Gold coins come in many weights and sizes. Among the most popular for investors and collectors alike, 1/4 ounce gold coins offer many benefits that larger gold coins do not. Each 0.25-ounce gold coin boasts one-quarter troy ounce of gold, typically from between 0.999 and 0.9999 fineness.
Let’s take a closer look at fractional gold coins.
Why Choose 1/4 oz Gold Coins?
Gold coins of this weight category offer a more affordable entry point to the precious metals markets. They’re easier to store due to their smaller size. However, the smaller size isn’t really a significant advantage unless you’re storing hundreds of them, as a 1/4 oz American eagle is about the size of a nickel. Because these coins cost less than 1/2 oz or 1 oz “big brothers,” the market is often more liquid, with buyers more readily available. However, the benefits don’t stop there. With 1/4 oz coins, you’re able to buy four different coins with different mints, designs, and market valuations, often for not much more than one single 1 oz coin. This is obviously of interest to collectors. The smaller size and price point of 0.25-ounce gold coins allows for a significantly more diverse portfolio insulated from the risk of a single coin becoming less valuable. Also, it introduces more aesthetic variation into your gold collection. Finally, for those purchasing gold coins as a potential barter item, a fractional coin like this represents “small change.” It’s hard to break a 1-oz gold coin into smaller denominations.
Types and Mints of 0.25-ounce Gold Coins
There are many different types of 1/4 ounce gold coins from mints all around the world. The 1/4 oz gold American eagle is one of the most popular examples. Eagles contain 99.9% pure gold and feature the iconic Lady Liberty design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the obverse side. The U.S. Mint has issued these coins since 1986.
Another favorite is the 1/4 oz Vienna Philharmonic gold coin of 99.99% gold purity, created by the Austrian Mint to honor one of the most famous orchestras in the world. Featuring orchestral musical instruments, this coin is a piece of European culture and history as much as it is an investment.
The variety of coins and mints is massive, each coin with its own unique history, design, and place in the hearts of investors. Some popular examples include:
- 1/4 ounce kangaroo gold coin by the Royal Australian Mint
- 1/4-oz gold Canadian twin maples by the Royal Canadian Mint
- South African 1/4-oz Krugerrand by the South African Mint
- 1/4-oz gold Britannia by The Royal Mint (UK)
Benefits of Buying Physical Gold
Gold is one of the oldest and most trusted forms of money on the planet. It acts as a hedge against cash inflation and allows you to diversify your portfolio (or even add to your retirement fund through a precious metals IRA).
Beyond that, the 1/4 ounce gold coins we offer are stunning collector’s items, with a diverse range of designs and features on both sides of each coin chosen carefully by the issuing mint. Many of these coins bear a wealth of historical or cultural significance. Owning physical gold coins allows you to store real, lasting value in a time-honored way that most people can only ever imagine.
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