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The Complete Rare Gold Coin Investment Guide (2011-2012)

American rare gold coins are some of the hottest precious metal investments in the United States. Investors purchase investment-grade American rare gold coins because they are considered to be a “double potential” safe-haven investment. 1. These coins will always be worth their gold bullion value, 2. the fact that the gold bullion is stored in a numismatic masterpiece adds the possibility that they could increase in value over time due to rarity. Coin grading companies like PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) and NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) individually inspect, grade and sonically-seal rare coins in order to preserve their value and condition.

For investors and collectors, rare coins are considered “capital assets” by the Internal Revenue Code Section 1221. Any gains or losses upon their sale are treated as a capital gain or capital loss that must be reported on Schedule D of your Form 1040 tax return.

Over the past 2 decades, many investment-grade rare gold coins have significantly outperformed standard gold bullion coins. Rare coins can perform very well as an investment, and it all depends on their quality and the timing of purchase. Coins that are in good condition, purchased at a bargain price in the right mint state grades can be very easy to sell for profit. An excellent example is Mr.Louis Eliasberg, Sr, a famed rare coin collector that was determined to collect every rare US coin ever minted. He succeeded, and with a total purchase price of $400,000 spent between 1920-1950, he went on to sell his collection for more than $44 million. Are rare coins a good investment? You bet they are, but only if invested correctly. With these rare coins only getting rarer by the day, it’s no surprise that demand for them continues to increase. Below are the top investment-grade rare gold coins in 2011-2012:

20 Dollar Saint Gaudens

$20 Saint Gaudens

The $20 Saint Gaudens gold coins were minted between 1907 and 1933. They are one of the most popular investment-grade rare gold coins because they were the last gold coin minted by the United States Government as official currency. As a result of the Great Depression and the 1933 gold confiscation (Executive Order 6103), many of these coins were melted down. The few that survived are now cherished by gold coin investors and collectors.

The $20 Saint Gaudens gold coins were created by American sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens who was commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to design a legendary American coin. The front of the coin features the original “Walking Liberty”design while the back of the coin features a flying bald eagle over a rising sun.

20 Dollar Lady Liberty Rare Coin

$20 Lady Liberty

The $20 Lady Liberty gold coins were minted between 1849 to 1907 and they are recognized as one of the most popular rare gold coins in the world. Designed by James B. Longacre, the front of the coin features Lady Liberty wearing a crown with the words LIBERTY inscribed on it and thirteen stars around her head which represent the thirteen original American colonies while the back of the coin features a bald eagle behind a striped American shield.

Many investors purchase $20 Lady Liberty gold coins because after the gold confiscation of 1933, it is said that there are significantly less $20 Lady Liberties than $20 Saint Gaudens coins in circulation. This makes the $20 Lady Liberty gold coins a scarce and valuable gold coin investment.

10 Dollar Lady Liberty Gold Coin

$10 Lady Liberty

The $10 Lady Liberty gold coins, also known as the Coronet, were minted between 1838 and 1907 after a 34 year halt in the minting of $10 gold pieces in the United States. Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the $10 Lady Liberty coins were one of the most circulated gold coins in American because of their smaller size and denomination.

The front of the $10 Lady Liberty gold coin features Lady Liberty with her hair in a tight bun, wearing a coronet with the word LIBERTY inscribed on it surrounded by the thirteen stars that symbolize the thirteen original American colonies, while the back of the coin features a proud bald eagle with wings spread, standing amongst olive branches. The eagle is clinching three arrows in his talons with a striped American shield on his chest.

1926 Indian 10 Dollar Gold Coin

$10 Indian Head

The $10 Indian Head gold coins are one of the two coins designed by American sculptor, Augustus Saint Gaudens (the other is the $20 Saint Gaudens). They are widely known as one of the most exquisite gold coins ever produced by the United States Mint. Minted between 1907 and 1933, the $10 Indian Heads served as the replacement for the older $10 Lady Liberty coins.

The front of the $10 Indian Head gold coin features Lady Liberty wearing an Indian war bonnet with the word LIBERTY inscribed on it. Thirteen stars above her head represent the thirteen original American colonies. The back of the coin features a proud bald eagle, puffing his chest as he stands amongst olive branches.

1881 5 Dollar Liberty Gold Coin

$5 Lady Liberty

The $5 Lady Liberty gold coin, also known as the Half Eagle was produced between 1866 and 1908. It was the first gold coin minted by the United States Government and it was produced by the millions as they primarily served as currency in America. Created by Christian Gobrecht, it is a smaller denomination of the larger $10 Lady Liberty gold coins.

The front of the $5 Lady Liberty gold coin features Lady Liberty with her hair in a tight bun, wearing a coronet with the word LIBERTY inscribed on it surrounded by the thirteen stars that symbolize the thirteen original American colonies, while the back of the coin features a proud bald eagle with wings spread, standing amongst olive branches. The eagle is clinching three arrows in his talons with a striped American shield on his chest.

1909 5 Dollar Gold Coin

$5 Indian Head

The $5 Indian Head gold coins were minted between 1908 and 1929 after President Theodore Roosevelt requested a complete revamping of $5 gold coins. They were designed by Bela Lyon Pratt who was a dedicated student of the famed sculptor, Augustus Saint Gaudens. They replaced the $5 Lady Liberty coins in 1908 and are very popular amongst investors and collectors because of their unique incuse relief design.

The front of the $5 Indian Head gold coin features an Indian Chief who was the first real American Indian to appear on American coinage. The Indian Chief is wearing a full-feathered headdress with the word LIBERTY above his head. Thirteen stars surround the chief represent the thirteen original American colonies. The back of the coin features a proud bald eagle standing above olive branches.

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