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 prefer to buy 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.