If you’re looking to buy gold as an investment option, then gold bullion coins offer a great place to start. Gold coins offer beautiful designs known the world over and many come with gold purity and weight backed by central governments and issued by sovereign mints. You’ll find no shortage of gold bullion coins available to purchase when you shop online. In fact, the most difficult task you’ll face may just be choosing which coins you want in your portfolio! Below is an overview of the some of the most popular gold bullion coins available today.
The United States Mint is the sovereign mint of the United States of America and the only one authorized to produce American gold coins. Since 1794, the US Mint has issued both circulation gold currency and bullion gold coinage. From 1794 to 1933, the United States issued circulation gold coins in 22-karat gold (1794-1837) and .900 pure gold content (1838-1933). In 1986, the United States reintroduced gold coinage with gold bullion coins for investment and collection. The following are examples of American gold coins for sale:
When you shop for gold from Australia, you’ll find options from both the Perth Mint of Western Australia and the sovereign Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. The former mint opened in 1899 as a facility within the Royal Mint of England system in Australia, while the latter opened following the Currency Act of 1965 as the new sovereign mint of Australia. The most popular gold coin from Australia is a Gold Kangaroo, which is available different designs from both the Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint. Examples of other Perth Mint gold from Australia include:
The Austrian Mint is responsible for issuing one of the first great gold bullion coin programs. Debuting in 1989, the Austrian Gold Philharmonic is the nation’s official gold coin and reflects the arts and culture of Austria as represented by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. The Gold Philharmonic coins debuted in 1989 with 1 oz and 1/4 oz options, and over time has grown to include 1/10 oz (1991), 1/2 oz (1994), and 1/25 oz (2014) coins. Gold Philharmonic coins had face values in Austrian Schillings from 1989 to 2001, and following the adoption of the European Union common currency in 2002 issued the coins with face values in Euros (€). The Austrian Gold Philharmonic has the following designs:
The most visible gold coin for sale from the Royal Mint of England is the Gold Britannia. Introduced in 1987, the coins feature a modern design of Britannia on the reverse that was designed by Philip Nathan. Mr. Nathan’s design was the winning artwork chosen following an art competition the Royal Mint hosted to find a new Britannia image. On the obverse of all Gold Britannia coins is the effigy of Britain’s ruling monarch, with the designs regularly updated to reflect the monarch’s age.
Another example of British gold coinage are the specimens issued in the Queen’s Beast Series. The 10-coin series debuted in 2016 with the Lion of England design released on its own. The 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 release schedules feature two designs for each date mark, and a singular design will conclude the series in 2021. Jody Clark designed each of the reverse images of different heraldic beasts from British history, each of which was present as a sculpture guarding the doors of Westminster Abbey in 1953 as Queen Elizabeth II entered for her coronation ceremony. Available designs include:
On the obverse of all Queen’s Beast Gold Coins to date is the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the fifth-generation design for British coinage designed in 2015 by Jody Clark and it debuted on British bullion coins in 2016.
The Royal Canadian Mint is the official sovereign mint of Canada, and it issues both popular bullion gold coins and commemorative gold coins. The Royal Canadian Mint popularly uses .9999 pure gold in almost all of its gold coinage, which includes the following options:
The Chinese Mint is the official sovereign mint of the People’s Republic of China and produces the nation’s official gold bullion coin. Introduced in 1982 with 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz coins in .999 pure gold with the image of a Giant Panda on the reverse. In 1983, the Chinese Mint increased the offering to feature a 1/20 oz coin as well. Designs for the Chinese Gold Panda include:
From 1982 to 2000, the Chinese Gold Panda coins were available with certain face values in Yuan that were later changed in 2001 to new denominations. The previous and current face values are as follows (initial-current by weight):
In 2016, the Chinese Mint ceased marking the weights of its Gold Panda coinage in Troy Ounces, instead listing the weights in Grams. The move was designed to bring the collection in line with the nation’s metric system. The changes include (Troy oz – Gram):
The Mexican Mint issues the official gold bullion for the nation of Mexico. Backed by the federal government and Banco de Mexico, the nation’s central bank, the Mexican Gold Libertad coin debuted in 1981 and has been available annually since 1991. The coin series includes 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz options. The Gold Libertads feature the following designs:
Issued by the Bavarian State Mint in Germany, the Somalian Gold Elephant collection debuted in 1999 as a Zambian Elephant Series. Since 2004, the coins have been issued for Somalia. The Gold Coins offer some of the greatest diversity you’ll find in any gold bullion coin collection. In addition to a 1 oz coin, the bullion coin is also available in 1/2 oz, 1/25 oz, 1/50 oz, and 1/2 Gram coins. Designs of the Somalian Gold Elephant include:
Without question, the South African Gold Krugerrand is the most widely known gold coin in the world. The first bullion coin introduced for private investment, the Gold Krugerrand arrived from the South African Mint in 1967. For more than a decade, the Krugerrand was the only gold coin available to private buyers and has survived a Western economic boycott and the end of apartheid to remain a worldwide symbol of South African gold. The Gold Krugerrand features the following designs:
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