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What Is A Troy Ounce? If you were to take 1 oz Gold coin from your personal collection and place it on a standard grocery-store scale, you would find that your coin is approximately 10% heavier than an ounce of beef or mushrooms or chocolate. Simply put, the two measures of an ounce are not the same. A troy oun...
Why Buy Physical Gold and Silver? When you buy Precious Metals, you are investing in products that transcend the sometimes-volatile market. Precious Metals can play an important role in a modern portfolio, as they hedge against the uncertainty investors find with stocks and bonds. Purchasing PowerBecause the global su...
What is Junk Silver? “Junk Silver” is actually a misnomer. Many of America’s coins circulating before 1965 were made of 90% Silver. They are now referred to as “junk Silver” because their value is solely based in their metal content instead of collectibility or condition. “Junk&rdq...
What Are Fractional Coin Sizes? Fractional sizes refer to any size of a Precious Metal that is less than your standard 1 oz Precious Metal. Common denominations include 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz. There are some sizes that can go as low as 1/25 oz. These are available in Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium. Previous ...
How To Sell Gold? You’ve got Gold to sell – and questions on the best way to get started. How do you get the best price? What are the dangers to avoid and how can you make it a hassle-free process? APMEX provides resources to make this process a little easier. We can help you identify some key points about...
In 2001, the Royal Canadian Mint became the first mint in the world to use laser technology in its manufacturing process. The molten pattern is recorded by a scanner and cataloged. That way, every coin can be traced back to the exact day it was struck and the die with which it was struck, making Canadian coin values an inve...
Silver is a popular Precious Metal that comes in a variety of products, such as Silver coins, bars and jewelry. One question many people have is, how to purchase Silver and other Precious Metals. While there are many ways to purchase Silver, it is important to know you are getting an authentic and guaranteed product. The best...
Gold and Silver receive plenty of attention in the world of Precious Metals. While this is certainly warranted, Platinum and Palladium also have important features and value. There is value in these two Precious Metals because of their rarity and their uses in practical applications. Investors have multiple optio...
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Bullion comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether you are a novice or experienced investor, the vast selection available can make buying bullion an intimidating experience. Bullion comes from all over the world from both private and public mints, highlighting the importance of Precious Metals around the globe. APMEX provides the informational tools to help make searching for Gold, Silver or Platinum bullion a little easier.
There is history and meaning behind every piece of bullion produced. Take the opportunity to learn what bullion is, what common coin types are, who buys bullion and what makes each Precious Metal unique. Having valuable information will help you make an informed decision on your specific bullion needs.
WHAT IS BULLION?
Simply put, bullion refers to Precious Metals in bulk form, valued by weight. Bullion is seen by many, including numismatists, as being Gold and Silver bars and coins. While Silver and Gold bars and coins are indeed considered bullion, the definition of bullion covers several forms of Precious Metals. By oversimplifying its definition, investors limit its scope and role in Precious Metals buying.
There are multiple factors to consider when buying bullion:
- Precious Metals value: Bullion and Precious Metals values are often mentioned together. any factors such as the economy, supply and demand, trading frequency and political circumstances play a role in bullion value. Whether you are interested in bullion bars or coins, understanding the value will help put your purchasing power into perspective.
- Bullion shapes: Bullion comes in many shapes, such as bars and rounds, but can also come in non-traditional shapes like stars and Silver bullets. Hand-poured Silver is considered bullion, even though it does not have a traditional finish as molded bars do. Some jewelry can even be considered bullion.
- Coin types: Bullion coins come in a variety of types from around the world. These common coins are considered bullion and are highly valuable, including the Australian Kookaburra and Kangaroo coins, American Eagle and Buffalo coins, Canadian Maple Leafs, Austrian Philharmonics, British Sovereigns and Britannias, Mexican Libertads and Pandas from the Central Mint of China. These coin types are just some of the many bullion coins available.
- Precious Metal types: Bullion extends to both Platinum and Palladium, which are rarer than Gold and Silver. Despite the rarity, Platinum bullion and Palladium bullion are readily available for investors.
WHY BULLION IS VALUABLE
Bullion appeals to many investors because the sizes and shapes vary, providing a plethora of options. The traditional 1 oz Precious Metals sizes are common, but other sizes include 1/10 oz Gold or 5 oz Platinum, and even 1/4 oz Silver or 1/2 oz Palladium. Smaller sizes provide an affordable approach for buyers because they do not require a large financial commitment but still make a nice introduction to bullion collecting.
Larger sizes of bullion can also be purchased; sizes like the 10 oz Silver bar or 1 kilo Gold Bars and Rounds. They require more of a financial commitment but add diversity to any Precious Metals portfolio.
COLLECTING GOLD AND SILVER BULLION
The appeal of investing in bullion is different for each buyer, but the vast array of options to choose from ensures there is something for everyone. Novice and experienced investors can find something within their budget and investment strategy. Having a good understanding of what makes bullion so unique and valuable will go a long way in helping you develop and reach your investment goals.