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Precious Metals IRA–Approved Coins

Precious Metals IRA–Approved Coins

Why stock up on gold and silver?

In these volatile times, more and more Americans are recognizing the golden opportunities of IRA precious metals investments. Gold and silver, like other physical precious metals, is always in high demand, and, as history teaches us, they are the ideal currency hedge. Since the creation of the Federal Reserve, the value of the US dollar has decreased by 95% while the price and demand for gold and silver has soared.

This isn’t the only reason, though. Adding precious metals to your IRA is the best way to diversify your portfolio and make sure your hard-earned money will retain or increase its value. When investing in precious metals, one of the important steps to take is to educate yourself about the difference between commemorative coins and IRA-eligible coins.

Which Precious Metals IRA-approved coins should I invest in?

The American Gold and Silver Eagle coins used to be the preferred IRA-eligible coins. But, since the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the range has expanded. Today, gold coins are eligible for investment as long as they’re .995 (99.5%) pure and an accepted government legal tender, while silver coins must be .999 (99.9%) fine.

In addition to meeting this high standard of fineness, the following is important:

  • Your contributions fall within IRA limits.
  • You don’t add any gold already in your possession to your Gold IRA.

Call one of our team members today at 888-567-6689  to find out more about the guidelines for transfers, rollovers and retirement account contributions.

Popular Gold IRA Coins


Gold American Eagle

The official bullion of the US—the Gold American Eagle coins—have been struck since 1986. Their value is determined by the current gold market price (“spot price”) rather than their face value. Guaranteed by the federal government, they’re globally respected for their quality and purity. Gold American Eagle coins come in denominations of 1 ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce, and 1/10 ounce.


Gold American Eagle Proof

Proof coins are created for investors. Their numbers are kept to a minimum in order to increase their rarity and therefore their value. “Proof” refers to the minting process by which this uncirculated series is made. They’re more detailed and have a more brilliant finish than standard bullion coins, but it’s the rarity and numismatic importance of this series that make it a worthwhile investment.

Other coins approved for Gold IRAs

On request your Gold Alliance IRA expert can provide you with a full list of eligible metals.

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Gold Canadian Maple Leaf
Issued annually by the Royal Canadian Mint, this pure gold coin is a popular choice among investors.

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Gold Australian Nugget
First minted in 1986, the Gold Australian Nugget is unique in being one of the only legal tenders that changes its reverse design every year.

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Gold Vienna Philharmonic
Coming from the same mint that’s been producing currency for over 800 years, this beautiful coin was first struck in 1989 and is the world’s largest diameter one-ounce coin made from pure gold.

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Gold American Buffalo
First introduced in 2006, the design on the beautiful Gold American Buffalo is based on James Earle Fraser’s famous 1913 nickel.

Popular Silver IRA Coins


Silver American Eagle

This beautiful domestic issue has been in circulation since 1986, thanks to the Liberty Coin Act of 1985. It marks the first silver type available to IRA investors that’s minted in the US.


Proof Silver American Eagle

Silver American Eagle Proof coins are collectible versions of US bullion coins. They never go into circulation and have limited availability in a one-ounce size. They come from the US Mint at West Point, and therefore bear the “W” mark.

Other Coins Approved For Silver IRAs

Here are additional coins that you can include in your silver IRA:

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Silver Canadian Maple Leaf
Originating from the Royal Canadian Mint, this annually issued coin was first minted in 1988. The obverse and reverse display Queen Elizabeth II and the maple leaf respectively.

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Silver Britannia
These coins have been issued in silver since 1997, and are minted at the UK’s oldest mint.

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Silver Mexican Libertad
North America’s oldest mint produces this issue. It depicts the Mexican Coat of Arms on the reverse and the winged Victory on the obverse.

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Silver Australian Kookaburra
This coin has been produced at the Perth Mint since 1990, the image on the reverse side changes every year, but the obverse side always features a Kookaburra—one of the country’s native birds.

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Silver Arctic Fox
This Canadian issue features one of the country’s great symbols – the arctic fox – on the reverse, and another – Queen Elizabeth II – on the obverse.

Coins not approved for Precious Metals IRA

Austrian corona
• Belgian franc
• Chilean peso
• Colombian peso
• Dutch guilder
• French franc
• Hungarian korona
• Italian lira
• Mexican peso
• Rare or collectible coins
• Swiss franc

Starting your Precious Metals IRA is easy

Contact us at 1-888-572-2914 to get started with your Precious Metals IRA account.