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How To Buy Gold Coins

Buying gold coins allows you, the investor, to diversify your investment portfolio and protect yourself against market volatility. Building a collection of gold coins is a great way to start diversifying your overall investment portfolio. Owning gold comes in many different flavors, and can possibly become overwhelming for the unexperienced, but the truth is with some basic knowledge you can ensure you are protecting you and your family from futures economic volatility.

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Gold Bullion Bars and Ingots

When most people think of gold, they think of large gold bars stored in vaults deep below the surface of the earth. In fact, gold bars come in many different shapes and sizes in order to meet the needs of different investors. Gold bullionbars are sold by the troy ounce and are sold in common sizes of one troy ounce, 10 troy ounces, 100 troy ounces or larger sized gold bars. Most gold dealers will sell these bars for a percentage over the spot price of gold. The smaller the bar the larger the percentage (or premium) you will pay. This form of gold is usually purchased by people or corporations looking to make large investments in gold.

Gold Bullion Coins

Nation-states and private companies produce gold bullion, oftentimes in a coin shape, but also as a bar. The ones that are minted by governments have monetary value, while those minted by private mints do not. The values on the government minted coins are often far less than the value of the coin content and so the official value is largely ceremonial.

Gold Bullion coins come in sizes small and large, beginning with 1/25 troy ounce, 1/10 troy ounce, one quarter troy ounce, half a troy ounce, one troy ounce and even five troy ounce sizes.

For the small investor interested only in gold content, than bullion coins are the place to shop, as they do not come with the added value of a numismatic gold coin Some of the most recognized coins in this space are US Gold Eagles, US Gold Buffalo, South African Krugerrands, Canadian Gold Maple Leafs and Austrian Philharmonic gold bullion coins.

Common U.S. Gold Coins (Pre-1933)

Coins minted by the US government until the year 1933 are today considered collector’s coins or semi-numismatic and numismatic coins, depending on their rarity and condition. Until 1933, gold coins were used in the US economy until President Franklin D Roosevelt recalled all gold coins.  Many people did not turn over their gold.

Modern U.S. Commemorative Gold Coins

In 1982 the US Mint continued its commemorative coin program. The United States mint continues to make commemorative gold coins and you can purchase them directly from The United States Mint.

Mexico 2 Peso Gold Coin 1945 - Photo courtesy of Don’s World Coin Gallery, www.worldcoingallery.com

Mexico 2 Peso Gold Coin 1945. Photo courtesy of Don’s World Coin Gallery, www.worldcoingallery.com

Foreign Gold Coins

Example of forum coins popular in San Diego are  Mexico 2 Pesos, Mexico 50 Pesos, Switzerland 20 Francs, Britain 5 Pound and Austria 100 Corona.

Rare U.S. Gold Coins

United Coin & Precious Metals has prepared a guide for buying such rare US gold coins.

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