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US gold coins minted pre-1933 are very popular among collectors and investors, and for good reasons. They offer historical significance, beautiful designs, excellent minting, guaranteed gold content, true scarcity, and financial privacy.

Many collectors shop for U.S. gold coins by specific dates and producing mints. If you are a collector, you might wish to review our classic US gold coins by date to find your individual coins of choice.

Gold investors often prefer buying "common date," or generic, pre-1933 gold coins like ones offered here. With these coins, the dates and mints are not so important. They are priced according the spot gold price plus a premium based on their overall scarcity, grade, and demand in the market. See Price/Population Grid.

Buying Pre-1933 U.S. gold coins

Although called "common dates," these coins are actually quite scarce. Of the many millions originally minted, almost all were heavily used in circulation during the 1800s and early 1900s, and many were melted down during the federal gold recall in the 1930s. Only a small fraction of the original mintage survives today, especially in the higher Mint State grades.

The fundamental scarcity of these classic gold coins, especially in the higher grades like MS-64 and MS-65, can mean substantially higher premiums over their gold value during periods of heightened demand or a rising gold price. This is what we call their "double play" leverage: the proven ability to rise by more than the gold price because of fundamental scarcity and restricted supply in the national market.

Better than Gold Bullion Coins

In our experience, common date pre-1933 U.S. gold coins are better than gold bullion for bulk gold buyers and investors. They offer all the benefits of gold bullion plus extra benefits like limited supply, collector demand, financial privacy, and extra premium potential because of scarcity.

Modern gold bullion coins, because they are made in virtually unlimited quatities every year, offer no signicant premiums for scarcity. And while many modern bullion coins are subject to broker reporting requirements to the IRS, collectible coins of historical significance, like pre-1933 US gold coins, are exempt from these requirements, giving you more financial privacy.

AGE offers highest-quality coins at each grade level. All of our certified coins have been graded and authenticated by NGC or PCGS, the most trusted independent coin grading firms in the industry. Plus, we cherry-pick the national market for the best coins in each grade. Rest assured that you will not find better coins at lower prices than ours. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Benefits of Pre-1933 US gold coins as investments

True scarcity. Classic gold coins supplies are extremely limited to what has survived the ravages of time, melt downs, hoarding, and other means of attrition. Modern gold bullion coins are produced every year in virtually unlimited numbers.

Additional profit opportunity. Because the supply of classic U.S. gold coins is limited to what was minted long ago, these gold coins tend to increase in value faster than gold bullion during a rising gold price. Modern gold bullion coins, on the other hand, offer virtually no premiums for scarcity.

Easy liquidity. Common date U.S. gold coins are avidly traded by gold investors and dealers around the world, ensuring constant demand and easy liquidity.

Complete financial privacy. No broker reporting requirements when you buy or sell classic gold coins. Sales of many modern gold bullion sales are reportable to the IRS.

Exemption from confiscation. Classic gold coins of historical significance are exempt from governmental confiscation under current laws.

Pride of ownership. Common date U.S. gold coins are fascinating pieces of artwork commemorating unique eras is U.S. history. They provide true pride of ownership.

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Pre-1933 US Gold Coin Prices and Populations

Prices below indicate largest quantity discounts. Single-coin prices available. Click prices/population links for more information.

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Smaller font = certified populations (PCGS + NGC, 9/18/2017)

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XF AU MS60 MS61 MS62 MS63 MS64 MS65
$20 Liberty Type 3
Gold Double Eagles
$1,275
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$1,275
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$1,325
38,422
$1,340
215,581
$1,390
397,346
$1,505
285,092
$1,745
119,564
$2,625
16,139
$20 Saint-Gaudens
Gold Double Eagles
$1,275
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$1,280
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$1,330
11,045
$1,345
71,004
$1,375
356,154
$1,395
603,652
$1,394
578,075
$1,660
237,512
$10 Liberty
Gold Half Eagles
$635
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$645
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$690
27,496
$695
132,424
$710
171,349
$845
82,615
$1,230
23,730
$2,485
4,667
$10 Indian
Gold Eagles
$660
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$690
---
$745
4,910
$760
42,924
$775
111,992
$880
99,845
$1,250
41,786
$2,530
7,431
$5 Liberty
Gold Half Eagles
$337
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$346
---
$355
9,839
$395
61,568
$405
104,005
$510
64,431
$715
29,106
$1,790
5,712
$5 Indian
Gold Half Eagles
$400
---
$410
---
$475
5,261
$495
37,976
$610
63,838
$1,040
38,795
$2,025
15,888
$7,475
1,464
$3 Princess
Gold Coins
$990
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$1,130
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$1,830
593
$1,850
3,472
$2,115
4,899
$2,980
3,303
$4,005
3,017
$8,720
855
$2.50 Liberty
Gold Quarter Eagles
$336
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$341
---
$345
2,052
$355
12,707
$365
27,157
$455
25,457
$575
22,131
$950
10,321
$2.50 Indian
Gold Quarter Eagles
$297
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$303
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$360
4,325
$380
47,123
$425
95,446
$545
66,130
$840
44,237
$1,575
8,577

Basis: gold @ $1,242.48 per oz. Updated: 12/12/17.