Produced for more than 50 years (1850-1907), the $20 Liberty gold coin is one that had an extremely high face value for its day. At the time, the coin’s face value more closely coincided with the spot price of gold, but now the inherent value of these gold coins is far greater than ever before.
Each $20 Liberty has almost one ounce of gold (.9675) giving it a understandable valuation when compared to modern gold bullion. Nowadays, serious collectors and investors from all over the world do what it takes to own these 150+ year old gold coins when premiums are low and good opportunities arise.
Before you make a purchase, it is important that you do some comparison shopping because the price you pay and quality for coins from one dealer may differ greatly from the price being asked by another. Comparison shopping may take some time, but in the case of these coins it can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
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Rare Twelve Caesar: Julius Caesar Gold Aureus “Winged Victory” NGC
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, died 44 BC.
Gold Aureus, 8.02g., 21 mm, struck by L. Munatius Plancus, Praefectus Urbis (Urban Prefect), ca. 45 BC.
Obv. C CAES DIC TER, draped and winged youthful bust of Victoria (Victory) right.
Rev. L PLANC PRAEF VRB, sacrificial jug.
NGC graded XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, this rare artistic style was minted 6 months before he was murdered.
This coin was minted in Rome just prior to the murder and death of Julius Caesar on March 15th of 44 BC. Produced especially for Caesar’s Spanish Triumph in October of 45. The Winged Victory on the obverse in some way showing his prowess and military success- letting his enemies know that he was the greatest military commander of his day. The sacrificial jug on the reverse representing his dedication to the gods and republic.
L. Munatius Plancus (Master moneyer) aurei were circulated after Caesar’s triumph in October 45 BC. in commemoration of the final defeat over the Pompeians at Munda in 44 BC. This triumph raised eyebrows in that it was the first time a triumph was celebrated for a victory over fellow Romans. This event along with other actions of Caesar probably lead to his assassination several months later by his Senators.
California Fractional Gold The origins of the fractional gold coins from California came about in 1848 with the discovery of gold in California. Once this discovery became known the rush was on to California to strike it rich. It is estimated that over 300,000 people traveled to California to begin their careers as gold miners. Some were successful and many were not. With this sudden influx of people there was a boom in demand for the necessities of life, such as, a place to eat, sleep, and have some fun.
Early in the gold boom, a pinch of gold was used to purchase a beer at the local saloon; this method of payment didn’t work all that well. Until modern times, the US had been plagued with a chronic lack of coinage to take care of day to day transactions in the community. The California of the 1840’s and 1850’s was no exception.
Out of this shortage of small currency, the California Fractional gold coins were born, but little is known on how much they impacted the economic community. They are one of the most overlooked numismatic collectables on the market today. Primed to move, only to be slowed down by a small supply. Most savvy collectors put together “short sets” that include- one- 25c denomination, one- 50c denomination, and one- $1 Dollar denomination. California Fractional gold or Cal gold coins were minted by private individuals, primarily by the Jewelers in San Francisco to meet the commercial needs, and they were legal up until 1864. As time progressed from the early days of the 1850’s up until the early 1900’s the purpose and style of the coins changed. Denominations included 25c, 50c, and $1 Dollar.
Most if the fractional coins were made by the hammer method. This was a process of striking where the bottom die was placed on a block, a coin blank was laid upon it, and the top die was then struck by a sledgehammer. Strikes of varying intensity would produce coins that were well or weakly struck.
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Electrum coin from 610-550 BC Lydia “Walwet” NGC AU 5×5
Coinage, as we know it, originated in western Asia Minor around the middle of the seventh century.
The first coins were almost certainly minted in the Lydian capital Sardis in western Asia Minor. Coinage was quickly adopted and struck in neighbouring areas, the Lydians who seem to have nurtured a particular disposition for commerce and, according to Herodotus, were the first people to engage in retail trade. Under King Alyattes, Lydia prospered and became the most powerful state in the region. An important feature of these first coins is that they were all made of electrum, an alloy of gold, silver, and a few other trace amounts of metal.
The Lion Head Electrum coins from Lydia with the inscription “Walwet” are among the first made. Struck from obverse dies that had far too much detail to fit on this size coin, probably intended for a larger Stater. Most coins are found with varying degrees of inscription in front of the lions head. According to many scholars, “Walwet” was written in the Lydian alphabet, but when translated into Greek- it spelled Alyattes, the great King of Lydia. These Electrum coins were understood to be the royal coinage of the Lydian monarchy and backed by their royal treasury. Forever changing how business would be done. This coin is now sold.
Caligula the 4th of the Twelve Caesars was a cruel emperor who was feared and hated by most Romans at the end of his short reign – only three years and 10 months. He reportedly took special delight in having people tortured to death slowly in his presence. He lived in a lavish but increasingly bizarre lifestyle that emptied the Roman treasury. He had wealthy Romans executed in order to seize their assets. This created many enemies. He would be murdered by one of his bodyguards, a Praetorian officer as he was leaving from a theatrical performance.
Caligula’s laurel-crowned portrait appears on the obverse of his gold aurei and silver denarii surrounded by his titles.
Agrippina the Elder, mother of Caligula, was honored on the reverse.
Gold and silver issues of Caligula are scarce, and in high demand from collectors, especially those determined to complete a set of the “Twelve Caesars” – all the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Domitian.
We are excited to showcase the new SS Central America gold coins that have been salvaged from the second recovery. Only a few coin dealers had the opportunity to pre-launch the second recovery campaign; Capstone Coins is one of those companies. We have sold close to a quarter-million dollars of these beautiful SSCA shipwreck coins and have several more to sell. When you chose SS Central America coins from Capstone Coins you have complete confidence with your purchase as we are A+ rated with the BBB and are a proud member of the PNG (Professional Numismatists Guild). Take a look at the many 1856 and 1857 S.S. Central America coins in all grades. They all come with a pinch of gold dust, a certificate of authenticity and exquisite packaging from the second recovery. If you would like to learn more about these SSCA coins you can reach us at 512-692-0744.
The Ionia Mint Electrum Stater is considered to be the first actual coin with a picture ever struck in human history. Capstone Acquisitions had the extraordinary privilege of acquiring this coin in Fall of 2016. Referred to as the “Striated” Stater because it represented “ripples” of water from a nearby river where the electrum was harvested. It is estimated that only twelve exist in the world today. We were able to help place it into a collection to complete a set of Ionian Striated Staters, a feat that is estimated to have been done only three times.
Minted nearly three thousand years ago in modern-day Turkey, the coin is made from electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver that was found in streams and riverbeds. The striated lines on the front of the coin are believed to represent flowing water which is where electrum was found.
The coin was assigned the grade of About Uncirculated condition with a star for outstanding eye appeal.
We LOVE great information about coins and we LOVE to share it when we can. This is a superb article by David Vagi, Director of Ancients of NGC, and gives some great insight into the ancient coin world and why you should collect.
Please read his article that he posted on the NGC website.
February 11, 2016
The letter, posted on the internet, warns that China has a problem- much bigger than the subprime crisis in 2008.
Kyle Bass was one of the hedge fund managers who correctly predicted and profited from the mortgage crisis in 2008.
The problem in China, according to Bass, is the banking system and its coming losses.
“We have been vigorously studying China over the last year, with the view that the rapid credit expansion in the Chinese banking system will result in significant credit losses that will require the recapitalization of Chinese banks and materially pressure the Chinese currency,” Bass wrote in a letter to investors dated February 10.
“This outcome will have many near-term and long-term effects on countries and markets around the world. In other words, what happens in China will not stay in China.”
In the investor letter, titled “The $34 Trillion Experiment: China’s Banking System and the World’s Largest Macro Imbalance,” Bass says China’s banking system has similarities to the US banking system before the most recent financial crisis — excessive leverage, regulatory arbitrage, and irresponsible risk-taking.
Bass said he had met with Wall Street firms, consultants, and China experts and they all had the view that China would get through the recent turbulence without an economic reset.
That’s not how Bass sees it. He wrote:
What we have come to realize through these discussions is that many have come to their conclusion without fully appreciating the size of the Chinese banking system and the composition of assets at individual banks. More importantly, banking system losses — which could exceed 400% of the US banking losses incurred during the subprime crisis — are starting to accelerate.
Put simply: China has an enormous debt problem and the rapidly decelerating economy means that the country’s banks will only be able to paper over the soaring NPLs for so long. If Beijing wants to eliminate the acute overcapacity problem that’s contributed mightily to the global deflationary supply glut, it will mean allowing the market to purge misallocated capital. And that means bankruptcies and a wave of defaults. “The unwavering faith that the Chinese will somehow be able to successfully avoid anything more severe than a moderate economic slowdown by continuing to rely on the perpetual expansion of credit reminds us of the belief in 2006 that US home prices would never decline,” Bass begins.
Bass is among a handful of hedge fund managers betting against China’s currency, the yuan. Much of Hayman Capital’s fund right now is devoted to the yuan short.
America’s first silver dollar was actually Spanish…….
In early colonial times and even before the American Revolution, there was a chronic shortage of circulating coinage in the colonies. England forbade the early colonists to mint their own coins, forcing the settlers to barter or use foreign money to conduct business. It was commonplace during this time to use French, Dutch, German, English and Spanish currencies to conduct business.
From 1600 to 1792, the Spanish Milled Dollar or Pillar Dollar, became the most utilized money of the era and set the standard for future US coins. It is dubbed “America’s First Silver Dollar.” Minted in the silver-rich Spanish colonies of Mexico and Peru, these large, one ounce silver coins had a patterned edge to prevent dishonest merchants from “shaving” the edges. “Milled” refers to the fact that the coin blanks, or planchets, were made on a milling machine and were of consistent weight and size, perfect for the new economy. Merchants would either take the whole coin as tender or cut the coin into halves, quarters or eighths to “make change.”
It is believed the origins of the “$” symbol came from the column and stripes on the obverse of the coins. The obverse portrays the Pillars of Hercules surrounding crowned, conjoined globes and ocean waves below, hence the name “Pillar Dollar” and was valued at 8 reales or “Piece of eight.”
Thomas Jefferson even recommended to the Continental Congress on September 2, 1776 that the new country adopt the Spanish Pillar as a monetary unit of value. Years later in 1792, the coinage act created the
United States Mint. Ironically, our first U.S. dollars were not as popular as the Spanish dollars, which were heavier and made of finer silver. The Spanish Dollar was THE standard coinage in America and it remained legal tender in the United States until the Coinage Act of 1857.
Information gathered in part by:
The Official Red Book. A Guide Book of United States Coins 2015.
Athenian Owl silver tetradrachm is considered to be one of the most recognizable coins in history because they were the first widely used coins in international trade. For this reason, the classical Owl silver tetradrachm was trusted from kingdom to kingdom and were used by noted individuals such as Pythagoras, Democritus, Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes.
The first generation style tetradrachm is famous for its portrayal of Athena, with her almond shaped eye, archaic smile as well as for the charming owl reverse produced around 6th century. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena’s helmet. On the reverse a crescent moon was added. During the period 449 – 413 B.C. enormous quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance expansive wonders and building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.
Early in the fifth century BC Athens became the foremost naval power in the Greek world. This was partly due to the discovery of silver in her territory. According to the historian Herodotus (ca. 484-425 BC), there was a debate about what to do with the newfound wealth: ‘…Build? Expand? Party like the Romans? The revenues from the mines at Laurium had brought huge sums of money into the Athenians’ treasury. The hero Themistocles persuaded them not to distribute it, but rather to use the money to build two hundred war-ships.’ (Herodotus, Book 7, Chapter 144) Themistocles advice turned out to be spot on–It was largely due to the Athenian fleet that the Greeks won their war at this time against the Xerxes and the Persian Empire, they secured the mainland of classical Greece from Persian invasion
In ancient times, the story goes, Athens had no patron, but both Poseidon and Athena wished to take the city under their protection. To settle matters, Zeus proposed a contest – whichever of the two could give the most precious gift to the city would be allowed to be its patron. On the day appointed by Zeus, Poseidon and Athena met on the plain outside the city. Poseidon presented his gift first – he struck his trident into the ground, and from the trench it made a well of water sprang up. The water, unfortunately, was salt, and not much good for drinking or irrigating.
When it was Athena’s turn, she knelt and dug a small hole in which she planted an olive branch. The branch began to grow, and within moments, it was a towering tree bearing rip fruit. Her gift was judged far more useful, and indeed it was. Though the olive is widely seen now as a symbol of peace, at the time it meant survival. The olive tree provided food, oil, shelter and fuel for fires. Thus, Athena became the patron goddess of Athens and took the city under her protection.
On the Athens Owl, she is most often depicted wearing a warrior’s helmet. In the earliest version of the coin, her face has few distinguishable features, and the helmet is more suggested than drawn. As time went on, her visage became far more detailed, and the helmet drawn in all its glory. One mark of the latest period of Ancient Grecian coins is the shape and orientation of Athena’s eyes – open corners, giving the face a more lifelike appearance.
The ancient slang names for the coins of Athens were “owls” and “ladies” (in Greek). “Owls” were so popular as a “work-horse” currency of the ancient world that the design remained essentially unchanged and somewhat archaic long after other cities began to produce coins of a more refined artistic style. The Athenian Owl is still very popular many people consider the Athenian owl to be “the” ancient coin–the most important, the most beautiful, the most historic, the one you need to own.
What made the Athenian silver tetradrachm popular and long lasted status as trusted money? The people on the street, that’s who. They hustled from town to town, selling goods in the Greek world. They knew that they could trust the Athenian silver tetradrachm as payment because it contained full weight of the best silver. Athens was the strongest economic force in the Greek world. Their mines provided the Athenians with an abundance of fine silver for coin production.
The Owl tetradrachm belongs to a large group of issues of the 480s-440’sBC, the period of the construction of the Athenian fleet. The two designs on the Athenian coins both allude to the patronage of the city by the goddess Athena. On the front of the coin is the head of the goddess herself, and on the reverse is her bird, the owl. These design remained unchanged on Athenian coinage for over three hundred years. Athens carefully regulated the manufacture of its silver tetradrachm. In fact, the penalty for counterfeiting the Athens Owl was death, but that didn’t stop counterfeiters from trying.
The coin’s reverse is equally intriguing, portraying Athena’s symbol, the owl, now an international symbol of wisdom. The letters ‘AOE’–or more precisely, “Alpha Theta Epsilon” or “Athe”–form an abbreviation of “Athens”.
Stories have been said that President Theodore Roosevelt loved the Athenian Owl and kept one in his pocket for inspiration. His love of the Owl coin was primarily responsible for the Golden Age of American coins during the early part of 20th century. Working with the talented Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the most renowned American sculptor at the time. They ushered in the $20 Saint-Gaudens double eagle gold piece. Many American and Europeans consider the coin, which features classical Greek design elements, to be the most attractive ever minted in the U.S.
A little history for the day.