• March 25, 2017
  • Dave Baker

50 Years of the Krugerrand Coin

  The Krugerrand was first minted in 1967. South Africa, as a major producer of gold, saw this as an excellent marketing opportunity. Prior to the Krugerrand, most one ounce units of gold available for bullion investors were swiss-made bars. Bullion coins were smaller, such as the British gold sovereign, the Swiss and French 20 Francs, and the German 20...

The Gold Bullion Series: Pt 2 Gold Canadian Maple Leaf

In the western world public awareness of the price of gold and silver was on the upswing during the second half of the twentieth century. Although South Africa introduced the Krugerrand as a convenient way to own an ounce of gold in 1967 many nations boycotted the coin as a protest against that nation’s apartheid policy. Canada saw an opportunity...

  • March 11, 2017
  • Dave Baker

The Gold Bullion Series: Pt. 1 Gold American Bullion

Last month we posted about bullion coins and how they differ from collector coins. For the next few postings our focus will be on the major worldwide gold bullion coins of the present day, beginning with: AMERICAN GOLD BULLION COINS There are two: the American Gold Eagle and the American Gold Buffalo. The American Gold Eagle, or Gold Eagle if...

What Ever Happened To Half Dollars?

We give out a lot of change at London Coin Galleries Mission Viejo. And, as we are a coin store, we try to make that change interesting if we can. Two dollar bills, Presidential Dollars, and half dollars of the non-silver variety, can appear in your change whenever available. Interestingly, the half dollar is the least familiar coin to many...

BULLION COINS vs COLLECTOR COINS

A client asked me today, “What would be better to invest in – bullion or collector coins?” The answer is… “It depends.” If your goal is to own some precious metal to take advantage of rising prices in those commodities, then by all means buy bullion. If you want to collect coins rather than invest in metal, with an eye...