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 Posted 12/21/2018  10:23 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jaxenro to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am looking to start collecting US Gold coins either current issue or pre 1934 what coin would you recommend based on the following criteria

1. Cost in the $250 to $750 per coin range for decent grades (not top graded coins)

2. Available in PCGS slabs

3. Current price is as close to melt bullion value

I was thinking a decent graded current 1/4 eagle might fit the bill but if there is an older coin that is similar I would prefer it
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 Posted 12/21/2018  10:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The pre-33 issues can get pricey. You might have a shot a getting a full set of modern $5 gold commemoratives if you want to stay in your price range. The proof issues would be cheaper than the uncirculated issues.
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 Posted 12/21/2018  12:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
He isn't going to get pre-1933 quarter and half eagles close to melt value unless they are damaged, jewelry pieces etc. The olny pre-1933 gold that might fit the criteria would be liberty head eagles and there is no way he would be able to come close to a full set, or probably even a date set. Best bet would be to do US gold Eagles either the 1/10 and 1/4 oz size.
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 Posted 12/21/2018  12:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add llewellin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One idea might be a full mint (P, CC, D, S, etc.) set of Liberty Half Eagles - more pricey that what you might want for a couple of them but certainly steeped in history
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 Posted 12/21/2018  12:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would say the modern 1/2 or 1/4 eagles would fit your range and be closer to spot. Typical grade pr or ms 69 should be attainable for the set. As mentioned the commemorative 1/2 eagle set could also fall into the range but at 90% they cary slightly less gold than the American eagle series. They do offer a verity of designs and even with low mintages are obtainable at close to spot. I would avoid the 1/10 gold coins as they are mostly never near spot price.

I personally am collecting the commemorative 1/2 eagles in PCGS or NGC holders and am 2/3 complete.
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 Posted 12/21/2018  3:37 pm  Show Profile   Check BH1964's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BH1964 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd go with classic half eagles or eagles (Gold $5 and $10 pieces). Many PCGS graded pieces are priced at a modest premium to melt value and these coins are close to modern $10 & $25 Gold American Eagles in actual gold weight. I'll post a couple examples below but realize better deals are out there too.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1879-Liber...cectupt=true

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gold-1895-...cectupt=true
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 Posted 12/21/2018  4:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slider23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am considering to doing a 20 coin collection for $5 Indian head gold in AU 55/58. The set will not have 4 key dates of 08 S, 09 O, 11 D, 29 but will include all other dates. You can not do this 20 coin set for melt or near melt. The set would be in your price range of $400 to $750 per coin. To do the complete set of $5 indian's 08 - 26 in you price range is not possible.
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 Posted 12/21/2018  6:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I may be wrong, but if you are looking at close to melt value in high grade, to my mind, you seem to be thinking of getting as much gold for your money as well.

That leads me to the suggestion of slabbed Half Eagles.


Now, if I may be a little selfish.
I lust love the distinctive design of the BLP Half Eagles (1908-1916), which need to be slabbed, just to protect them from tiny nicks. You get recognized grading as well.

BLP Half Eagles tend to be the unsung heroes of American gold, because there are no scarce dates or mm's in the series, save for the 10909 O, and yet you have to get into the really high grades to get the big prices.


If you are happy to drop down the grades,
how about a Classic Head Half eagle in VF? - a tinge of earlier American numismatic history to go with it.



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Common date eagles. Here's a typical slabbed MS62, priced about $100 over melt.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1881-Liber...!98101!US!-1

Current trade on BIN slabbed MS61 and MS62 $10 Liberties is about $700. I was offered a pretty nice unslabbed 1881-S by a coin dealer today for $616, very close to melt, but I passed on it.
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 Posted 12/22/2018  06:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good luck with that goal.
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 Posted 12/22/2018  1:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wouldn't bother trying to assemble a complete set of any of those gold coins series. You might try a mintmark set of Liberty Head Half Eagles/Eagles or one of each gold dollar type.
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Just beware that there are a lot of counterfeits of pre-33 US gold. Whatever you decide to choose you are best getting coins that are authenticated, and there usually is very little premium over raw coins. Although you are interested in US gold, something to consider might be early British sovereigns which sell for very little over face-- I choose these when I am looking for bullion gold, and they contain a little under 1/4 oz of gold.
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 Posted 12/22/2018  4:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jaxenro to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not so concerned with getting a full set just a different way of storing up some bullion. I like older coins and certified to avoid fakes I tend to trust PGGS slabs

Sovereigns sound interesting though
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 Posted 12/22/2018  4:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Sovereigns sound interesting though


Here are a couple I picked up as "random year", but many dealer will let you pick from date groups for a very small (if any) premium.




I was lucky and got some nice ones. If you have a local coin dealer, you might be able to pick through them.

Update: I just talked myself into buying a couple more, got them for $306 each.

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