PNG: Beware of Overpriced Gold Coins

For those who’re buying fashionable treasured metals cash strictly for his or her silver, gold or platinum content material, watch out for considerably overpaying just because the cash could also be housed in fancy holders or accompanied by autographs of celebrities or the cash’ designers, cautions the Skilled Numismatists Guild (

“The non-public finance market is crammed with slick ads touting gold bullion cash labeled with an outstanding grade or in holders with ornamental, autographed inserts. These could also be high quality collectibles for some, however you could possibly pay greater than twice the worth of the dear metallic content material of the coin. There actually are higher methods for traders to purchase bullion cash a lot nearer to their precise intrinsic worth,” acknowledged Barry Stuppler, president of the Skilled Numismatists Guild (PNG).

“We’re seeing loads of promoting and advertising and marketing of treasured metallic bullion cash in holders with ‘restricted version’ specialty labels. These designs might embody autographs of former United States Mint officers, sports activities Corridor of Fame members or different celebrities. Nevertheless, just about each specialty label coin we’ve seen was provided at a value 200 to as a lot as 1,000 p.c larger than a comparable bullion coin in the identical situation with out the signature or specifically designed labels. And when an investor sells the cash with particular labels they may solely get a 5 to 10 p.c premium,” mentioned Stuppler.

“Don’t make any buy till you have got shopped round and realized the aggressive costs for bullion objects offered by others who don’t have excessive advertising and marketing bills. Be sure you usually are not getting ripped off,” he suggested.

“Fashionable gold, silver and platinum bullion cash, such because the American Eagle or Canadian Maple Leaf sequence, normally commerce at a small premium over the precise spot treasured metallic content material. Many main gold bullion sellers sometimes will promote a single, one-ounce gold American Eagle gold coin at roughly 4 to 5 p.c over the present spot/soften worth. The premiums are bigger for 1/10th, 1/4th and 1/2-ounce cash,” defined Stuppler.

“Consumers additionally ought to distinguish between bullion cash whose values usually fluctuate based on the present value of gold, silver or platinum, and ‘uncommon cash’ that may carry a big collector premium primarily based on historic provide and demand. Some classic U.S. gold and silver cash could also be available in circulated situation for a modest premium over their bullion content material, however those self same cash in very good situation might have considerably larger worth — maybe hundreds of above their soften worth,” added Stuppler.

“For those who don’t know treasured metals cash, you’d higher know your treasured metals cash vendor,” he cautioned.

A listing of PNG Accredited Treasured Metals Sellers (APMD) members may be discovered at For added data, contact the Skilled Numismatists Guild at 951-587-8300 or by electronic mail at

The Skilled Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit group composed of most of the nation’s high uncommon coin and bullion coin sellers. PNG oversees the Accredited Treasured Metals Supplier program (, whose members should adhere to a strict code of ethics within the shopping for and promoting of numismatic bullion objects and assure the authenticity of the merchandise they promote.

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