How Big Is a Gold Bar?

There are many ways to invest in gold bullion. The most common ways are through the purchase of gold coins and gold bars. Most people are familiar with the sizes of gold coins, since they are very similar to the regular currency that is in common circulation. A 1/10 Troy oz coin, for example, is the size of a U.S. dime, and a 1 Troy oz coin is about the size of an old silver dollar.

Most people are much less familiar with the common sizes of gold bars, though. When you hear the term "gold bar," people tend to think of a fairly large dimensions or size, like a gold brick that you may see in a James Bond movie, but the truth is, gold is so rare and valuable that it doesn't take much to be worth a lot.

Check out these photos of different sizes of gold bars pictured in context of everyday objects. This will give you a better sense of the sizes that gold bars are available in.

*Dimensions may vary depending on the refiner and whether bars have been cast or minted.