How can I buy fractional weight gold and silver coins?

Gold and silver coins are not only available in the standard one-ounce weight; many mints now produce fractional weight gold coins that are otherwise identical to their one-ounce counterparts. Some of the countries that manufacture fractional gold coins include:

  1. Austria
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. England
  5. France
  6. South Africa
  7. United States


The majority of fractional weight gold coins are either 1/2 oz gold coins, 1/4 oz gold coins or 1/10 oz gold coins, although Canada produces a 1/20 oz gold coin in the Maple Leaf series and French Roosters weigh slightly less than 1/5 oz each. Many investors prefer fractional weight gold bullion coins to one-ounce pieces, believing that smaller coins would be more suitable if the United States dropped the Dollar and reverted to a gold barter system. This is an unlikely scenario because the last time our Dollar faced collapse it was revived by a gold bullion confiscation that included fractional weight gold bullion coins. The percentage over spot is usually higher for fractional coins than for larger pieces and gold dealers often warn their clients that it could be harder to profit with fractional coins. However, the number of Americans that own gold coins weighing less than one ounce has increased steadily since 1986.

No major mints manufacture fractional weight silver coins. Most modern-day silver bullion coins contain one troy ounce of silver, but some private companies produce silver coins that weigh from 5-20 grams. Pre-1935 silver dollars like the Peace and Morgan coins weigh less than one ounce and are comprised of 10 percent copper and 90 percent silver.

Individuals who would like to purchase fractional weight gold coins are encouraged to contact one of our non-commissioned gold and silver experts for live quotes and discounted pricing for orders over $5000. Individuals who are interested in trading less than $5000 can contact us, too; we provide free company recommendations and Better Business Bureau background checks free-of-charge. Call us today at 1-800-394-3337 or send us an email via the link the in the top right corner of the page.

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