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Few assets have the sheer global appeal of gold. Its ownership has been desired for thousands of years in every corner of the earth, regardless of faith or background. As such, gold coins have been manufactured initially as currency, and later for investment purposes, in many countries around the world. This makes sense, not only because every country can benefit from using gold as a store of wealth and means of exchange, but also because gold can be mined in so many global areas. Our infographic breaks down the where in the world the most gold is mined. While UK gold coins issued by the Royal Mint have obvious appeal, foreign gold coins also have a part to play. Clearly, the various designs, background history and production values across major mints, appeals to collectors of gold coins. Venturing beyond UK coins provides opportunity to own hundreds of different gold coins. Our priority is always to focus on gold investment, so we have narrowed down our foreign coin shop page to just the most well-known and liquid foreign gold coins.
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Once you start investigating the variety of coins available globally, the sheer choice can be overwhelming. Coins are produced by many obscure mints, established mints manufacture special edition and commemorative coins, and even well recognised coins are produced in fractional versions. To help you select only the best coins for investment purposes, we’ve narrowed it down to the Krugerrand, Maple Leaf, Eagle, Philharmonic, Panda, Nugget, and Buffalo gold coins. These are manufactured by some of the world’s leading mints including the South African Mint and the US Mint.
These are all bullion coins, rather than proof versions which trade at premiums of 20-30%. This provides far better value to the precious metals investor as you’re able to own far more gold for your money. Dealers rarely pay the same premium for proof finish coins as you paid when you bought. They’re also all 1oz versions rather than the smaller fractional editions. This means they’re cheaper per gram to buy than the half, quarter and tenth ounce versions as manufacturing costs are reduced. The 1oz coins feel impressive in the hand and their value is easy to track by comparing to the live spot price of gold which is also quoted in ounces. Crucially, all the coins in this section are incredibly well-known and established gold coins, which can be easily sold not only in the UK, but around the world. This deep gold liquidity always achieves the best sale price, rather than trying to sell specialist coins.
Since 1 January 2000, investment gold is not liable for Value Added Tax (VAT). All our gold, whether in this section, another gold coin sector, or our gold bars section, is investment grade, so you can rest-assured that none of our gold products will attract VAT. However, the main tax difference between foreign gold coins and UK gold coins is the treatment of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). While all UK residents benefit from UK coins being CGT-free, the non-UK coins do in theory attract CGT. UK gold coins are classed as legal tender in the UK due to their face value, which means the Treasury can’t tax the movement of legal tender. However, CGT on Foreign coins isn’t necessarily something that will impact your profits. CGT is paid on any profit made when selling an asset in the UK (except for your primary residence and certain exempt assets). However, each person is permitted to make a certain level of profit each year without paying CGT, known as their annual allowance. This currently stands at just over £11,000, which means you’d have to sell quite a few foreign coins at once, and the market would have to move up significantly in the time of holding for you to incur ant tax charge at all. For larger investments the CGT does become more relevant so you may want to consider buying Gold Britannias instead, which are the UK, tax free version of these foreign 1oz coins. For everyone else, diversity is key within the investment world, so there’s certainly a place for these foreign coins in a well-balanced portfolio.

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Best Value Gold Krugerrand Coin

The 1oz Gold Krugerrand is arguably the world’s most popular bullion coin. While buying Britannias or Sovereigns may be the most common gold purchase for UK investors, the Krugerrand enjoys the most consistent recogition and deamnd worldwide. Certainly it dominates gold investment demand in Europe. The Krugerrand already represents great value for the avid gold investor, it’s a mass produced bullion coin designed for investment purposes, so premiums are low reflecting its abundance. The Best Value Krugerrand offers you the chance to buy Krugerrands at even lower rates. Rather than receiving the latest version of the coin, you’ll receive Krugerrands of mixed years, of our choice, depending on stock levels. This enables us to offer the Krugers at even lower premiums. This coin is a fantastic choice if your main motivation is value and you wish to receive as much gold for your money, without compromising liquidity or divisibility. All our Best Value Krugerrands undergo a strict checking process to ensure all are of very good condition.

Krugerrand Gold Coin Design

The Krugerrand is a 22 carat foreign gold coin containing exactly 1oz or 31.103g of pure gold. Like to Gold Sovereign, the exact alloy mix can vary from year, changing annual colour slightly. However, the metal combination provides great resistence to bangs and scratches, mening pre-owned Krugerrands are amongst the best condition second hand coins in the market.

The obverse, designed by Otto Shultz, features the four-term former South Africa President Paul Kruger. Meanwhile the reverse displays one of South Africa’s national animals the Spingbok antelope, along with the inscription ‘Krugerrand’, the year of mintage and confirmation of the pure gold content.

The design of the coin doesn’t change from year to year which offers a comforting familiarity and feeling of longevity, while also keeping prices low due to no redesign costs.

Krugerrand History & Mintage

2017 represented a milestone for the famous Gold Krugerrand. It marks 50 years since its launch in 1967, reflecting its success in the gold investment market. No other coin has really come close to matching its accomplishment. The idea behind its original launch was to capitalise on South Africa’s abundant gold mining industry by providing the perfect gold investment vehicle. While the British Sovereign had established itself for well over a century, its obscure gold weight (0.2354oz) meant the average person found it difficult to track its value. The Krugerrand was the first mass-produced bullion coin to contain exactly 1oz of pure gold, and the market loved it. So much so, that it accounted for 90% of the global coin market by 1980. Always ready to capitalise on opportunities, the South African Mint launched smaller denominations of the coin that year while its demand was at a peak. Variations include half, quarter and tenth ounce versions. This was despite many Western countries banning the import of old Krugerrands during the 1970s and 80s due to South Africa’s problems with aprtheid.

The un-paralled success of the Krugerrand has spawned many copycat coin launches. It proved to be the inspiration of other eminent gold bullion coins such as the Canadian Maple Leaf, the Australian Nugget, Chinese Gold Panda, American Eagle, and finally, after 20 years of Krugerrand circulation, our very own Gold Britannia coin.

Mintage figures vary hugely from year to year. Early annual production varied between 40,000 and 200,000, while peak years in the mid-1970s saw mintage reach a heady 6 million in 1978. For that reason, the most common period for pre-owned Krugerrands is the mid-1970s. Production pulled back dramtically during the international apartheid sanctions, falling to around 25,000 due to crushed overseas demand. However,  figures have recovered since sanctions have been dropped, albeit not to its peak levels.

Our Expert Opinion

The Beast Value Krugerrand is highly recommended for anyone seeking super low premiums and liquidity. It provides far more flexibility than buying large gold bars, but offers similar value. There are few coins with the sheer depth in its secnd hand market, so you’ll always be able to sell Krugerrands easily, quickly and achieve a good price. We would always buy these pre-owned coins over the latest year of issue, as we don’t see the point in paying extra when the older Krugerrands maintain their integrity so well. While the Krugerrands may not hold huge gold collectors appeal, due to their abundance and lack of design change, they are one of the top choices for gold investing.

If you’re buying substantial quantities of coins, or intend to build a holding over a number of years, you may want to consider the UK coins such as the Britannia or the Best Value Sovereign coin. Both have the added advantage of being Capital Gains Tax free for UK investors. Owning these coins also represents great value and liquidity, but selling a large quantity at any time will prove more tax efficient. Obviously, selling your Krugerrands strategically, in tranches, will prevent breaching the annual CGT allowance which currently stands at over £11,00 per person.