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Gold bullion coins represent the most straightforward avenue to buy gold and are coined annually by several national mints. These gold coins are actively brokered on the bullion market and available to individual investors by well-established gold dealers at discounts to the direct mint rate. If an acquisition of gold bullion is your objective, be sure to talk to your own gold broker about market prices and thereby avoid the mints' markups on new issues.

The most common gold bullion coins currently minted include the

Australian gold bullion coin

Australian NUGGET

9999 fine gold
2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 oz
Perth Mint
kangaroo gold coin
Austrian gold bullion coin


9999 fine gold
1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 oz
Austrian Mint
philharmonic gold coin
Canandian gold bullion coin


9999 fine gold
1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 oz
Royal Canadian Mint
maple leaf gold coin
South African gold bullion

South African KRUGERRAND

.9166 fine gold
1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10, 1/20 oz
Rand Refinery
krugerrand gold coin
United States gold bullion

United States GOLD EAGLE

9166 fine gold
1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10 oz
U.S. Mint
U.S. gold eagle coin

Also popular with collectors (but not so commonly used for large bullion investments due to a larger premium) is the

Chinese gold bullion coin


9999 fine gold
1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/10, 1/20 oz
panda gold coin

All of these coins represent a sound investment in gold. Their value resides solely in their gold content (plus a small premium representing the added fabrication value). In these post- Gold Standard times, the understated legal tender face value present on most bullion coins is primarily a device to provide for their minting under state auspices (and with state facilities) and to officially "hallmark" the gold weight and fineness against any additional need for assay.

Before committing to a bullion purchase with your broker, it is always wise to inquire into the present availability of any uncirculated pre-1933 gold coinage that might be had to your additional advantage at near-bullion prices.


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