When you think of gold eagles, it's natural to think of the impressive one-ounce denomination that is the favorite of large-scale investors and coin dealers looking to turn heads. However, the full ounce gold eagles are only one of a suite of differently sized coins designed to fit your buying habits and your budget. There's much more under the sun:
Meet The Fractionals
Gold eagles are available in four denominations, containing one ounce, one-half ounce, one-fourth ounce, and one-tenth ounce fine weight, or weight of actual gold; the coins are actually slightly heavier due to the alloying metals included to facilitate handling.
These coins add a great deal of accessibility to the gold eagle line; they are very modestly sized bullion coins that can fit into anyone's budget. Even if you can't afford to shell out for a whole ounce of gold in one lump sum, you can amass a quantity of fractional gold eagles in time. Furthermore, since the demand for fractional gold eagles is less intense than the investor-fueled pressure on the full-ounce gold eagle, their prices are less likely to be arbitrarily pushed upward due to a coin shortage like the ones that occurred in 1999 and 2008. They will also be less likely to become sold out! When the 2010 Proof gold eagles ran out, the larger sizes were sold out much sooner than the quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce sizes. This makes them much easier to buy, and they hold their value just as well as larger gold coins.
Learn To Think Small
Spending in smaller increments is helpful for some people, although it does have an accompanying cost of added premiums, since the cost of minting smaller coins is more or less the same as that of larger coins. However, the potential for supplies of the full-ounce gold eagles being depleted, and its price being pushed upward out of sync with gold prices due to its great popularity, generally balances out this effect. An additional benefit is that the smaller gold coins are easier to ship and once they are delivered they are very simple to store.
The small gold coins, due to their high liquidity and the intrinsic value of gold, are a great way to add to your investment portfolio. The steady, intrinsic value of gold won't let you down!