GOLD COINS GUIDE - Investing in World Gold Bullion
Gold American Eagles
The Gold American Eagle is the most popular bullion coin in the United States. The American Eagle is minted in 22-karat gold and has been struck each year since 1986.
The obverse is similar to the $20 St. Gaudens Gold coin, commissioned by Presented Theodore Roosevelt, and was struck between 1907 and 1933, when gold was confiscated by the U.S. government.
Denominations: Gold Eagles are normally struck in 1, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/10th ounce sizes. However, 2009 saw very low fractional mintage because of overwhelming demand for the 1-ounce size.
Canadian Maple Leafs
The Canadian Maple Leaf is one of the world’s most beautiful gold coins. They've been struck each year since 1979. Produced in 24-karat gold, it is one of the purest gold coins struck in the world today at .9999 fine.
The obverse depicts Queen Elizabth II, and the reverse, the famous Canadian Maple Leaf. These coins are struck at the world famous Royal Canadian Mint that takes great pride in creating exceptional quality coins of both gold and silver.
Maple Leafs are normally struck in 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 and 1/20th ounce sizes. These are one of the most widely recognized and liquid bullion coins in the world making them easy to buy, sell, and trade.
The Gold American Buffalo is the first and only 24-karat gold coin ever minted in the United States.
The first issue was struck in 2006. However, its supply at the U.S. Mint has been interrupted repeatedly due to continuing unexpectedly high demand for gold coins.
Their beautiful design was modeled after the Buffalo nickels minted during the early 1900’s. The American Gold Buffalo is normally struck in 1-ounce sizes only except for 2008, when 1/2, 1/4 and 1/10th ounce coins were struck.
Fractional gold coins minted in 2008 are sold at extremely high premiums over their gold content as collector coins.
South African Krugerrands
The South African Gold Krugerrand, produced in 22-karat gold, has been struck in South Africa since 1967. It is the most popular and liquid bullion coin in the world. The obverse depicts Paul Kruger, four-term president of the old South African Republic.
Denominations: "Krugs" were the only option for bullion coin investors until Maple Leafs were introduced in 1979. They are normally struck in 1, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/10th ounce sizes.
Pricing: The Krugerrands are the most common gold bullion coin circulating throughout the world. They are generally sold at the lowest premium of any gold coin, but this has not been the case lately.
The British Gold Sovereign was first struck in 1489 and is still being minted today. Sovereigns are widely recognized all over the world.
These gold coins were given to American fighter pilots to carry in their pockets during the Gulf War in case they were shot down and needed to barter for survival. Most of the Sovereigns sold today date from the 1900 – 1933 period.
The coins obverse depicts St. George slaying a dragon. Sovereigns are smaller coins weighing about 1/4 an ounce.
Past premiums have gone as high as 90% over melt when demand for gold was high. Present premiums are roughly in line with modern fractional gold.
The Gold Austrian Philharmonic has been struck in 24-karat Gold each year by the Austrian Mint since 1989. The Austrian Mint is known for magnificently engraved gold coins like the Philharmonics.
The Coin features musical instruments honoring the world famous Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna. The obverse depicts the great organ in the Golden Hall in Vienna's Musikverein Concert Hall.
Denominations: They are normally struck in 1, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/10th ounce sizes.
Pricing: Premiums have risen steadily with the gold price. The retail premiums is around 7% over spot depending upon quantity acquired.
China Panda Gold Coins
Since they were first minted in 1982, the Chinese Panda Coins have been created for the demanding coin collector as a tribute to China's endangered Giant Panda Bears.
The combination of intricate detailing and the annual design changes make the China Panda Gold Coins unique.
Each Gold Panda Coin is individually sealed at the China Mint in a clear plastic holder to protect the 99.99% pure gold from the harmful effects of moisture and handling. Preserved in such a way, they make ideal gifts to be handed down to children, grandchildren, and generations to come.
Swiss Pamp Gold Bars
Pamp is the acronym for Produits Artistique de Metaux Precieux, a refinery in Castel San Pietro, Switzerland. The Swiss PAMP bars are minted in 24-karat gold.
These bars are refined to 99.99% purity, assayed, certified, and sealed at the refinery in a plastic card, with certified assay notice and serial number on the certificate/card.
These die-struck Gold Bars feature the attractive “Fortuna” portrait common to products by Pamp, a worldwide refiner and marketer of precious metals.
Pricing: PAMP bars are very popular due to their low premiums over Gold weight. The one-ounce bar is the most popular size.