At Scottsdale Bullion and Coin, we want to make sure our clients understand that precious metals are a key element in building a balanced investment portfolio. Precious metals investments are significantly more insulated from the volatility of traditional investment vehicles, and provide a steadying influence on any existing portfolio.

NOTE: Investment coins should not be confused with collector coins; the value of an investment coin is based on scarcity, certified condition and market demand.

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There are four factors to consider when making your precious metals investment selections:

  1. The origin: Which government entity minted the coin
  2. The issuer: Who is selling the coin
  3. The divisibility: Coins are more easily liquidated in increments smaller than 1 oz.
  4. The potential for confiscation: Gold bullion coins and bars can be confiscated by the government (an exception: those coins that have a “recognized special value to collectors”)

Choosing Your Coins


Hold for 1 to 3 years
Allocate 30-40 percent of your portfolio to bullion and investment-grade gold
Example: Liberty Twenty Dollar Eagles


Hold for 2 to 5 years
Allocate 15-20 percent of your portfolio in mint state gold
Example: Indian and Liberty coins


Hold for a 5-year minimum
Allocate 30-40 percent of portfolio in rare coins
Example: better Date and Key Date rarities