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Buying the right form of gold and silver

For the 45 years that I’ve been a gold/silver dealer, I’ve never recommended numismatic or collectible coins.  And, I’ve been proven right.

Old US gold coins ($20 Double Eagles: $20 Liberty Heads and $20 Saint Gaudens) are now liquidating at bullion coins prices.  Specifically, MS-63 $20 Libs and Saints are liquidating, on a per ounce basis, at the same value as 1-oz. Gold Eagles.

During the 1980s and 1990s, MS-63 Libs and Saints carried “natural” premiums  of 20% to 30% but were sold by telemarketers with premiums as high as 50% to even 100%.  Now those coins liquidate at bullion coin prices.

I’ve recommended bullion coins that had the potential to become numismatic/collectible coins, such as the Year 2000 1-oz Gold Dragons, but I’ve never promoted high-premium coins just so that I could earn higher margins of profit.  Within a year or so of the Dragons selling out (30,000 coins), they achieved huge premiums.

Now on CMI’s Website Home Page is our Gold & Silver Buyer’s Guide that lays out my philosophy when it comes to investing in gold and silver.  If you have friends whom you know to be interested in gold/silver, they really need to know the information in this Guide.  Change pages by clicking on the arrows.

4 Responses to “Buying the right form of gold and silver”

  1. Jim

    I currently own Gold 1 ounce 2016 American Eagles in a self directed IRA. Is there any benefit to sell these off and purchase pre 1933 graded Gold coins?

    • Bill Haynes

      It is generally recognized that old US gold coins are not eligible to be put into IRAs. With the gold-silver ratio around 85, you might want to consider trading the Gold Eagles for silver.

  2. Gary Shimp

    As a new investor in gold, which coin has the highest gold content? Worldwide which is the most liquid?

    • Bill Haynes

      Of the government-issued coins, the Mexican 50 Pesos has the highest gold at 1.2057 ounces. Some commemorative coins have been made with higher gold content, but they are not generally available. All gold is liquid. The 1-oz. American Gold Eagle is the most liquid in the United States, followed by the 1-oz. Krugerrand.


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