So...You've Decided to Collect

In the recent months, Doug has set out to write a series of blogs about collecting by series. The articles will all be linked here on this page for your convenience.


If I had to select the Most Popular Branch Mint, it would likely be Dahlonega. These gold coins have become an avidly-sought after area of the market, with collectors from all over the country building sets...



Liberty Head quarter eagles were issued from 1840 from 1907 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega and San Francisco mints. Including major varieties, there are over 150 different issues which range from very common to very rare.


Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1907 and exist in two distinct design types: No Motto (1838-1866) and With Motto (1866-1907). This article is going to focus on the No Motto issues from two perspectives: affordable coins (in this case up to $5,000 or so) and high-budget coins ($7,500 and up).


With Motto Liberty Head eagles were made at five different mints from 1866 through 1907: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Carson City, New Orleans, and Denver.



I’m sure you’ve given this a lot of thought and I’d like to assist you in formulating a plan of attack. First, there are two things you’ll need plenty of: funds and patience. Second, you’ll need some guidance regarding the logistics of your decision. And finally, you are going to want some collecting suggestions.


This feels like a great point in time to specialize in Charlotte gold. There is not as much competition at the very top end of the market as there is for Dahlonega and New Orleans gold. This means that a collector wishing to focus on finest known or Condition Census issues is not necessarily biting off more than he can chew.


The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia mint between 1795 and 1834.


...U.S. Gold Coins by Type...

Many collectors of US gold want to collect with a goal, but don't necessarily care to be specialized. Collecting by type can be a perfect fit.



...Liberty Head Double Eagles...

Specializing in $20.00 libs requires patience, a healthy budget, and the need for a good specialist dealer to assist you on your quest.



...Gold Dollars...

This denomination has been popular with many generations of collectors and it lends itself to a host of different collecting methodologies...