1. Lab Grown?



    Lab Grown?
    By now we have all heard about “Lab-grown” diamonds, but we may not all know what they really are. I mean how do you “grow” a diamond anyway? Is it like planting little diamond seeds under a big rock that you jump up and down on it until it sprouts diamond shoots? Are they some synthetic recipe whipped up in a test tube? Why would anyone ever want a Lab Grown Diamond when they can have a Natural one? Well, you may be in luck because today you are going to get the inside skinny on what these things really are and if they are right for you.
    Full disclosure, we do not own a diamond mine, nor do we have any association with any lab that is growing diamonds.  Also, we are not gemologists. But as a State-of-California licensed reseller (#1739), we have to know a thing or two about diamonds because we tend to bump into them from time to time as part of the estates
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  2. Learn from CAC

    Learn from CAC

    Educational Series
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  3. Where does the "$" come from?

    Where does the "$" come from?

    What does “$” really mean anyway? Now, before you nominate this question for consideration to be one on the, top ten of the stupid questions list, consider this first. Anyone old enough to be reading this has always been taught to interpret this set of scribbles as the sign denoting “The American Dollar.” Would you be surprised to learn that Mexico and other countries use the same symbol for their relative currencies? "How dare they," you ask? Leveraging the “USA” branding perhaps to garner the acceptance of their currencies by the local disporia? Maybe it was some universal culture shift to the homogenization of currency naming? Or perhaps, a plot by the One-World - One Currency economic liberation front? Sorry, but, it is nothing that exciting folks. It all comes back down to the socio-economic needs of the masses which, some are literate and some are not. Speaking the same language, or not, needing a way to put food on the table. You know, that
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  4. “Money is the most fundamental object in an organized society”

    Coins are not like Rare Art, Antique Cars or anything like the million other things people collect.   Try buying a quart of milk with your Picasso? Money is the most fundamental object there is in an organized society.  It reflects not

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  5. Excerpts from American Treasures “Third Party Grading”

    … It is our premise that coins graded during the spring of the Third Party Grading (TPG) formation, were graded under a very new (AKA: Disruptive in millennial speak) concept of creating “buy-back guarantees” and public population reports. Now, I need

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  6. Are you a Numismatist?

    Are you a Numismatist?

    This write up is on the lighter side. Today we ask: Can you spot a Numismatist?
    I love collecting things. I do not know exactly why I do, nor do I really care anymore. The little capsules of history stamped out 

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  7. The Art of anti-Counterfeit

    The Art of anti-Counterfeit

    Take a look at the Currency below. The note on the top left was issued in Armenia in 1922. The one below that is a US Series 1901 “Bison” $10 Note. The third note is a Colonial Piece from around the

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