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Investment Grade Gold Coins

One of the most popular ways to collect gold is with investment grade gold coins. Unlike gold bullion coins, which are traded primarily on their intrinsic bullion value, investment grade gold coins combine both bullion value and the added benefit of numismatic value.

Most U.S. gold coins minted up to 1933 are investment grade gold coins. Typically struck in 90% pure gold, these coins can be worth considerable premiums, especially in high grades.

For example, the $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin was minted from 1907 to 1933. Each coin contains almost one ounce of gold, but the numismatic value is far greater than the gold value. Numismatic value depends on factors such as the number of coins minted, the mint that struck the coin, the number of coins known to exist in a certain grade, and whether the date of issue is significant for any other reason. While many are affordable and can actually be undervalued in relation to their true rarity, the first-year 1907 coin can be worth up to $3 million and the extremely rare 1933 coin is worth over $7.5 million!

One of the most important factors in determining a gold coin's investment potential is its grade. All coins are graded on a 70-point scale, with 70 being perfect. The higher the grade, the rarer the coin and the greater the investment potential. Most investment grade gold coins are in the 60-70 range, but older and very rare coins can be investment grade even in less-than-ideal conditions. The value of investment grade coins fluctuates according to the collector and investor market.

It is vital when buying investment grade gold coins that the coins are independently certified and graded. Each coin will be in a sonically-sealed, tamper-proof clear plastic holder that both protects the coin and guarantees its grade. As an added benefit, these coins can be traded sight unseen, so they are liquid investments.

At Ideal Coin, all of our investment grade gold coins are independently certified and graded. This helps protect your investment and gives you 100% confidence in your purchase.

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