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2013’s 10 Most Popular Physical Gold & Silver Investments

2013 saw a major shuffle in the popularity of certain gold and silver investments. Some gold-based investment vehicles, like exchange-traded funds, saw massive sell-offs throughout this year that could threaten the very existence of those investments in the future. As far as future viability and longevity goes, nothing beats physical gold and silver. Below we’ve listed 10 coins and bars that investors have asked gold dealers for in 2013.

We don’t necessarily endorse all of these investments; successful gold investors do their own research. If you’re interested in these or any other physically-held gold or silver investments request your free investor’s guides below or call us directly at 800-394-3337 for answers to your gold and silver investing questions as well as a free precious metal investing starter kit.

10. American gold Buffalo coins – Buffalo gold coins are 24-karat and considering they are produced by the U.S. Mint the premiums are very reasonable. Buffaloes would be more popular if the IRS allowed the Proofs to be used in retirement accounts. The American Buffalo gold bullion coin’s biggest competitor is the Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin.

9. Swiss 20 Franc gold coins – Swiss Franc gold coins weigh a fraction of an ounce and are not pure gold, making their true worth difficult to understand. Some unscrupulous gold dealers sell these coins with a 35%-60% markup by claiming the coins’ age and “numismatic value” make them immune to government gold confiscation. Despite the obvious flaws in the promoters of these coins’ logic thousands of Americans end up buying Swiss Francs each year, sometimes losing more than half of their savings as soon as they sign on the dotted line.

8. MS62 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins – MS62 Saints have waned in popularity during the last couple of years but are still regarded as one of the most reliable rare gold coin investments. PCGS and NGC have certified thousands of investment-grade MS62 St. Gaudens coins over the years, and they have always traded at a premium above bullion. Analysts believe that if a gold bullion confiscation were to take place the MS62 Saints could see a boost of 5%-10% overnight, and they are currently projected to gain 8% in the next 12 months.

7. 1-ounce generic silver rounds – Individuals looking for a cheap way to buy silver for a quick profit-seeking venture need to look no further than generic silver rounds. You can buy them for less than $1 over spot per ounce, they are pure silver and they are well-known in the industry. You lose some potential profitability by going with a generic bullion item but if you are solely interested in profits then generic 1-ounce silver rounds might be the investment for you.

6. Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins – If you’re looking for a gold bullion coin for your IRA or physical delivery it is hard to not consider the Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin. The Royal Canadian Mint produces these coins in 99.99% purity and in a special “5 nines” 99.999% purity. You can buy 1-ounce versions of these coins for 3%-4% over the gold spot price, and buying 10 or more from GoldSilver.org will also get you free USPS Next-Day home delivery.

5. American gold Eagle Proof coins – Gold has dealt with some bad publicity in 2013 due to off-exchange scams, derivatives sell-offs and substantial price crashes, but IRA holders still trust American Eagle Proof gold coins to protect their nest eggs. Proof gold Eagles are the only collectible gold coin that you can buy with IRA money, and many analysts believe that the exclusivity and high price is a hint that a gold bullion and/or IRA confiscation could be in the works. Gold Eagle proof coins haven’t had the best year in terms of financial performance but demand is sky-high as U.S. retirement accounts have dropped by 20% in the last 6 years and individuals saving for retirement are looking for new ways to save for the future.

4. 1-ounce gold bullion bars – It’s hard to compete with 99.9% purity and 2% over spot. That’s what you get with pure gold bullion bars, and that’s why they are one of the top 5 most popular physical gold investments year-after-year. Price volatility puts long-term investors in a “three steps forward, two steps back” situation and bullion provides no protection from a 1933-esque confiscation of gold but for short-term profit-seekers you can’t go wrong with Credit-Suisse pure gold bullion bars.

3. Silver American Eagle Proof coins – Silver Eagle Proof coins wielded a double-edged sword of benefits in 2013: being IRA-eligible and being composed of pure silver. Many experts have called for the gold/silver ratio to shrink from 50:1 in 2013 to 20:1 next year, meaning silver could be in for a massive price increase. Additionally, IRA owners nervous about our greedy government’s intentions take solace in the fact that silver Proof Eagles are the only collectible silver coin permitted for retirement account storage.

2. MS63 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins – The MS63 Saint Gaudens coin used to be closer in price to the MS64, but now it trades $10-$20 above the MS62 Saint. Savvy bargain-hunters have taken note of this and bought heavily into the MS63 Saint Gaudens gold coin market. This coin’s numismatic value could go through the roof in 2014 if demand keeps up.

1. VG+ Peace silver dollars – The sheer volume of Peace silver dollars traded in 2013 is astounding. If someone’s initial investment is $5,000 then based on today’s prices they could buy over 200 VG+ Peace dollars. Yes, silver Eagles come in monster boxes of 500 but they are brand new and minted constantly. Peace dollars haven’t been minted since 1935 yet their financial track record keeps them at or near the top of the list of the most popular gold and silver investments each and every year.

Will the aforementioned investments be the belles of the ball in 2014, too? Only time will tell, but you can check out the GoldSilver.org blog for our list of the gold and silver investments that have the biggest breakout potential in 2014. If you think we’re forgetting about a certain gold or silver investment write to us or call us at 800-394-3337 and we might let you write a guest blog to be seen by all the gold and silver investing world.

2013 saw a major shuffle in the popularity of certain gold and silver investments. Some gold-based investment vehicles, like exchange-traded funds, saw massive sell-offs throughout this year that could threaten the very existence of those investments in the future. As far as future viability and longevity goes, nothing beats physical gold and silver. Below we’ve listed 10 coins and bars that investors have asked gold dealers for in 2013.

We don’t necessarily endorse all of these investments; successful gold investors do their own research. If you’re interested in these or any other physically-held gold or silver investments request your free investor’s guides below or call us directly at 800-394-3337 for answers to your gold and silver investing questions as well as a free precious metal investing starter kit.

10. American gold Buffalo coins – Buffalo gold coins are 24-karat and considering they are produced by the U.S. Mint the premiums are very reasonable. Buffaloes would be more popular if the IRS allowed the Proofs to be used in retirement accounts. The American Buffalo gold bullion coin’s biggest competitor is the Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin.

9. Swiss 20 Franc gold coins – Swiss Franc gold coins weigh a fraction of an ounce and are not pure gold, making their true worth difficult to understand. Some unscrupulous gold dealers sell these coins with a 35%-60% markup by claiming the coins’ age and “numismatic value” make them immune to government gold confiscation. Despite the obvious flaws in the promoters of these coins’ logic thousands of Americans end up buying Swiss Francs each year, sometimes losing more than half of their savings as soon as they sign on the dotted line.

8. MS62 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins – MS62 Saints have waned in popularity during the last couple of years but are still regarded as one of the most reliable rare gold coin investments. PCGS and NGC have certified thousands of investment-grade MS62 St. Gaudens coins over the years, and they have always traded at a premium above bullion. Analysts believe that if a gold bullion confiscation were to take place the MS62 Saints could see a boost of 5%-10% overnight, and they are currently projected to gain 8% in the next 12 months.

7. 1-ounce generic silver rounds – Individuals looking for a cheap way to buy silver for a quick profit-seeking venture need to look no further than generic silver rounds. You can buy them for less than $1 over spot per ounce, they are pure silver and they are well-known in the industry. You lose some potential profitability by going with a generic bullion item but if you are solely interested in profits then generic 1-ounce silver rounds might be the investment for you.

6. Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins – If you’re looking for a gold bullion coin for your IRA or physical delivery it is hard to not consider the Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin. The Royal Canadian Mint produces these coins in 99.99% purity and in a special “5 nines” 99.999% purity. You can buy 1-ounce versions of these coins for 3%-4% over the gold spot price, and buying 10 or more from GoldSilver.org will also get you free USPS Next-Day home delivery.

5. American gold Eagle Proof coins – Gold has dealt with some bad publicity in 2013 due to off-exchange scams, derivatives sell-offs and substantial price crashes, but IRA holders still trust American Eagle Proof gold coins to protect their nest eggs. Proof gold Eagles are the only collectible gold coin that you can buy with IRA money, and many analysts believe that the exclusivity and high price is a hint that a gold bullion and/or IRA confiscation could be in the works. Gold Eagle proof coins haven’t had the best year in terms of financial performance but demand is sky-high as U.S. retirement accounts have dropped by 20% in the last 6 years and individuals saving for retirement are looking for new ways to save for the future.

4. 1-ounce gold bullion bars – It’s hard to compete with 99.9% purity and 2% over spot. That’s what you get with pure gold bullion bars, and that’s why they are one of the top 5 most popular physical gold investments year-after-year. Price volatility puts long-term investors in a “three steps forward, two steps back” situation and bullion provides no protection from a 1933-esque confiscation of gold but for short-term profit-seekers you can’t go wrong with Credit-Suisse pure gold bullion bars.

3. Silver American Eagle Proof coins – Silver Eagle Proof coins wielded a double-edged sword of benefits in 2013: being IRA-eligible and being composed of pure silver. Many experts have called for the gold/silver ratio to shrink from 50:1 in 2013 to 20:1 next year, meaning silver could be in for a massive price increase. Additionally, IRA owners nervous about our greedy government’s intentions take solace in the fact that silver Proof Eagles are the only collectible silver coin permitted for retirement account storage.

2. MS63 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins – The MS63 Saint Gaudens coin used to be closer in price to the MS64, but now it trades $10-$20 above the MS62 Saint. Savvy bargain-hunters have taken note of this and bought heavily into the MS63 Saint Gaudens gold coin market. This coin’s numismatic value could go through the roof in 2014 if demand keeps up.

1. VG+ Peace silver dollars – The sheer volume of Peace silver dollars traded in 2013 is astounding. If someone’s initial investment is $5,000 then based on today’s prices they could buy over 200 VG+ Peace dollars. Yes, silver Eagles come in monster boxes of 500 but they are brand new and minted constantly. Peace dollars haven’t been minted since 1935 yet their financial track record keeps them at or near the top of the list of the most popular gold and silver investments each and every year.

Will the aforementioned investments be the belles of the ball in 2014, too? Only time will tell, but you can check out the GoldSilver.org blog for our list of the gold and silver investments that have the biggest breakout potential in 2014. If you think we’re forgetting about a certain gold or silver investment write to us or call us at 800-394-3337 and we might let you write a guest blog to be seen by all the gold and silver investing world.

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