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Related Reading: MarketWatch Article About Rare Coins As Investments

Collectible coins are frequently stored within safe deposit boxes. Particularly rare and expensive ones.

I came across an article on the MarketWatch website (a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company) this afternoon which might interest coin collectors and (prospective) investors. Ryan Vlastelica reported:

With inflation expected to rise this year, and a concurrently strengthening U.S. dollar seen eating into any gains that might be made by pure gold, investors may want to consider a niche asset class as a protection against market turbulence: rare coins

Between 1979 and 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, coins with a minimum score of 65 posted an average annual return of 11.9%, according to a study by Penn State University. That’s near the average annual return of 13% posted by equities and more than twice the 5.5% average annual gain of gold bullion. Coins with a lower score, between 63 and 65, had an average annual return of 10.1%.

Coins posted a higher correlation with inflation than other asset classes, according to the study, with the relationship about twice as strong as for gold. The correlation between coins and inflation is 0.58 (perfect correlation would be 1.0). It’s 0.27 for gold bullion and 0.15 for stocks. The higher the correlation, the better it works as a hedge

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You can read the entire piece on the MarketWatch website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. The creator/Editor of this blog is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information contained herein.)

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Related Reading: Main Street Embracing Idea Of Keeping Precious Metals Outside The Banking System?

Wednesday evening I came across an article on the website of The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) which mentioned safe deposit boxes. Back on January 20 Vern Sumnicht of family wealth managers Sumnicht & Associates in Appleton- population 73,596- talked about the Trump administration and his suspicion there will be “a lot of stock market volatility in 2017.” One sector Sumnicht thinks will do well in such an environment is precious metals- specifically gold and silver. He wrote:

According to Reuters, Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (Monte Paschi) plans to issue no less than $15 billion of debt next year “to restore liquidity and boost investor confidence.” This kind of “irresponsible” banking policy could easily cause a worldwide currency crisis. This is why I also suggest that our clients hold at least six months of annual expenses in gold and/or silver bullion and keep it outside of a bank safety deposit box where they can easily get at it as insurance against potential currency problems

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Sumnicht’s suggestion to clients reminded me of what American lawyer, economist, investment banker, and best-selling author James Rickards wrote on The Daily Reckoning website just this Monday (blogged about here):

The thing about gold and silver is that it needs to be in physical form, in safe storage, and a non-bank. Putting it in a safety deposit box in a bank is troublesome because by the time you want it the most, that will be when the banks are going to be closed

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For more information about Sumnicht & Associates, head on over to their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of any business in this post should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

Source:

Sumnicht, Vern. “Winners and losers under Trump.” The Post-Crescent. 20 Jan. 2017. (http://www.postcrescent.com/story/money/2017/01/20/winners-and-losers-under-trump/96555852/). 25 Jan. 2017.

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Newcastle Vaults Opens In The North-East Of England

A new private vault- Newcastle Vaults- launched last month in the United Kingdom. Located in Newcastle upon Tyne (Newcastle), the most populous city in the north-east of England, the first independent safe deposit box facility in that region opened its doors on December 11, 2016. From the “About” page on the non-bank vault’s website:

Newcastle Vaults is part of a larger collection of vaults including Glasgow Vaults Scotland and Merrion Vaults Ireland – the largest independently owned safe deposit box centres in both countries. We offer safe-keeping services to private individuals and businesses, allowing the safeguarding of their most valued possessions in a secure state-of-the-art purpose-built vaults.

Our Vault facilities offer safe deposit boxes and lockers in various sizes to suit all client requirements. Smaller boxes are perfect for the storage of cash, jewellery, precious metals, valuable coins and computer back-up discs. The mid-size boxes are designed to keep documents and papers, house deeds and other important items. The large boxes would be ideal for luxury watch collections or jewellery items in-boxes, and are designed to hold larger amounts of valuables, paperwork and even artwork which need to be stored securely. We are also the only safe deposit box company to offer high security private walk-in vaults for the storage of fine Art and/or valuable furniture.

We are situated in Cloth Market, in the centre of Newcastle. We aim to provide a unique and five star service to our clients, ensuring the safety and security of their most valued possessions, documents, jewellery and irreplaceable items.

Newcastle Vaults, Glasgow Vaults & Merrion Vaults were founded by Séamus Fahy and David Walsh…

There’s also the following from a January 5 article on the website of the Safe Deposit Federation (SDF blogged about here), of which Newcastle Vaults is an approved member:

Boasting an underground/basement vault, with 7 day access – Newcastle Vaults has a range of box sizes available for rent on a monthly or yearly basis. Prices start at less than £3 per week (£150 per year), fully insured, with free insurance for year 1 on any locker/box rental…

With multi-level security access for clients, including Bio-metric fingerprint entry and facial recognition access, the vault is state-of-the-art and offers 5 star service and surroundings for box holders. “Our intention is to offer a world-class facility and service, with unsurpassed security and privacy for our clients, across all of our facilitys” says Nigel Doolin – Communications Director with the company – “We are looking at other locations in the UK and will strive to constantly improve both our service and offering with each new opening.”

In addition to being an SDF approved member, the Newcastle Vaults home page indicates it is also a registered company with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), “the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 24,000 of those firms.”

It was also mentioned in that piece on the Safe Deposit Federation website that Newcastle Bullion, “a premium gold buying and selling service based in Newcastle,” is also located within the same facility as the vault. From Newcastle Bullion’s website:

We offer clients the facility to buy and/or sell gold coins or bullion at highly competitive prices. Our pricing is based upon the realtime / current spot trading price of gold throughout the day. Call us to receive an up to the minute quote on your gold purchase or sale. We are located within the same facility as Newcastle Vaults allowing our clients a complete purchase and storage solution within the one location

We offer our clients the ability to purchase all of the leading gold coins such as; krugerrands, gold sovereigns, gold eagles, gold maples, Australian kangaroos plus many other varieties and types of gold coin. We also stock the finest quality gold bullion bars in a variety of sizes from 1 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram, 20 gram and 1 troy ounce up to 1 kilo from gold refiners such as Umicore and Argor Hereaus…

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Congratulations to Newcastle Vaults on their launch. Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes wishes them all the best with their new safe deposit box facility. For more information about Newcastle Vaults, visit their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of entities marketing themselves as private vaults outside the U.S. offering safe deposit boxes/lockers at a minimum, or other businesses named above, should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Related Reading: Another Take On ‘Old’ Gold Coins Being Better Than Bullion Against Confiscation

Earlier this week I discussed two recent blog posts by economist Martin Armstrong concerning what he thinks is the most effective way to possess and retain physical gold in the face of government confiscation.

My understanding was “genuine old coins,” as:

Coins are better than bullion for they have some historical value. Their historical value could be an excuse to prevent confiscation if government simply declares that “gold is for criminals,” as they are trying to do with cash…

Another take on this comes from offshore expert Mark Nestmann, head of Phoenix, Arizona-based The Nestmann Group, who pointed out the following on The Silver Bear Cafe website some time ago:

Some coin dealers claim that numismatic (collector) coins would be exempt from any future government confiscation of gold and silver. This claim is based on the terms of Roosevelt’s 1933 emergency order, which specifically exempted “coins having recognized special value to collectors of rare and unusual coins.”

Some firms say that premiums of at least 15% over the spot price of bullion magically turn coins “numismatic.” This notion is based on a proposed federal regulation issued in 1984, but never adopted. Other dealers claim that coins 100 years or older are automatically converted to numismatic status.

It’s beyond me why anyone takes these claims seriously. Why would a government that stole its citizens’ property in 1933 be consistent when it does so again?

Nothing obliges the federal government to pay by the same set of “rules” it imposed 75 years go. Nothing obliges the federal government to honor the terms of a proposed regulation issued a quarter century ago. And naturally, those rules can change at any time

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What Nestmann wrote has stuck with me as I keep coming across the debate over what makes a coin “numismatic.” I even stumbled on the following just the other night on the website of a company offering asset protection services:

For a coin to be numismatic, its retail price must be double the value of its metal content.

Perhaps all for naught, according to Nestmann?

An insightful piece (he does espouse positioning “some gold and silver bullion outside the United States, preferably in a safety deposit box or a private vault”), which you can read in its entirety here on The Silver Bear Cafe site. For more information about The Nestmann Group, visit their website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: The mention of businesses above should not be construed as confirmation of services claimed to be provided or any sort of recommendation. A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

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Martin Armstrong: Old Gold Coins Better Than Bullion Against Confiscation

In two January blog posts on his company’s website, economist Martin Armstrong shared what he thinks is the most effective way to possess and retain physical gold in the face of government confiscation.

On January 10, Armstrong advised his blog readers:

As we move forward, it will be best to hold assets out of banks and out of currency. They can even declare gold a criminal act to possess, which is why I suggest genuine old coins rather than bullion. Just another layer of protection…

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On January 16, the head of Armstrong Economics elaborated:

Coins are better than bullion for they have some historical value. Their historical value could be an excuse to prevent confiscation if government simply declares that “gold is for criminals,” as they are trying to do with cash. I believe Trump would not go along with that move…

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I can’t fault Mr. Armstrong’s insistence on holding assets “out of banks and out of currency” considering recent events of wealth confiscation (as catalogued on this blog’s sister site- Offshore Private Vaults) being carried out by governments and banks around the world.

Neither can I argue with the economist’s recommendation of “old coins” versus bullion as it concerns potential gold confiscation. “Just another layer of protection” might be a good thing considering the uncertain times we live in today.

That being said, proponents of bullion contend numismatic coins mean “less bang for the buck” (less gold for your money) and there’s no guarantee this form of the yellow metal will be exempted from a future confiscation.

By Christopher E. Hill
Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes (www.offshoresafedepositboxes.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. Christopher E. Hill, the creator/Editor of this blog, is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented on the site.)

Sources:

Armstrong, Martin. “Monetary Devaluations & Cancellations” Armstrong Economics Blog. 10 Jan. 2017. (https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/history/ancient-economies/monetary-devaluations-cancellations/). 17 Jan. 2017.

Armstrong, Martin. “Gold Bullion v Coins.” Armstrong Economics Blog. 16 Jan. 2017. (https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/precious-metals/gold/gold-bullion-v-coins/). 17 Jan. 2017.

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