Down along the coast of Texas there's a Beaumont company, Universal Coin & Bullion, that truly understands that all that glitters is not gold. Both CEO Mike Fuljenz and his staff say they like to keep their shiny stuff tempered with metal more suited for making bullets. Lead, they explain, is a too often discredited element that keeps gold and silver safe-when it's not protecting several centuries' worth of individual freedoms these southeast Texans hold dear.
Fuljenz has had his eye on silver and gold since childhood in Lake Charles, La. It started when his grandfather gave him a silver dollar for making all A's on his report card. Mike also used his lawn-mowing money to buy coin books, learn about rare currency and begin collecting. Over time his knowledge and expertise grew, and Mike watched what started out as a hobby grow into a lucrative career path.