Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Gold Coin


QUESTION: I recently received as part of an estate a coin collection that included a U.S. Bicentennial Medal/Gold and one Silver Proof.  My question is how do I tell the difference between the Gold Plated coin and the Solid Gold coin?  Would I need to weigh them?

Bicentennial Medal Set
Bicentennial Medal Set  
ANSWER: Hi John,

The gold plated coin is the same size as the silver proof -- 38mm.  The solid gold ones are smaller -- either 23mm or 33.6mm.

If you have the gold plated one, it should have a mirrored finish, similar to the silver proof.  Without that mirrored finish, it's most likely just a bronze medal.  See the attached picture for comparison.

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I hope this helps,


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QUESTION: I have the 33.6 mm gold coin.  Any idea what this medal is worth?

Hi John,

At the current price of gold, I would pay $1700 -- add another $20 if you have the original wooden display case, certificate, and outer box.

These are not marked as to being 90% gold, so they are difficult to sell to people that are not familiar with them -- even to bullion dealers.


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My strong familiarity with all U.S. Mint coins, extensive reference library, and close relationships with many other dealers allows me to identify just about any coin made in the USA. I receive regular updates to all the current price guides -- both wholesale & retail -- to provide accurate values. So, with a good description or pictures, I should be able to identify and value any U.S. coin you have.


I've been a coin dealer since the 1980's and a coin collector since the 1960's. I specialize in U.S. Silver Coins and have an active online website -- The Working Man's Rare Coins -- -- offering information and inventory in U.S. coins.

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