Gold coins

Gold coins

Coin minted in gold, such as the American Eagle or the Canadian Maple Leaf.

Gold Coin

1. A coin of gold bullion that may be bought and sold for investment. Most gold bullion is at least 99.9% pure. Gold coins, like all gold bullion, are commodities that investors often use as a hedge against recession and inflation. Thus, while they are volatile like most commodities, they always maintain a relatively high value. Gold coins are measured by mass and purity rather than face value.

2. A coin of a currency that is minted from gold and intended for circulation. See also: Kruggerand.
References in classic literature ?
The grapes were no other than gold coins which tinkled merrily as they swayed in the wind.
For instance, I have seen even fond mothers so far indulge their guileless, elegant daughters--misses of fifteen or sixteen--as to give them a few gold coins and teach them how to play; and though the young ladies may have won or have lost, they have invariably laughed, and departed as though they were well pleased.
Another runs to read the bill that's stuck against the spile upon the wharf to which the ship is moored, offering five hundred gold coins for the apprehension of a parricide, and containing a description of his person.
He drew a couple of gold coins from his pocket and showed them to me as he spoke.
Loose gold coins were tangled in a narrow strip of lace; there were letters which somehow suggested the extreme of intimacy; there were two or three keys, and lists of commissions against which crosses were set at intervals.
To her, a French gentleman, who had crammed up his chimney, rather to the detriment of its drawing powers, 'a leather valise, containing twenty thousand francs, gold coins, and a large quantity of precious stones,' as discovered by a chimneysweep after his death.
They have also a small gold coin worth two dollars.
He threw out a gold coin for the valet to pick up, and all the heads craned forward that all the eyes might look down at it as it fell.
When he halted before the binnacle, with his glance fastened on the pointed needle in the compass, that glance shot like a javelin with the pointed intensity of his purpose; and when resuming his walk he again paused before the mainmast, then, as the same riveted glance fastened upon the riveted gold coin there, he still wore the same aspect of nailed firmness, only dashed with a certain wild longing, if not hopefulness.
I covered six- sevenths of the appropriation into the treasury a week before starting from Camelot on my adventures, and ordered that the other seventh be inflated into five- cent nickels and delivered into the hands of the head clerk of the King's Evil Department; a nickel to take the place of each gold coin, you see, and do its work for it.
She took no notice, but held up the gold coin before the eyes of the boy of the swan dive.
At one time he was turning a ponderous key in an iron door not unlike the door of a sepulchre, but which, being opened, disclosed a vault heaped up with gold coin, as plentifully as golden corn in a granary.