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Recent Archaeological Finds In The Holy Land This handout file photo provided on September 9, 2009 by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows some of the 120 gold, silver and bronze coins as they were found August 2, 2009 in a cave in the Judean Hills, Israel. The coins and other artifacts found in the almost inaccessible cave provide evidence on how the ancient Jews found refuge in the Judean Hills during the Bar Kokhba rebellion against the Romans in 132-35 AD.
When you are buying gold coins these are the things to look for: Type of coin - Eagle, Sovereign etc. Size of coin - These can vary also. Sometimes measured in value and sometimes in weight. Face Value - 1 dollar or five dollar or even 10 dollar (for US or Canadian coins) for example. Weight - Usually measured in troy ounces or part of an oz but grams have also become a popular weight measurement recently. Fineness - (999% fine) Amount of gold compared to other metals such as silver.
Panama Pacific Exposition $50 Gold Coin 1915
The lowest mintage and rarest commemorative coin of the United States is the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition $50 Gold Piece. Available in both round and octagonal versions, the high denomination of the coins recalled the Humbert $50 slugs that were created in San Francisco during the gold rush. The coins were issued for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco.
ø Gold Ryal
The Gold Ryal, also known as the Rose Noble, was an English gold coin first issued in 1464, during the "first reign" of Edward IV (1461-1470). From the 1430s onwards, the price of gold had been rising, with the result that the gold noble, which had been in use since 1344, was worth more on the continent than in England. The nobles were exported en masse to the continent for profit, resulting in a shortage of the coins.
ø Gold Sovereigns
The first Gold Sovereign was an English hammered coin first struck in 1489, during the reign of King Henry VII of England (1485-1509). Lord Daubeney & Bartholomew Reed, joint masters & workers of the mint by Royal appointment, were given instructions to create a new gold coin at the "standard fineness" - 958 fine,also known as 23 carat; the standard for gold at the time.