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Whether you are a novice or experienced investor, the vast selection available can make buying bullion an intimidating experience. As you make decisions on your specific bullion needs, take the opportunity to learn the purpose of each bullion bar, coin or round based on what you choose to invest in and your budget. 

Silver and Gold Brittanias and Austrian Philharmonics are popular investor items. They are classified by their beauty and elegance. Collectors from all over the world seek these beautiful coins because of their great value and significance.
Bullion can be purchased in three different forms: bars, rounds and coins. Making the right choice is easy when you know the differences.
The most popular form of Precious Metals investment for private investors is bullion coins. Some collectors, however, will pay a premium for collectibles.

Gold and Silver Bullion

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 GoldSilver 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 bulletsHand-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.

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Silver is one of the oldest metals that has been used in coinage, and many coins have Silver in them. What coins are constructed with this brilliant white metal?
U.S. coinage has changed over the years since its establishment, with various metals being used in coin composition from 1792 to the present day.
The Gold Libertads are a special coin in its own right because it has no face value, but it is still guaranteed by the Bank of Mexico. Its value is also something to behold because it grows exponentially over time. The stunning beauty of the coin is also something to admire.
What do mint marks signify? And where can you find them on a coin?
Gold Eagle Pendants are the perfect marriage of beauty and lasting style. Comprised of a 14 karat Gold bezel and a Gold American Eagle coin, the Gold Eagle Pendant is sure to match any style.
You’ve probably heard of the Krugerrand if you’ve looked at investing in Gold. But what actually is this coin?
The first Gold bullion coin in the world and a perennial favorite outside of the United States, the Krugerrand is generally one of the more affordable Gold coins on the market and is recognizable for its unique hue and depiction of a springbok antelope.
The Gold Eagle is the official Gold bullion coin of the United States. These stunning Gold coins are offered in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, and 1 oz denominations.
The Gold Kangaroo series was originally the Gold Nugget series minted by the Perth Mint, beginning in 1986. The reverse images featured various Gold Nuggets from 1986 to 1989, until the design was changed in 1989 to feature the kangaroo, which was more symbolic of Australia.
Platinum and Palladium Eagles provide investors with an exciting opportunity to diversify their investment portfolios with U.S.-backed Platinum and Palladium. These American classics also provide collectors with a chance to add these limited mintage items to their collection.
Demystify the process of investing in Precious Metals with this Silver bullion guide. Learn the Silver bullion basics and find out how to buy and sell Silver bullion.
A challenge coin is a storied military tradition, and these medallions are beloved by collectors of exonumia. Here’s what you need to know.
What distinguishes Gold bullion from other types of gold?
Australian Kookaburra coins are steeped in the history of the Australian bush. Learn about the collectible and numismatic value of these world-renowned coins.
Austrian Philharmonic coins are popular among investors and collectors. Read this guide to learn the basics about highly sought-after Silver, Gold and Platinum Austrian Philharmonic coins.
Australian Swan coins are a popular choice for investors and collectors. Learn more about these versatile bullion items.
Learn the basics of the Chinese Panda coin series from available sizes to Precious Metal content.
Some Canadian coins contain Silver, but not all. Which years and which coins had Silver content, and how much?
First introduced in 2011, the Noah’s Ark coins are issued by the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia.
Britannias are British coins issued by The Royal Mint since 1987. Beginning with Gold, Silver followed in 1997, while Platinum wasn’t included until 2018.
What is a Libertad?
Backed by the U.S. Mint, American Eagle coins come in Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium. But what is an American Eagle coin?
The Royal Canadian Mint produces Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Maple Leaf coins. Learn more about these staples in the Precious Metals industry.
Why buy Palladium? Because Palladium is rare and in high demand.
Junk Silver isn’t junk at all! Learn why pre-1965 currency, or junk Silver coins, is a great choice for new Precious Metals investors or long term avid collectors seeking a great value of Silver.
Production Silver, also known as private mint Silver, is different from government minted Silver. Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages and serve different buyer needs. APMEX carries a wide selection of both government and private mint Silver bullion.
Coin values differ from Round values. What’s a Silver round vs a Silver coin? Know the difference in values when choosing to buy Silver rounds or coins.
Silver and Gold Brittanias and Austrian Philharmonics are popular investor items. They are classified by their beauty and elegance. Collectors from all over the world seek these beautiful coins because of their great value and significance.
Bullion can be purchased in three different forms: bars, rounds and coins. Making the right choice is easy when you know the differences.
The most popular form of Precious Metals investment for private investors is bullion coins. Some collectors, however, will pay a premium for collectibles.

More Guides for You

What is Bullion?

Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium all come in various forms and sizes to create a variety of options for investors and collectors.  

What is an Eagle?

Since the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle program began in 1986, Gold and Silver Eagles have remained a popular choice among both investors and collectors