Blanchard and Company, Inc. is the largest and most respected retail dealer in rare coins and precious metals in the United States. We have helped over 450,000 people just like you with expert consultation and assistance in the acquisition of American numismatic rarities and gold, silver and platinum bullion. We are unequaled in the industry in terms of breadth of experience, personal service, inventory and expertise. James Blanchard Helped Create the Industry: James U. Blanchard III, Blanchard and Company’s founder, was a tireless pioneer in the gold legalization movement. Through his efforts and industry leadership, Americans’ fundamental right to own and invest in the world’s oldest and most accepted currency was restored. Between 1933 and 1974, private citizens were legally prohibited from owning gold. Signed into law on April 5, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order 6102 criminalized the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation. The rationale behind the order was that the economic depression had been worsened by gold “hoarding,” and the end result was that millions of private investors could no longer hold gold as protection against paper assets. Recognizing the importance of gold as not only a first step to an individual’s economic prosperity, but as a core right, Jim Blanchard spearheaded a nationwide grassroots movement. In 1971, he established the National Committee to Legalize Gold and was instrumental in the passage of a public law that reinstated the legal right to possess and sell gold. His tactics were effective, dramatic and unconventional: in 1973, he arranged for a biplane to tow a “Legalize Gold” banner over President Nixon’s inauguration. He also held press conferences around the country where he would brandish illegal bars of gold and publicly defy federal officials to throw him in jail. After this initial success, Jim Blanchard did not stop his gold promotion efforts. He held investment conferences, co-founded the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and served on the board of the Cato Institute. He received the Ludwig von Mises Award from the Mises Institute and was named Man of the Year by the World Gold Association. He also published several notable gold newsletters and wrote a number of books, including his autobiography, Confessions of a Gold Bug. Jim Blanchard's impact on the world of precious metals investing cannot be underestimated — today, millions of Americans now enjoy the wealth-preserving benefits of gold.