Top Ten World Coins for Investors
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Top Ten World Coins for Investors

Published November 09, 2009

In the face of economic uncertainty, precious metals make safe and stable investments.Global standardization of grading, weight, and purity standards in the coin industryhave also made it increasingly easier for precious metals investors to make educatedcoin purchases. Thus international coins have enjoyed greater popularity among coincollectors who want valuable and reliable investments. While the collection opportunitiesfor world coins are essentially limitless, ten coins have come to stand out as exceptionalinvestments:

    <ol>            *                     **Krugerrand:** As the first gold coins minted specifically to

promote private gold investment, South Africa’s Krugerrands have been tremendouslysuccessful. Because they were minted for circulation, they are made of a durablealloy, so damage induced by handling is rare. These coins tend to maintain qualityand offer exceptional value. * Australian Lunar Series: This Perth Mint series is accessibleto collectors and investors at any price point, because it includes coins in a varietyof sizes, up to 10 kilo. Minted in gold or silver, the coins honor the traditionof the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The whimsical designs, historical interest, and longevityof the AustralianLunar Series have made these coins extremely popular among coin collectorsand investors. * **Mexican Peso: **Also known as the Centenario, the Mexican Pesowas first issued in 1921 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.The finely etched symbols on the coin represent Mexico’s Mayan and colonial roots. * Austrian Philharmonic: The breathtaking design of these coinshonors the rich musical tradition of Vienna. Minted in both gold and silver, theAustrian Philharmonic coins continue the tradition of the Austrian 100 Corona coin.Austrian Philharmonic coins can often be purchased in large quantities, for moreserious investors. * Canadian Maple Leaf: A practical investment, Canadian Maple Leaf coins can bebought at a low premium. Traded on the world market since 1979, the Canadian MapleLeaf was the first coin with a guaranteed 99.99% purity. * **Chinese Panda: **Commemorating China’s most recognized wildlife,the Chinese Panda coins are minted in both gold and silver. With a new design virtuallyevery year, Chinese Panda coins are also available in collector’s sets. These coinsare considered so beautiful that they are often reworked into jewelry. * **British Sovereign: **First issued in 1489, British Sovereigns have been issuedin many designs over the centuries. Common date British Sovereigns, which prominentlyfeature portraits of British Sovereigns, bear the Coat of Arms and Tudor roses ontheir reverse. British Sovereigns have intermittently been minted in proof qualityonly. * Swiss 20 Francs: Regarded as the “universal currency,” theSwiss 20 Franc has been struck since 1492. Common dates of this coin are 1897 t01935. The Swiss 20 Franc bears a portrait of Swiss Miss on the obverse, and a Swisscross on the reverse. * French Rooster: Reasonably priced and relatively common, FrenchRooster coins bear the rooster, a symbol of French pride and liberty, on their reverse.The Lady Liberty is on the coin’s obverse. French Rooster Coins are widely knownfor their low premiums, which makes them an excellent investment option. * Japanese Shimane: To honor the 60th anniversary of the country’sprefecture system, Japan issued a coin in honor of each prefecture. Shimane’s coinfeatures a lovely colorized floral backdrop and an etching of the oval-shaped coinsminted in the 16th century at the Iwami Ginzan silver mine.

Coins from all over the globe offer investors a unique opportunity to gain extraordinaryvalue from exceptionally crafted coins. An affordable and unique way to enter theprecious metals market, investing in world coins offers solid returns for discerninginvestors.

            *This information is provided for general reference purposes and does not constitute

professional advice. For detailed coin collecting or investing information, pleaseconsult with a professional expert.*

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