Gold Fractional Coins
Coins and bars of one ounce or greater offer the lowest premium at purchase, but they are less liquid than smaller coins. Fractionals allow investors to buy and sell in smaller transactions – and they’re well-suited for barter. In a situation where gold returns to being circulating currency, these coins are going to be the most useful.
Gold Fractional Coins
Many investors start to buy gold by the ounce. But Gold American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf coins are also produced in sizes less than one full ounce. These are called "fractionals." They come in sizes of 1/2-ounce, 1/4-ounce, and 1/10th of an ounce. Their appearance is exactly the same as the full 1-ounce size. Many people like fractionals since their value is significantly less than the 1-ounce coin and could be useful in barter transactions. Fractional gold coins also allow for greater flexibility in managing your portfolio, because you do not have to sell full ounces at a time.
- Choose from 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 ounces
- Same purity as their larger cousins
- More liquid in trade and barter than 1 oz coins
- Allows for more portfolio flexibility
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Mike Finger, Director of Marketing at SchiffGold, presents fractional gold coins.
As the declining dollar drives new investors to the safety of precious metals, the first stop is almost always one ounce coins.
However, many of our customers soon diversify into gold coins smaller than one ounce, known as “fractional” coins. Fractional coins give you greater flexibility in managing your portfolio, because you don’t have to buy or sell full ounces of gold all at once.
We carry fractionals from three of the most highly respected national mints in the world.
Each of them shares the design of their full, 1-ounce counterparts.
The Royal Canadian Mint produces fractional gold Maple Leafs in one-tenth, one-quarter, and one-half ounce versions. Like their 1-ounce cousin, these coins are 24 karat gold, preferred for international shipping and long-term storage. We also offer 24 karat fractional coins from the Australian Perth Mint.
For a more durable product, American Gold Eagle coins produced by the United States Mint are made from 22-karat gold alloyed with copper and silver. Fractional gold Eagles are also available in one-tenth, one-quarter, and one-half ounce denominations.
All of these offerings meet SchiffGold’s standards of quality and liquidity. Speak to one of our precious metals specialists to determine which is best for your needs.
SchiffGold Product Policies
Type of Product
We recommend that serious investors in gold and silver choose only bullion coins and bars. Within that category, buyers are wise to stick with industry standard, nationally-minted coins: American Eagles and Buffalos, Canadian Maple Leafs, Australian Kangaroos, and South African Krugerrands.
Many of our competitors push exotic or commemorative coins, which are sold to unsuspecting investors for 25-30% commissions over the price of the metal they contain. In general, these products are terrible investments and should not be considered if you are looking to protect your savings from inflation.
In gold, we recommend buying these types of products: 1-ounce and fractional gold coins, 1-ounce bars, 10-ounce bars, and 1-kilo bars.
In silver, we recommend buying these types of products: 1-ounce coins, 1-ounce and fractional rounds, 10-ounce bars, and 100-ounce bars. We also recommend junk silver – US quarters, dimes, and half dollars that were minted prior to 1964 and are 90% silver by weight.
While we do not recommend or sell rare or collectible coins, we have access to any and all gold and silver products that might interest you. If you are looking for products not listed on our website, we can usually offer them at prices far below what our competitors would charge. Call us for more information: (888) 465-3160.
Our prices are among the lowest in the business. Owing to the size of our business, we are able to purchase at the steepest discounts and pass the savings along to our customers. We will work hard to earn your business.
In addition to excellent pricing, we provide diligent and attentive customer service. Our clients enjoy exclusive access to Peter Schiff’s insights and recommendations. We custom-build an experience that is suited to your needs. This is what sets us apart from the competition.
We do business the old-fashioned way: providing individual service with a real person. We do not offer online purchases. Many online companies rely on deceptive pricing, hidden costs, or worse. Our prices are transparent and total. Call us at (888) 465-3160 to learn more about how we can help you convert your paper assets into precious metals.
Honesty and fair dealing are the hallmarks of SchiffGold and Peter Schiff. We look forward to earning your business.
Why We Don't Sell Numismatic Coins
We have nothing against collecting numismatic coins for aesthetic or hobby reasons. However, we argue that for two critical reasons numismatic coins are generally poor investments.
First is the mark-ups or commissions. It is not uncommon to see mark-ups of 20% to 35% on numismatic coins. That means that the price of gold has to appreciate by 35% before you break even on a sale.
Would you buy a stock if your broker charged you a commission of 35%? We have our roots in the securities industry, where commissions are far lower, which is part of why we do not sell numismatic coins.
In addition, selling little-known, unusual, or exotic coins may be difficult, or you may have to sell below the market value of the metal. Unless the dealer has an immediate need for the coin you purchased, he may be reluctant to repurchase it from you. In contrast, bullion coins are a fungible commodity for which there is always a ready, liquid, and transparent global market.
Reliability & Integrity
The precious metals field is completely unregulated. Dealers of dubious reputation are not uncommon, as are investing schemes that sound good, but are often rigged to bilk unsuspecting buyers.
In times of economic uncertainty, shady operators take advantage of the urgent and emotional demand for precious metals by jumping into the marketplace. In such an environment it is incumbent on the consumer to only do business with trustworthy companies.
Peter Schiff is Chairman and Principal Owner of SchiffGold. Over the years, Peter has developed a sterling reputation as a no-nonsense straight shooter who zealously guards his public image.
Time and again, Peter has shown his integrity by telling the truth, often at the expense of popularity and potential business. His specific goal with SchiffGold is to bring honesty, integrity, and fair pricing to the business.
Liquidity is an important factor when buying gold and silver. There will come a time when you want to sell your metals. Since we only work with recognizable, highly liquid bullion products, you can sleep easy knowing that the metals you purchased can be easily sold.
Liquidity presupposes a fast and efficient market, which may not exist for so many of the numismatic and exotic coins that are offered by our competitors. Often, the only buyer for your collectible coins may be the dealer from whom you bought them. This is not an ideal situation.
SchiffGold stands ready to help you buy or sell your precious metals. We stand behind everything we sell and are happy to buy back any gold or silver product that you’ve purchased – whether you bought it from us or not.