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Updated: May, 2009
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Obverse of My 1/10 Ounce Gold American Eagle Coin  
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To the left is an image of my 2008 1/10 Ounce Gold American Eagle Coin. When buying my Johnson Matthey gold bar, I also bought this American eagle. I'm really happy with my purchase because I'm a big believer in fractional gold coins such as the quarter ounce maple leaf. For the remainder of this article, I will discuss my personal experience buying this coin and why I selected this particular gold coin. Interested in learning more about gold American eagles in general? You may also wish to check out my introduction to gold eagles.

1/10 Ounce Gold Coins Are A Great Size

As you know I'm a big fan of fractional gold bullion coins. While the smaller you get, the higher the premium over the current price of gold, it's totally worth the extra money in my opinion. There are many reasons for this with the following two topping the list.

Portability: It's so amazingly easy to hide tenth ounce American eagles. While I always advocate storing the vast majority of your gold bullion coins in your safe deposit box, it's also a good idea to keep just a few at home in case of an emergency. In this case, tenth ounce gold American eagles are perfect because they are small and you can easily hide them in your soda can safe.

Practicality: Let's face it. The price of gold has skyrocketed and in my opinion it can only go higher. One ounce gold bullion bars and coins are becoming a bit too pricy. If you're a smaller investor like myself who only buys gold coins and bars once in a while, 1/10 ounce American eagles are the perfect size. They are practical and within reach of your budget, even if you're a smaller time gold buyer like myself.

Gold American Eagles Are Timeless

  Reverse of My Tenth Ounce Gold American Eagle
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I must admit that these coins are timeless. The obverse portrays lady liberty with the reverse depicting a beautiful eagle's nest. These coins are reminiscent of the iconic St. Gaudens gold coins of the past. Of particular importance, the beauty of the coin is not lost in the smaller size. The 1/10 ounce gold American eagles are just as beautiful as their larger counterparts.

22 Karat Gold Vs. 24 Karat Gold

All US gold eagles are 22 karat gold, meaning they have some extra metals acting as an "alloy" to prevent them from scratching. While the Canadian maple leaf is my favorite bullion coin of all time, it's not as practical as a 22 karat gold coin such as the 1/10 ounce gold eagle. 22 karat coins are more durable. If you're buying 1/10 ounce gold eagles to hide away in case of an emergency, you probably want a more durable coin which is exactly what 22 karat gold affords you.

Two Final Benefits of Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

It's easy to find tenth ounce gold eagles and they are also in high demand. This makes for a very liquid marketplace which is always good if you want to sell your coins one day. When I purchased this particular 2008 gold eagle at my local coin shop, they also had several others despite being sold out of most other coins due to the rush to physical gold as of late.

Last, it's easy to find these coins in great condition. My 2008 gold eagle is in perfect condition, looking like it's new from the mint! It's easy to get them in great condition for two main reasons. First, because they are 22 karat gold, the coins are less susceptible to scratches, dents, wear, and tear. Second, because they are so popular, many coin shops are at the ready with newer date coins such as my 2008 one. Want to see images of two more 1/10 ounce gold coins I just purchased? Make sure to check out pictures of my Tenth Ounce Chinese Gold Panda and my 1/10 Oz Australian Lunar Series Monkey.

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