Author Archive: Blanchard and Company

Blanchard and Company, Inc. is the largest and most respected retailer of American rare coins and precious metals in the United States, serving more than 350,000 people with expert consultation and assistance in the acquisition of American numismatic rarities and gold, silver and platinum bullion. Blanchard and its predecessor companies have called the New Orleans area home for more than 30 years. For more information about the company, visit Blanchardonline.com or call the company toll free at 1-800-880-4653.

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Blanchard & Company: What Coins Are CAC Eligible?

Blanchard & Company: What Coins Are CAC Eligible?

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   At the beginning of 2016, CoinWeek published an article I wrote discussing coins approved by the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). In that article I discussed briefly CAC’s inception, the initial reaction to its existence, and the positive effect that CAC has […]

Precious Metals Bullion Market: Growing Global Population Will Drive Gold Price

Precious Metals Bullion Market: Growing Global Population Will Drive Gold Price

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   The extremely articulate and savvy hedge fund manager Kyle Bass was quoted in 2013 saying, “at some point in time I’d much rather own gold than paper, I just don’t know when that time is.” Like Kyle, many people desire to own gold based solely on the ostensibly […]

Blanchard: The Beauty and Appeal of Toned Coins

Blanchard: The Beauty and Appeal of Toned Coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   In the many years that I’ve been in this market, one of my favorite areas of interest has always been type silver coins, regardless as to whether they are proof or mint state. One of the many factors associated with my […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Philosophy for Rare Coin Investing

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Philosophy for Rare Coin Investing

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company ……   One of the first symbolic, political, and critical economic actions to announce the independence of the newly-forming American Colonies was the coining of monies. Investors should embrace these historically significant symbols of the American story when investing in rare coins. […]

Guest Commentary – What’s Happened to Coin Shows of Late?

Guest Commentary – What’s Happened to Coin Shows of Late?

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   I recently went to the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show that took place at the Dallas Convention Center over the March 4 weekend. I opted to attend as a non-dealer just to see what was really happening in the […]

Coin Investing – How Rare Coins Can Serve as a Portfolio Hedge

Coin Investing – How Rare Coins Can Serve as a Portfolio Hedge

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   Today’s rare coin market has the highest number of active investors looking to diversify their financial portfolios than any other time in history, and each of them has entered the market with various goals. Some are looking for gains, some are […]

Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Oh, you’re a coin dealer? What should I collect? This is a question that people have been asking me throughout my career, so I thought with a new year upon us I would try to offer some suggestions as 2016 gets […]

Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Over the last 30 years, the coin market has changed dramatically. Initially this market was primarily for collectors who built sets as a hobby – there were no grading services and very few auctions where coins sold for six figures, let […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Rare Coin Market Strong in 2016, Beyond

Coin Collecting Strategies – Rare Coin Market Strong in 2016, Beyond

While the 2015 coin market features strength, there are areas for additional growth and opportunity in 2016 for every level of collector By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …….   This past year was an amazing year for numismatics that featured many high-end collections that came to market and […]

Coin Investing in Ultra Rarities – A Perspective to Consider

Coin Investing in Ultra Rarities – A Perspective to Consider

Unveiling the Contours of Indulgent Success: Growth and Return on Investment in the New Economy By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. What does a naked woman reclining on canvas have to do with asset growth and return on investment, and does she illustrate any correlation to the growth […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – The Concept of Value in the Acquisition of Coin Rarities

Coin Collecting Strategies – The Concept of Value in the Acquisition of Coin Rarities

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There is a misconception in the minds of many investors and collectors that they should be looking for a “deal.” I’d like to confront this ideology – a dangerous one – head on in order to help coin enthusiasts engage in […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Quality over Quantity Is a Strong Rule of Thumb

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quality over Quantity Is a Strong Rule of Thumb

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ……. My entire career – 30 years – has been dedicated to the rare coin business. In that time the market has grown in many different directions, but the one concept that hasn’t changed is the idea of buying the rarest coins you […]

Beyond Plastic:  It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

Beyond Plastic: It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how much […]

Room to Run:  Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

Coin Collecting Strategies -Sleeping Giants and Emergent Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies -Sleeping Giants and Emergent Coins

1822 half eagle $5 gold piece By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   The year was 1822. On its surface, that year might not seem too significant. However, those with advanced numismatic knowledge are keenly aware of how important this date is for one particular coin and denomination. […]

CAC Brasher Doubloon, America’s First Gold Coin, Sells for a Record $7.395 million

CAC Brasher Doubloon, America’s First Gold Coin, Sells for a Record $7.395 million

Blanchard and Company places world’s most valuable gold coin – the Brasher Doubloon for a record $7.395 million Blanchard and Company, Inc. has placed the world’s most valuable rare gold coin for a record $7.395 million, adding to its résumé and legacy as America’s leading numismatic and precious metals firm. “While precious metals have been […]

Double-barreled threat sends gold past $1,400

Double-barreled threat sends gold past $1,400

This move in gold right now is acutely about the Middle East “All the way to $1,440” With all eyes on Libya and the threat of revolutionary contagion across the Arab world, gold roared past the key $1,400 level this week to just under December’s record high. What’s driving gold? “It is dominated by the […]

 
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