U.S. gold coins minted before the gold recall in 1933 are increasingly popular among investors and collectors because they offer historical significance, beautiful designs, excellent minting, and guaranteed gold content at reasonable prices. Like gold bullion, they can serve as a hedge against inflation, stock market risk, and currency devaluation. But unlike most forms of bullion, they offer additional benefits like financial privacy and increased profit potential due to their fundamental scarcity.
Coin collectors often shop by specific dates and mint marks. Please review our classic US gold coins by date to find your individual coins of choice.
Gold investors, on the other hand, often prefer buying "common date," or generic coins minted pre-1933 like ones offered here. 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 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 Bullion
In our experience, pre-1933 U.S. gold coins are better than gold bullion for many investors. They offer all the benefits of bullion plus extra benefits like limited supply, collector demand, financial privacy, and extra premium potential because of scarcity.
Modern bullion coins, because they are made in virtually unlimited quantities every year, offer no significant premiums for scarcity. And while many bullion coins are subject to broker reporting requirements to the IRS, collectible coins of historical significance 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.