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Investment Grade Coins are collectible coins that are scarce and highly sought after by collectors and investors alike. Forged with precious metals, this level of collectible coin offers an excellent profit potential for investors wanting to hold them at least three years. Investment Grade Coins can be sold individually or in rolls, and with every passing year, usually become scarcer and more valuable. At Mint State Gold, presented by Stuppler & Company, we have more than 50 years buying, selling, evaluating and consulting our clients how to make the most of these desirable coins.

Recent studies commissioned by Congress have shown that coins offer excellent returns. One high regarded study by Dr. Lombra reported that over a 30-year period, investment gold coins earned an average of 13.4% return from 1979 to 2003. That kind of return beats stocks, bonds, mutual funds, savings accounts and virtually any other type of sound investment. Another study by Dr. Robert Brown showed similar returns but… over a 62-year period! Dr. Brown, Dr. Lombra and other investment gurus recommend that savvy investors have at least 15% of their portfolios in collectable coins.

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Coins, bars, and trade units are made from a variety of karat (KT) purities. A karat is simply a measure of purity, not to be confused with the gemstone carat, which measures size. There are many reasons coins and other precious metal products come in a variety of karats, but the main reason is strength. Silver, Platinum, and Palladium are much stronger metals and there is usually no need to strengthen them. Gold on the other hand is a much softer metal. For centuries Jewelers and Mints have used alloys to strengthen Gold to keep jewelry and coins from being damaged or worn down with daily use. Most investment quality Gold coins and bars are either 24KT or 22KT Gold.

 

A lower karat does not mean the coin contains less Gold. Remember karat measures purity, not weight. The weight is the AGW (actual gold weight). The AGW is the amount of Gold in a coin regardless of the purity. Consider the 1 oz Gold Eagle (22KT Gold) and the 1oz Gold Buffalo (24KT Gold). Both have a 1oz AGW meaning they both contain 1 full ounce of Gold. If melted down, in addition to 1oz of Gold, the Eagle also has an additional 8.33% of other alloys such as Silver and Copper to add strength. If you were to compare a 22KT Gold Eagle (.9167 purity) to a 24KT Gold Buffalo (.9999 purity) (refer to chart below for karat purity) you would immediately notice that the Eagle feels larger and heavier. This is because the Eagle is also mixed with Silver and Copper, making it more durable than the Buffalo.  

 

The Buffalo and the Eagle are only two types of Gold coins available at Mint State Gold. We also carry smaller fractional Gold coins like the French Roosters (21.6KT and .1867oz AGW) and British Sovereigns (22KT and .2354oz AGW). If melted down, a French Gold Rooster would contain .1867 ounces of Gold (remember the AGW is the actual amount of Gold in the coin) with 10% other metals, and a Gold British Sovereign would contain .2354 ounces of Gold with about 8.33% other metals. However, these fractional Gold bullion coins have an additional investor value based on more than just the Gold content.

 

For more information regarding karats, AGW, precious metals, bullion, rare or investment coins, please contact a Mint State Gold representative today by calling (888) 454-0444 or CLICK HERE to send us a message.

 

For your convenience, the chart below shows the purity for various karat amounts. Remember for AGW no chart is needed since AGW is simply the Actual Gold Weight in a product, such as 1oz Gold Eagles have a 1.0 AGW. Tip: Like AGW means Actual Gold Weight, ASW means Actual Silver Weight.

 

24 Karat Gold     =  100.0% Gold

22 Karat Gold     =  91.67% Gold

20 Karat Gold     =  83.33% Gold

18 Karat Gold     =  75.00% Gold

16 Karat Gold     =  66.67% Gold

14 Karat Gold     =  58.33% Gold

12 Karat Gold     =  50.00% Gold

10 Karat Gold     =  41.67% Gold

 

 

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(by Barry Stuppler, PNG# 334) Most gold dealer’s websites list excellent reasons for owning gold, such as diversification, protection against currency devaluation, and profiting from capital gains. Many of these companies, however, are more interested in profiting from selling you a “product” than in giving you the critically important information you need to make an informed decision. Mint State Gold wants you to have these vital facts before you make your first gold investment:

1. Always Buy & Sell Bullion Coins Through a Major Bullion Dealer; Avoid Commissioned Salespeople

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With over 50 years of being a professional wholesale silver investor and dealer, I have found it's easy for a well informed silver buyer to quickly learn how to buy silver and get a good deal when adding silver to your portfolio. Buying silver investments for your precious metals portfolio is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step #1 - Buy The Right Silver Coins

Based on your length of ownership, we need to determine whether bullion silver coins or investment silver coins are the right fit for you.

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How to Buy Gold - 3 Easy Steps

12/13/10 12:12 PM

Being a professional wholesale gold dealer and investor for over 50 years, I have found it's easy for a well informed gold buyer to quickly learn how to buy gold and get a good deal when adding gold to your portfolio. Buying gold investments for your precious metals portfolio is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step #1 - Where to Buy Gold

The best gold dealer is a major market wholesaler with a minimum of ten years experience in the rare and investment coins business, with a proven track record of building profitable precious metal portfolios and an excellent industry reputation in numismatics and/or investment strategies.

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How Modern Coins are Made

11/1/10 8:37 AM

The earliest known examples of coins date back to 7th century Turkey. They were irregular in shape, stamped on one side, and made from a gold-silver mix, known as electrum. The Greeks refined the minting process, and later the Chinese, who were the first to use non-precious metals in their coins—a practice that soon spread to the West and became common among developed countries. Coin manufacturing techniques continued to evolve throughout Western cultures up through the industrial revolution and the invention of high-powered presses. Since then, with the exception of computer advancements, the coin making process has remained relatively unchanged.

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