How Much Is A $20 Gold Coin With The Word Copy?

We get many questions from users asking about a gold dollar coin they own. Those coins are usually very collectible and sought after. But, all those coins described here share one main feature. The word ‘copy’ is part of their design.

This added word means that what you have in your hand is a replica made by a private company. All those replicas, no matter how rare the original coin is, will not be worth more than the current price for the metal they are made of. Most replicas are made of a base metal (usually cheap) and are then plated with a tiny amount of silver or gold or metals that look like gold or silver. Unfortunately for you, this combination makes the coin worth almost nothing, both metal or numismatic wise.

So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.


  • Gary: Replicas are not meant to be seen as a valued object, in terms of dollars. A very good replica provides the owner with an affordable copy with which to study first hand. They are usually the same size, and color, and certainly have identical devices minted. Many museums provide scholars and students replicas of ancient coins with which to work on, and to study. There is no attempt made to fool anyone as to the value of these replicas (American Mint for one). Paying 80 or 90 dollars for a very good replica is very reasonable (consider that they had to copy the original, copy it, mold it, mint it, etc, etc, and then sell it to those folks who want and or need replicas).
    Most replicas are welcomed additions to any collection and for a collector as well. I have never seen the 1849 Liberty head Double Eagle. But I can still study a very good replica of one provided by American Mint. The very thin gold foil plating just adds color. It has good numismatic value as a sample of a very very rare coin you can actually hold and examine. You can even compare later dated Double Eagles to it, and it helps you recognize a genuine Double when and if you do buy a real one. Small minded folks see no value, as they usually cannot see the big picture. sincerely, Gary
  • Gary: As a final comment: the American Mint products, when compared to other replicas are very poor. One would think that they knew how (at the least) to make a good cast copy, but they do not. They instead use some cheap form of image creation software, and form a die from that. Had they made good molds, at least their replicas would be true replicas,. For example their 1877 Half pattern looks as if someone just tried to imagine what liberty looked like, as it does not match the coin at all.
    So, in truth, some replicas are very useful and valuable. Some replicas are junk. I hope that this clarifies my previous comments.
  • jade: Thanks Garry for the data and more than that, for the ideas you shared with us. I agree with you completely. The thing is that most users who gets here to ask about their replicas are not at all interested in the artistic or historical value of the coin they have. All they care about is how much will they get for it. That’s a shame because there really is a lot to learn.
  • Michael: What if there is no copy print 1933 double eagle is it still a copy
  • Michael: Seller says it’s a replica and afte looking at coin don’t found copy on it
  • bruno: thaks. this helps alot
  • Vale: I would hope that more people would see the word copy and realize their coin is not original and therefore not worth much monetarily.
  • Lindsay Lowden: They do make replicas with actual 24k proof gold. I own one in it’s original mint protection case. I’ve had it appraised at $1,093.00
  • Vale: Thanks for letting us know Lindsay Lowden, do you think you could post pictures here and any other information about the coin so we can share it with other users? Just use the Ask a New Question box if you don’t wish to sign up as a member (although it is free!)
  • goldclad proof with the word.copy on it: What is that copy worth then
  • Vale: If it’s a copy, it’s worth the value of the metal it’s made of. If it’s a replica without the word copy it’s likely still worth the same.
  • Bartendermel: curious, my coin is purchased from the Danbury it **** as well>
  • Dante Leigh: Thank you for telling me all of this. truely
  • Dustin: I have one to sell. Still in the box and serial number included #48623
  • derasachse: As with anything made for only collecting, the value begins with the material used to manufacture it and then to what extent any demand for it exists. The demand usually decreases with continual replication of the product. When the market is flooded making availability easy then competitive sales drive down any value claimed. Many marketing ploys claim to produce a limited number so as to maintain a level of expected value but unless the product itself has a unique number in the sequence on it then the claim is incredible and likely false from the start. For example; certain free toys distributed by McDonald’s increased in value after many years when few remained available and nostalgia drove the demand with people who collected them as children. As that generation dwindles, the toys likely decrease in value with fading interest. Only a certain number of 57 Chevy’s were made at a time when there were relatively few car owners compared to today and in the passing of time a great many of them are lost to destruction and so the demand increases during times of renewed interest in 57 Chevy’s. As population grows and such interest is revived the value is driven accordingly. With non-currency coin replica’s, even gold layered, the value has little to nothing in society to provide a similar effect. Marketing ploys suggesting that $5 to $8 is a rare purchase opportunity for these coins reaps great profits for the seller. Unless the buyer has personal value invested in such collecting, such a purchase is akin to a yard sale purchase because you used to have one.
  • Vale: derasachse, very well said!
  • destiny davis: well i have a fifty dollar gold coin and its has the word copy on it so i thought is was fake but i just want too see if i real and how much it is worth....?
  • Vale: If it has the word copy, then it is not real and is worth the same as mentioned in the blog post.
  • Larry: 1870 3 dollars fake or real
  • Vale: Larry are you asking about an 1870 3$ coin or saying that one is worth 3$? I have never heard of a 3$ coin being minted.
  • Steve: Gary’s comments were spot on! Great job on the info.
  • Kersey: I bought one.
    Is it worthless.
  • Vale: Please read the above blog before asking about any coins with the word "copy" on them. Thank you!
  • Cheryl: Are the gold flakes real?
  • Shelby: So how is one to tell what its made of. New at this game.
  • Vale: Not sure if this will help determine if it is gold coated, but it might work:
  • Marvin: Where is the real coins?

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