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    1892 20 Francs / 8 Florin Austrian Gold Coin (Avg. Circulated)

    Any quantity available for $14.99 per coin over spot!

    The Austro-Hungarian Empire was formed in 1867 and would eventually adopt the gold standard in 1892. Austrian Gold Coins are famously still available in the 21st century despite the fact that the earliest versions were issued in the 1850s by...... Read More

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    20 Francs Gold Coin (Random Year/Country, VG+)

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    Customers: please note that the coin you receive is dependent on our inventory, however each coin will be in VG+ condition and contain ~.1867 troy ounces of pure gold. The history of American coining is rich with impressive coin designs and...... Read More

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    20 Francs Swiss Gold Coin - Helvetia (BU)

    As low as $25.99 per coin over spot!

    The Swiss franc remains the official currency and legal tender of Switzerland, but the history of the franc denomination in this country includes many changes. Among the most popular gold coins issued in this denomination is the Helvetia design, also known as the Vreneli range. Right now, 20 Francs Gold Coins with the Swiss Helvetia ... Read More

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    10 Guilders Gold Coin (Circulated)

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    The Guilder was the official national currency of the Netherlands for over 300 years, surviving wartime occupations and countless monarchs before it was abolished with the formation of the European Union and the common currency known as the Euro. Today, 10 Guilders Gold Coins are available to you online from JM Bullion in circulated ... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin (Mixed Types, Random Year, Varied Condition)

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    The Royal Mint in London is one of the oldest operation facilities in the world. Minting coins for the United Kingdom for over a thousand years, it is the mint of origin for some of the finest coins still in...... Read More

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    1915 1 Ducat Austrian/Dutch Gold Coin (AU+, Restrikes)

    As low as $10.99 per coin over spot!

    The Ducat has one of the most complex coining histories of any European gold coin. Ducats were once available in silver and gold, with the earliest forms of the currency issued by King Roger II of Sicily in 1140. Widespread...... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold 1/2 Sovereign - Old English

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    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign is one of the most significant gold coins ever struck due to its longevity of production and its global recognition. First issued in 1489 during the reign of King Henry VII, the gold sovereign has been struck regularly by the Kings and Queens of England since 1817. The Great Britain Gold ½ Sovereign ... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold 1/2 Sovereign - Queen Elizabeth II

    Any quantity available for $29.99 per coin over spot!

    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign coinage represents the wealth and power of England with designs of the monarch on the obverse throughout any given ruler’s reign. Queen Elizabeth II saw most of her reign go by without the ½ sovereign coin issued. The Great ... Read More

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    25 Schilling Austrian Gold Coin AU (Random Year)

    As low as $15.99 per coin over spot!

    One of the more well-known circulation gold coins from continental Europe was the Austrian Schilling. Issued by the Austrian Mint as the national currency from 1925 to 1938 and 1945 to 1999, the Austrian Schilling was finally removed from circulation with the adoption of the Euro. The 25 Schilling Austrian Gold Coin was a popular release that was a... Read More

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    20 Francs / 8 Florin Austrian Gold Coin (Avg. Circulated)

    Any quantity available for $14.99 per coin over spot!

    The French Franc currency has a deep history that reaches back to 1360. The former fiat currency of France, the Franc was available from 1360 to 1641 and reintroduced in 1795. Gold Francs debuted in 1803 under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the 20 Francs ... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - King Edward

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    Great Britain’s gold sovereign coins originated in 1489 as a commemorative gold piece far too valuable to use in economic trade and commerce. By 1817, the coins had reemerged with a sustainable gold content and face value of 1 Pound Sterling. Today, the coins are largely issued as an investment-grade gold bullion product. Right now... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Queen Victoria (Random Year, Circulated)

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    The longest-reigning British monarch before the rise of Elizabeth II was her great-great-grandmother Victoria I. Among the gold coins for sale in the gold sovereign range, those coins with the bust of Victoria I remain today due to the 63 years she ruled and t... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Queen Victoria Jubilee

    When the ruling monarchs of England celebrate milestone years on the throne, a jubilee event is held. These jubilees have varying names, but few have reached the level of the Golden Jubilee. In 1887, Queen Victoria I celebrated her Golden Jubilee marking 50 years as Queen of England. The Great Britain Gold Sovereigns issued from 1887 to 1893 are known as Jubilee Sovereigns... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - Old Queen Elizabeth II

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    The Great Britain Gold Sovereign is one of the most recognizable coins in the world today. Issued annually since 1817 by Great Britain and bearing the portrait of the reigning monarch with each release, the gold sovereign is a historic coin that is ideal for b... Read More

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    Great Britain Gold Sovereign Coin - King George

    Any quantity available for $39.99 per coin over spot!

    Great Britain Gold Sovereign coins have been issued in the modern era since 1817. The Great Recoinage of 1816 resulted in the reintroduction of the gold sovereign coinage for the first time in more than two centuries and the coins remain available from the Royal Mint to investors and collectors today. The Great Britain Gold Sovereign... Read More

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    1000 Schilling Austrian Gold Coin (AU)

    As low as $24.99 per coin over spot!

    The Austrian schilling was once the official currency of Austria. Introduced in 1925 as a national fiat currency, it was in circulation in various denominations from 1925 to 1938 and the eve of World War II, and again from 1945 to 1999 before the introduction of the Euro. One denomination never issued for circulation was a 1000 Schil... Read More

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    4 Ducat Austrian/Dutch Gold Coin (Random Year, AU/BU)

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    This stunning collection of 4 Ducat Gold Coins was produced by both the Royal Dutch Mint and the Austrian Mint in Vienna. Originating in the 12th Century, the Ducat was of the Austrian Empire's primary forms of currency. Mintage of...... Read More

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    1915 100 Corona Austrian Gold Coin (AU+, Restrike)

    Any quantity available for $39.99 per coin over spot!

    The Gold Corona was a standard denomination of coinage within the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1892 to 1916. These gold coins came in a variety of denominations, the most popular of which was the famed 20 Corona coin, though a 10 Corona coin was also widely is... Read More

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    1908 Hungary 100 Korona Gold Coin (AU)

    Any quantity available for $45.99 per coin over spot!

    The Hungarian korona coinage was often overshadowed by Austrian gold bullion coins because of the nation’s involvement in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Among the rarest gold coins from the Hungarian korona issue was the restrike 1908 Hungary 100 Korona Gold Coin. Today, 1908 Hungary Korona Gold Coins are currently available to you o... Read More

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    Buying European Gold Sovereigns Online

    Modern gold bullion coins have been issued as investment-grade pieces since the 1967 release of the South African Gold Krugerrand. However, gold coins have been issued around the world for hundreds or thousands of years in many nations. The United States formerly issued gold coins in circulation for use in commercial transactions, including the famed Eagle collection with the Half Eagle and Double Eagle serving as popular examples.

    European gold coins were also issued in varying denominations in countries throughout the continent. Many were used for hundreds of years, with some of those European Gold Coins used across national boundaries and representing currency that some call “the Euro before the Euro.” Below you’ll find a breakdown of the European Gold Coins now available from JM Bullion. These former circulation pieces make a great addition as an investment or collectible piece.

    British Gold Sovereigns

    One of the most notable gold coins in European history is the British Gold Sovereign. The modern version of the Gold Sovereign was introduced in 1817 during the reign of King George III. The Recoinage of 1817 brought the Gold Sovereign back after a more than 210-year absence. The coins are based on the original concept of the English sovereign, gold coins that were introduced by the Tudor monarch King Henry VII with effigies of the monarch on the obverse and other symbols on the reverse.

    The modern British Gold Sovereign is available as the Sovereign, Half-Sovereign, and Double-Sovereign. The coins were originally intended as circulation pieces, but were largely out of issue as circulation pieces by World War I. After World War II, the coins returned to production, but were now largely available as commemorative and, later, bullion investment coins.

    From the introduction of the first Gold Sovereign to the latest issues of the investment-grade coin, the designs have largely remained the same, at least in terms of focus. The reigning monarch of Britain is always featured on the obverse of the coin. Over time, the British monarchs to feature on the coins have been depicted in alternating left- or right-profile relief with or without one of the many British crowns on their head. Monarchs to have appeared on the coins include:

    • King George III
    • King George IV
    • Queen Victoria
    • King Edward VII
    • King George V
    • King Edward VIII
    • King George VI
    • Queen Elizabeth II

    The two most common obverse effigies are those of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. These two influential female monarchs are the longest-reigning British monarchs in the history of the kingdom, with Queen Elizabeth II surpassing the length of her great-grandmother’s reign in 2015 to become the longest-reigning Queen. The effigies of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II consist of five designs in total used from 1953 to the present.

    On the reverse of the British Gold Sovereign, you will find one of two possible designs used throughout the program’s history. When the series was introduced in 1817, Benedetto Pistrucci created a vision of St. George slaying the dragon while riding on horseback. This image was used from 1817 to 1837 and has been in use again as of the 1880s. During a portion of Queen Victoria’s reign, the St. George design was replaced with a version of the Royal Arms on the reverse.

    Austrian Gold Coins

    Another of the common coins you will find available among European gold coins are those from Austria. Gold coins issued by Austria are some of the most diverse in Europe due to the size and scope of the Austrian Empire, and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The third-largest empire in the world at the time, Austria issued gold coins for circulation use in a variety of different denominations.

    If there was one common feature of Austrian gold coins of the 19th and early-20th centuries, it was the obverse image of Emperor Franz Joseph I. One of Europe’s longest-reigning monarchs in history, he first ruled as the Emperor of the Austrian Empire, and later served as the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after its merger with the Kingdom of Hungary. During this period, he held the dual titles of Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary. By and large, Franz Joseph I was depicted in right-profile relief in a bust that captured only his head. He was rarely featured on Austrian coins with a crown on his head, though gold coins issued within Hungary in the empire did feature a full bust of his standing figure with an ornate crown upon his head.

    The reverse side of Austrian gold coins varied greatly based on a number of factors that included the denomination and the area of release. Most Austrian gold coins were issued with the coat of arms of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the reverse. This design borrowed heavily from the House of Habsburg seal, using a crowned double-headed eagle with the national shield on its chest. Other designs, notably the Austrian Schilling, merely featured a face value encircled by a wreath.

    Examples of possible denominations in Austrian gold coins include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

    • Austrian Schillings: predominantly issued by the Republic of Austria following the collapse of the empire at the end of World War I.
    • Austrian Corona
    • Austrian/Hungarian Korona: largely issued by the Austro-Hungarian Empire alongside the Corona, but used predominantly within the Kingdom of Hungary.
    • Austrian Ducat
    • Austrian Florin
    • Austrian Franc

    French Francs Gold Coins

    The French Franc is one of the most deeply rooted European Gold Coins you’ll find available today as investment or collectible purchase options. The first use of the term “franc” to refer to a gold coin originated in France between 1360 and 1380. A silver coin was issued with the “franc” denomination from 1575 to 1641, and eventually became the nation’s official currency from 1795 to 1999.

    Most of the French Francs available today come from the 19th century and early 20th century. Beginning in 1803, the French Empire under Napoleon issued gold francs in varying denominations such as 5 Francs, 10 Francs, 20 Francs, and 40 Francs. The most commonly issued coins in this currency were the 20 Francs and 40 Francs denominations. The coins typically featured the portrait of France’s ruling emperor or, during periods of the French Republic, the image of a French president.

    Napoleon Bonaparte was the first to appear on these modern European Gold Coins. His nephew Napoleon III appeared on the coinage from 1848 to 1870 first as the president of the French Republic, and later as the emperor during the renewed French Empire in the late 19th century. The reverse of the coins either featured the coat of arms for France or the legend of its face value and year of issue inside of a wreath circle.

    Swiss Francs Gold Coins

    In 1865, France founded the Latin Monetary Union and established a common standard for gold content in the Francs used by other nations in Europe. By the late 19th century, many other nations were using the Franc as a name for national currencies. Most notable among them was the Swiss Confederation. Although this union dissolved with the outbreak of World War I in Europe, Switzerland continues the use of the Swiss Franc to this day.

    The Swiss Franc was first issued by the Helvetic Republic from 1798 to 1847, and later by the Swiss Confederation. The Swiss Francs feature the design of Helvetia on the obverse. She is the female personification of Switzerland and is often depicted on European Gold Coins in left-profile relief with her hair down and a small braid of hair across the top of her head. In the background, you’ll notice the towering peaks of the Swiss Alps. The reverse of these Swiss Francs includes the national shield of Switzerland.

    Dutch Guilder Gold Coins

    The first Dutch gold coin recognized internationally was the Dutch gulden in 1517, but the previous Kingdom of Holland issued gold coins as early as 1378. The Dutch Guilder was the official currency of the Netherlands from the 17th century until 2002 and the adoption of the Euro by the member nations of the Eurozone. Dutch Guilder Gold coins were issued primarily in 10 Guilder and 5 Guilder denominations.

    The Dutch Guilder European Gold Coins featured the effigy of the ruling King or Queen of the Netherlands. The most common depictions remaining to this day are those which bear the portrait of Queen Wilhelmina. She was the only child of King William III and her left-profile portrait appeared in various generational designs from 1890 to 1948 when she abdicated the throne as Queen of the Netherlands. The reverse of the coins typically featured the coat of arms for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch Guilder currency was widely used throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the denomination itself is now only in use in the countries of Curacao and St. Maarten as the Netherlands Antillean Guilder. Both countries are independent nations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    German Mark Gold Coins

    The gold coins of the German Mark were among the shortest-lived European Gold Coins. The German Mark Gold Coin was primarily issued by the German Empire from 1873 to 1914. Prior to the unification of the regions of Germany in 1871, the independent German States that would come to form the German Empire issued various types of coins. Most states used the Vereinsthaler, a silver coin. Southern Germany used a gold coin known as the Gulden and Bremen used a gold coin based upon the Thaler.

    German goldmarks, as the coins were known, became the only official legal tender of the German Empire on January 1, 1876. The coins featured the effigy of the ruling emperor of the German Empire on the obverse. On the reverse of the coins, you’ll find the Imperial German Eagle used as the official coat of arms for the German Empire. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 brought an end to the coining of German Mark gold coins. While available from 1873 to 1914, the German Mark Gold Coins were struck in 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, and 20 Mark denominations. The German Mark remained the official currency of the German nation through the Nazi Era and post-World War II West Germany until the introduction of the Euro.

    Buying European Gold Coins

    JM Bullion has a variety of European Gold Coins available, both those listed above and other coins from smaller collections such as Russian Gold Roubles (Rubles). Feel free to reach out to JM Bullion with your questions at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email.