Is Welsh Gold More Valuable?

Wales is known for its dramatic scenery–steeped in mystery and romance. It is covered in majestic heather-clad hills cut by cascading waterfalls and mountain streams that rush through gladed valleys.

Yet, beneath the quartzite exterior, there is another treasure–as valuable as it is beautiful. Perhaps you have heard that there is gold in them thar (Welsh) hills, but did you know that Welsh gold has decorated the finger of every royal bride dating back to the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923? What is it about Welsh gold that makes it the top choice for Britain’s monarchy?

Why is Welsh Gold so Prized?

As is the case with any precious metal, it boils down to scarcity. Welsh gold is considered to be the rarest in the world. The final commercial goldmine in Wales has long since closed, and the company has scraped out and extended the remaining supplies by mixing its gold with other gold bullion ever since. However, the royal wedding rings are pure–the most recent are likely made from a 1kg chunk of Welsh gold that was presented to the Queen in 1999 by the Clogau mine.

Welsh gold is frequently regarded as having a rosier, deeper color than other gold. This is because of the traces of copper in the mine ore. However, if separated from the copper traces, the pure gold would gleam the same yellow as gold from any other source.

The History of Welsh Gold

Welsh gold adornments date all the way back to the Bronze age. For some serious bling, check out the 3,000-year-old ‘Mold Cape’ (now kept in the British Museum.) It is an intricately manufactured cape made from a single 560g ingot of Welsh gold. The Romans also participated in gold mining during their occupation of South Wales–leaving behind many pieces of gold jewelry and coins in their wake.

During the industrial revolution, two major seams of gold were discovered: one in the North of the country and one in the South. At its height, the gold industry in Wales was producing roughly 20,000 ounces of gold per year–counting only what was officially recorded.

Welsh Gold Today

Today, mining has ceased due to an exhaustion of resources–although, tourists are still able to pan for gold at the defunct mines. Now that Welsh gold is no longer being mined, making it possibly the rarest gold in the world. It has become incredibly expensive and gold from the famous mines can attract prices that are higher than the value of standard gold. So, is Welsh gold dying out forever? Maybe not. In recent years, there have been promising discoveries of gold deposits in stretches as long as 9km.

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Common Coins Gold Guys Sees

Gold has been a treasured precious metal throughout human history. Even dating back to ancient times, it has held a significance of beauty and status that set it apart from all other precious metals. Gold was also the metallic basis of many circulating coins through the early 20th century.

In today’s world, gold coins are at the top of almost every coin collector’s or coin investor’s want list. Some are more likely than others to be found in circulation. One collection of coins the experts at Gold Guys commonly see is the American Arts Commemorative Series.

American Arts Commemorative Series Medallions are a series made up of ten gold bullion medallions. They were produced by the United States Mint beginning in 1980 and ending in 1984. These coins were sold to compete with other bullion coins including the South African Krugerrand.

After the United States Department of the Treasury started selling portions of the national stockpile of gold, this series was first suggested by North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms. Iowa Representative, Jim Leach, proposed that the medallions portray notable American artists. The bill containing the authorizing legislation into law was signed by President Jimmy Carter on November 10, 1978, regardless of objections from Treasury officials.

Here are some of the coins included in the collection.

U.S. Mint 1/2 oz Gold Commemorative Arts Medal Marian Anderson

The 1980 American Arts Commemorative Series Gold medallion celebrating the life of Marian Anderson. She is recognized as one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century, performing concerts and recitals in major music venues as well as with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. As an African American woman, she was widely credited with assisting the breakdown of color barriers in the musical arts.

The medallion was struck by the U.S. Mint in .900 fine gold. It contains exactly 0.5 Troy oz gold and 0.055 Troy oz of copper. Its total weight is 0.555 Troy oz.

U.S. Mint 1 oz Gold Commemorative Arts Medal Grant Wood

The obverse design of this medallion features a portrait of Grant Wood wearing his glasses and an open-collared shirt. On the reverse side is an image of his most notable painting American Gothic on an easel. The painting depicts a farmer holding a pitchfork with his daughter standing in front of their house. The obverse is inscribed with “Grant Wood”, while the reverse reads “American Arts Commemorative Series” and the date “1980”.

The Grant Wood American Arts Gold Medallion represents one of the inaugural issues of the series. There was no notation of the gold content or an issuing authority included on the pieces, a mistake that would be rectified later in the series. The medallions were struck in a composition of 10% copper and 90% gold with a plain edge.

1982 Louis Armstrong American Arts Gold Medallion

Amidst a number of notable design changes, the series entered its third year of issue with a coin honoring musician Louis Armstrong. He was known for playing the trumpet and cornet, as well as composing and singing. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in jazz, with his impact extending into popular music near the end of his career.

The obverse design of the one-ounce medallion features a right-facing three-quarters portrait of the musician. He appears in his youth with a jovial expression and broad smile. The reverse side features the image of a trumpet with musical notes and the inscription “Ambassador of Jazz”.

Discover More About Your Collectible Coins with Help from Gold Guys

If you have been holding onto any of these or other coins you’re curious about, the dedicated and experienced team of experts at Gold Guys is here to help. We deliver unmatched industry knowledge to help our customers know what their pieces are worth and, if desired, sell them for a great price–smoothly and successfully.

In addition to buying rare and collectible coins, we also buy bullion, dental scrap, jewelry, diamonds, sterling silverware, and other items in gold, silver, platinum, and more. We’re proud of our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, which speaks to the dedication and level of service we provide to each and every customer.

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Here is a closer look at the history of Black Hills gold jewelry, its key characteristics, and the processes that go into creating it.

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As extensive as the history of American coinage is, perhaps the most mysterious and legendary piece is the now often forgotten half union 50-dollar gold coin. The half union – while never having been released into circulation – is still often thought of as one of the most significant and well-known pattern coins in the history of the U.S. Mint.

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