Pre-1933 Gold Coins - The U.S. Mint issued its first Gold coins in 1795. During the height of the Great Depression in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt prohibited American citizens from holding monetary Gold, including Gold coins. He ordered all Gold U.S. coins (with exceptions for some jewelry and collector's coins) be returned to the U.S. Treasury, where millions of American Gold coins were melted and then cast into Gold bars.
The federal government recalls and melting down of Pre-1933 Gold coins made these previously common coins very rare to find. Today, the surviving vintage Pre-1933 Gold U.S. coins are fixed at an extremely limited supply. This fact has made Pre-1933 Gold coins some of the most desirable rare coins among collectors and investors. APMEX is proud to offer a good selection of these harder-to-find classic vintage U.S. coins.
If you are looking for a wide variety of Pre-33 U.S. Gold coin designs, browse through our coins category below. If you are interested in American Gold coins that are more collectible, take a look at our PCGS and NGC Certified Pre-33 Gold coins categories. No matter what denomination, design or price range you are looking for, you are sure to find United States Mint coins to enhance your portfolio.
To view available Pre-1933 Gold products, click on the image representing the item of your interest:
Find popular vintage coins to add to your pre-1933 U.S. Gold collection.
If you love collecting vintage Gold coins, then you will love Pre-1933 Gold coins designed by renowned artists. Though rare, Pre-1933 American Gold coins available at APMEX include the popular Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle Coin and Gold Indian Head Coins. As you collect these rare Gold coins, you will enjoy learning about the images on the coins, and the artists who designed them. Buy Pre-1933 U.S. Gold coins, and you are buying a piece of history and art.
Start your vintage Gold coin collection with a Liberty Gold Double Eagle. You will appreciate the American Gold coins for their attractive design featuring Lady Liberty surrounded by 13 stars on the obverse of the Gold coins, and a bald eagle with wings extended on the reverse. These rare Gold coins were designed by James B. Longacre, an American portraitist who also served as the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1844 to 1869. Throughout his career, Longacre designed other American coins for the U.S. Mint, including the Indian Head cent and the Flying Eagle cent.
Every vintage Gold coin collection should also include several Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagles. Designed as a replacement for the Liberty Gold Double Eagle, this American Gold coin is loved for its beautiful, full-body depiction of Lady Liberty walking while holding an olive branch in one hand and a torch in the other hand. The Gold coin designer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, was an acclaimed sculptor with a special interest in numismatics commissioned by Theodore Roosevelt to redesign the United States Mint coins. The prized Pre-1933 Gold coins are highly sought after, and the price of Gold is only part of what determines its value to collectors.
If you prefer vintage Gold coins that feature Native Americans, the Indian Gold Half Eagle would make a wonderful addition to your collection. These American Gold coins, designed by Bela Lyon Pratt, depict a strong, masculine Native American in full headdress on the obverse side of the Pre 1933 U.S. Gold coins, and an imposing bald eagle perched on wood on the reverse. Of special note, these vintage Gold coins are the only coins (along with the $2.50 Indian Gold Quarter Eagle) in the history of the United States Mint to feature an incuse or sunken relief design. Not only a Gold coin designer, Pratt was a well-known sculptor mentored by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
We provide all of our customers with a refund, return and / or exchange on everything we sell including all bullion and certified coins. If for any reason, you have a problem, please feel free to call us. We will always do our best to accommodate you.