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The American Eagle gold coins are among the most popularly traded bullion coins. Looking a bit further, however, the gold Mexican, South African and Austrian coins can be a little lower in price, offer more gold for the dollar and are popular enough, well known, and can be easily sold. (continued below)
The gold coin of Austria, the Austrian 100 Coronae, is of 90% pure gold or 20 karat and yields 0.9802 troy ounce fine gold.
The Krugerrand is the South African gold bullion coin, the coin from which was copied the specifications for the gold American Eagle, and it has precisely one troy ounce of fine gold at 22 karat.
The 50 Peso re-issue coin of the 400-year old Mexican mint is a 20 karat gold coin containing 1.2057 troy ounce fine gold.
Regarding the purity of the precious metal coins, it is for the most part not an issue among silver and gold dealers. Gold and silver coins do not trade at prices based on their purity, but rather on their weight.
Some authorities recommend to those getting started with gold investing that instead of buying very modern coin issues or fractional American Eagles, they instead go to the older, foreign, fractional coins. Modern Maple Leaves, Nuggets, Philharmonics and American Eagles are available as half, quarter and one-tenth ounce coins, with the smaller coins tending to have correspondingly higher premiums. As an investment, the value of these coins is just in their gold content, so paying a high premium is to be avoided.
The whole series of Mexican peso coins, French 20 francs (containing 0.1867 troy ounce fine gold), German 20 marks (0.2304 oz.), British sovereigns (containing 0.2354 oz.), Netherlands 10 guilders (0.1947 oz.), Swiss 20 francs (0.1867 oz.), and several others have very good liquidity and can have a lower per ounce cost.
It is probably best to avoid rarer gold coins that are seldom seen in this country because they will likely be heavily discounted when it comes time to sell.
Gold of very high purity is one of the softest metals. Extreme care is needed when handling 24 karat pure gold coins like the Austrian Philharmonic and the Canadian Maple Leaf. Historically, to harden the coins for circulation, copper and silver have been mixed with the gold.