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About Gold Bars & Rounds

Gold bars and rounds are two popular forms of investment in physical gold.

Gold bars are typically rectangular or square-shaped bars made of pure gold, often with a specific weight and purity stamped on them. They are usually sold in sizes ranging from 1 gram up to 1 kilogram or more, and are often produced by government mints, private refineries, or precious metal dealers.

Gold bars are favored by many investors because they offer a simple and tangible way to hold a large amount of gold, and they are easily recognized and tradeable worldwide. Another reason investors favor bars over rounds is for their lower premiums.

Gold rounds are similar to gold bars in that they are made of pure gold and are typically sold in various sizes and weights. However, unlike bars, gold rounds are usually produced by private mints and may feature unique designs or markings. They are often slightly more expensive than gold bars, but some investors prefer them because they can be more aesthetically pleasing and may have a higher collector value over time.

Both gold bars and rounds are considered a relatively safe investment in physical gold, and they can be a good way to diversify a portfolio and protect against inflation or economic uncertainty. However, as with any investment, it's important to do your research and understand the risks and potential rewards before making any purchases.

Popular Bar & Round Sizes

APMEX's selection of 1 oz gold bars and rounds, are quite popular for their liquidity and ease of trading, but investors often consider other sizes based on their individual goals. Common sizes include 10 oz and 1 kilogram, balancing a significant investment with manageable portability. Meanwhile, smaller denominations like 1/10 oz and 1/4 oz cater to those who prefer more divisible assets. Ultimately, the popularity of specific sizes depends on factors such as budget, storage capacity, and investment strategy, allowing investors to tailor their gold holdings to align with their unique preferences and financial objectives.

About Popular Mints & Brands

  • Perth Mint: The Perth Mint is a government-owned mint located in Western Australia. It is known for producing high-quality gold and silver bullion bars and coins, including the popular Kangaroo and Kookaburra series.
  • Credit Suisse: The Credit Suisse Mint is a private mint that is part of the Swiss financial services company Credit Suisse. The mint is located in Balerna, Switzerland and produces a range of gold bars that are highly regarded by investors around the world.
  • Johnson Matthey: Johnson Matthey was a British multinational company that specialized in producing precious metals and chemicals. The company's gold and silver bars and rounds are highly sought after by investors and collectors.
  • Royal Canadian Mint: The Royal Canadian Mint is a government-owned mint located in Ottawa, Canada. It is known for producing high-quality gold and silver bullion coins, including the popular Maple Leaf series.
  • Rand Refinery: Rand Refinery is a private refinery located in South Africa. It produces a range of gold and silver products, including bars and coins. The refinery is the largest gold refinery in Africa and one of the largest in the world.
  • Pioneer Metals: Pioneer Metals is a private refinery located in the United States. It produces a variety of gold and silver products, including bars and rounds. The refinery is known for its low premiums and high-quality products.

These mints and brands are all reputable and well-known in the precious metals industry, and their products are popular among investors and collectors. When purchasing gold bars or rounds, it's important to buy from a reputable dealer and to do your research on the specific product and mint before making a purchase.

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