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Collecting Ancient Coins: Time to Consider a New Paradigm That Facilitates Lawful Trade

By Peter K. Tompa – Cultural Property Observer….. The following is a statement delivered at the Wednesday, July 22 meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by lawyer and numismatic advocate Peter K. Tompa concerning proposed updates to the 2021 renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. These updates threaten American collectors’ […]

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ICTA Gives Service Award to Kansas Dealer Dean Schmidt

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …… Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) dealer-member Dean Schmidt (Dean Schmidt Rare Coins, Atchison, Kansas) was honored during the ICTA dinner and update at Tony Roma’s in Orlando, Florida, on January 8 as the recipient of the 2019 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award for his efforts to […]

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Wyoming, Texas, Utah Top 2019 Sound Money Index — Vermont, Arkansas, New Jersey Among the Worst States

Precious Metals Dealer, Sound Money Group Rank the 50 States’ Gold and Silver Policies   By Money Metals Exchange …… “Is Your State Destroying Your Money?” asks the Sound Money Defense League and Money Metals Exchange with the release of the 2019 Sound Money Index. The index is the first index of its kind, ranking […]

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ICTA Installs New Treasurer and Secretary, Patrick A. Heller Honored

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) …… Patrick A. Heller was honored during the Industry Council for Tangible Assets  dinner in Rosemont, Illinois, on August 14. He is stepping down as treasurer after 17 years of service. Heller will continue to serve as a director and ICTA’s states’ sales-tax exemption guru. “It has been […]

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Calling All Collectors: Support the 2021 Morgan & Peace Silver Dollar Centennial Commemorative Coin Bill

Silver Dollar Commemorative Support By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …… The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is calling on all fellow coin collectors to contact their United States Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the H.R. 3757 Silver Dollar Commemorative legislation. This House Bill will require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration […]

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Gold & Precious Metals News: Ohio Budget Kills Sales-Tax Exemption for Bullion, Coins

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) …… ICTA member Dave Miholer (Executive Coin Company, Stow, Ohio) brought to our attention in May that the Ohio 2020–2021 budget eliminated the sales-tax exemption on the purchases of investment metal bullion and investment coins. The budget plan also directs the state to begin collecting sales taxes on […]

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Harriet Tubman $20 Note Postponed Until 2028

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Confirmation one way or the other of the Trump Administration’s plans for the Harriet Tubman $20 Federal Reserve Note have been a long time coming. But on Wednesday, May 22, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin finally announced that the release of designs for the new $20 bill has been pushed […]

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Gold & Silver PAC News – April/May 2019: Online Sales Tax Collection

By John Villavicencio for the Gold & Silver PAC ……   Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator   April showers bring… taxes The tax filing deadline for 2018 has come and gone, but what do you need to know for your 2019 taxes? If you sell on eBay or do business in California, keep […]

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West Virginia Legislature Votes to End Sales Tax on Gold & Silver

By Sound Money Defense League ……   Sound money advocates rejoiced on Friday, March 8 as the state legislature of West Virginia overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 502 and sent it to Governor Jim Justice for his signature. First passed unanimously in the West Virginia Senate last month, the measure removes state sales taxation of precious […]

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Coin Industry News: 2018 Diane Piret Award, Promotion at Heritage Currency

Alabama Coin Dealers Honored With Diane Piret Service Award By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …… Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) dealer-members Phil Darby (J&P Coins and Currency, Helena, Alabama) and Steve Caiola (Alabama Gold Refiner, Homewood, Alabama) were honored during the ICTA dinner and update at FishBones, Orlando, Florida, on January 9 as […]

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Internet Sales Tax? Supreme Court Ruling Alarming

  Numismatists should be worried about how the hobby will be affected by a labyrinth of tax rules By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Several months ago, I received the dreaded letter from the State of Kentucky notifying me that my company would be undergoing a four-year sales tax audit. Even though […]

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Gold & Silver Political Action Committee May 2018 e-Newsletter

By John Villavicencio for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee…… Gold & Silver Political Action Committee News Update on Candidate Steve Bieda Last month the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee reported that we were supporting Steve Bieda (D) in his race for Michigan State Senator. In the fast-moving world of politics, the only thing certain […]

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Gold & Silver PAC May 2018 e-Newsletter

By John Villavicencio for the Gold & Silver PAC …… Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator Update on Candidate Steve Bieda Last month we reported that we were supporting Steve Bieda (D) in his race for Michigan State Senator. In the fast-moving world of politics, the only thing certain is change. Steve withdrew from […]

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Precious Metals & Bullion News – Wyoming Ends All Taxation of Gold & Silver

By Money Metals Exchange …… Sound money activists rejoiced as the Wyoming Legal Tender Act (PDF) became law today. The bill restores constitutional, sound money in Wyoming. Backed by the Sound Money Defense League, Campaign for Liberty, Money Metals Exchange, and in-state grassroots activists, HB 103 removes all forms of state taxation on gold and […]

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Alabama Becomes 37th State with Bullion Sales Tax Exemption

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …… On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill 156 to exempt the gross proceeds from the sales of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion, and money from sales and use tax for five years. The law is a sales-and-use tax exemption on […]

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Gold & Silver PAC January 2018 e-Newsletter:

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver PAC ….. Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year not only marks the beginning of the year but also a chance for a new beginning. For states whose legislature is part-time based on the state constitution, the sessions begin in earnest […]

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ICTA News: Exercise Caution with Gold IRA Home Storage, NC Dealer Wins Award

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ….. Investors Should Exercise Caution Investing in Gold Individual Retirement Account with Home Storage Some precious-metals bullion dealers recently have been advertising “home storage” as a legal and beneficial option for storing bullion that may be invested in a gold individual retirement account (IRA). The “home storage” concept may conflict […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 29, 2017: Fake $100s, What is Crypto, Trump Challenge Coin

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 29, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The economics of the Bitcoin payment system Unlike other payment systems, Bitcoin is a two-sided platform with pre-specified rules. Its two main constituencies are the users who hold balances and engage in electronic transactions, and miners who maintain the system’s infrastructure. A […]

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Confused Over GOP Tax Legislation and Like-Kind Exchanges? ICTA Can Help

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ….. There is misinformation floating out around the dealer community intermingling “like-kind exchanges” and three different sections of the tax code (1031, 1099-b and bartering). The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) has produced a white paper which goes into detail providing a comprehensive explanation of each section of […]

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Gold & Silver PAC December 2017 e-Newsletter: GOP Tax Bill Alert

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver PAC ….. Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator The most talked about and most complicated bill to analyze has been H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While a lot of information has been talked about in the media, there have been many groups behind […]

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Congressmen Press U.S Mint for Action on Counterfeit Gold, Silver Coins

By Money Metals Exchange ……   Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Alex Mooney (R-WV2) and Frank Lucas (R-OK3) delivered a formal letter to the United States Mint and Secret Service on Friday, urging aggressive action on the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of U.S. precious metals coins entering the country from China and […]

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COINS Act to Reform US Currency Gains New Support in Congress

Would Provide $16 Billion in Budget Savings By Dollar Coin Alliance …… Three Members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors of the bipartisan Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings (COINS) Act of 2017 (H.R. 2299), an effort that will modernize U.S. currency in order to save American taxpayers at least $16 billion. Rep. Mike […]

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COINS Act to Reform US Currency Gains New Support in Congress

Would Provide $16 Billion in Budget Savings By Dollar Coin Alliance ……   Three Members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors of the bipartisan Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings (COINS) Act of 2017 (H.R. 2299), an effort that will modernize U.S. currency in order to save American taxpayers at least $16 billion. Rep. […]

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North Carolina Joins 35 Other States with Sales Tax Exemption on Coins

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ….. On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper signed into law House Bill 434: Coins/Currency/Bullion Sales Tax Exemption. The law is a complete sales-and-use tax exemption on coins, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales. “The bill’s author, Representative Dana Bumgardner, coauthors Representative Jeff Collins, Representative Mark Brody, […]

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Meet Former Mint Director Philip Diehl at ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) …… Meet former U.S. Mint director Philip N. Diehl in person at the 2017 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Denver! From Diehl’s creation of the popular 50 State Quarters program to his launch of the first-ever U.S. government–issued platinum coin, he is considered one […]

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Bullion & Precious Metals Organization ICTA Launches Facebook Page

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets is now on Facebook. The association’s new social media site is a place where visitors can learn more about the association and members can stay up to date on association activities. “Facebook is a great way to highlight the breadth of the work that ICTA does,” said  chief operating […]

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Gold & Silver PAC July 2017 e-Newsletter

Gold & Silver American Eagle Coins By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver PAC ….. From the Political Coordinator During a meeting of the Gold & Silver PAC at the National Money Show in March 2013, members were provided a chance to meet with Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA1), the Republican representative from New Orleans. Scalise […]

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Louisiana Coins and Precious Metals Bullion Exemption Enacted

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ….. Last year, the Louisiana legislature, facing a $900 million deficit, held a special legislative session and increased Louisiana’s 4% sales tax to 5%. In addition to increasing the state sales tax, it eliminated nearly all tax exemptions and exclusions–including numismatic coins and precious metals bullion exemptions–for three months, […]

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Virginia Becomes Latest State to Pass Rare Coin Sales Tax Exemption

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins …… To paraphrase Margaret Mead, a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can make great change when working together. John Brush of David Lawrence Rare Coins and John Feigenbaum of the Coin Dealer Newsletter–along with lobbyist Stephen Haner and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA)–have […]

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Gold & Silver PAC October 2016 e-Newsletter

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee ….. From the Political Coordinator Every four years we elect a president and vice president. By definition, elections are politically motivated exercises and candidates look to convince you to elect them and not their opponent. I used an opportunity to have a discussion about […]

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ICTA Welcomes New Team Member

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ….. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) is expanding its team with legal and legislative-affairs expertise. Effective October 3, Jonathon Villavicencio (Sacramento, California) became the association’s legislative-affairs coordinator. John brings ICTA his expansive knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes, having spent the past two years working as a […]

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Precious Metal News – Virtual Gold Treasure Hunt to Engage Community at Elizabeth Quay

  On August 2, 2016, the Gold Industry Group announced a long-term, community engagement project in the Perth CBD, which is expected to attract millions of students, tourists and families. The Heart of Gold Discovery Trail and gold panning activity in Elizabeth Quay will provide a fun and interactive way for visitors to learn about […]

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Bullion & Precious Metals News – ICTA Names New Officers

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …… At its Board of Directors meeting last week in Anaheim, California, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) installed its new officers for 2016–2018. Former U.S. Mint director Philip N. Diehl, currently the president of U.S. Money Reserve in Austin, Texas, was named as the new chairman. Diehl […]

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