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U.S. $5 Liberty gold coins are a superb way to buy gold. In near-gem Mint State 64 condition they are very scarce yet often overlooked in favor of classic gold coins of larger denomination. We think they're real sleepers.
True scarcity, great value
Minted from 1866 to 1908, $5 Liberty coins (with motto) were produced by the millions but almost all were heavily used as currency. From an original mintage of more than 51 million, only 28,402 survivors are known in near-gem Mint State 64 condition (PCGS + NGC, 12/28/2016). Yet they are an excellent value right now.
Although around 80% higher in surviving population than the extremely popular $5 Indians in MS64, $5 Liberty coins in MS64 are trading today for around one-third of the price, making them an excellent bargain. During periods of peak demand, $5 Liberty coins in MS64 have rocketed in price because of their exceptional scarcity and collector interest. In 1989, during the last rare coin boom, they traded dealer-to-dealer for more than $6,275.
Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements. In our opinion, they're better than bullion for bulk gold buyers.
• Only 28,402 coins survive in certified MS64. This true scarcity can mean higher premiums during periods of increased demand.
• Dealer-to-dealer high of $6,275 in 1989. Combines very low prices with excellent upside potential.
• Private, liquid, and secure. Unlike most forms of gold bullion, they are exempt from broker reporting requirements.
$5 Liberty (MS64)
Minted: 1866 to 1908 (dates our choice)
oz. pure gold
Size: 21.6 mm, reeded edge
Weight: 8.359 grams