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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. 

American Silver Eagles vs Morgan Silver Dollars

American Silver Eagles vs Morgan Silver Dollars

When comparing America Silver Eagles and Morgan Silver Dollars, it's essential to review various aspects, including specifications, rarity, demand, value,…
Morgan Silver Dollar vs Peace Silver Dollar 

Morgan Silver Dollar vs Peace Silver Dollar 

Uncover the distinctions between the Morgan Silver Dollar and the Peace Silver Dollar, two iconic coins in American numismatic history.…
Business Strike Coins vs Proof Coins

Business Strike Coins vs Proof Coins

Explore the differences between business strike and proof coins to better understand their investment value.

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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What is London Gold Fixing? 

Learn about the London Gold Fix, a centuries-old ritual shaping the global gold market. Explore its history, contributing members, and impact on gold investors.
Gold Krugerrands vs Gold Sovereigns

Gold Krugerrands vs Gold Sovereigns: Which is Better for Investors? 

Compare Gold Krugerrands and Gold Sovereigns. Which coin is better for investors?
Mexican Libertads vs American eagles

Mexican Libertads vs American Eagles: Which is Better for Investors? 

Examine the Mexican Libertad and the American Eagle, both esteemed in the world of silver and gold bullion coins. Which offers a better investment opportunity?
Gold Buffalo vs. Maple Leaf

Gold Buffalo vs. Maple Leaf: Which is Better for Investors? 

Both the Gold Buffalo from the U.S. and the Maple Leaf from Canada are top picks for investors. But which one offers a better investment
Gold American Eagle vs. Krugerrand

Gold American Eagle vs. Krugerrand: Which is Better for Investors? 

The Gold American Eagle and the South African Krugerrand stand out as two of the globe's most renowned and frequently traded gold bullion coins. But
Kruggerands and Britannias Gold Coins

Krugerrand vs Britannia: Which One is the Best Investment? 

For investors, both Krugerrands and Britannias are reliable gold stores. The decision between them might hinge on personal taste, tax considerations, and availability.
Gold Krugerrand and Maple Leaf coins.

South African Krugerrand vs Canadian Maple Leaf 

The Krugerrand and the Maple Leaf are popular gold bullion coins. But you may be wondering, if the Maple Leaf is purer, why buy the
Image comparing a bullion coin to an ancient coin.

The Difference Between Buying and Selling Numismatics and Bullion 

Differences between numismatics and bullion investing -- while they both involve buying and selling of precious metals, the practices are quite different.

Mississippi Repeals State Sales Tax on Precious Metals

As of April 2023, Mississippi became the 43rd state to eliminate sales tax on precious metals. This new bill will go into effect on July 1, 2023.
A gold coin next to a slabbed gold bar.

How Can I Tell if My Gold is Real or Gold-Plated?

Few sensations may be more alarming than the suspicion that you have paid hard-earned dollars to receive a counterfeit gold product. Let’s go over the

American Gold Eagle Mintage Charts (1986-2023)

From 1986 to the most recent release, this article lists the mintage of American Gold Eagles in all four denominations.
2021 Type 1 and Type 2 Gold and Silver American Eagles.

2021 Type 1 vs Type 2 American Eagles

The 2021 Type 1 Silver and Gold American Eagle coins have iconic designs, while the Type 2 designs offer a modernized look. Learn more about these differences today!

Silver Eagles vs. Silver Krugerrands

Silver Eagles broke records over the past couple of years for their high premiums. Savvy investors are seeking alternatives, and one of those is the
Silver nickels

Which Nickels Are Silver?

Have you ever wondered which American nickels are silver? Learn about that and more in this article.

Is Gold & Silver In TEP Worth More?

If you’ve shopped gold or silver, you may have seen the acronym TEP. In this article we explain what it is and why it’s so

Silver Eagles vs. Silver Bars

If you are interested in finding another silver investment alternative to Silver Eagles silver bars are something to look into. Check out why we

Which Dimes Are Silver?

Learn more about which dimes are silver and how that impacts different dimes' values.

2023 Silver Eagles vs. Silver Britannias

You may be looking for another silver coin option to invest in while Silver Eagle prices are up. Consider investing in Silver Britannias!

Silver Buffalo vs. Silver Eagle

Consider investing in other silver bullion coins, like the Silver Buffalo, when Silver Eagle premiums are sky high.

Why Private Mints make Silver Buffalos, but not Gold

Have you ever wondered why private mints can make Silver Buffalos but not Gold Buffalos? We break down the reasons why.
American Gold Buffalo and an American Gold Eagle.

American Gold Eagles or Gold Buffalos? Which is a Better Buy in 2024?

Gold Eagles and Gold Buffalos are iconic American coins, so which will be better in 2023?
Learn about the London Gold Fix, a centuries-old ritual shaping the global gold market. Explore its history, contributing members, and impact on gold investors.
Compare Gold Krugerrands and Gold Sovereigns. Which coin is better for investors?
Examine the Mexican Libertad and the American Eagle, both esteemed in the world of silver and gold bullion coins. Which offers a better investment opportunity?
Both the Gold Buffalo from the U.S. and the Maple Leaf from Canada are top picks for investors. But which one offers a better investment
The Gold American Eagle and the South African Krugerrand stand out as two of the globe’s most renowned and frequently traded gold bullion coins. But
For investors, both Krugerrands and Britannias are reliable gold stores. The decision between them might hinge on personal taste, tax considerations, and availability.
The Krugerrand and the Maple Leaf are popular gold bullion coins. But you may be wondering, if the Maple Leaf is purer, why buy the
Differences between numismatics and bullion investing — while they both involve buying and selling of precious metals, the practices are quite different.
As of April 2023, Mississippi became the 43rd state to eliminate sales tax on precious metals. This new bill will go into effect on July 1, 2023.
Few sensations may be more alarming than the suspicion that you have paid hard-earned dollars to receive a counterfeit gold product. Let’s go over the
From 1986 to the most recent release, this article lists the mintage of American Gold Eagles in all four denominations.
The 2021 Type 1 Silver and Gold American Eagle coins have iconic designs, while the Type 2 designs offer a modernized look. Learn more about these differences today!
Silver Eagles broke records over the past couple of years for their high premiums. Savvy investors are seeking alternatives, and one of those is the
Have you ever wondered which American nickels are silver? Learn about that and more in this article.
If you’ve shopped gold or silver, you may have seen the acronym TEP. In this article we explain what it is and why it’s so
If you are interested in finding another silver investment alternative to Silver Eagles silver bars are something to look into. Check out why we
Learn more about which dimes are silver and how that impacts different dimes’ values.
You may be looking for another silver coin option to invest in while Silver Eagle prices are up. Consider investing in Silver Britannias!
Consider investing in other silver bullion coins, like the Silver Buffalo, when Silver Eagle premiums are sky high.
Have you ever wondered why private mints can make Silver Buffalos but not Gold Buffalos? We break down the reasons why.
Gold Eagles and Gold Buffalos are iconic American coins, so which will be better in 2023?

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