Top 10 Gold Coins for Investment
Below is a current list of the best Gold coins for investment. This is not a definitive list, but based on recognizability, liquidity, “bang for your buck” and the potential return on investment. These are the Gold investment pieces most attractive to investors.
Gold American Eagle
An ideal expression of the American spirit and based on the famous design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the Gold American Eagle is instantly recognizable worldwide. Bearing a depiction of Lady Liberty striding in front of the sun on one side and American bald eagles nesting on the other, this iconic is available in several fractional sizes to fit any budget. The Gold American Eagle enjoys unparalleled recognition and ease of liquidity.
American Gold Buffalo
This gorgeous coin enjoys tremendous popularity largely because its artwork is a rendition of the famous 1913 Buffalo Nickel, by James Earle Fraser. Its obverse features the magnificent profile portrait of a Native American chief, while its reverse depicts a glorious American buffalo inspired by Black Diamond, the American bison that lived in New York’s Central Park Zoo in the 1910s. The American Buffalo’s .9999 fineness and instantaneous recognizability make it an excellent choice for any Gold buyer.
Canadian Gold Maple Leaf
Boasting both iconic beauty and innovative security features, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf enjoys great international recognition and popularity. This coin is made of .9999 fine Gold and is adorned with the strikingly single maple leaf design. This coin is also available in fractional sizes, providing an accessible entry point into Gold investing for those with a modest budget.
British Gold Britannia
These famous British coins have steadily increased their fineness and coins issued 2013 and later boast .9999 Gold fineness. This, combined with the Britannia’s recognizability and the vast respect commanded by The Royal Mint, makes Gold Britannias an excellent value with good potential for liquidity. Britannia has been depicted on coinage for many centuries and will likely continue to be a prominent figure in Gold investors’ portfolios.
South African Gold Krugerrand
The first Gold bullion coin in the world and a perennial favorite outside of the United States, the Krugerrand is generally one of the more affordable Gold coins on the market and is recognizable for its unique hue and depiction of a springbok antelope. While some buyers feel it is not as detailed as other, more elaborate, Gold coin reliefs, this simple design has been around since 1967 and has proven staying power on the investment market. More Krugerrands have been purchased than all other 1 oz Gold coins available on the market. The Krugerrand contains .9167 fine Gold, with an alloy of 8.33% copper to bolster the Gold durability. Recommended as an excellent investment item for both new and experienced buyers, Krugerrands are generally liquid on the open markets worldwide.
Austrian Gold Philharmonic
This is the only Gold bullion coin issued in euros and it is guaranteed by the highly-respected Austrian Mint. The Austrian Gold Philharmonic is a low-mintage coin that many believe outshines even the Canadian Maple Leaf and Mexican Libertad in its beauty. One side features musical instruments appearing in the Austrian Philharmonic Orchestra, that great national treasure of Austria, while the other side showcases the Golden Hall in Vienna, the site of the orchestra’s annual New Year’s Day concert. Gold Philharmonics provide a great opportunity to branch into European coins and to purchase coins that have reasonable premiums.
Mexican Gold Libertad
Struck by one of the oldest North American mints, la Casa de Moneda de Mexico, the Mexican Libertad Gold coin is one of most famously beautiful Gold bullion coins available today. Made from .999 fine Gold, this exceptionally stunning Gold coin resembles the design of the renowned 50 Peso Gold Coin known as the “Centenario.” The artwork featured on the Gold Libertad is both arrestingly beautiful and important to the history of Mexico. Its legendary design and limited mintage make the Mexican Libertad Gold Coin a sought-after addition to any coin portfolio.
Australian Gold Kangaroo
The Kangaroo series from the respected Perth Mint is a powerful symbol of Australia. Each iteration of the Australian Kangaroo Gold coin features a fresh depiction of a kangaroo in a different natural setting, making this series coveted by collectors. An exceptional coin made from .9999 fine Gold, the 1 oz Australian Gold Kangaroo is issued with a face value of $100 AUD and is considered highly collectible and generally liquid due to its notable mintage history and its fascinating, recognizable artwork.
Chinese Gold Panda
Another respectable investment option is the Chinese Gold Panda coin. Each year, the series bears a new image of the giant panda, the revered icon of China. The Chinese Gold Panda bears a weight designation of 30 grams, rather than 1 oz, and also boasts more limited mintages than many other bullion coins. It’s unique size and low mintage makes it an excellent addition to any bullion portfolio and one of the most interesting coins for Gold investors.
Somalia Gold Elephant
Struck by Munich’s famous Bavarian State Mint, the attractive Somalia African Elephant Gold coin is famous all over the world due to its ever-changing reverse design, showcasing a new image of the magnificent African Elephant each year. This 1 oz .9999 fine Gold coin bears a face value of 1000 Shillings, but of course has a much greater intrinsic value. This piece is also available in fractional sizes, providing an excellent opportunity for new Gold buyers to get in on Gold investing.