Contrary to what some believe, all gold is not created equal.

Pre-1933 gold coins are a valuable addition to any collector's portfolio. Whereas the value of gold bullion is based solely upon its weight, there are three factors that establish the value of a gold coin dated prior to the year 1933 - the weight of the precious metal in the coin, the scarcity (or rarity) of a particular coin, and its mint state or condition.

These particular coins dated pre-1933 became scarce as a result of Executive Order 6102, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 5, 1933, at the height of the monetary and banking crisis during the Great Depression. President Roosevelt's Order required gold owners to trade in all but 5 ounces of the gold coins in their possession to a Federal Reserve Bank in exchange for about $20 of paper money per ounce. Consequently, it is estimated that only about 1% of the gold coins minted prior to 1933 remain in existence today, and those coins now have increased value due to their scarcity.

This government ban on gold ownership remained in effect until 1974. However, because this ban lasted for more than a generation, many Americans are unfamiliar with gold as an asset class and the many benefits it provides. Currently, there are no restrictions on gold ownership in the United States.

The most recognized and sought after Pre-1933 gold coins are the Saint-Gaudens and Liberty $20 gold pieces, each of which contains approximately one troy ounce of gold. The Liberty coin and the Indian coin were also minted in smaller denominations of $10, $5, $2.5, and $1. This variety of coins, populations, and denominations allows our Gold Specialists to design your coin portfolio to closely match your desired investment amount.

$20 Saint Gaudens

Commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to design a coin rivaling the coins of Ancient Greece and Rome, Augustus Saint-Gaudens created this $20 gold piece or "double eagle", considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rare coins in U.S. history.

Collector demand and long-term growth potential has made this the most popular Pre-1933 coin among collectors.


$10 Indian

This half eagle minted from 1907 to 1933 is one of the most exquisite gold coins in U.S. history and introduced a new standard of art design insisted upon by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Designed in 1905 by August Saint-Gaudens, one of the greatest of modern sculptors, its beauty rivaled the traditional coins of the ancient Greeks.


$5 Indian

Minted from 1908 to 1929, this half eagle is one of two coins designed by sculptor, Bela Lyon Pratt. The Indian Head coin is one of the most stunning coins in history, as well as the last gold coin made for circulation.

The Indian Head is viewed as one of the most unique coins due to its "sunken" design.


$2.5 Indian

One of the most striking coins minted by the U.S. Mint from 1908 to 1929 due to the "sunken" nature of its features, this coin was designed by sculptor, Bela Lyon Pratt, a young, contemporary artist who designed both the $2.50 and $5.00 Indian Head coins.

The Indian Head Quarter Eagle is a pre-1933 gold piece almost everyone can afford.


$20 Liberty

The $20 Liberty Double Eagle came about as a result of the overflow of gold that began pouring into the Philadelphia Mint from the California Gold Rush in 1849.

At twice the size of the $10 Eagle, it was the largest denomination coin minted at the time, a reminder of America's strength and power during that period in history.


$10 Liberty

Minted from 1838 to 1907, the $10 Liberty is a classic U.S. gold coin. It may surprise you to learn that the $10 Liberty, also known as the Coronet and designed by Christian Gobrecht was modeled after a portrait of the Greek Goddess Venus.

Its design was also used on the $2.50 and $5 Liberty gold coins.


$5 Liberty

Beautiful and historic, the $5 Liberty was the first gold coin struck as official legal tender of the U.S. government in 1839. It holds the distinction of being the only coin in history to have been struck at all seven U.S. Mints that were open during its circulation.

The first $5 gold piece was known as a "half eagle" because it was half the weight of the $10 gold piece.


$2.5 Liberty

The Liberty Head is by far the longest lasting coin design in U.S. history. For 68 years, American money had the classic Liberty Head design, introduced by Christian Gobrecht, Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint in 1835.

This classic piece of American art and history was produced by the Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans and San Francisco mints.


French $20 Franc Roosters

Minted at the Paris Mint, the French 20 Franc Rooster, also referred to as the French Rooster, is a classic rare European gold coin containing almost a fifth (0.1867) of an ounce of pure gold.

The French Rooster belongs to an exclusive class of globally recognized legal tender coins, making it highly desirable and highly liquid.


French $20 Franc Angels

The "Lucky" French Angel, designed in 1793 by Augustine Dupré, is legendary for bringing good luck to its owners.

Originally minted from 1871 to 1898, these gold coins are 90% gold and are genuine legal tender French 20 Francs.


British Sovereign

British Sovereigns are 22-karat gold and have been circulating for over 500 years. Their history traces back to Henry VII (1485-1509) in 1486 when they had a value of one pound Sterling.

Today, Sovereigns are just shy of a quarter ounce of gold and approximately the size of a nickel, making them affordable and easy to own.


Swiss $20 Franc

One of the world's classic gold coins and a favorite of collectors, the Swiss 20 Franc was minted from 1897 to 1949. Also known as the Swiss 20 Franc Helvetia, this coin is Swiss legal tender minted in Bern, the only Swiss National Mint, and is fully backed by the Swiss government.

All Swiss 20 Francs available through CGG are dated pre-1933.


Austrian 1 Ducat

The ducat is a gold coin that was used as a trade coin throughout Europe before World War I. The Austrian Ducat I gold coins were minted throughout the 19th Century and into the 21st Century and are extremely high in gold purity, making them highly sought after.


Austrian 4 Ducat

The Austrian 4 Ducats gold coin is among the highest European purity gold coins ever issued. These coins are not legal tender and have only been used as commercial gold coins.


Danish 20 Kroner

Minted between 1873 and 1931, Danish 20 Kroner gold coins featured three different rulers: Christian IX, Frederick VIII (Shown), and Christian X. variety. All Danish 20 Kroner coins have a Mint Mark that is heart-shaped, signifying the Copenhagen Mint.


Italian 20 Lire

Umberto I served as the Duke of Savoy before being crowned King of Italy in 1878 and ruled until his assassination in 1900. It is his image that first appeared on 20 Lire coins in 1879. Details

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