Gold has consistently been used to produce some of the world’s most beautiful coins
Gold will forever be held in high regard and considered to be a wise investment. It has been discovered through the years that this precious metal has a variety of uses, and one of those uses has consistently been to produce some of the world’s most beautiful coins. While the list can go on and on, here are the Top 5 most popular bullion coins, rated by global sales.
Gold American Eagle
Designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the American Eagle has become a well-known symbol of American currency. Depicted on the obverse, Lady Liberty stands tall with flowing hair, clutching a torch in one hand and an olive branch in the other. The reverse scene was designed by sculptor Mike Busiek and features a nesting pair of bald eagles along with their hatchlings.
The coins are available in various sizes through the United States Mint website.
Gold American Buffalo
One of the leading collector’s items ever produced by the United States Mint, the American Buffalo was designed by Saint-Gaudens’ pupil James Earle Fraser. Both the obverse and reverse designs were created as a five-cent coin and released in 1913 as such. The nicknames “Indian Head” and “Buffalo Nickel” surfaced from the aforementioned designs. The obverse portrays the bust of a Native American man, while the reverse depicts an American buffalo.
Gold Canadian Maple Leaf
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Fondly viewed as one of the world’s most beautiful gold coins, the Canadian Maple Leaf was appropriately named for the brilliant and intricately designed maple leaf located on the reverse. The obverse showcases the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The iconic coin is available through the Royal Canadian Mint, well known for the superb quality of their gold coins.
Gold South African Krugerrand
Available in one-tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce and 1-ounce coins, the South African Krugerrand has become synonymous with wealth and prestige. Aptly named for the first president of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger, the gold coin displays Kruger’s portrait on the obverse. When admiring the reverse, one will find the proud symbol of South Africa displayed, the springbok antelope. This rare coin, produced by the South African Mint, can be purchased from a variety of online vendors.
Gold Austrian Philharmonic
The Austrian Philharmonic was first minted in 1989 and proved to be a top seller in 1992, 1995 and 1996. Designed as a tribute to the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the obverse of the coin features the great organ of Vienna’s concert hall, the Musikverein. The reverse boasts an array of instruments, including the cello, violin, French horn, harp and bassoon. The Gold Philharmonic is available in one-twenty-fifth-ounce, one-tenth-ounce, quarater-ounce, half-ounce and 1-ounce gold coins and is guaranteed through the Austrian Mint.
These coins are just a small sampling of the beauty into which gold can be transformed. The world’s mints have a plethora of beautiful, valuable coins available in gold bullion.