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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. 

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 opportunity? We compared the two to discover the best investment option.

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.

All Bullion Resources

Coin Type - 2021 American Palladium Eagle coin.

American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coins – 2017 to Present

American Eagles are a popular bullion coin historically struck in Gold and Silver. But since 2017, the series expanded to include Palladium as well.

What Should You Stack? Silver Eagles vs Silver Maple Leaf

Silver Eagles have had higher costs and premiums in 2022, so learn more about another great silver bullion coin to invest in: the Silver Maple.

Why Gold Eagles are only 91.67% Gold – And Why That’s Good! 

Did you know that Gold Eagles are 22k gold instead of 24k? We discuss why that is and why it's not a bad thing.

What Coins Have Silver in Them?

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

What Are U.S. Coins Made Of?

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.

Why are Mexican Gold Libertads So Special?

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

What is a Mint Mark on a Coin?

What do mint marks signify? And where can you find them on a coin? Learn more about these important signifiers today!

What Is a Krugerrand?

The Krugerrand’s unique reddish color makes it one of the most famous and easily-identifiable Gold coins on the market today. It’s one of the longest-running Gold bullion coins, and the design has

Latest Additions: American Platinum & Palladium Eagles

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

The First Gold Bullion Coin: The South African Krugerrand

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

What is a Challenge Coin?

A challenge coin is a storied military tradition, and these medallions are beloved by collectors of exonumia. Here's what you need to know.

Australian Classic: Gold Kangaroo Coins

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

What Is Silver Bullion?

Discover everything about silver bullion, including the history and future of silver, silver mines, popular forms of investment, and more.

What is Gold Bullion?

What distinguishes Gold bullion from other types of gold?

What is a Silver Kookaburra?

Explore why Australian Silver Kookaburra coins are such a blend of unique designs, precious metal investment, and Australian beauty!

What Is a Philharmonic?

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

What Is a Swan?

Australian Swan coins are a popular choice for investors and collectors. Learn more about these versatile bullion items.

What Is a Chinese Panda Coin?

Chinese Panda coins are treasured the world over. These uniquely detailed coins are released annually, boasting a different panda design each year.

Which Canadian Coins are Silver?

Some Canadian coins contain Silver, but not all. Which years and which coins had Silver content, and how much?

Series Spotlight: Armenian Noah’s Ark Coins

First introduced in 2011, the Noah’s Ark coins are issued by the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia.

What is a Britannia?

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.
American Eagles are a popular bullion coin historically struck in Gold and Silver. But since 2017, the series expanded to include Palladium as well.
Silver Eagles have had higher costs and premiums in 2022, so learn more about another great silver bullion coin to invest in: the Silver Maple.
Did you know that Gold Eagles are 22k gold instead of 24k? We discuss why that is and why it’s not a bad thing.
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
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
What do mint marks signify? And where can you find them on a coin? Learn more about these important signifiers today!
The Krugerrand’s unique reddish color makes it one of the most famous and easily-identifiable Gold coins on the market today. It’s one of the longest-running Gold bullion coins, and the design has
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
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
A challenge coin is a storied military tradition, and these medallions are beloved by collectors of exonumia. Here’s what you need to know.
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
Discover everything about silver bullion, including the history and future of silver, silver mines, popular forms of investment, and more.
What distinguishes Gold bullion from other types of gold?
Explore why Australian Silver Kookaburra coins are such a blend of unique designs, precious metal investment, and Australian beauty!
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
Australian Swan coins are a popular choice for investors and collectors. Learn more about these versatile bullion items.
Chinese Panda coins are treasured the world over. These uniquely detailed coins are released annually, boasting a different panda design each year.
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.

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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?

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