Hand-Poured Gold and Silver
Hand-poured Gold and Silver products are different from typical bullion. The value is on par with traditionally pressed bullion and collectors and investors still have quality options with hand-poured Silver and Gold. There are major differences in hand-poured bullion coins or bars versus traditionally poured bullion from the shape to the type of buyer.
These differences are explored to give a better understanding of how important hand-poured Silver and Gold are to buyers.
- The pouring versus striking method gives the
bulliona unique finish and look. After Silver or Gold is poured into molds or casts, the weight and certification are stamped on the bullion. Because the Silver or Gold is hand poured, no two shapes are the same. As a result, some hand-poured Gold or Silver will have ripple lines or uneven edges. Textures are also widely different with hand-poured metal products, which make them appealing to many collectors.
- Hand-poured Precious Metals are privately crafted. There are no rules or regulations as to the type of Silver or Gold products that are created. This gives way to unique hand-poured products like 3-D eagle heads, skulls, lion heads, grenades and much more. The Silver or Gold value is high even with unique shapes. Also unique is that with hand-poured Gold and Silver, sizes often vary from pressed bars and coins. Sizes include 2 oz Silver bars, 5 oz Silver
barsand even 100 oz Gold bars.
- Price point premiums are often lower with hand-poured Silver and Gold. Collectors can oftentimes buy quality Silver or Gold at lower premiums. This is a good way for beginning collectors to buy Precious Metals within a budget. Premiums tend to be higher on legally tendered bullion. The Gold and Silver price per ounce is an important factor for buying metals.
The Process of Making Hand-Poured Silver and Gold
Anyone that can create temperatures hot enough to melt Gold or melt Silver can make hand-poured Silver and Gold. Gold smelting has been practiced for thousands of years and requires very few tools. Whether someone is melting down scrap Silver pieces or Gold pieces, the temperature must be high enough to sustain the metal's liquid form long enough to hold shape and form in the mold. Gold has an approximate melting point of 1,945 degrees while Silver has a melting point of 1,760 degrees.
Once the Silver or Gold is melted down, it is poured into a cast or mold and left to sit until the metal cools enough for safe removal. Hand-poured metals make great buys for numismatic collectors. They add a touch of unique character to any collection while also adding value. At APMEX, there is a variety of hand-poured Silver in several sizes from 1/2 oz Silver to