What's your favorite non American circulated gold coin that can be purchased close to spot?

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  1. Jason.A

    Jason.A Active Member

    What's your favorite non American circulated gold coin that can be purchased close to its gold spot price?
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  3. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Not really being a gold guy, I would guess common British Sovereigns.
  4. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot

    Not a very wide path to walk on, but what about Canadian gold pieces from early 1900s?
  5. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I do have a soft spot in my heart for Mexican Gold, but lots of fakes out there.
  6. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ RE-MEMBER

    Mexican, or British for me. Or Ducats.
  7. rte

    rte Well-Known Member

    I would have to say British Sovereigns also BUT the not as common 100+ year old type.
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    French 20-francs (Swiss, too.)

    Three years ago, I bought the French "Angel" 20-franc piece shown below quite near spot price and sent it off to PCGS. Was delighted with the outcome.

    Don't buy one from a sight-unseen "random date" wholesale offer from the big bullion sellers. While you might do OK with those, and you're likely to get one closer to spot that way, you're also likely to get generic quality.

    Pick your piece carefully and use auction bidding or Best Offer to get a selected coin as close to the spot price as you can. It might take several tries. Of course you can expect to pay some premium over spot - especially if you're buying an already-slabbed piece. (I bought the one below raw, as mentioned.)

    You won't be able to buy at melt price unless you're very lucky- and then you can't be choosy. For spot price, you might be able to get polished or damaged ex-jewelry pieces, but I say pay a modest premium for something nicer. There is enough generic gold out there that you can cherrypick a nice one for not too much premium over bullion price.

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  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Ditto on the ducats. They go back a long ways in time, too.

    Edit: unless you're talking the "1915" Austrian ducat restrikes, which were struck up into the 1950s or so with the "1915" date "frozen". If you don't mind the fact that those are restrikes, they are quite attractive, usually prooflike, very affordable, and readily available for not too much more than spot price.
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  10. Victor

    Victor Coin Collector

    I like the 20 franc French rooster.
  11. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    I've always been rather partial to the artistry on Turkey gold coins from around 100 years ago. Here is one of them:


    I must admit, however, that my go to coin when wanting to add some gold bullion to my stack would be the British sovereign.

    And as far as the non-American qualifier is concerned, there is not a single US gold coin which I find attractive.
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  12. BigTomato

    BigTomato New Member

    Mexico 50 Peso Libertad.
  13. Bman33

    Bman33 Well-Known Member

    Gold Maple. The new Radial lines are beautiful.
  14. Greg Smith

    Greg Smith Member

    MS66 1903 Russian 5-Ruble
  15. I'm with you there, I don't care too much for US gold either. The only thing close is the $2.5 gold Indian I picked up a couple weeks ago. The US coins are so boring compared to other countries.

  16. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    I quite like the Mexican 20 Pesos Aztec calendar coin... almost half an ounce.
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  17. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ RE-MEMBER

    Gorgeous, and gold??? Awesome coin. Love that gold Mexican coinage.
  18. Prime Mover

    Prime Mover Active Member

    I go with the good 'of British Sovereign for pure bullion. Don't really pay attention to the design much as it's just gold sitting in a tube in my SDB. But the size and price point are great, and it's a well recognized piece so solvency is simple and easy when needed.
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