Austin Rare Coins specializes in Pre-1933 United States gold coins. All investment-grade material has been certified by PCGS or NGC. However, coins preserved in lower grades are not certified and therefore less expensive. All coins are guaranteed to be genuine and accurately graded for the assigned condition. Lean more by reading below.
- $10 Indian Gold MS-64 Quality$1,797.60
- $10 Liberty Gold MS-63 Quality$1,248.75
- $10 Liberty Gold MS-64 Quality$1,786.40
- $20 St. Gaudens MS-63 Quality$2,203.35
- $20 St. Gaudens MS-64 Quality$2,279.20
- $10 Indian Gold MS-63 Quality$1,415.25
- $20 Liberty Gold MS-62 Quality$2,211.00
- $20 Liberty Gold MS-63 Quality$2,353.20
- $20 Liberty Gold MS-64 Quality$2,609.60
- $20 Liberty Gold MS-65 Quality$4,558.40
- $20 St. Gaudens MS-62 Quality$2,172.50
- $20 St. Gaudens MS-65 Quality$2,553.60
What is a Vintage U.S. Gold CoinDue to the federal government recall order by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 30, 1934, all gold coins were confiscated from American citizens. Those that managed to survive are vintage U.S. coins fixed in an extremely limited supply and well sought after by coin collectors and investors alike around the globe. These vintage U.S Gold coins include the popular $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle Coin beautifully depicting Lady Liberty holding an olive branch in one hand and a torch in the other on the obverse and an eagle in flight, backed by rays from the sun on the reverse. Another vintage U.S. gold coin is the Indian Head series designed with a Native American in full headdress on the obverse side and a bald eagle perched on wood on the reverse. Your Pre-1933 gold coin collection wouldn’t be complete without a $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle. These American gold coins were loved for their attractive design featuring Lady Liberty surrounded by 13 stars on the obverse and a bald eagle with wings extended on the reverse. While these are some of the most common US gold issues, there are other, older designs to collect as well. The first US gold issues date back to 1795 and are some of the most impressive and iconic designs ever seen on any world gold coins. Please call or email a Rare Coin Advisor at Austin Rare Coins & Bullion. We are knowledgeable and happy to help with your goals and objectives. When it comes to rare coins, our name speaks for itself! At Austin Rare Coins, we pride ourselves on offering the best deals on a wide selection of great options that have been certified by PCGS and NGC.
IDEAL FOR DIVERSIFICATION
Smart gold buyers understand the wisdom in adding to their modern bullion coins by diversifying into other market segments that offer additional profit potential like older US Gold Coins.
In 1933, President Roosevelt ceased the production of US Gold Coins and confiscated that which was already in circulation. When gold ownership was finally legalized again in 1974, the Pre-1933 US Gold Coin Market was created. “Investment-Grade” Gold refers to coins from this era that are more available than their truly rare counterparts and, therefore, can be acquired in high-uncirculated quality (MS-62 to MS-66 grades, explained below) at affordable prices. Investment-Grade Coins must be certified by either PCGS or NGC, the only two trusted grading companies in the business.
“Raw” or “uncertified” gold refers to Pre-`33 coins in lower-uncirculated and circulated quality that don’t necessitate PCGS/NGC grading and offer lower price-points closer to their bullion counterparts. We’ve specialized in Pre-1933 US Gold Coins for over 30 years, so we can help you with the learning curve. Whether you need a full education or just a have a couple of questions, please call us at 1-800-928-6468.PRE-1933 U.S. GOLD SERIES: THE MODEL FOR MODERN GOLD AMERICAN EAGLES For decades up until the 1933 confiscation, gold coins served as American currency. Although other denominations and design styles were made, we’ll focus on the four core denominations and two core styles. While the face-values are different, the gold weight of Pre-1933 Gold Coins are similar to those of modern Gold American Eagles: >$20 gold coins: weigh about 1-oz. and are often called “Double-Eagles” >$10 gold coins: weigh about a 1/2-oz. and are often called “Eagles” >$5 gold coins: weigh about a 1/4-oz. and are often called “Half-Eagles” >$2.5 gold coins: weigh about a 1/10-oz. and are often called “Quarter-Eagles” LADY LIBERTY DESIGNS UNTIL 1907 For the second half of the 1800's into the early 1900's, all four gold denominations were struck with designs highlighting one of the most classic and enduing American symbols, Lady Liberty. Known as “Liberty Gold Coins”, “Liberties”, or “Liberty Heads”, each coin’s obverse (front of the coin) features Lady Liberty’s head in profile wearing a coronet bearing an inscription of her name surrounded by 13 stars for the 13 original colonies. The reverse design is equally patriotic with a close resemblance to The Great Seal of the United States featuring a shield guarding an eagle with wings spread holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other. A surrounding banner features the national motto “E Pluribus Unum”. Stars and rays sit above the eagle with “United States of America” along the top rim and the coin’s denomination along the bottom. 1907 DESIGN OVERHAUL INTRODUCES THE $20 ST. GAUDENS After nearly six decades of use, by 1907 it was time for a complete redesign of America’s gold coins; a change strongly favored by President Theodore Roosevelt. While the face values and gold weights remained consistent, all four coins underwent a major overhaul and various designs were introduced across the four core denominations for the first time. Named after its designer, Augustus St. Gaudens, the cornerstone $20 Liberty was replaced with the $20 St. Gaudens featuring a striking rendition of Lady Liberty walking “off of the coin” toward the holder complimented by a beautiful flying eagle on the reverse. This stunning patriotic design was immediately popular and became one of the most famous coins in U.S. history. The $20 St. Gaudens’ legacy became so strong that it would serve as inspiration for the US Mint’s Gold Eagle program fifty years after the last “Saint” was struck. $2.5, $5 & $10 INDIANS ACCOMPANY THE $20 SAINT Not to be outdone, designers were equally ambitious with the other three denominations. For the first time ever in U.S. gold coinage, the $2.5 and $5 designs featured a Native American in a full headdress. The $2.5 and $5 Indians also marked another premier feature – the features are struck into the coin or sunk below the coin’s surface – in what’s become known as “incuse designs”. Along with an updated American Eagle design on the reverse, these beautiful new elements combined to create a series of coins still famous and popular today. Bringing the post-1907 gold series together, the $10 Indian successfully combined the patriotism of the $20 St. Gaudens with the $2.5 and $5 Indian’s celebration of Native Americans with a stunning portrait of Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress plus the reverse eagle design of its smaller counterparts. 1933 CONFISCATION CREATES “PRE-1933 U.S. GOLD COIN MARKET” The gold coin supply during this time period was naturally diminishing due to the normal process of coins being heavily used as money and taken out of circulation to be melted and made into new coins. However, a major historical event ended production and further limited the supply of U.S. gold coins. In 1933, amidst The Great Depression, gold coin production was ceased, gold ownership was mostly outlawed, and the Government confiscated the gold coins in circulation. Some of this supply was exported to Europe to make debt payments while a lot of the coins were melted into bars. It would be over 40 years before Americans could legally own gold again and The U.S. Mint would finally return to making gold coins. The Liberty, St. Gaudens, and Indian Gold Coins became the “Pre-1933 U.S. Gold Market” – a segment of the broader gold market of historical coins with inherent value greater than their gold weight due to their vintage nature plus their fixed and limited supply – attractive features that modern made gold bullion coins simply can’t offer. Pre-1933 coins of higher quality have higher value. So how can dealers, investors, and collectors find a level playing field where all parties can trust a coin’s authenticity, agree on the quality, and create a highly liquid market not limited by the need to see every coin in person? PCGS & NGC: INDEPENDENT AUTHENTICATION, GRADING & CERTIFICATION To overcome these obstacles, two independent companies, PCGS (the Professional Coin Grading Service) and NGC (the Numismatic Grading Corporation), have been trusted to authenticate and grade coins – judge their quality – for over 30 years. To prevent any conflict of interest, these two companies don’t sell coins, they only handle authentication and grading services. Every coin submitted to PCGS and NGC is studied by a group of numismatist or rare coin experts. Their first step is to verify that each coin is authentic. Second, they look for any damage, modifications, or improper cleaning. Finally, they judge the coin’s quality using a numerical 1-70 grading scale in which 70 is the highest grade, a perfect coin. A grade of 60 and higher indicates uncirculated quality which is also called “Mint State”, abbreviated as “MS”, thus grades are seen in the format of “MS-63”. On that note, MS-63 to MS-66 indicates what we call “Investment-Grade”. Our site is designed to offer research on all segments of gold, silver, and other precious metals, but our Gold & Silver Specialists are also available to educate and answer your questions directly. Please call us for help at 1-800-928-6468. CERTIFCATES & SEALED HOLDERS ENSURE GRADING & LIQUIDITY Upon completing the grading process, each coin is sonically sealed inside a rectangular, hard plastic case often called a “slab” or simply a “holder”. Along with the coin, the slab also holds the grading certificate which displays the coin’s “biographical information” including the date, mintmark, denomination, and grade plus a serial number registering the coin with the grading company along with that company’s insignia. The sealed plastic holders can only be opened with brute force which is immediately obvious in a damaged holder. This safeguard prevents any tampering with either the coin or grading certificate creating peace of mind for buyers and easy liquidity even across great distances.