Michael Dinich

Michael Dinich
Michael Dinich
Contributing Author

Michael is a contributor to SD Bullion and the founder of Your Money Geek, where he is on a mission to make finance fun. He has worked in personal finance for over 20 years, helping families reduce taxes, increase their income, and save for retirement. Michael is passionate about personal finance, side hustles, and all things geeky.

  1. A Brief History of U.S. Coins

    US Coin History

    Coins are ingrained into American culture. They’re a part of our daily life, our sayings, and our symbols. As much as we handle and reference coinage, have you ever thought about how our coins came to be? Do you know the history of U.S. coins?

    Unless you’re a coin collector or know one, the answer is likely “no.”

    Read more »
  2. What Quarters are Worth Money?

    What Quarters are Worth Money?

    Take a look at the 30 most valuable quarters. The most expensive one was sold for 1.5 million dollars. Curious which one? Find out here.

    Read more »
  3. How Many Grains in an Ounce?

    How Many Grains in an Ounce?

    Throughout history, humans have invented different systems to measure and value items. Ancient people used the grain to measure mass, and this unit of measurement is still employed today to measure tiny amounts of material. Although you may not be familiar with grain, you use the ounce every day, so let’s compare the grain to the ounce... 

    Read more »
  4. New, 2021 Silver Eagle Design Released by US Mint

    New, 2021 Silver Eagle Design Released by US Mint

    Official coin collectors are on high alert –- the new 2021 Silver Eagle design will be here by the summer of the next year! 

    On October 1st, the United States Mint announced the release of the new 2021 American Eagle gold and silver coin reverse designs. The new design will feature an American bald eagle flying while grasping an oak branch, in what has been described as a more natural state.

    See the new design here...

    Read more »
  5. How Many Pennyweights in an Ounce of Gold?

    How Many Pennyweights in an Ounce of Gold?

    Gold is the most precious metal of all. It is also one of the rarest and most expensive. The high price of gold, along with its high malleability, means that gold is often used in exceedingly small amounts, such as when making jewelry. Or as a very thin layer on an astronaut’s helmet's visor to protect their eyes from the unfiltered sunlight in space.

    Whatever the use, where gold is concerned, you can generally be assured that you’re dealing with minimal amounts. Which begs the question, how are these exceedingly small amounts of gold and other precious metals measured?

    Read more »
  6. What Does an Ounce of Gold Look Like?

    What Does an Ounce of Gold Look Like?

    Ever since humans discovered gold, it has been the most sought-after metal on Earth. It adorned the most precious possessions of ancient Egyptians, coated the currency of many cultures, and inspired multiple gold rushes throughout North America in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    While we’re accustomed to seeing gold jewelry and other gold-encrusted artifacts, many of us don’t really know what gold looks like in bars or its natural form of nuggets and flakes. For example, the gold price per ounce is roughly $1900, but what does an ounce of gold look like?

    Read more »
  7. How Much Does a Gold Brick Weigh?

    How Much Does a Gold Brick Weigh?

    How many times have you been watching a movie when suddenly someone starts running around carrying some gold bars? If you're anything like me, you begin wondering how these people can

    Read more »
  8. What are Dimes Made Of?


    Every day we use coins, but have we ever stopped to think about what they are made of?

    The earliest coins were made from electrum, a combination of silver and gold. The Lydian state minted these coins around 700 BCE, and merchants and consumers used them in trade. About 500 BCE, silver starter coins were minted in Caria, an ancient district in Turkey. These early coins depicted Greek gods, Roman emperors, and even tortoises and stags.

    Coins have evolved over the years, but they have remained an essential part of global trade and commerce. Let’s take a look at the evolution of dimes and what they have been made from over the years.

    Read more »
  9. How Much Does a Dime Weigh?

    How Much Does a Dime Weigh?

    In the coin world, the quarter receives a lot of attention. However, what about the next one in line? Let’s take a closer look at the dime. 

    Why are dimes so small?

    The Coinage Act of 1792, also known as the Mint Act, established the U.S. Mint and created a decimal system for the young nation’s currency. The legislation authorized U.S. dimes, which would be worth 10 cents. Because it would be the second most valuable coin after the quarter, it makes logical sense that it would also be the second largest. But, in fact, the dime turned out to be quite a bit smaller. The reason for this goes back to the timetable of when specific coins were introduced...

    Read more »
  10. How Much Does a Quarter Weigh?

    How Much Does a Quarter Weigh?

    As children, we were very excited to discover a quarter left under our pillow by the tooth fairy. We may have wondered whether it was silver. Many adults still have questions about quarters,

    Read more »