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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.

Benefits of Pre-1933 US gold coins

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

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

Easy liquidity. 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 coins. Sales of many modern gold bullion items are reportable to the IRS.

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

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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, 04/07/20)

XF AU MS60 MS61 MS62 MS63 MS64 MS65
$20 Liberty Type 3
Gold Double Eagles
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$1,890
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$1,890
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$1,955
39,608
$1,960
224,456
$2,035
424,509
$2,150
316,356
$2,365
133,960
$2,785
17,540
$20 Saint-Gaudens
Gold Double Eagles
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$1,890
---
$1,890
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$0
11,675
$1,960
78,519
$1,990
399,376
$2,030
684,332
$2,075
646,856
$2,190
263,170
$10 Liberty
Gold Half Eagles
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$970
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$970
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$0
27,552
$1,035
132,571
$1,040
173,716
$1,075
87,488
$1,255
26,425
$2,560
5,464
$10 Indian
Gold Eagles
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$955
---
$960
---
$0
5,155
$1,035
45,072
$1,040
119,051
$1,075
108,049
$1,380
46,697
$2,895
8,215
$5 Liberty
Gold Half Eagles
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$500
---
$500
---
$0
10,131
$520
63,112
$545
113,055
$575
70,143
$655
30,442
$1,420
5,950
$5 Indian
Gold Half Eagles
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$505
---
$515
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$575
5,274
$570
38,269
$635
64,255
$905
39,374
$1,605
16,293
$6,785
1,524
$3 Princess
Gold Coins
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$990
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$1,045
---
$0
592
$0
3,482
$1,990
4,934
$2,980
3,332
$4,095
3,038
$8,720
867
$2.50 Liberty
Gold Quarter Eagles
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$341
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$347
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$0
2,066
$370
13,027
$390
27,791
$420
25,996
$485
22,698
$755
10,603
$2.50 Indian
Gold Quarter Eagles
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$297
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$308
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$0
4,359
$370
48,291
$390
97,949
$435
68,234
$570
45,181
$1,350
8,941

Basis: gold @ $1,663.12 per oz. Updated: 04/07/20.