When investors buy gold coins, they should purchase those that are popular in order to get the best bang for their buck. Whether using the coins for investment purposes or adding them to a coin collection, the purity of the gold is an important factor. The most popular gold coins contain a high percentage of relatively pure gold.
The gold Euro coins that are most valued for their unique designs and pure gold content are the Swiss 20 Franc, British Sovereign, French Angel, and Austrian Philharmonic gold coins. The Austrian Philharmonic has the greatest value, selling for over $1,500. The Austrian Mint has struck gold coins since the year 1194. The Philharmonic coin is struck in 99.99 percent solid gold and available in limited supply.
The 2011 Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin is another coin that is minted in 99.99 percent pure gold and is very popular. It features the distinct Maple Leaf design on the front and the bust of Queen Elizabeth II on the reverse. This coin is the first investment grade gold coin in the world to include 99.99 percent pure gold. The purity and gold content is guaranteed by the Canadian government and the coin is considered official legal tender.
The American Eagle gold bullion coin was introduced in 1986 and became the most popular coin with U.S. investors. It features 91.6 percent pure gold and is minted in one-tenth, one-quarter, one-half, and one-ounce sizes. During the 2008 credit and financial crisis, the U.S. Mint had to revert to an allocation system for this coin to keep pace with growing demand.
These are just a few of the gold coins that are currently most popular. Investors and collectors can find more information about these in books and online. Doing some research prior to making an investment will pay off at the time the coin is sold.