At Provident Metals, we have a wide range of Vintage Gold Coins to choose from. While the history of modern bullion gold coinage starts with the South African Krugerrand in 1967, gold coins have been issued around the world for thousands of years prior. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of popular Vintage Gold Coins, such as various European Gold Coins, available at Provident Metals.
Among the most popular options available are British Sovereign Gold Coins. These coins debuted in 1817 during the reign of King George III. These coins were originally called English Sovereign Gold Coins and were last minted in 1603. However, the Great Recoinage of 1816 brought coins like these back.
These Sovereigns are available as a Sovereign, Half-Sovereign, and Double-Sovereign. Initially serving as circulation coins, they generally became out of circulation by World War I. The reigning monarch of Britain is always depicted on the obverse. These have included the following:
The reverse of these coins displays one of two potential designs. Benedetto Pistrucci’s design of St. George slaying the dragon whilst on horseback was introduced in 1817. This design was used until 1837, and again in the 1880s. During a portion of Queen Victoria’s lengthy reign, a version of the Royal Arms was used on the reverse.
At Provident Metals, another popular option you’ll find is gold coins from Austria. The Austrian Empire, and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was the third largest in the world at the time, and as such these gold coins are among the most diverse issued in Europe at the time.
The obverse, reverse, and denomination of these coins are all dependent on several factors. Some popular denominations are the following:
Design elements on both the obverse and reverse can differ greatly. One popular image used on the obverse of these coins was the effigy of Emperor Franz Joseph I. He first ruled as the Emperor of the Austrian Empire and later served as the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the merger with the Kingdom of Hungary, He was one of Europe’s longest-reigning monarchs.
Common reverse designs include the coat of arms for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This design was inspired by the Habsburg seal. Another popular reverse design was the face value encircled by a wreath, commonly found on Austrian Schillings.
French Francs are another option available to you at Provident Metals. The term “franc” originated in France in the mid-1300s. The franc would eventually become the official currency of France from 1795 to 1999. With such a large history, design elements are dependent on the year of issue.
These coins were issued in an array of denominations such as 5 Francs, 10 Francs, 20 Francs, and 40 Francs. Napoleon Bonaparte was the first to appear on the obverse of these modern French Francs. His nephew, Napoleon III was also featured on these coins from 1848 to 1870. Common reverse designs feature the coat of arms for France, a face value encased in a wreath, and even a rooster design that was first used in 1899.
For any inquiries about Vintage Gold Coins, don’t hesitate to contact the Provident Metals customer service team at 800-313-3315. Our team can also be contacted via email or through our online chat feature.