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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. 

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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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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.

What is a Mexican Libertad?

The Mexican Mint was established in 1535 and is the oldest mint in the Americas. Libertads don't have a face value but are still accepted

What is a Maple Leaf?

The Royal Canadian Mint produces Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Maple Leaf coins. Learn more about these staples in the Precious Metals industry.

What is Production Silver?

Production silver refers to silver products that private mints or refineries produce, typically in the form of bars, rounds, or other bullion items.
A Gold Buffalo coin and Silver Buffalo Round

What is the Difference Between a Coin and a Round?

In some cases, the rounds and coins can look almost identical. But for all their similarities, their values are determined very differently.

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Palladium is a Silver-white Precious Metal of ultimate value, due to its high demand for use in numerous industries, such as dentistry, groundwater treatment and

What is Junk Silver?

Junk silver isn't junk at all! Learn why pre-1965 currency, or junk silver coins, is a great choice for collectors and investors.
The obverses and reverses of the Royal Mint's Britannia and the Austrian Mint's Philharmonic.

Britannias and Philharmonics

Renowned for their beauty and historical significance, which is the better coin to collect? The Britannia or the Philharmonic?

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Bullion Coins Vs Collectible Coins

The most popular form of Precious Metals investment for private investors is bullion coins. Some collectors, however, will pay a premium for collectibles.

How Rare is Platinum?

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What are the Common Coin Types?

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What Are Fractional Coin Sizes?

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What is Bullion?

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What are the Top 5 Palladium Coins for Investment?

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Silver, platinum, and palladium bars and rounds for an article titled "Silver vs Platinum & Silver vs Palladium: What is the Difference?"

Silver vs Platinum & Silver vs Palladium: What is the Difference?

Discover the unique differences of silver, platinum, and palladium. Uncover their historical importance, investment prospects, and more!
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.
The Mexican Mint was established in 1535 and is the oldest mint in the Americas. Libertads don’t have a face value but are still accepted
The Royal Canadian Mint produces Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Maple Leaf coins. Learn more about these staples in the Precious Metals industry.
Production silver refers to silver products that private mints or refineries produce, typically in the form of bars, rounds, or other bullion items.
In some cases, the rounds and coins can look almost identical. But for all their similarities, their values are determined very differently.
Palladium is a Silver-white Precious Metal of ultimate value, due to its high demand for use in numerous industries, such as dentistry, groundwater treatment and
Junk silver isn’t junk at all! Learn why pre-1965 currency, or junk silver coins, is a great choice for collectors and investors.
Renowned for their beauty and historical significance, which is the better coin to collect? The Britannia or the Philharmonic?
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.
Platinum is much rarer than both Gold and Silver, so rare, in fact, that all of the Platinum ever mined could potentially fit into your
Now that you have made the leap to buy Precious Metals, comes the decision to store them and maintain them. What happens after you buy
Some coins represent a nation through commemorative events or historical figures, while others are more general. There are several coin types available, with the most
Fractional sizes for Precious Metals are a great way for beginner investors to get into collecting at a lower price. The value of fractional sizes
Bullion refers to Precious Metals in bulk form, valued by weight. In popular culture, we Gold or Silver bullion usually appears as bars or ingots,
Gold of perfect fineness, containing absolutely no impurities, is practically impossible – although the Royal Canadian Mint has come close.
Questions about where to invest your money? APMEX is here to answer all of your investing questions such as the difference and similarities between tangible
Compared to traditional currency, both Gold and Silver rise above currency in terms of value. While Gold and Silver spot prices remain high, it offers an alternative to currency and offers
Below is a current list of the best Palladium coins for investment. This is not a definitive list, but based on recognizability, liquidity, “bang for
Discover the unique differences of silver, platinum, and palladium. Uncover their historical importance, investment prospects, and more!

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