Gold is prized for its beauty and the fact that it is one of the few true stores of value. It maintains its purchasing power in almost every situation imaginable; numerous studies and example have confirmed an ounce of gold has essentially the same purchasing power today as it did 100 or even 1,000 years ago. With this in mind, we present to you some of the most popular Certified Gold Exchange investments in 2014. Use it as a guide to fill out any holes in your own portfolio.
MS64 Saint Gaudens $20 Gold Double Eagle:
The Saint Gaudens “double eagle” is a twenty dollar US gold coin that was produced by the Philadelphia and Denver mints from 1907 to 1933. The name is actually taken from its designer, a man by the name of Augustus Saint Gaudens. Many investors and collectors consider this to be the most beautiful of all US gold coins.
The basic design of this one-ounce gold coin shows lady Liberty holding a torch and an olive branch on the front, striding to meet the onlookers from a rising sun. The reverse side shows a magnificent American Eagle in bold flight above a rising sun. The inscriptions, 'United States of America' and 'Twenty Dollars' are written across the top. MS64 versions of this coin are certified by both PCGS and NGC, and these coins have been at or near the top of “most popular” gold coin lists for years due to their status as investment-grade collector coins, which gives them much more upside potential than gold bullion.
MS63 Peace Silver Dollar:
Also available in PCGS or NGC slabs, this is a US silver coin with a face value of $1. It consists of a mix of 90% silver and 10% copper. The peace silver dollar has a very interesting history, being minted between 1921 and 1928 to represent the peace achieved following the first World War. The legislative impetus for this was the Pittman Act (1918), which required the US Mint to strike millions of silver dollars. This coin was designed by Anthony de Francisci, loosely based on the Morgan dollar front and a resting bald eagle clutching an olive branch on the reverse.
The coin was again produced rather briefly between the years 1934 and 1935. There was actually other legislation which led to the striking of some 300,000 coins in the year 1965, although they were never issued publicly and believed to have all been melted. Incidentally, this was also the last silver dollar coin struck for circulation in the United States. Value of this popular coin will be determined by the grade (condition) and the number of circulating coins for that particular year, although the upside potential is very strong throughout all mint marks and years.
American Eagle Proof Coins:
Although this is normally regarded as a collector coin, it has become increasingly popular with investors in recent years due to its status as the only investment-grade collector coin permitted for IRA purchase and storage. Produced by the US Mint since 1986, these coins are made in both gold and silver. They also are packaged (and protected by) a beautiful velvet box along with a certificate of authenticity.
American Eagle Proof gold and silver coins are only handled by gloved inspectors and each coin in the set is protected by a plastic capsule and then mounted in the satin-lined velvet box. These four-coin sets include one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce pieces. These coins sell and buy back for substantially more than the spot value of the metals from which they are composed, as they are released in limited numbers and believed by many to be investors’ answer to a future bullion confiscation.
Canadian Maple Leaf Coins:
The Canadian government also issues official gold and silver bullion coins. Purity is guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint and they have a relatively low premium over spot prices. The gold Maple Leaf has been produced since 1979 and is one of the purest gold coins found anywhere, with a 24-karat .9999 fineness. In other words, this is as close to pure gold (without any base metals) as can be. You will will find this coin offered in a number of denominations, including the 1/25th ounce, 1/20th ounce, 1/10th ounce, 1/4th ounce, ½ ounce and the full one ounce.
Credit Suisse Bullion Bars:
Credit Suisse is one of the most renowned banks and financial institutions in the world. This fact makes them one of the most popular international producers of gold and silver bullion bars. These bars have a very low premium above spot prices, and they are easily recognized and widely accepted around the world. Both gold and silver bullion bars exist in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from one gram all the way up to one kilogram.
If you are looking to get started investing in gold or silver, the options listed above are great places to start your research. Consider your goals, time frame, and purpose for making such an investment and then go with those that meet your needs. Alternative, give our professional advisers a call at (800) 300-0715 today to discuss your concerns. We would love to hear from you!