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Why You Should Buy Gold Coins

Throughout history, gold coins have offered the ultimate source of wealth preservation and growth. Once used as a medium of exchange for everyday goods, gold coins have by far been the most stable asset in the history of mankind. Many modern-day investors buy gold coins for their unmatched purity, consistency, and refuge against economic turmoil.

Generations of investors have trusted gold coins as a hedge against inflation and as a safe haven asset during periods of economic uncertainty. Buying gold coins online through Metals.com will improve security and increase the liquidity of your investment portfolio.

Buying Gold with Metals.com

Whether you are looking for popular gold coins for sale like US Mint gold coins or IRA-approved gold coins, we assure there is no shortage of gold bullion coins available to purchase online with Metals.com.

We deal exclusively in physical bullion and ship gold or silver directly to your door or within an IRA account. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or anything else you might need assistance with. To contact us, simply visit our contact page or call us at 800-463-1326.

What Are Gold Coins?

A gold coin is a coin made mostly or entirely of gold. Most gold coins minted since 1800 are 90% to 92% gold, while most of today’s gold bullion coins are pure gold, like the Canadian Maple Leaf, American Buffalo, and the Britannia. Coins like the American Gold Eagle and South African Krugerrand are typically 91.7% gold by weight. Traditionally, gold coins were used as legal tender but due to gold coins value exceeding its given denomination, they are now mainly produced as bullion coins for investors and commemorative coins to collectors.

History Behind the Gold Coin

Gold coins were instrumental in commerce going back to ancient civilizations of Sumer (now modern-day Iraq) and Egypt. At first, they were traded by weight which then could be cut into small chunks or drawn into wire. During that time, they were viewed as a standard of accounting or used to pay taxes to rulers or temples and were not generally used among the common folk.

The first real coins were produced in Lydia, Western Turkey in the 6th century BC and were made from natural alloys found in the region’s rivers. It was under the Greek Empire that gold coins were first stamped with the head of the king instead of bulls, rams, or lions that had graced the faces of coins elsewhere.

Gold Coins reached their peak after the gold rushes in both the United States and Australia after 1848, when gold production grew exponentially. Virtually all gold mined in the 19th century was transformed into gold coins from Sovereign gold coins in Britain and Australia, Eagle gold coins in the US, Mark gold coins in Germany, Rouble gold coins in Russia, Crown gold coins in Austria, Florin gold coins in Hungary, and Napoleon gold coins in France, which accounted for over 13,000 tonnes (418 million troy oz) in the classic period of the gold standard prior to WWI.

But when the world went to war in 1914, governments began to store their gold and the minting of gold coins stopped, and gold coins were often recollected. Then in 1933, the US recalled all gold and gold coins from their citizens during the Great Depression. And with that one dramatic swoop, the era of universal gold coins usage ended.

Gold Coin Prices

Simply click on the gold coin you are interested in and you will find the current value and gold price on each individual coin. The gold value is high, making these gold coins a perfect choice for anyone looking to further their investment portfolio or their numismatic collection.

Popular Gold Coins for Sale

You will find a large collection of coins available at Metals.com that allows you to be as diverse or selective as you choose. Some of these gold coins also come in fractional sizes to fit any budget for investing.

These popular bullion selections can add value to your investment portfolio. You can find anything from BU coins to graded and certified gold coins at competitive prices. With our large variety, you can easily find a coin that fits your budget and needs.

American Gold Eagles

Considered to be the official gold coin of the United States, the American Gold Eagle is a beautiful coin that features Lady Liberty standing tall, a symbol of freedom and democracy. The heraldic eagle clutching an olive branch rounds out the images that are an important part of American history. The American Gold Eagle provides investors a special opportunity to diversify their portfolio, as they have the option to choose from four different sizes.

Canadian Mint Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

The Royal Canadian Mint is the official sovereign mint of Canada, and it issues gold coins and commemorative gold coins, both very popular bullion coins. The Royal Canadian Mint popularly uses .9999 pure gold in almost all of its gold coinage, including the Gold Canadian Maple Leaf which was issued in 1979, making it the second-oldest gold bullion behind the South African Gold Krugerrand coin.

Originally issued in .999 pure gold, from November 1982 and onward, the coins have included .9999 pure gold content. Each coin displays a sugar maple leaf on the reverse with Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy on the obverse.

South African Krugerrands

In 1967, the South African Krugerrand first came on the market and for several years, it was the only option available for gold investors. Without question, the South African Krugerrand is one of the most widely known gold coins in the world. This gold coin is steeped in rich history that is not only familiar to their country, but to the world.

The reverse depicts South Africa’s national animal, the Springbok antelope, while the obverse is the effigy of Paul Kruger, the first President of the South African Republic. The modern coins feature a modified image of Kruger, which was refined in 1984 by Otto Schultz.

Australian Gold Coins

When you shop for gold from Australia, you’ll find options from both the Perth Mint of Western Australia and the sovereign Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. The former mint opened in 1899 as a facility within the Royal Mint of England system in Australia, while the latter opened following the Currency Act of 1965 as the new sovereign mint of Australia.

The most popular gold coin from Australia is a Gold Kangaroo, which is available in different designs from both the Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint.

Mexican Gold Peso

The Mexican Gold Peso is one of the most beautiful vintage gold coins in the world. While gold prices fluctuate, the popularity of the Mexican Gold Peso only increases due to its vintage value. They appeal to investors and collectors alike for their high gold bullion content and rich Mexican history. Minted at the Mexican Mint in Mexico City, the gold peso contains 90% fine gold.

Pre-1933 Gold Coins

Metals.com offers a various selection from Dutch coins prior to being replaced with the Euro in 2002 to French and British coins. We currently sell the Queen Victoria Gold Sovereign Jubilee Coin.

The Jubilee head design was designed to commemorate the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s rule. The reverse side depicts St. George killing a dragon. Among our inventory includes the French 20 Franc Rooster. This is one of the most popular coins in our European selection. Each coin contains almost a fifth of an ounce of pure gold.

World Gold Coins

Our World Gold coins selection includes a variety of gold coins from the British Royal Mint, and coins that are no longer minted like the Dutch Gold 10 Guilder. Among these, you will also find French gold coins like the 20 Franc Rooster.

American Gold Buffalo

The Gold American Buffalo coins are the first .9999 Gold coin produced by the United States Mint, making them a highly popular choice among investors. The Gold Buffalo is based upon the original Buffalo Nickel design from 1913. It was created by James Earle Fraser and bears the depiction of the American buffalo on the reverse and a Native American Indian Chief on the obverse. In 2006, the United States Mint debuted its first-ever 24-karat gold coin.

Austrian Philharmonics

Debuting in 1989, the Austrian Gold Philharmonic is the nation’s official gold coin and reflects the arts and culture of Austria as represented by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. These gold coins depict the famous Great Pipe Organ and are popular with investors all over the world for their high-grade gold content and unique depictions of the world-renowned orchestra.

China Gold Pandas

The panda has been a symbol of innocence for centuries across several countries, especially China. Introduced in 1982 with sizes varying from 1 oz to 1/10 oz, the Chinese Mint is the official sovereign mint of the People’s Republic of China and produces the nation’s official gold bullion coin, even increasing its offerings to 1/20 oz coins.

From 1982 to 2000, the Chinese Gold Panda coins were available with certain face values in Yuan that were later changed in 2001 to new denominations. In 2016, the Chinese Mint ceased marking the weights of its Gold Panda coinage in troy ounces, instead listing the weights in grams. The move was designed to bring the collection in line with the nation’s metric system.

IRA-Approved Gold Coins:

  • American Eagle Gold Coins
  • American Gold Buffalo
  • Australian Kangaroo Coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf Coins
  • Austrian Philharmonics

FAQ

Why are gold coins different prices?

Pricing for bullion coins typically depends on the market price of the metal and fluctuates daily. Gold coin prices are determined by a variety of factors, including condition, availability, and composition. Coins that are uncirculated and have never been handled in the marketplace will typically bring a high price because of its unblemished condition. Accessibility also plays a factor in gold coin pricing because if a coin is short in supply, retailers can charge a higher price to collectors.

How much does a gold coin weigh?

Gold bullion coins come in a variety of sizes from 1/25 oz to 1 kilo, to every size in between. The most popular purchases are the 1 oz gold coins. You must also consider that some gold coins are made with a combination of metals, so overall weight cannot necessarily be used to determine actual gold content.

Why are gold coins more expensive than bars?

While market prices always determine gold coins value, some are more expensive than bars due to their collectible value. Rare and old coins, for example, draw a premium price because of their historical significance. Some investors also prefer coinage to gold bars since coins are more accessible to store and exchange.