Rare & Collectible Gold Coins

When it comes to investing in rare gold coins, there are two types of people; investors and collectors. Investors of collectible gold coins will be looking for a way to increase their gold holding with a piece that represents a safe investment, that holds its worth and that may appreciate in value. Collectors, on the other hand, will be looking to obtain a piece that has another sort of value; rarity.
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1oz Gold Coins

1oz Gold Lunar Dog 2018

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Gold Lunar Horse 1oz

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Gold Lunar Sheep 1oz

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1/4oz Gold Falcon Queens Beast

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1/4oz Gold Black Bull Queens Beast

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1/4oz Gold Griffin Queens Beast

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Collectors can complete their collection with rare and limited edition gold coins through Physical Gold. Image via Pazles, Dreamstime. As a commodity, gold is one of the rarest elements on earth and, as such, commands a value for the metal itself. However, rare gold coins exceed the price of the metal itself due to their scarcity. But exactly what does “rare” mean? When it comes to collecting, rarity is about supply and demand and relies very heavily on whether there is a market for something and rarity does not always make something more valuable. However, when it comes to rare gold coins, the UK market is a sizeable one making limited edition and scarce coins highly collectible with a great deal of competition. Value is often determined by how rare a piece is with something like the Queen Anne ‘Vigo’ five guinea gold coin (one of just 20 known examples known to be in existence) recently being sold at auction for £225,000. Rare gold coins in the UK can command even higher prices with a 1937 Edward VIII Gold Proof Sovereign being the most expensive British coin ever when it sold at auction for £516,000. In the same auction, a 1953 Elizabeth II Gold Proof Sovereign was sold for £384,000. So, rare gold coins can fetch enormous sums of money far exceeding their metal value. This is a key feature of why investors purchase limited edition coins as there is a possibility that these coins, produced in restricted numbers, could become scarce over time and therefore appreciate in value.
When it comes to collectible gold coins, the values may not be nearly as impressive as those pieces that are known to be scarce. However, collector’s still place a good deal of value on some gold coins. Gold coins become collectible as a result of being minted in limited numbers, produced to commemorate some special occasion or have some unusual feature such as a casting error. Of course, some collectors may simply be looking for a piece to complete a set or for sentimental reasons making a less collectible gold coin of greater value to that individual. Limited Edition Gold Coins Produced in restricted numbers, limited edition gold coins such as the 1oz gold Lunar series and the Queen’s Beast series have an instant appeal. Uncirculated coins, these two sets alone have appreciated far beyond both their face value and their intrinsic gold value. Collectors, keen to complete a set, prize these coins with additional value making them a strong investment opportunity. With the lunar series depicting the Chinese zodiac there is an interest from Asian collectors which also helps to maintain, and increase, their value. Commemorative Gold Coins Issued to mark an occasion such as an anniversary, jubilee or special event such as the Commonwealth Games or Olympics, commemorative gold coins are sometimes produced in limited numbers but are certainly restricted to a single production year. The value of these coins often depends on the quantities they were produced in, whether they were in general circulation and the amount of gold contained. Feature Gold Coins Some rare gold coins become so as a result of an accident as opposed to being produced specifically for the collector’s markets. Errors can be made during the casting process which makes a coin unusual and because the error is usually caught quite quickly and most rounds re-melted they can also be very rare. One such example is when the wrong obverse is struck on a coin producing a hybrid. Known as ‘mule’ coins, the last high-profile example of this was in the Royal Mint in 2014 when 17,000 £2 silver Britannia coins were struck with the obverse of the Lunar Horse. 38,000 £2 Lunar Horse series coins were also fated to be flawed with the Britannia’s obverse. Though simply minting errors, these coins now have a rarity value of their own.
At Physical Gold, we employ skilled and highly-trained numismatists who carefully check all of our new and pre-owned collectible gold coins for quality. Any coins that do not meet the high standards upon which we insist for our clients are rejected. This means that we can guarantee that none of the coins we supply are substandard.
With rare gold coins offering a greater degree of security against any fluctuations in the price of precious metals, buying collectible gold coins provides greater balance in your investment portfolio. By diversifying your assets you can protect your financial future and achieve a more flexible way to liquify your assets when the time is right. Rare gold coins retain a buyer’s premium but can hold more than just their intrinsic gold value.

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2018 1oz Gold Lunar Dog Coin

The Gold Lunar Dog is the fifth Lunar design in the Royal Mint’s Shengxiao Collection.

This is a brand-new bullion finish coin, issued by the Royal Mint. Coins will be packaged loose for small quantities and orders of 10 or more may come in Royal Mint tubes.

If you would like to protect your coins further, these coin capsules fit perfectly.

This is a 1oz Gold Bullion Coin and contains 1 troy ounce of fine gold.

The coin is designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho and features a terrier on one side with the inscription ‘Year of the Dog 2018’ and the obverse has the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.

Each coin also incorporates the number 8, which is a lucky number in Chinese tradition.

The face value of this coin is £100 and there is limited mintage of 8,888 coins. As this coin is legal UK tender, it is not liable to Capital Gains Tax on any profits made from its sale.

If you’re interested in buying silver coins too, the Lunar Dog is also issued as a silver bullion coin.

2018 Year of the Dog

Following on from the year of the Fire Rooster, the Chinese year of the Dog will start on February 16th 2018 and will end on February 4th 2019.

The Dog is the 11th zodiac sign of the 12 in the Chinese cycle.

People who are born under this sign are seen as having excellent manners, make and keep friends easily, work hard, are very romantic and make loyal partners.

Each Chinese zodiac year is also associated with an element and 2018 is Earth. This makes 2018 an Earth Dog Year.

The other elements are metal, wood, water and fire.

Our Expert Opinion

The Gold Lunar Dog ticks virtually every box for investors and collectors alike.

The Royal Mint have become far more savvy over the past 5 years in coming up with fantastic new coin concepts which they know will hold global demand. For coin collectors, the coin appeals as its mintage is extremely limited and it is part of a 12 part set. The fact that the coin is made from 24 carat gold rather than the Mint’s previously preferred purity of 22 carats (featured on the Sovereign and pre-2013 Britannias), means the Lunar Series will receive huge demand from Asia who obsess over 999.9 purity gold. With the theme combining the Chinese zodiac with the British monarch, the ever-growing Chinese market will snap up these coins.

Gold investors will also benefit from the limited issue and global appeal. The fact that the coins have a face value and therefore qualify as UK legal tender, will also provide tax efficiency for those seeking a cost effective investment. If you’re looking for tax free coins at the lowest possible purchase price, rather than considering the possible enhanced upside potential a limited issue coin presents, then buying Gold Britannias can achieve this.