Setting this form of gold
apart from bullion coins, these gold coins have a supply that
is permanently limited, and actually decreasing through time
from inadvertent damage and loss. The value of historic monetary
gold coins can vary greatly depending on age, rarity, and condition,
but, of course, its gold content inherently provides a floor
For the informed investor seeking gold
diversification, these "collector" pre-1933 coins in
uncirculated condition can often be purchased at prices comparable
to bullion prices - especially when buying in volume from a well-connected
gold brokerage rather than through smaller, specialty gold coin
dealers. When the opportunity arises these coins should always
be selected over common bullion gold coins.
Below is a sampling of gold coins from
different countries and periods that illustrates the range of
weight and fineness various coins may take.
Coin prices range depending on grade
("Fine" (heavily worn) to to grade "Uncirculated")
and may vary higher for specific years of low mintage. Increases can
be further encountered as the price of gold rises.