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2000 Australian Lunar 1/4 oz Dragon Gold Coin

The Perth Mint in Australia launched its Lunar Series in 1996 with the Year of the Rat. The series is based on the Chinese 12 year lunar calendar which dates back to 2600 BC. Each year or the calendar is named after an animal and each animal is in turn governed by one of the five Chinese elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. An element appears with an animal one time in every 60 years. The dragon is the only mythical animal in the calendar and the Chinese believe it bestows the greatest benefits. It is a symbol of power, authority, wisdom and advancement and children born under the sign are said to have success, happiness and prosperity. The year 2000 was the first time in 3000 years that a metal element dragon coincided with the millennium. Children born in the year are said to be able to have everything they touch turn to gold.

The Perth Mint produced 1 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/10 ounce ounce and 1/20 ounce sizes of the 2000 Dragon .9999 Gold Coin. The 1 ounce size for the year 2000 was the only coin to reach its production cap of 30,000. In the 1/4 ounce size, there was a mintage cap of 60,000 but only 20,148 were produced. The 1/4 ounce size is also valued for its use in jewelry. All of the Lunar Series coins are originally sold at bullion value. Coins like the 1 ounce size of the 2000 dragon sell for a premium in the secondary collector market. A June 2011 sale price for the 1/4 ounce 2000 Dragon Gold Coin was listed at $685.00

DESCRIPTION

The Lunar Series gold coins are known as reverse proofs meaning that the fields are frosted and the devices or figures are deeply mirrored. All the coins are .9999 fine gold and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. The coins are sold in protected hard plastic capsules.

The obverse or front side of the coin features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by artist Ian Rank Broadley. Underneath the queen is printed 25 DOLLARS. The words ELIZABETH II appear to the left of the queen and AUSTRALIA to her right.

The reverse side features the full figure of dragon in the clouds holding the pearl of wisdom. On the left side of the coin is the Mint year 2000. On the upper right side of the coin is the Chinese character for dragon. Beneath the dragon are the words 1/4 OZ 9999 GOLD.

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9Jun/11Off

1998 1/10 ounce Chinese Gold Panda Coin

The Peoples Republic of China began issuing the Gold Panda coins in 1982 in several sizes, including 1 ounce, 1/2, 1/4,and 1/10 troy ounce of .999 fine gold. In 1983 a 1/20th ounce size was added and in some years larger 5 and 12 ounce sizes were added. What makes the Chinese Gold Panda Coins unique is that each year features a different design. In 2001 a freize design was created and the design was identical in 2002. Collectors complained about the identical designs so China went back to producing unique designs each year. Each coin features the animal celebrity symbol of the People's Republic of China, the Giant Panda. All of the coins are minted in Prooflike Brilliant Uncirculated condition. Gold Panda Proof Sets were also available from 1986 to 1995.

The 1998 1/10 ounce Chinese Gold Panda Coin is considered rare because of its low mintage number of 8,502, making it a more valuable investment coin. The 1/10 ounce size is also the most favored size in the jewelry industry, making this coin more difficult to find. As of May 2011, China is now the largest consumer of investment grade gold products. This fact also causes a forced increase in the price of all of the Chinese Gold Panda Coins. One of these coins was listed for sale in June 2011 at $1,799.95.

DESCRIPTION

The 1998 1/10 ounce Chinese Gold Panda Coin has a diameter of 17.95 mm and is 1.05 mm thick. Its denomination is 10 Yuan. Red copper spots may appear on both sides of the coin due to impurities in the .1% that is not gold. Impurities may come from the die or other tooling process. It is debatable whether the presence of the spots reduces the value of the coin.

On the obverse or front side of the coin is a depiction of the Hall of Prayer for Abundant Harvest in the Temple of Heaven, a Taoist temple in Beijing. Below the temple is the date of issuance which may be in either large or small type. From 1987 to 2000, Gold Pandas were produced at two Mints, the Shanghai which produced the more frequent small date, and the Shenyang which produced the large date.

The reverse side of the coin depicts the Giant Panda. The 1998 year shows the Panda in full view resting on a log. The Giant Panda holds a sprig of bamboo in his left paw and the animal uses its right paw to prop itself up on the log. Beside the right paw is the 10 yuan currency denomination and above the animal is the .999 1/10 OZ. Au.

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9Jun/11Off

1856 $3 US Indian Princess Head Gold Coin

One of the more unusual denominations of United States Gold Coins is the $3 coin introduced in 1854. The three-dollar coins were authorized by a Congressional Act in 1853 but the logic behind why such a coin was necessary. Folk lore suggests that the primary reason was that one of these coins could purchase a sheet of 100 postal stamps without needing change, since the cost of a postage stamp was three cents at the time.

Designed by longtime US Mint engraver James Longacre, the obverse of the coin features the depiction of Liberty as a female figure, common for US coins at the time. In this particular design, Liberty is wearing an Indian headdress, thereby giving the $3 coin the nickname of the “Indian Princess Coin.”

Upon the release of the coin, there was some controversy regarding the image. Some traditionalists were critical that the design appeared to radically depart from the traditional Greco-Roman designs, a criticism Longacre answered by pointing out to the direct historical link to Native Americans which inhabited the land. Others pointed out that while the figure is wearing an Indian headdress, the figure itself still had the characteristics of a Caucasian female rather than changing the facial features to better represent a Native American. Longacre defended this by pointing out that he was simply using the traditional common image of Liberty in his design.

Due to its unusually high denomination for the time period, there was relatively low demand for the coin and yearly mintage was often very low compared to other gold coins of the age. Often times the yearly mintages were below 10,000 produced and sometimes even below 5,000. The $3 coins were produced at US Mints in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Dahlonega (Georgia), and later in its life at San Francisco. During the US Civil War, the Confederate army seized a significant portion of the coins when it captured the Dahlonega Mint. It is even believed that the mint even struck some gold coins under the control of the Confederate government.

At 90% golden content, the price of $3 Indian Princess Coins has risen significantly as the price of raw gold as skyrocketed. But due to the very small production of coins, these items are often the source of high premiums as collectors scour the market seeking them out. With their beauty, history, and controversy, these coins continue to play an important role in the annals of United States golden coin history.

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1888 One Mohur India Gold Coin

The one mohur India gold coin was part of the British monetary system used in colonial India. A mohur is a British Indian coin valued at legal tender of 15 silver rupees, approximately $7.21 face value in US dollars. The regal coins of the British were used in India from 1835 to 1947 and were a continuation of the quaternary system used by the Moghul rulers. Of the coins used during this time period, the rupee was the most important.

The one mohur gold coin was the only gold coin used during the reign of Queen Victoria. All the coins during her reign bore her portrait, in several different image styles. Victoria was the first Empress of India from May 1, 1876, until her death on January 22, 1901. She reigned on the British throne for a total of sixty-three years and seven months, the longest reigning British monarch to date. This time period in Britain marked the height of its influence as a global colonial power.

DESCRIPTION

The 1888 One Mohur India Gold Coin is 24 mm in diameter with a weight of 11.66 gm. These circulated coins are rare because the production of gold mohurs ceased issuance in 1891. Since Queen Victoria was First Empress of India from 1876 until the end of gold mohur production in 1891, all one mohur coins depict her in what is known as the left facing crowned bust style.

The obverse or front side of the coin depicts the crowned bust of Queen Victoria in the left facing profile. To the left of her face is the word EMPRESS in an arc around one section near the coin's rim. To the right of the profile and in back of her head and shoulders is the word VICTORIA, in an arc around that section near the coin's rim. Many raised dots completely encircle the coin's rim.

On the reverse side of the coin is the value of the coin ONE MOHUR in the center. Underneath the value is a partial line and then the word INDIA. Directly under the word INDIA is the date 1888. This center section of the coin is completely encircled by many dots. Beyond the raised dots is an elaborate floral design surrounded by another circle of many raised dots.

In February of 2011, a choice lustrous example, 1888-C PCGS graded AU-58, with an estimated value of $1,600 to $1,800, sold at auction for $2,300 US dollars.

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8Jun/11Off

1924 St Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

The 1924 St. Gaudens Double Eagle $20 gold coin is widely available in all grades of preservation. This availability makes the coin a perennial favorite of many gold bullion investors around the country.

Many collectors also seek the 1924 St. Gaudens Double Eagle because the coin is readily available in Uncirculated condition. As a result, the 1924 St. Gaudens Double Eagle is a tremendous value in today’s numismatic marketplace.

To see why this is the case, here is a handy buyer’s guide to the 1924 St. Gaudens Double Eagle that can help you locate a superb example of the coin.

Specifications:

Mintage: 4,323,500.
Mintmark: none.
Place of Manufacturer: Philadelphia, PA.
Designer: Augustus Saint Gaudens.
Weight: 1.075 troy ounces.
Gold content: 0.9675 troy ounces.
Purity: 90% gold, 10% various alloys including copper and silver.
Face Value: $20.00.

Design Information:

The 1924 St. Gaudens Double Eagle features a Roman-style portrait of Lady Liberty holding an olive branch in her left hand and a staff in her right hand. She also stands on a field that is to the right of a representation of the White House. The word “Liberty” is inscribed on top just above Liberty’s head. There are also 48 stars on the obverse and on the coin’s edge that represent the 48 states that were in the Union at the time of manufacture.

The reverse features a bald eagle in flight above the sun. The eagle’s profile appears to the viewer’s left. The face value of the coin and the name of our country appear above the eagle. Our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” appears below the eagle. There is also several sun rays located across the reverse.

How to select a high-quality 1924 St. Gaurdens Double Eagle for your collection or precious metal portfolio:

This coin is widely available in About Uncirculated and Uncirculated conditions. The first trace of wear appears on Liberty’s cheek on the obverse or on the eagle’s wingtips on the reverse. As a result, it’s a good idea to check these design elements for wear before purchasing the coin.

Moreover, many collectors look for well-struck examples that feature few bag marks on Lady Liberty’s cheek and on the eagle’s wings.

Collectors can find well-struck examples of this coin if they are willing to patiently search for high-quality examples that feature well-detailed eagle feathers on the reverse and well-detailed features on Lady Liberty’s face and hair.

Finally, the coin is also notorious for rim bumps along the coin’s edge. These rim bumps occurred when the coins were tossed around together in bags or in people’s pockets.

Therefore, be sure to look for a sharply struck example of the St. Gaurdens Double Eagle $20.00 gold coin that has no rim bumps and few bag marks.

It may take some time to locate a 1924 St. Gaurdens $20.00 Double Eagle gold coin that has these traits. However, it is worthwhile to search for coins that have these traits because they are always in demand.

As a result, be sure to take some time to search for a high-quality example of this coin so that you can maximize the value you receive from the coin.

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8Jun/11Off

2006 $50 1 Ounce Eagle Gold Coin

The American Eagle $50 gold coin is a commonly available and popular modern gold coin. Minting of these coins began in 1986 and they are a good way to own highly marketable bullion value coins. In 2006 the US Mint also created American Eagle uncirculated coins. Highly burnished, detailed and frosted proof coins of the 1 ounce American Eagle are also available.

HISTORY

The 1 ounce American Eagle $50 gold coin was authorized by the Bullion Coin Act of 1985 to increase bullion investment and produced by the US Mint at West Point, NY in 1986.The American Eagle was produced from gold mines in the US and minted in several sizes. The 1 ounce size produced one troy ounce of 22 karat gold alloy, guaranteed by the US government for weight, purity and content. Only the USA provides this guarantee. The American Eagle is also currently exempt from reporting requirements on form 1099B.

DESCRIPTION

On the obverse or front face of the coin is the Liberty figure, originally designed by noted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907. She is shown in full length image, holding the torch of enlightenment in her left hand and the olive branch, a symbol of peace, in her right hand.

On the reverse side of the coin is a family of eagles executed by sculptor Miley Busick. It shows the male eagle carrying the olive branch, flying above a nest containing the female and her eaglets. This side symbolized unity and family tradition. The coin's common nickname "gold eagles" comes from the design on this side.

The coin is 32.7 millimeters in diameter and its composition is 91.6% gold, 3% silver, and 5.33 % copper, creating a 22 karat gold alloy. The total weight is 1.0909 troy ounces with 1 ounce of gold per coin.

PROOF AND UNCIRCULATED

The most expensive of these coins in the proof coin, produced by a special minting process that involves the manual feeding of the burnished coin blanks into presses with special dies. The coin is struck multiple times so the result is a highly detailed and frosted image on a highly mirrored field. The price of these coins is based on the Mint's pricing policy and it changes periodically with the fluctuating price of gold. Each proof coin is packaged in a blue velvet silk lined case and carries a Certificate of Authenticity.

In 2006, the US Mint made uncirculated gold American Eagles in the 1 ounce size available to purchasers for a fixed price. These coins contain the "W" Mint mark. The coins are struck on selected burnished blanks and hand loaded into the press.

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8Jun/11Off

1909 $5 Indian Half Eagle Gold Coin

The 1909 Indian Head $5.00 Half Eagle gold coin is widely sought by knowledgeable collectors who enjoy the coin’s unique incuse design. Moreover, well-worn examples of this coin are very good values in the precious metal marketplace because they can be purchased for only a slight premium above the spot price of gold.

As a result, the 1909 Indian Half Eagle gold coin is well worth studying.

To help you get started on studying this great coin, here is a handy buyer’s guide to the 1909 $5.00 Indian Half Eagle gold coin that can help you learn some important background information about the coin.

Specifications:

Mintage: 627,080 business strikes, 78 Proof examples.
Mintmark: none.
Place of Manufacturer: Philadelphia, PA.
Designer: Bella Lyon-Pratt.
Weight: 0.2687 troy ounces.
Gold content: 0.2419 troy ounces.
Purity: 90% gold, 10% alloy.

Design Information:

The 1909 Indian Head Half Eagle $5.00 gold coin features a unique incuse design that features all of the major design elements of the coin under the surface of the coin. This unique design has intrigued coin collectors for generations because most coins feature design elements that appear above a coin’s surface.

The obverse of this coin features a portrait of a Native American chief who is wearing war feathers. He looks towards the viewer’s left. Thirteen stars encircle the Native American. These stars represent the original 13 American colonies. The date appears below the Native American at 6 o’clock. The word “Liberty” is spelled out across the obverse at 12 o’clock.

The reverse features the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” on the left and our nation’s motto “In God We Trust” on the right. The middle of the reverse features a small bald eagle perched on a stem. Our country’s name is inscribed on the reverse at 12 o’clock.

How to select a high-quality 1909 Indian Head Half Eagle:

Strictly Uncirculated examples of this coin are hard to locate because the incused design used on the coins is very vulnerable to wear on the Native American’s jawbone and war bonnet. Moreover, the eagle feathers on the reverse tend to wear quickly near the eagle’s breast and forehead. As a result, it is a good idea to check these areas for wear before purchasing the coin as an Uncirculated example.

If you are not sure how to grade US gold coins properly, it is a good idea to purchase lightly worn examples of the 1909 Indian Half Eagle gold coin. These coins are normally called Extremely Fine or About Uncirculated by knowledgeable collectors. They will have light wear on the Native American’s cheekbone and war bonnet on the obverse and light wear on the eagle’s forehead and breast on the reverse. They will also have much of their original mint luster intact. These coins are much easier to grade properly because most of the wear is usually located in one centralized location.

Moreover, They are a fantastic value because they tend to have much of the beauty that a strictly Uncirculated example possesses without the heavy price tag that uncirculated examples fetch.

As a result, many knowledgeable collectors don’t mind purchasing a slightly circulated example of the 1909 $5 Indian Half Eagle gold coin. Perhaps you won't mind either?

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8Jun/11Off

1887 Melbourne Gold Sovereign Gold Coin

From the 16th century up until the early 20th century, there was arguably no greater economic powerhouse than the United Kingdom. With its vast empire controlling a large number of natural resources, this nation was in prime position to take advantage of the benefits of industrialization to further increase its international trade and industry might. As the premier economy, the gold coins minted by the British had widespread circulation and acceptance. The British Gold Sovereign was the standard of the day.

One of the most important colonies for the British was the huge island of Australia. Originally settled primarily as a penal colony, free citizens and companies soon came to exploit the vast natural resources of the Land Down Under. One of the prime motivators for increased population and economic activity occurred in the early 1850s when gold was discovered in the area of Melbourne. Founded in 1835, Melbourne claimed 29,000 residents in 1851. However, the population exploded upon the gold discovery and in less than 5 years the population had spiked to over 123,000. The aftermath of this population shock would affect the city and surrounding area for decades after the gold had dried up.

The level of gold production in Australia was striking. During its heyday in the 1850s, Australia was responsible for nearly one-third of the total world gold production.

In order to better facilitate the monetization of these gold discoveries, the British Empire soon established mints in the Australian towns of Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. It made obvious sense to turn the gold into coins directly near the source rather than ship the raw gold all the way back to London for minting and then have to return the finished coins back to Australia. The Melbourne mint was established in 1864 and specialized in producing Gold Sovereigns. It exclusively minted the gold coins until 1916.

The 1887 series of sovereigns was special because it commemorated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Gold coins before this time had portrayed a young Victoria on the obverse of the coin, a portrait taken at the time of her ascension at the age of 18. For the Jubilee coin, a more contemporary portrait of the now 67 year old wearing a crown and other royal decorations graced the coin.

The reverse of the sovereign is a famous pose designed by Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci. The figure shows St. George upon his horse slaying a dragon, based upon the historic legend. Many believe the reasoning behind this design was to remind the world of England’s defeat of French Emperor Napoleon at Waterloo.

Sovereigns have a particular reputation for being worth more than other comparable gold bullion coins. The sovereign is highly sought-after as a collectible item and collectors are willing to pay more than the worth of the actual gold content. These beautiful coins are solid investments that will only grow as the price of gold continues to rise and as the scarcity of older coins increases.

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8Jun/11Off

1978 S.A. Krugerrand 1 Oz. Gold Coin

The 1978 South Africa Krugerrand one-ounce gold coin represents the apex for the series. This is the case because more one-ounce gold coins were sold in 1978 than in any other year. As a result, most collectors and investors should be able to obtain a great example of the coin for their collections or investment portfolios.

Here is a quick buyer’s guide about the 1978 South Africa Krugerrand one-ounce gold coin that can help you locate a neat example of this golf bullion coin for your collection or investment portfolio. To start off, let’s learn about the coin’s specifications.

Specifications:

Mintage: about 1,600,450.
Designer: Coert Steynberg.
Mintmark: none.
Mint location: Centurion, South Africa.
Weight: 1.0909 troy ounces.
Gold content: 0.9999 troy ounces.
Purity: 91.96% pure gold, 8.04% alloys.
Face Value: none.

Design Information:

The 1978 South African Krugerrand one-ounce gold coin features on its obverse a portrait of Paul Kruger. He is famous for his role in leading Boer resistance against British rule. He is also famous for his role as the last president of the original Republic of South Africa.

The reverse shows a profile of the Springbok. This national symbol of South Africa is a gazelle that is native to the area. The reverse also shows the date. The first two digits of the date appear to the viewer’s left. The second two digits of the date appear to the viewer’s right.

How to choose an example of the 1978 South Africa Krugerrand one ounce gold coin:
The coin is usually found with a bright orange-yellow hue. This hue is the result of the coin’s higher than average gold content. As a result, buyers should not mistake this hue for the bright orange color that results from cleaning a gold coin.

The coin’s edges are also susceptible to bumps and bruises. Coins with these faults should not be purchased because they tend to be very difficult to sell later on.

Moreover, many examples of the coin tend to have what are known to collectors as copper spots. These disfiguring spots appear when a coin’s alloy has been mixed improperly. They usually appear as dark brown stains on the coin’s field. These coins should be avoided because most knowledgeable collectors and investors tend to shun gold bullion coins that have copper spots or other faults.

As a result, be sure to look for a 1978 South Africa Krugerrand one-ounce gold coin that has no rim bumps, no copper spots and a bright orange-yellow color.

If you need help locating Krugerrands that have these attributes, be sure to visit a coin dealer or a precious metals dealer today for more details.

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8Jun/11Off

1896 $20 Coronet Gold Coin

The 1896 US $20.00 Coronet gold coin is also known as the “$20.00 Liberty Double Eagle” by knowledgeable collectors. It is a popular coin among many collectors and investors because its relatively low mintage makes lightly circulated examples of the coin a great value in today’s marketplace.

If you would like to purchase a nice example of the 1896 US $20.00 Double Eagle for your collection or portfolio, please read this buyer’s guide that can help you learn more about this neat coin.

Specifications:

Mintage: 792,395.
Designer: James Longacre.
Mintmark: none.
Mint location: Philadelphia, PA.
Weight: 1.073 troy ounces.
Gold content: 0.9657 troy ounces.
Purity: 90% gold, 10% various alloys.
Face Value: $20.00.

Design Information:

The 1896 US $20.00 Coronet gold coin features on the obverse an allegorical portrait of Liberty facing left. She is wearing a coronet on her head that is similar to the women’s hats that were fashionable at the time.

The reverse features an American bald eagle that has its wings spread out as if it were ready for flight. The eagle faces to the left and behind a shield. The reverse also has the nation’s motto “In God We Trust.” It appears directly above the eagle. Finally, the reverse also has the coin’s face value written across the bottom.

How to choose an 1896 US gold Double Eagle for your collection or investment portfolio:

Most examples of the 1896 US $20.00 Double Eagle usually suffer from heavy bag marks across Liberty’s cheek and hair. The reverse of the coin is also usually plagued by heavy bag marks across the Eagle’s breast and in the fields surrounding the motto. These bag marks are created when coins rub up against each other in storage or in transit. As a result, they should not be mistaken for actual wear on the coin’s design.

Moreover, most 1896 US gold Double Eagles tend to be well worn. This is the case because the coins saw frequent use in the Western US and in the New England area. Most of the wear can be found on the obverse on Liberty’s cheek and hair. The reverse usually shows heavy wear on the eagle’s breast and near the tips of its wings.

As a result of these flaws, finding truly Uncirculated examples of this coin without unsightly bag marks is a challenge.

Therefore, unless you are prepared to spend a lot of money, be sure to look for a lightly circulated example of this coin that has very few bag marks. Knowledgeable collectors consider these coins to be About Uncirculated or Choice About Uncirculated.

These coins can be found for sale at a small fraction of the cost of Uncirculated coins. As a result, they offer collectors and investors a great value because the coin’s precious metal content and good looks create an instant demand for the coins.

Therefore, be sure to look for an About Uncirculated example of this neat coin to receive the best value for your money.

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8Jun/11Off

1911 $20 St. Gaudens Double Eagle Gold Coin

The Saint Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin is one of the most beautifully designed coins ever minted. Coinage began in 1907 with a very limited number of ultra high relief patterns. Coinage was switched to high relief coins in 1908, with a mintage distribution of 12,367. Low relief coins were issued from 1907 until 1933 when the production of all gold coins was halted by Presidential order. The Coinage Act of 1965 restored legal tender status to the Double Eagle coin. Proof coins of the Double Eagle were also available from 1908-1915 in matte, sand blast, satin or Roman finish.

DESCRIPTION

The obverse or front side of the 1911 coin shows a full length image of Liberty stepping forward with the words LIBERTY above her head and stars circling around the coin's border. In her left hand is the torch of enlightenment and in her right hand is the olive branch of peace. In the background is the dome of the Capitol Building.

The reverse side of the coin displays the double eagle in flight through the sun's rays with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and TWENTY DOLLARS in arcs above the eagle. The low relief coins had Arabic numerals instead of Roman numerals. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST is displayed beneath the eagle.

The size of the coin is 34 millimeters. It is 90% gold and 10% copper with a weight of 33.436 grams.

HISTORY

President Theodore Roosevelt asked sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens to redesign the $20 Double Eagle in 1905. The president wanted the coins to be more beautiful, inspired by coinage of Ancient Greece. The model for Liberty was taken from St. Gaudens' Fame sculpture which is in the front of the General Sherman statue in Central Park, New York.

The original high relief coins were very time consuming to produce and did not stack well. Following the death of Gaudens in 1907, engraver Charles E. Barber modified the design, lowering the relief. The double eagle was modified to have 9 tail feathers instead of 8 and there were 33 sun rays instead of the original 34. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was restored on the coinage by Congress over the President's objection.

DISTRIBUTION

In 1911, The Philadelphia mint created 100 rare, matte finish Double Eagles with a distinctive mustard color. Apparently all 1911 proofs were in the matte finish. An auction in 2005 reported a proof coin selling for $184,000. Philadelphia, Denver and San Fransisco were mints for the Double Eagles that were in circulation in 1911.

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4Jun/11Off

1896 France 50 Francs Angel Gold Coin

The 1896 French 50 franc Angel gold coin offers collectors and investors a tremendous value. This is the case because the coin's beautiful design, rarity and precious metal content offers collectors and investors something they can enjoy for many years.

To see why this is the case, please read this introductory guide to the 1896 French 50 franc Angel gold coin that can help collectors and investors learn more about this fascinating coin.

Specifications:

Approximate mintage: 62,500.
Face Value: 50 francs.
Mintmark: “A."

Place of Manufacture: Paris.
Weight: 0.4467 troy ounces.
Diameter: 28 mm.
Thickness: 2.65 mm.
Purity: 90% pure gold, 10% alloy.
Obverse Designer: Augustine Dupre.
Reverse Designer: R. Eume.

Design Information:

The French 50 franc Angel gold coin features a striking portrait of an angel standing on a pedestal on the obverse. The angel is accompanied by a rooster located on the viewer’s right and Roman-style fasces to the viewer’s left. The reverse features a wreath that encircles the value. The mint mark appears underneath the wreath at 6 o’clock. The reverse also has the words “Liberte”, “Egalite” and “Fraternite” written in an arc across the reverse.

How to purchase an 1896 French 50 franc Angel gold coin:
As far as we know, this coin was produced strictly for commerce uses. As a result, there are no known Proofs examples of this coin available to collectors.

This lack of Proof examples has created a heavy demand for this coin in strict Uncirculated condition.

However, it is very difficult to locate an 1896 French franc Angel gold coin in Uncirculated condition. This is the case because the 1896 French 50 franc Angel gold coin is typically found with heavy wear that can be found on the angel’s face and fasces on the obverse. The reverse also typically shows heavy wear on the wreath and the date.

Moreover, the coin typically displays the pale orange color that is associated with cleaning. This is the case because many of these coins were used as jewelry pieces in necklaces and bracelets.

As a result, unless you are purchasing the coin for its gold content, it is worthwhile to look for examples that have slight wear on the angel’s face and on the rooster’s breast. Coins that are in this condition are considered to be in Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated condition. They are a great value because while they show most of the coin’s neat design features, they cost a fraction of the retail price for a full Uncirculated example.

Finally, try to look for a French 50 franc Angel gold coin that features a rich mustard-yellow color on the obverse and reverse. This is a good sign that the coin has never been cleaned.

Collectors and investors that look for 1896 French 50 franc gold Angels that have these attributes will often receive a great value. This is the case because they will purchase an affordable gold coin that still features all of the neat design elements that make the coin popular with collectors.

Therefore, be sure to take some time to look for a high-quality example of this coin. You won’t be disappointed with the results.

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