What Precious Metals Should I Buy?

With thousands of Precious Metals products on the market, choosing investments is a personal decision. Some people simply want Gold or Silver coins, rounds or bars. Others want products that are valuable because of their design, mintage or other collectable qualities. Collectors may shop for unique pieces and sets. Here are some of your choices:

Popular products like Gold American Eagles and Silver Canadian Maple Leafs are sovereign coins. They are manufactured by government mints and have face values like regular currency. Because sovereign nations stand behind the content and purity of these coins, they are highly valued, recognizable and easy to sell when the time comes.

Some of the most popular products for first time buyers include: American Eagle Coins, Canadian Maple Leaf Coins, South African Krugerrands and Austrian Philharmonics.

Bars and rounds generally match sovereign coins in content and purity, but because they are usually minted privately, they can cost less. APMEX only buys from respected mints and offers popular products like PAMP Suisse Gold Bars and unique products like the Valcambi CombiBarTM, one bar that can be divided into smaller ones.

Some of the most popular products for first time buyers include: 1 oz PAMP Suisse Gold Bar, 1 oz Credit Suisse Gold Bar, 1 oz Sunshine Minting Silver Bar, and 10 oz APMEX SIlver Bar.

Modern coins become collectible when they are minted in limited quantities, like Proof Gold Buffalos, or when they are certified by third-party grading services as being in exceptional condition. Certified American Eagles with PCGS First Strike or NGC Early Releases labels are very popular and sought after by collectors.

Historic coins get their value from a combination of rarity, condition and bullion content. Pre-1933 Gold coins sell for more than Morgan Silver Dollars (minted 1878-1904 and again in 1921). But a rare Early American Silver Dollar could cost more than Gold.

APMEX recommends discussing the pros and cons of investing with a financial advisor or professional.

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