Learn more about the Sheldon Grading Scale

2014 1 oz Gold American Eagle MS-70 NGC Early Releases

2014 1 oz Gold American Eagle MS-70 NGC Early Releases

Why graded coins are so prized and valued by collectors

Here’s a collector’s horror story that never has to happen to you.

You fall in love with a coin that appears to be in absolutely perfect condition. Not a scratch or smudge – you’d never know anyone touched it since it left the mint. You pay top dollar. Then to your surprise, an expert looks at it and spots a barely discernible nick near the rim on the coin’s obverse. It’s a great coin, but it’s not worth what you paid for it.

That’s exactly the nightmare Dr. William Herbert Sheldon set out to eliminate when he created the Sheldon Grading Scale in 1949.

A standardized system to evaluate a coin’s condition

The Sheldon Grading Scale gives expert coin appraisers a system of standardized attributes to evaluate a coin’s condition. The expert appraisers inspect the coins and grade them on a scale of 1 – 70.

A grade of 1 means the coin may be clear enough to identify, but it may be badly corroded or so worn that a side of the coin is blanked. On the other end of the scale, 70 means uncirculated perfection – no trace of wear, handling, scratches or contact with other coins. All the mint’s original luster is intact.

No circulated coin receives a grade higher than 58. At that grade, just about all of the coin’s original mint luster remains. Uncirculated coins receive grades from 11 – 70.

Who makes the grade?

The Sheldon Grading Scale is not for amateurs. The people who grade coins and assign these values have to be extremely well trained and experienced. That’s why most coins are graded by professional grading services.

There are dozens of grading services, but two of the most popular and highly respected are the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).

Coins graded by these services are highly valued for three reasons.

First, the people who grade coins for NGC and PCGS are unimpeachable experts. Their judgment is highly respected throughout the industry.

Second, after the coins are graded, they are sealed in airtight protective slabs, which help prevent tarnishing. They also provide a strong tamper-evident layer, so coins coin can’t be damaged in handling without a collector knowing about it.

Third, they label the coins with grades and findings. When you see a coin in a plastic slab labeled MS-70, you know it is an absolutely perfect coin. If it has an NGC Early Releases or PCGS First Strike designation, you know it arrived at the grading service within 30 days of the coin’s release by the mint.

Needless to say, graded coins are highly prized and valued.

 A treasure trove of collectibles

APMEX has a huge selection of graded coins, from uncirculated Silver Dollars that are more than 100 years old to the latest bullion coins receiving First Strike and Early Releases designations. Click here to see some of our more popular Graded Gold Coins and Graded Silver Coins.

 

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Don’t Wait — Get Free Shipping On 2014 Eagles – Offer Ends 12/31!

Free Shipping on 2014 Silver & Gold Eagles

*Special Promotion: Enjoy Free Shipping when your order includes five or more 2014 Silver American Eagles (Raw or Certified) or Any Quantity of 2014 Gold American Eagles (Raw or Certified). Offer ends 12/31/2013 at Midnight ET. Applies to US Domestic Shipping Only.

APMEX Coin College: 1 oz Gold American Eagle

Let’s learn more about the most popular United States Gold Bullion Coin: The one-ounce Gold American Eagle.

Most Americans have never held this coin in their hands or even seen one in person. That’s because even though it has a face value of $50, the Gold American Eagle doesn’t circulate like the coins you carry around in your pocket.

Gold American Eagle coins first appeared in 1986 as part of the American Eagle bullion coin program authorized by Congress. The United States Mint manufactures and markets these coins for both investors and collectors. Each coin contains one full troy ounce of Gold (with a troy ounce being equal to approximately 31.1 grams, as opposed to the 28.3 grams in a regular ounce). And because Gold American Eagles are produced by the U.S. mint, they are the only Gold bullion coins whose weight and metal content are guaranteed by the United States Government.

The Gold American Eagle is also considered one of the most beautiful coins in the world. The obverse, or front side of the coin, features a recreation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ iconic 1907 Walking Liberty design that was used for the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin that was in circulation until 1933. Saint-Gaudens, one of the most renowned American sculptors of his day, created the original Walking Liberty design when President Theodore Roosevelt asked him to redesign and beautify the nation’s Gold coinage.

True to its name, the image on the reverse, or back side, of the Gold American Eagle is of a male eagle bringing a female eagle and their young the olive branch of peace. Plus, each coin is actually imprinted with its Gold content.

2013 1 oz Gold American Eagle - (Brand New!)

2013 1 oz Gold American Eagle – (Brand New!)

If you’d like to learn more about Gold American Eagles and see high-resolution images of these beautiful and popular coins, you can visit us at www.APMEX.com.

And if you’re interested in owning Gold American Eagles and actually holding one in your hand, call us at 800.375.9006 or sho

p securely on our website. Our Account Managers are here to answer your questions, help you get the most value for your money, and put the best Gold and Silver in your hands. Thank you for reading.

 

Perth Mint Lunar Series II Year of the Horse. Interview with Ron Currie Marketing Director Perth Mint

Perth Mint Lunar SeriesTell us a little bit about the history of the Perth Mint.

The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint to refine the gold from Western Australia’s eastern goldfields, and to turn it into sovereigns and half sovereigns for use throughout the Empire.

The Mint continued under British control until 1970, when ownership was transferred to the Government of Western Australia.

In the mid-1980s, following a major redevelopment initiated by the State Government, The Perth Mint became the home of the Australian Precious Metals Coin Program. By agreement with the Commonwealth Government, the Mint manufactures and markets an extensive range of legal tender gold, silver and platinum coins to investors and collectors worldwide.

Operated by Gold Corporation, The Perth Mint is committed to adding value to, and creating demand, for Australian precious metals in a worldwide market.

In addition to producing the world’s widest range of precious metal minted products, The Perth Mint operates Australia’s only precious metals refinery. It also offers a variety of investment options and storage facilities, and hosts a multi-award winning attraction which welcomes more than 80,000 visitors each year.

Can you please tell us more about the design for the Lunar Horse?

The Perth Mint has a dedicated team of six talented designers who together work with sculptors, engravers and engineers to create the intricate designs of our Australian Lunar Coin Program.

In 2014, the reverse designs of the gold coins depict a horse galloping in a stylised scene of mountains and clouds, which represents the highland regions of China. The horse symbolises freedom and reinforces the energetic characteristics of this spirited animal.

The design featured on the reverse of the silver coins depicts two horses standing in a Chinese landscape inspired by traditional Chinese painting styles. The two animals standing together represent the creature’s social nature and companionship.

What makes the Lunar Series special and collectable?

The Australian Lunar Series II is the most sought-after annual coin program released by The Perth Mint, with a number of the more popular issues selling out soon after they are released.

This result is due to the consistent high quality of our bullion coins, coupled with annual design changes and select mintages, which combine to create potential for numismatic appreciation above each coin’s investment value.

What can we expect in terms of a design next year

In 2015, we will unveil exciting new designs in celebration of the Year of the Goat. Here at the Mint, we work for more than one year in advance to perfect our Lunar design, and I can tell you that our designers are currently finalising a range of options for both the gold and silver issues.

The Lunar goat is renowned for peace, health and success; as such, our 2015 coins will reflect these attributes in our designs.

What can the winner look forward to during their trip to Perth?

A visit to The Perth Mint! As one of Western Australia’s leading tourist attractions, The Perth Mint offers a combination of unique exhibitions and demonstrations themed on gold.
The winner can enjoy a guided heritage walk, a traditional gold pour and view the Australian Kangaroo one tonne pure gold coin, recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest coin in the world. For more information, go to http://www.perthmint.com.au/visit
Other popular Perth attractions include unspoilt white beaches, Kings Park, the Bell Tower, Perth Zoo, and Caversham Wildlife Park where visitors can see kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras and wombats.

5th Annual APMEX & Perth Mint Australian Getaway

Perth_Email_BannerAPMEX and the Perth Mint once again join forces for the 5th Annual APMEX & Perth Mint Australian trip giveaway. Simply purchase any 2014 Perth Mint coins from APMEX, and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a vacation for two to Perth, Australia. Take advantage of this great opportunity to own 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse Coins in Gold or Silver and the 2014 Silver Australian Kookaburra coins. You could win an amazing vacation package that consists of:

  • Round-Trip Coach Class airline tickets to Perth, Australia
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • $1,000 AUD for use during your trip
  • Private VIP Tour of the world renowned Perth Mint

Shop the 2014 Perth Mint collection for your chance to win!
*Purchase not necessary to enter. Click Here for complete rules.

Gold Maple Leafs Only $34.99 Per Coin Over Spot – Only Until Midnight Wednesday!

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Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins, considered some of the most beautiful Gold coins in the world, appeal to both investors and collectors worldwide for their beauty and high purity.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Multiples of 10 are packaged in mint tubes. Multiples of 500 are packaged in “Monster Boxes.” All other coins will be in protective plastic flips.
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
  • Obverse: Right-facing profile of Queen Elizabeth II, along with the year and face value.
  • Reverse: A large, single maple leaf with a small maple leaf privy mark that has a micro-engraved “13” in the center, visible under magnification. The “13” will change annually to correspond with the year of issue.
  • Guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.