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Gold and Silver | Bars and Bullion

What Is Bullion? Today, bullion – or “raw” gold, silver, platinum, or palladium made in the form of bars, coins, and ingots – is sought after by collectors, investors, and anyone else around the world seeking to own a unique piece of history. Aside from its potential for profit, bullion can provide investors with a feeling of financial security and collectors with beautiful designs and a sense of pride in owning something that very few others around the world may also possess. Read more about gold bars and bullion here

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The Fluctuating Price of Bullion

The price of bullion is valued based on the weight of the metal (plus a premium that covers the cost of refining, minting, and distribution of the bar or coin), which fluctuates by the minute based on the current market price of the metal. This market price, or “spot price,” is established by the Commodities Exchange (COMEX).


If you are looking to purchase bullion, there are a wide range of circumstances that can affect the spot price and how much you are required to pay. For instance, since precious metals are considered a “crisis commodity” by many people, the price of bullion often trends upward when there is a lack of confidence in governments or the potential for a global economic crisis.


Other factors that affect the price of bullion include inflation, interest rates, or supply and production in the gold, silver, platinum, and palladium mining industries (just to name a few).


Collecting Bullion vs. Investing in Bullion

Common bullion items include coins made by the U.S. Mint and other world mints, plus bars and ingots made by private refiners, including PAMP Suisse, Credit Suisse, Sunshine Mint, International Trade Bullion, Johnson Matthey, RCM, Silvertowne, Engelhard, and OPM.


Many people look for bars and bullion to collect based on a variety of different factors. People who collect precious metals look for coins and bars that are unique, hard to find, and in relatively “good” condition. They are not necessarily looking for coins and bars because of their price, but instead are searching for coins because of their inherent value. In most cases, the value of coins only goes up the older, better preserved, and/or more desirable they are.


One of the most sought after pieces of bullion for collectors is the American Eagle coin, -- also available in proof versions -- which was first introduced to the world in 1986 and quickly became one of the most popular coins among collector and investors. The gold, silver, platinum, and palladium versions are sought after not only for their value, but also for their beautiful and unique designs. People from all around the world can’t wait to get their hands on the newest coin that is released each year to keep their collections up to date.


For investors however, the artistry of coins such as these may not be what draws them in. Instead, they may wish to purchase physical bullion simply to keep it close at hand. Having bullion in your precious metals portfolio can be a smart investment decision. For instance, many experts agree that gold will always hold its value due to its scarcity and can provide financial insurance in the event of an unexpected economic crisis.


Another way to invest in bullion is through commodities. While investing in a commodity – like gold, silver, platinum, oil, wheat, or even live cattle – does not provide you with a physical asset that you can own and store, it does provide its advantages. ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) for example, allow you to invest directly in bullion through a brokerage firm, which closely tracks to the price of an intended precious metal. This makes buying and selling your investments faster and easier.


Stay Alert on the Price of Bullion

The price of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium can fluctuate at the drop of a hat. If you are investing in bullion and bars, keeping track of your metal holdings can be arduous. The U.S. Gold Bureau monitors news and current events that affect the price of gold, silver, and other precious metals in general.


We also make buying and selling bullion easier than ever because our purchase is closely related to the current spot price of the metal. This means you will get a fair deal and not feel ripped like you may by bartering with a local collector or pawn shop. If you’re ready to start your precious metals portfolio or want to add bars and bullion to your current collection, view our inventory below or call us at 1-800-775-3504.