With the holidays here once again, and the new year about to begin, many investors are wondering which gold coins to buy.  Some opt for classics like the American Eagles, while others look for rare coins.

As Doug Winter illustrates in Coin Week, rare gold coins.com, there are all kinds of reasons that coins are especially valuable or rare. Sometimes coins are rare because their condition is so extraordinary. Other times, coins are rare just because there's not that many of them around. The first are called condition-oriented rarities and the second are called absolute rarities. There is even a third category which features coins that have both attributes. These are coins that have both things going on - they are both in extremely good condition and or the date is extremely rare as well. There are very few of these and there are even fewer of these that have managed to survive.

Other things that go into making a coin particularly valuable are very rare date. For whatever reason there were few of them in the first place and consequently very few of them are still left. And lastly, there are certain kinds of strikes that are quite rare - some are limited editions and others might be mistakes. http://www.coinweek.com/

Collecting coins as every coin collector knows is incredibly fun as well as possibly profitable. Many investors enjoy combining their collecting bug but with their investment strategy and having the best of both worlds. Many times collecting coins becomes a hobby that starts in childhood and extends into the retirement years.

Wondering what a rare coin is worth? Well, they're worth a lot. For example, the 1861 Paquet Reverse sold for $1,610,000 in 2006. There are only two such coins known to exist. Now, that my friends is rare indeed. For the rest of us mere mortals, there are the standard issue gold coins… that are collectible, and fairly valuable, but not rare. Not yet, anyway.
I have decided that I want to buy some of the American Eagle Coins. Why? Well, I’ve been spending a lot of time talking with friends and members of my family, lately, about the state of our personal finances and about the financial mess that is happening in Washington. And then, of course, there’s what’s happening in Europe, too, which doesn’t seem to be getting any better, either. We’re all worried about our financial futures and what’s going to happen to us as we near retirement.

A lot of us have been looking at buying precious metals, whether we are going to round out our investment portfolios or we want to just have some metals to own as a hedge against whatever future instability happens. As for me, I’m thinking that I want to buy some of the American Eagle Coins. But now that I’ve made that decision, I now have to decide what kind of American Eagle Coins I want to purchase. Until I really started reading about these coins, I had no idea that there were so many options.

According to the U.S. Mint’s website – http://www.usmint.gov – there are five different types of American Eagle Coins:

American Eagle Gold Proof Coins – these are the collector versions of the   American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins and come in four weights: one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce. They are 91.67% gold.

American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coins – these come in only the one ounce size and are also intended for collectors. They are 91.67% gold.

American Eagle Silver Proof Coins – these are collector versions of the American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins and are available in a one ounce weight. They are 99.9% silver.

· American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coins – also collector versions, they are 99.9% pure silver.

· American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins – these coins are the collector versions of the American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coins, come only in a one ounce weight, and are 99.95% platinum.

And then there are the coins that I am going to buy: the American Eagle Bullion Coins. These American Eagle Coins are 99.9% pure gold and are easy to purchase, being available in four ounces: one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce weights. They are simple to store, are easily converted to cash if needed, and the value is based purely on the amount of gold bullion that they contain. So these are the American Eagle Coins I want to buy now and save for my retirement.


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