penny? It’s a debate that has been going on for some time, but it wasn’t until 2006 that the cost to manufacture a penny topped the coin’s actual value. Even with today’s pennies being made of only 2.5% copper (to 97.5% zinc), the U.S. Mint reports that each coin costs almost 2.5 cents to make because of recent spikes in the prices of metals.
 

What You Need To Know Before You Sell Your Gold

What You Need To Know Before You Sell Your Gold

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about what a great time it is to sell your gold. With the economy still struggling, more and more people are selling their gold for cash. And it’s true that at around $1,700 an ounce, gold prices are near record highs. But you need to be careful when selling your gold.

At West Seattle Coins and Bellevue Rare Coins, our certified numismatists have been evaluating gold since 1979. And we talk to people interested in selling gold every day.

Here are some simple tips you should consider before selling your gold to a gold buyer: 

The Local Connection To The Sale Of A Rare 1796 U.S. Half Cent

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Recently, it was widely reported that a very rare 1796 U.S. half cent fetched a whopping $357,000 at a European auction held by Wooley and Wallis of Salisbury, England. Also known as the Liberty Cap Half Cent, this coin was certainly a prime offering as there were only 1,390 ever minted by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
 
Untouched for the past 50 years and remaining “very much in its original condition,” the coin was found by the seller by complete accident. The original owner was Mark Hillary, an Oxford scholar, who died in a mountain climbing accident in Greece in 1963. He kept this coin in a cabinet he constructed out of glued-together matchboxes, and this is where it sat for the past half century. While housecleaning, Mark Hillary’s brother found his coin collection. Originally thinking the coins were junk, he brought them to the auction house for appraisal. While the actual value of the half cent would ultimately be determined by the open market, the coin was originally estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $47,000. Not bad for some old junk!