Entries by Mark Hutto

J. Austin & Company Gold, Silver and Bitcoin Exchange

They say there are three types of people in the world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. Right now the world is undergoing an enormous change which promises to alter the future of banking, commerce, and finance as we know it. I am talking about […]

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In the last issue, we discussed jewelry appraisals in detail. How do coin appraisals work in comparison to jewelry appraisals? This may seem strange, but coin appraisals tend to be much closer to the actual value of the items they represent, than jewelry appraisals. Coins are an investment for many people and the appraisals are […]

Understanding Coin Appraisals

In the last issue we discussed jewelry appraisals in detail. How do coin appraisals work in comparison to jewelry appraisals? This may seem strange, but coin appraisals tend to be much closer to the actual value of the items they represent, than jewelry appraisals. Coins are an investment for many people and the appraisals are […]

Understanding Appraisals

Mark & Andrea Hutto give real answers to questions asked by actual customers. “I have an insurance appraisal on my diamond ring for $18,000. How much can I sell the ring for?” This is a question we hear all the time. Often before people sell an item to a store like ours they go and […]

Buried Treasure in Local Hills

The gold market was wild last month, what was it like at J. Austin & Company? In addition to opening our new location in Grants Pass, we purchased several large historic gold coins from a local treasure hunter. These beautiful Lady Liberty coins from the late 1800s have had a wild ride. After years of […]

Understanding Diamonds

In this issue we wanted to get some customer questions answered regarding the most popular gemstone: diamond. What are diamonds? Diamonds are made of pure carbon, formed under extremely high temperature and pressure below the surface of the Earth. They are then forced up to the surface through volcanic activity for humans to find and […]

Understanding Silver Markings

Lots of people ask, how you can tell if an item is really silver or not? I joke with customers at times that I have x-ray vision, but in reality it’s not rocket science to determine whether an item is silver or not.  When evaluating an estate piece, the first thing is to look for an […]

Gold & Silver as Investments

In this issue we asked Mark Hutto of J. Austin & Company to answer some commonly asked questions about investing in precious metals. What are the options available to someone who wants to invest in Gold or Silver? There are two main ways to invest. One is through ETFs (exchange-traded fund). This is done via […]

Gold Silver and Diamonds

In the last publication we talked about gold and silver hallmarks. The holidays are coming, and many of us need extra money. What other items may be of value in this economy besides gold, silver and diamonds? One thing we tend to see a lot of is timepieces. Better watches such as Rolex or Patek […]

J. Austin & Co. of Ashland Coin & Jewelry Talk

Mark Hutto of J. Austin & Company answers commonly asked questions. How do I know if an item I have is real gold? When looking to sell gold jewelry the markings are a key indicator as to the gold content and the value. American markings after 1900 are very clear with the traditional 10K, 14K […]