Gold shines as a safe haven in times of uncertainty and supposes a strategic option to invest extra money or the prizes of the Christmas Lottery. Degussa, the company in charge of the commercialization of this precious metal, has made a selection of what it considers the twelve best investment gold coins in the world, including the Lince, the first minted by the National Mint and Stamp Factory-Real Casa de la Moneda de España,
«They are an investment to be taken into account by people who are blessed with the Christmas Lottery as a way to diversify the prize and can also be a great gift for these holidays, since most can be purchased in different sizes and, therefore , prices ”, explains Tomás Epeldegui, director of Degussa in Spain.
Specific, the 'bullions' are investment coins minted in precious metals, mainly gold and silver. The objective of its issuance is investment, not circulation like coins, they remember from Degussa. In fact, their price is not their face value, but that of the metal they contain and varies depending on what the price indicates.
To be considered investment gold, they must collect the following requirements: that are of law equal to or greater than 900 thousandths, that have been minted after the year 1800, and that are or have been legal tender in their country of origin. In addition, they must be commercialized habitually for a price not superior in 80% to the market value of the gold contained in them and be included in the list that is published in the 'Official Journal of the European Union.
The main 'bullions', in the opinion of the director of Degussa, are:
Lince (Spain). It is the first investment coin minted by the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre-Real Casa de la Moneda and was put on sale in December of this year. It only has a limited edition of 12,000 pieces, a circumstance that offers added value for investors and collectors. It weighs a troy ounce, that is 31.1035 grams, has a purity of 999.9 thousandths, a face value of 1.5 euros, a diameter of 37 millimeters and a circular shape with a smooth edge.
The lynx starts an annual series of bullion gold coins, which, as a collection and investment, will be made available to the general public by the National Mint and Stamp Factory. On its obverse the motifs and legends of a royal of eight are reproduced, of a columnar type with two hemispheres under the royal crown, which, in turn, are flanked by the columns of Hercules with the motto "Plus Ultra". An image of the head of an Iberian lynx is reproduced on its reverse.
Krugerrand (South Africa). The Krugerrand was the world's first coin to contain exactly one ounce of fine gold. In its design it incorporates the characteristic South African antelope and has been minted at the Rand Refinery in Germiston, near Johannesburg, since 1967. It is composed of an alloy of gold (916.7 thousandths) and copper. Its name comes from the surname of Paul Kruger, a Boer politician who presided over the country at the end of the 19th century and fought against the United Kingdom, and whose face appears on the obverse, and from rand, the currency of South Africa.
Until 2017 it was only minted in gold in different sizes. That year, coinciding with its 50th anniversary, a limited edition of 100,000 units was issued and a silver version was minted.
American Eagle (United States). It is a 22 carat (916 thousandth) gold investment coin minted by the United States Mint since 1986. On its obverse it bears an image of the figure of liberty walking in profile wrapped in the American flag. The figure carries a laurel branch in his right hand and an oak branch in his left. It was redesigned on the occasion of its 35th anniversary in 2021 and its reverse was changed. It can be purchased in tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and one-ounce pieces.
American Buffalo (United States). This is another of the US Mint investment coins and was issued in June 2006. Its issuance was a milestone as it was the first time the West Point Mint had minted one. pure gold coin 999.9 thousandths (24 carats). On the obverse it has a portrait of a Native American and the word liberty. On the reverse, we find the illustration of a buffalo on top of a mound. Along with the American Eagle, it is the only investment coin guaranteed by the American Mint.
Chinese Lunar Year (Australia). This is a series of pieces issued by the Perth Mint, the Perth Mint (Australia), since 1996. Each year is dedicated to an animal. In 2022 the protagonist will be the tiger with a version that already went on sale on September 13. On the obverse they incorporate a portrait of Elizabeth II of England and on the reverse, a tiger roaring on top of some rocks, and a tiger followed by a cub on some rocks the silver ones. In total, 14 versions are to be minted in gold of 999.9 thousandths, platinum (999.5) and silver (999.9).
Britannia (UK). The Royal Mint, the Mint of Great Britain, first minted it in 1987 with a purity of 916 thousandths (22 carats) that of gold and 958 thousandths of silver. In 2013 its purity was increased to 999.9 thousandths (24 carats). In 2021 some details of its design were retouched to increase its safety. On the obverse of the coin there is a portrait of Elizabeth II in profile. They can be found in gold (one tenth of an ounce, half an ounce, and one ounce) and in silver (one ounce).
Philharmonic (Austria). The Gold Vienna Philharmonic was created in 1989 by the Austrian Mint (Münze Osterreich AG) in one-ounce and quarter-ounce versions. It is made of gold of 999.9 thousandths (24 carats) of purity and pays tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. On its obverse there are various musical instruments and on its reverse, the organ in the golden room of the Musikverein in Vienna. It can be found in silver and platinum (999.5 thousandths of purity) in one ounce format.
Canadian Maple Leaf (Canada). The famous Canadian Gold Maple Leaf was created in 1979 by the Canadian Government and minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. On the obverse there is the face of Elizabeth II and on the reverse, a maple leaf, a symbol of this country. It has a purity of 999.9 thousandths (24 carats) and is not alloyed with any other metal. One-tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and one-ounce versions are available. In 2019 a special 40th anniversary coin was minted with a limited issue of 15,000 pieces.
50 Pesos (Mexico). The 50 Mexican peso coin was issued in 1921 to commemorate the centennial of the country's independence from the Spanish crown. It weighs 41.6 grams (almost 20% more than a troy ounce), of which 37.5 is 999.9-thousandth pure gold. 90% of its composition is gold and the remaining 10% is copper. On its obverse, a winged victory appears holding a crown in its right hand raised in front of a relief of the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanoes. On its reverse, an eagle with a snake in its beak, other symbols of this country. Its minting was suspended between 1931 and 1943. It is one of the most demanded investment coins in the world.
Vreneli (Switzerland). It is a 20-franc gold coin minted by the Swiss National Mint between 1897 and 1936 and 1947 and 1949. It is made up of 90% gold of 900 thousandths of purity. On the obverse of the piece there is a classic bust of Vreneli with the Alps in the background. The reverse includes the coat of arms of Switzerland. There is some slight variation in the edge of the coins minted in different years.
Queen's Beasts (UK). They are a series of gold, silver and platinum coins that the Royal Mint, the British Mint, began to issue in 2016. They are dedicated to the Queen's beasts and represent the lineage of Elizabeth II, whose face appears on the obverse of these coins, leaving the reverse for the animals. Between 2016 and 2021 the Lion of England have been issued; the Griffin of Eduardo III; the Falcon of the Plantagenets; Clarence's Black Bull; the Yale or Centícora de Beaufort; Mortimer's White Lion; the Richmond White Greyhound; the Red Dragon of Wales; the Unicorn of Scotland and the White Horse of Hanover. In gold, the bullions issued are ¼ ounce and one ounce; in platinum, one ounce, and in silver, two ounces and 10 ounces.
Kangaroo (Australia). This coin is also known as the Australian Nugget. It is manufactured by the two Australian Mint, the Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint. On its obverse appears Queen Elizabeth II and on the reverse, a kangaroo. The Royal Australian Mint kangaroo gold coin has a very deep relief image with a classic design kangaroo. Unlike the kangaroo coins from the Perth Mint, the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England is shown somewhat smaller on the side of the head and surrounded by a wreath of leaves. The coins are made of pure gold of 999.9 thousandths. In 2022 it will have new versions in gold, silver and platinum. The 2022 design maintains the traditional portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England on the obverse, while the new reverse shows a jumping kangaroo and her calf.