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Over the centuries, precious metals have been considered to be an excellent investment opportunity serving as the primary protection vehicle against inflation. Gold bullion bars are indeed one of the preferred precious metals bullion options used for diversifying investment portfolios. Gold has always been a mainstay for precious metals investors; indicative of wealth and financial assurance, and as such gold bars are very sought-after on the bullion market. They have proven over the of time to be highly favored because they are available in a wide range of sizes, and carry a lower premium since the gold bar price is very close to the gold spot price.

On the other hand, gold coins usually have much higher premiums, from a few dollars up to thousands. The reason why gold coins prices are higher than gold bar prices is because the price of gold bars is established based on its gold content and the premium for the bar, whereas the price of coins also includes the premium for the coins’ collectability. Aside from the price difference, bars are most commonly produced of .9999 pure gold, while some coins are made of .9167 fine gold. These are just a few reasons why investing in gold bars is becoming an increasingly preferred investment method for experienced investors and collectors.

 

Why you should consider buying gold bars?

You should decide to buy a gold bar not just because it’s one of the most affordable and popular precious metal bullion products, but also due to the following reasons:

  1. They are historically synonymous of money and wealth, meaning it is  perceived as a privilege to own them;

  2. Gold Bars are considered a cost-effective investment type because they have lower premiums according to their size options. Additionally, investors and collectors all over the world prefer them because gold bar prices are very close to the gold bar spot prices;

  3. Gold Bars are produced in rectangular shapes, having the same size variety, making them extremely easy to be stored, traded and valued in correspondence with their weights;

  4. They are great solutions against inflation because gold bar prices are considered less volatile than cash and stock prices;

  5. These bars are available in larger sizes, which means that the larger the bar it is, the more you will benefit from small premiums.

Regardless of the gold items you opt to purchase, you will benefit from the decision to own one of the most treasured precious metals presently on the market. Gold is intrinsically valuable, with its worth and quality evident merely by touch or grasp. If you decided to buy gold bars and you would like additional information about their weight options and manufacturers, take a look at the following descriptions.

 

Gold Bars Sizes

Gold bars are minted in various weight options in order to suit the preferences of  both investors and collectors. They are usually available in the same ounce sizes as the silver bars. Keep in mind that bullion troy ounces are not the same as ounces used for measuring liquids. According to this measurement, 12 troy ounces weighs 1 pound. However, there are many gold bars produced in gram and 1 kg weights. Here are the most common gold ingot weight options provided by Bullion Exchanges:

  • 1 kilo gold bar – the most popular gold bar size because it tends to carry the lowest premiums. Mostly preferred by professional and experienced investors or collectors in search of large bars to be used for melting purposes;

  • 100 gram gold bar – these bars have lower prices over the gold spot price, just like one kilo gold bars. Even though they are more difficult to be traded, these bars are still desired by many investors and collectors;

  • 10 gram gold bar – a perfectly balanced size option between the largest one of 1 kilogram and the smallest more popular 1-ounce and 1 gram gold bars. The 10 gram weight option is a great solution both for investment purposes as well as gift options for special occasions like birthdays, weddings or anniversaries;

  • 5 gram gold bar – these bars are the best choice for making reasonable investments in medium-sized bars with affordable prices;

  • 1 ounce gold bar – the one ounce gold bar is without a doubt one of the most popular gold bar sizes. They are a great choice for new participants on the precious metal market since these bars can be easily traded and their price is close to the gold spot price per ounce;

  • 1 gram gold bar – as famous as one ounce gold bars, usually preferred by entry-level collectors and investors since they are widely available. However, fractional gold bars tend to have the highest premiums on the precious metal gold bar market.

Gold bars are minted by both government and private mints and typically carry the .9999 gold purity stamp and weight mark. Almost all the available pure gold bars are sold in special packages that contain assay cards which confirm their authenticity, mintmark, weight, purity and in most cases feature a unique serial number.

 

Gold Bars Manufacturers: Government Mints vs Private Mints

Gold Bars are precious metals bullion which have been manufactured for centuries, under government regulation.  

Government Mints, such as the Royal Canadian Mint or Perth Mint, represent government institutions which have the absolute right to produce legal tender bullion. Each gold bullion bar produced by a government mint must be obligatorily commissioned and regulated by the National Treasury Department's, otherwise, they can be subject to criminal charges. On the other hand, private mints have the flexibility of producing a wide range of uniquely designed gold bars.

Most of the bars available for purchase presently are produced by notorious private mints, such as PAMP Suisse, Credit Suisse, Argor-Heraeus, Republic Metals Corporation, Istanbul Gold Refinery, Valcambi, Scotiabank, Ohio Precious Metals and Sunshine Mint. These companies manufacture bars made of gold of with various outstanding designs, like the Credit Suisse Gold Bar and PAMP Suisse Gold Bars, and especially popular and newly designed 1 oz. PAMP Suisse Gold Bar. One of the newest, and perhaps most remarkable gold bar pieces is the Gold CombiBar from Valcambi. These bars are made of several bar segments and can be easily separated into smaller gold bars, making them a flexible investment opportunity.

The Royal Canadian Mint and Perth Mint also produce high-quality bars made of finest gold. Their craftsmanship is highly appreciated by investors and collectors who choose to diversify their portfolio with impressive Perth Mint Gold Bars or RCM Gold Bars.

Engelhard and Johnson Matthey are also two notorious brands in the gold bar industry, even though these mints are no longer in operation. The bars produced by these old and reputable mints are very rare and sought-after, giving a historical value to these remarkable bullion products.

If you are wondering where to buy gold bars, Bullion Exchanges offers bars for sale of outstanding quality, manufactured by the most reputable mints in the world. Browse our collection of remarkable gold bullion bars and choose your favorite piece. If you have any questions, call us today at 800.852.6884, send us a message or connect with us via our live web chat.

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