Rare American gold coins can be worth quite a bit of money. Collecting American gold coins that go back as far as the 19th century, when in mint condition, can be as high as hundreds of thousand dollars, or millions even. The older the coils are, the more rare and value its worth. American gold coins were thought as valuable currency, since gold at one time was worth quite a bit. Today gold coins can be used as bullion coins, which is used as an investment. Rare American gold coins can go as far back as the Boston tea party. The most rare gold coin sale to date, sold for a record sale $7,590,020 in 2002. So there's definitely some money in collecting rare American coins.
There's been the gold dollar($1.00), quarter eagle($2.50), three dollar piece($3.00), stella($4.00), half eagle ($5.00), eagle ($10.00), double eagle ($20.00), and half union ($50.00) used as American gold coins for currency throughout the history of the United States. In 1986, the first golden bullion coin was released, known as the American Gold Eagle.
Rare American gold coins sometimes can be found online, at places like ebay, or Amazon, or other American gold collector sites. Some rare American gold coins can't be found anywhere. Finding the worth of rare American gold coins are valued by the the date of of the coin, how many of the coins exist, and the condition of the coin from when it was minted. So let's take a look at 5 rare American gold coins.
Three Dollar Gold - This American gold coin was worth three dollars between 1854-1889. These are very rare American gold coins, that can be worth millions of dollars in mint condition, for specific dates. Currently the 1870-s is the most valuable, and is a very rare American coin. There were only two of the 1870-s minted. The 1870-s is worth 4 million dollars. The three dollar gold was designed by James B. Longacre. The coin contains the headdress of an Indian princess, with the crown that reads liberty. On the back is a wreath of tobacco, wheat, corn, and cotton with the date in the middle, and 3 dollars inscribed on top.
1834 Half Eagle - The half eagle was used for currency between 1795 to 1925. It's value was worth 5 dollars. The 1834 version was known as the "classic head design" and was design by William Kneass. This is a rare golden American coin, since there was a reduction in gold use during 1834. The 1834 half eagle metallic gold contain .8992 percent gold. The obverse has a descriptor of the liberty facing to the left side, with a head band that reads liberty. There are 13 stars surrounding the liberty, with an eagle of the reverse of the coin.
1907 Saint-gaudens Double Eagle Ultra-High Relief - The double eagle gold coins were some of the most popular gold coins. This was the very first addition of the Saint-Gaudens, which would keeps its head design between 1907-1933. The double eagle was worth $20 dollars. Only 12,367 of these coins were struck in 1907. These coins are quite rare, and very popular coins that can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Theodore Roosevelt wanted to change the ever so popular coinage design. Design by August St. Gaudens, one of his most popular coinage designs, and was published as one of the 100 greatest U.S. coins by Jeff Garrett and Ro Guth.
1933 Double Eagle - This was the last year where the double eagle golden coins were struck. Theodore Roosevelt made it illegal to own double eagle coins in 1933. Illegal 1933 double eagle coins are still worth quite a bit of money, because of its rarity, but they are illegal, since these coins were stolen from the government back in 1933. Only one 1933 double coin was made legal, and was auction off for a record $7,590,020 dollars. These are the rarest gold American coins.
1879-1880 Coiled Hair 4 dollar Stella - Two versions of this golden coin was minted, the coiled hair and the flowing hair. Both are rare American golden coins. There were reportedly only 425 flowing hair stella coins minted in 1879. This was the more common and popular of the two. The coin was design in efforts for joining the Latin Monetary Union. The coin's purpose was to make it easy for European immigrants to use. The flowing hair coins were minted specifically for congressmen, and was rejected for use of the Latin Monetary Union. So the coins became used as jewelry for congressmen's wives. Only 15 of the 1879 and 15 of the 1880 coiled hair 4 dollar stella were minted. George Morgan created an alternate version of a coiled hair portrait.