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Highest returning investment coins

Do you want to know which coins performed best and worst historically? This will guide you in deciding whether a coin is a good long-term investment or not. But be careful, a low historic return may also be an indication that a coin is undervalued!

Top performers within hammered gold

The top returning investment coins are generally found in the hammered gold types. The first gold coinage was struck in 1344 but this article covers the Tudors and onwards (AD 1485-). Prices are from Spink's publication "Coins of England and United Kingdom", 1999-2015 and are for VF (Very Fine) specimens only. The book can be purchased here.

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The Spink catalogue 2015, UK's reliable source for list prices.

Gold winners
1. Henry VIII sovereign, third coinage, Spink 2289, +1250 % (17.5 % annual return)
2. Charles I unite, Oxford, Spink 2736, +1090 % (16.8 % annual return)
3. Charles I triple unite, Oxford, Spink 2725, +940 % (15.8 % annual return)
4. Henry VIII crown of the rose, second coinage, Spink 2277, +847 % (15 % annual return)

5. Oliver Cromwell broad (20 shillings), Spink 3225, +829 % (15 % annual return)

Silver winners
1. Philip and Mary shillings, Spink 2503/2504, +720 % (14 % annual return)
2. Philip and Mary sixpence, Spink 2507, +584 % (12.7 % annual return)
3. Charles I shillings, varieties, Spink 2783, 2786, +567 % (12.5 % annual return)
4. Henry VIII testoon, Spink 2364, +417 % (11 % annual return)
5. Elizabeth I silver crown, seventh issue, Spink 2582, +375 % (10.2 % annual return)

 

Stay away from

Gold
Edward VI gold halfcrown, first period, Spink 2432, 17 % (+1 % annual return)
Edward VI gold crown, first period, Spink 2431, 64 % (+3 % annual return) 

Silver
Henry VII halfgrowat, Spink 2260, -40 % (-3 % annual return)
Mary halfgroat, Spink 2493, +67 % (3 % annual return)

 


 

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