Gold Coins

Gold Coin Values

Gold Coins

Please Note: Grading United States Mint Gold Coins is a subjective matter that takes years of experience to do correctly. In most cases raw or un-graded coins are usually over graded by the individual owner. Try to be realistic and understand that grading is only a means to quantify or evaluate the worth of a coin. The grading company used to grade a coin is very important and there are only two that have the highest reputation in the numismatic industry, NGC and PCGS. See: Rating Coin Grading Services. Also note that coins within a specific grade can be a plus or minus of that grade also increasing or decreasing value. There can also be mirrored fields which can increase the value significantly as in Proof-Like (PL) and Deep Mirror Proof Like (DMPL). Mintage and popularity can also factor into consideration when accessing the overall worth of a coin. Please remember that there are at least three values of a coin; the Price the owner
thinks his coin is worth, the Value a Coin Price Guide Book or a Pricing Guide lists it at and then most importantly, the Actual Price that you can sell it for to a dealer, buyer, or at an auction.

You can also compare your coin through the online auction links to compare prices and condition from images. Click Each Price to Compare Current Online Auction Values in the Left Side Column Below.
See Grading for more details on grading coins.

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Coin Type Dates
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Gold Dollars : Liberty Head w/stars on front
(Rare Dates: Any "C" mint, Any "D" mint; Scarce Dates: 1850-O, 1854-S)
Gold Dollars : Small Liberty Head w/motto on front
(Rare dates: 1855-C, 1855-D; Scarce dates: 1855-O, 1855-S)
Gold Dollars : Large Liberty Head w/motto on front
(Rare dates: Any "C" mint, Any "D" mint, 1875; Scarce dates: 1857-S, 1858-S, 1859-S, 1860-S, 1863-1870, 1876)
Early Quarter Eagles : Capped Bust Facing Right
(All dates are rare)
Early Quarter Eagles : Capped Bust Facing Left
(All are rare)
Early Quarter Eagles : Capped Head Facing Left
(All are rare)
Classic Quarter Eagles
(Rare dates: 1838-C, 1839-C, 1839-D, 1839-O)
Liberty Quarter Eagles : Coronet
(Rare Dates: Any "C" or "D" mint coins, 1841, 1848 with "CAL" punched on reverse, 1854-S, 1864, 1865, 1875, 1881; Scarce Dates: 1842, 1845-O, 1848, 1862-S, 1863-S, 1866, 1867, 1872, 1877, 1885)
Indian Quarter Eagles
(Rare dates: 1854-D, 1881-1886; Scarce dates: 1854-O, 1855-S, 1857-S, 1858, 1860-S, 1861-1869, 1877)
Three Dollar Gold Pieces
(All are rare)
Four Dollar Gold Pieces
(All are rare)
Early Half Eagles : Capped Bust Right, Small Eagle
(All are rare)
Early Half Eagles : Capped Bust Right, Heraldic Eagle
(All are rare)
Early Half Eagles : Capped Bust Left
(All are rare)
Early Half Eagles : Capped Head Left
(All are rare)
Classic Half Eagles
(Rare dates: 1838-C,1838-D)
Liberty Half Eagles : Coronet
(Rare dates: Any "C" mint, Any "D" mint, 1847-O, 1859-S, 1861-S, 1862-1872, 1873-CC, 1875, 1875-CC, 1876, 1876-CC, 1876-S, 1877, 1877-CC, 1878-CC; Scarce dates: Any "CC" mint not mentioned above, many other dates 1839-1879)
Indian Half Eagles
(Rare dates: 1909-O,1929)
Early Eagles : Capped Bust Right, Small Eagle
(All are rare)
Early Eagles : Capped Bust Right, Heraldic Eagle
(All are rare)
Liberty Eagles : Coronet
(Rare dates: 1838, 1839, 1841-O, 1855-S, 1858, 1858-S, 1859-O, 1859-S, 1860-S, 1861-S, 1862-1873, 1875-1877, 1878-CC, 1879-CC, 1879-O, 1883-O; Scarace dates: Any "CC" mint not mentioned above, many other dates 1838-1879)
Indian Head Eagles:
(rare dates: 1920-S, 1930-S, and 1933; Scarce dates: 1908-S, 1911-D, 1911-S, 1913-S)
Liberty Double Eagles
(Rare dates: 1854-O, 1855-O, 1856-O, 1859-O, 1860-O, 1861-O, 1861-S, 1866-S, 1870-CC, 1871-CC, 1879-O, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1891, 1891-CC; Scarce dates: Any "CC" mint not mentioned above, many other dates 1849-1876)
Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles
(Rare dates: 1907 High Relief, 1920-S, 1921, 1925-D, 1925-S, 1926-D, 1927-D, 1927-S, 1929, 1930-S, 1931, 1931-D, 1932; Scarce dates:
1908-S, 1909-D, 1913-S, 1922-S, 1924-D, 1924-S, 1926-S)
Gold Commemoratives
(All are scarce)
Gold American Eagle
(1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz. Generally worth their bullion value)
1986 to Date
Gold Buffalo Coins
(1 oz Generally worth their bullion value)
2006 to Date
Gold First Spouse Coins
(1/2 oz)
2007 to Date
Ultra High Relief Saint Gaudens Gold Double Eagles
(1 oz)
2009 to Date

The United States Mint originally issued the first gold coins in 1795.  The U.S. Dollar Value was set at 24 ¾ grains of gold, based on the price of gold at $19.39 per troy ounce (480 grains).  As the Western Frontier expanded, United States gold coins were struck at 7 different mints from Philadelphia to San Francisco.  Sizes ranged from a $1.00 gold piece up to the Fifty Dollar denomination.  Back then, money was literally “worth it’s weight in gold” no more, no less.

Congress changed the gold specification in 1834 and 1837 and set the price of gold at $20.67 per ounce.  In 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt made it illegal for U.S.A. citizens to hold gold.  He ordered that all gold coins be removed from circulation and returned to the U.S. Treasury where millions were melted into gold bars.  The value of the U.S. Dollar was adjusted from $19.75 per ounce to $35 per ounce.  The worldwide effect devalued the buying power of the dollar by over 40%.

After the great gold recalls and meltdowns, millions of common Gold Coins suddenly became very rare and difficult for collectors to obtain at all.  Today, the total surviving Pre-1933 U.S.A. gold coin supply is fixed and extremely limited.  Experts estimate that less than 1% of those coins have survived the test of time.  Consequently, each one is highly prized by both rare coin collectors and investors.

Each U.S. gold coin minted before 1933 is individually valued based on its date, rarity, appeal among collectors, and state of preservation known as the grade.

American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins

Authorized by the Bullion Coin Act of 1985, American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins quickly became one of the world's leading gold bullion investment coins. Produced from gold mined in the United States, American Eagles are imprinted with their gold content and legal tender "face" value. However, the face value is largely symbolic since their market value has historically been much higher.

American Eagles use the durable 22 karat standard established for gold circulating coinage over 350 years ago. They contain their stated amount of pure gold, plus small amounts of alloy. This creates harder coins that resist scratching and marring, which can diminish resale value.

Minted to exacting standards, the obverse (front) design is inspired by what's often considered one of America's most beautiful coins: Augustus Saint Gaudens' celebrated $20 gold piece, minted from 1907-1933. The reverse features a nest of American Eagles, symbolizing family tradition and unity.

Government Guarantee

What truly sets American Eagles apart is that they are the only bullion coins whose weight, content and purity are guaranteed by the United States Government. Investors can buy them with confidence, knowing the coins contain their stated amount of gold. In addition, long-term savers can include American Eagles in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).

Investing in Gold

Ever since its discovery 5,000 years ago, gold has been treasured for its unmatched luster, beauty and intrinsic value. Today, gold continues to enjoy widespread appeal as an investment and storehouse of value. Gold is an internationally recognized monetary and financial asset held in reserve by major governments. It is so rare that all the gold ever mined could fit into a cube measuring just 20 yards on each side. Most importantly, gold can play a role in diversifying an investment portfolio, since it can move independently of stocks and bonds. What's more, gold is a tangible asset - one whose beauty and artistry you can literally hold in your hands. When purchased in the form of legal tender bullion coins, gold can be affordable, as well as easy to buy and store. Americans purchase more American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins than any other gold coin. Produced by the United States Mint, Department of the Treasury, these coins are available in four denominations.

FYI: Rare coins have historically protected or preserved wealth as strong inflation fighters, particularly in countries whose paper currency has been severely weakened. Any time our paper money is threatened, rare coins can protect wealth much like an investment in gold bullion. The beauty of rare coins can be enjoyed much like any other work of art. They are also a very private form of investment not subject to government scrutiny common to other types of investments held in banks and by brokerage houses. Rare coins are easy to store and are virtually indestructible. They are also insurable. Rare coins represent truly portable wealth which can be moved from place to place very quickly and easily. If you intend to buy rare or bullion coins for investment, your best protection is to spend time learning about the coins you are being asked to buy. In the past, most investment gains have gone to collectors, often known as numismatists, who have taken the time to carefully study various aspects of coins, including rarity, grading, market availability, and price trends. Investment success over the years is the result of prudently acquiring coins of selected quality, proven rarity, and established numismatic desirability. Many careful buyers study coins for some time before buying even a single coin. Success also can be enhanced by researching dealers, as well as coins.



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