Early Commemorative Gold Coins - Investing & Collecting
Early commemorative gold coins were issued between 1903 and 1922 in the one dollar denomination. In 1903 The Louisiana Purchase McKinley and Jefferson Gold Dollars were minted. 1904 and 1905 brought the Lewis & Clark Gold Dollars with about 10,000 of each released. Next, commemorating the Pan-Pacific Exhibition of 1915, the San Francisco mint produced three gold coins, one of which was the Gold Dollar. The McKinley Memorial Dollars, designed by Barber and Morgan, were issued in 1916 and 1917 and finally the Grant Memorial Gold Dollar was released in 1922.
Fifty dollar gold coin pieces were minted for the Pan-Pacific Exhibition and included two major types. One was a round coin and the other Octagonal. There were only 483 of the round and 645 of the octagonal, so adding them to your collection will set you back a pretty penny.
Beyond these, there were also two gold quarter eagles which fall into the early commemorative gold category. The Pan-Pacific $2.50 coin in 1915 and the United States Sesquicentennial Gold Quarter Eagle in 1926.
Collecting the early commemorative gold coins and the other coins are popular today for number of reasons. Some collect these coins for its historical value. The coins give information on the progress of the United States, its great people, wonderful places and unforgettable events which have given shape to what the nation is today. Others collect for the coins’ unique designs. Since they are not anymore in circulation, they are considered as rare commodities. Most of the early commemorative coins were designed by renowned national artists.