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Silver demand has risen through the first half of 2015, according to newly released data.

Silver demand strong at 2015’s midpoint

With silver prices in retreat, the layperson might believe that the white metal isn’t as in demand as it has been in years gone by. But, truth be told, the precious metal is being used extensively and in a variety of forms through the first six months of 2015, according to a recent report.

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Far below the Atlantic Ocean, a deep-sea diving company found gold coins dating back to the 18th century.

Gold coins from 1715 shipwreck discovered

In Florida, a family’s dreams of extravagance were realized after a deep-sea diving company they hired spotted a cache of gold coins in an abandoned shipwreck off the Atlantic coast.

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Gold and silver coins purchases are flying high, as more people snap up the precious metal commodities while prices are low.

Gold, silver coin purchases flourish

Gold prices have plummeted to five-year lows in recent weeks, causing more people to speculate about their yellow metal investments and whether now might be a good time to sell. But instead of offloading their precious metal assets, more people are buying them.

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Approximately 80 percent of economists believe the Federal Reserve will raise rates in September.

Vast majority of economists say September rate hike coming

According to economists, most think that the summer interest rate hike prediction will come to fruition, based on a recent poll done by The Wall Street Journal.

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Asteroid teeming with precious metals passes by Earth

The news headlines have been overrun lately with new images from Pluto, the farthest planet in the solar system. The dwarf planet, deemed as such several years ago by NASA scientists, is billions of miles away from the Earth, so the pictures were a long time in coming – nine years, in fact, to be exact.

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China is the world's biggest producer of gold and silver, but it doesn't have as much of the former commodity as many theorized.

Gold reserve totals finally revealed by China

Known to be the world leader in gold consumption and production, China is recognized as a major player in the precious metals industry, one that has far-reaching effects on an increasingly interconnected world. The Far East nation is also established as the fastest-growing market for gold jewelry, according to the World Gold Council.

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It's been one big roller coaster ride for rhodium in the last month or so.

Rhodium prices headed higher after June dip

Rhodium, a lesser known precious metal that’s as rare or rarer than gold, has been on a roller coaster ride over the past few months in terms of prices. Most recently, it’s on the upside of its twisting and turning path.

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Plummeting silver prices have consumers buying silver coins  in droves.

U.S. Mint sells out of silver bullion coins

One of the good things about precious metal values declining is it allows more people to invest in the commodity, knowing that at some point, prices will go back up, making their financial venture a smart choice.

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Platinum prices broke below $1,000 per ounce for the first time in more than six years on July 17.

Platinum prices drop below $1,000 threshold

On July 17, platinum prices fell below $1,000 per ounce, a low last witnessed in late 2009.

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14th Annual China International Silver Conference slated for September

Given its distinction as the world’s largest producer and consumer of gold – a title relinquished by India last year – China is typically thought of as a hub for the yellow metal. But it also has a rich history in silver, which will be discussed at the International Silver Conference later this summer.

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Second London Fix price is updated each business day at 10.45 am EST.

Type Date Second London Fix
Gold 8/4/2015 $1,090.65
Silver 8/4/2015 $14.54
Platinum 7/31/2015 $979.00
Palladium 7/31/2015 $610.00
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