Coins, Bars and Rounds
- Bullion coins are the most popular of all precious metals investment products among individual investors. Bullion coins, produced by specific sovereign mints around the world, have a face value denominated in currency and are guaranteed by the issuing country.
- Examples of bullion coins include: Silver and Gold American Eagles, Silver and Gold Canadian Maple Leafs, South African Gold Krugerrands and the Silver and Gold Austrian Philharmonics. Most sovereign mint bullion coins are approved and accepted in Precious Metals IRA accounts.
- Bullion rounds are similar to bullion coins, but they are produced by private mints and do not have a currency denomination or the guarantee by a sovereign nation. Like bullion bars, bullion rounds are typically available at a lower premium to the spot price of the metal. Many investors prefer these rounds as a simple and cost-efficient way to invest in precious metals.
- Examples of bullion rounds include the Silver Buffalo Round, Silver Engelhard Prospector Rounds, Silver Walking Liberty Rounds and other various designs. Popular private mints include Sunshine Minting, Silvertowne, Republic Metals and Heraeus.
- Bullion bars provide economies of scale. Bullion bars are typically available at a lower premium to the spot price of the metals. Minted by private refineries, banks and some sovereign mints, many investors prefer these traditional precious metals investments as a cost efficient way to invest. You pay less of a premium over spot price because you’re not paying for mintage or design. The larger the bar, the lower your premium.
- Examples of bullion bars include the legendary Engelhard Silver Bars, Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse, PAMP Suisse and the Royal Canadian Mint.
Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium
Norm Franz once said that: “Gold is the money of kings, Silver is the money of gentlemen, Barter is the money of peasants, But debt is the money of slaves.”
- Gold is the most recognized precious metal worldwide. Since ancient times, gold has been the basis of all monetary systems as well as the primary vehicle for the preservation and storage of wealth. It’s often used to measure the performance of other precious metals and market-driven commodities, from oil to pork bellies. Find out more about gold
- Silver is the most popular and most functional of all the precious metals. Historically, silver was used as the primary currency for day-to-day commerce, even in the United States, until 1965. Traditionally, the silver-to-gold value ratio was 20 to 1; though in modern times, this value ratio has been as low as 70 to 1, making silver a very attractive investment. Additionally, silver has a long-standing and continuing industrial demand. Find out more about silver
- Platinum and Palladium are industrial metals and are up to 30 times rarer than gold. The “other” white metals historically trade at a fraction of the value of gold compared to their relative rarity, giving these metals a unique value proposition for metals investors.