World's Most Popular Bullion Coins

CHINESE PANDA (GOLD OR SILVER): China began striking Gold bullion coins in 1982. The Pandas were the first high-premium .999 bullion coin, featuring a different panda portrait almost every year. Gold Pandas are available in 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz. They became hugely popular as collectibles since the late 1980s, due to their low mintage figures and exquisite workmanship. Silver Pandas were first issued in 1983 and are also popular among collectors for their .999 fine purity and changing designs. Each coin is individually sealed in a plastic pouch or capsule.

CANADIAN MAPLE LEAF (GOLD OR SILVER): Modern bullion coins struck by the Royal Canadian Mint. Canada's Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins were the first .999 fine Gold bullion coins (as opposed to a bar or ingot) when they were released in 1979. They were designed to be the main competitor of the South African Krugerrand, which was the only Gold bullion coin available at that time. Since 1982, they have been struck to purity of .9999. Canada’s Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins were first issued in 1988.

South African Krugerrand:first minted in 1967 to help market South African gold and produced by the South African Mint. By 1980 the Krugerrand accounted for 90% of the global gold coin market. The name itself is a compound of "Kruger" (the man depicted on the obverse) and "rand", the South African unit of currency. During the 1970s and 1980s some countries forbade import of the Krugerrand because of the association with the apartheid government of South Africa. The Krugerrand today is a popular coin among collectors.

AMERICAN EAGLE (GOLD OR SILVER): Bullion products struck by the U.S. Mint. Since their debut in 1986, these coins have become America's most popular bullion coins. American Gold Eagles are struck in a traditional coinage alloy of 91.7 percent pure Gold (22 karat); each coin contains a full measure of pure Gold, alloyed with Silver and copper.American Silver Eagles are the official Silver bullion coin of the United States. These 1 troy oz Silver bullion coins are struck in .999 fine Silver.

AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO: Australia's Gold Nugget bullion coins (now Kangaroos) were introduced in 1986 as.9999 fine ("four nines," or 99.99 percent pure Gold) bullion coins. Each year since 1989, the design has been changed, all featuring various depictions of kangaroos. Coins are shipped individually encapsulated in a square plastic case.

AUSTRALIAN KOALA: Australian bullion coin which has been minted since 1987. The Koala has been minted in Gold, Silver and Platinum, and its design changes each year.

AUSTRIAN PHILHARMONIC (GOLD OR SILVER): Austria's .9999 Gold Philharmonic bullion coins were first minted in 1989 and quickly became Europe's most popular Gold bullion coin. Silver Philharmonic coins were first issued in 2008 and are .999 fine Silver. On the obverse is the Great Organ in Vienna's Concert Hall. The reverse depicts a harmonious design of musical instruments from the Austrian Philharmonic Orchestra.

BRITISH SOVEREIGN: British Gold sovereigns have been struck periodically since 1489. For centuries, this .2354 troy oz coin was the measure by which all other Gold coins were judged. Each coin is 91.7 percent pure (22 karat). Sovereigns have been produced by various mints in the British Empire including London, Ottawa, Bombay, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

 

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