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Gold Bars and Rounds

Over centuries, precious metals have been considered an excellent investment opportunity, serving as a primary protection vehicle against inflation. Gold has always been a mainstay for investors and collectors around the world - an indicative of wealth and financial assurance. Gold bullion bars and rounds are among the most preferred bullion options for diversifying investment portfolios. They always have been highly favored because they are available in a wide range of sizes, and carry a lower premium - a gold bar price is usually very close to the gold spot price.

Most gold coins have much higher premiums than gold bars or rounds, usually from a few dollars up to thousands, because their price is also based on their collectability. On the other hand, the price of gold bars and rounds is established solely on their gold content and the premium. Aside from the price difference, bars and rounds are most commonly produced of .9999 pure gold, while coins may be made of .9167 fine gold. That’s why investing in gold bars and rounds are among the most preferred investment methods for experienced investors and collectors.


Why should you consider buying gold bars?

You should think about buying gold bars not only because it’s one of the most affordable and popular precious metal bullion, but also because:

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

  2. Gold Bars are considered a cost-effective investment option because they have lower premiums that other gold bullion - gold bar prices are very close to the gold spot price;

  3. Produced in rectangular shapes and standard sizes, bars are easy to be stored, stacked, traded and valued according to their weights;

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

  5. Gold bars are available in larger sizes hence the larger the bar, the more you will benefit from a smaller premium.

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, read the following descriptions.


Gold Bars Sizes

Gold bars are minted in various weight options to suit the preferences of both investors and collectors. Please keep in mind that bullion troy ounces are not the same as ounces used for measuring liquids (e.g. 12 troy ounces weigh 1 pound). Here are the most common gold ingot weight options:

  • 1 kilo gold bar – mostly preferred by experienced investors as it carries the lowest premium; also perfect for melting.
  • 100 gram gold bar – has a lower price over the gold spot price, just like one kilo gold bars.
  • 10 gram gold bar – a balanced size between the largest and smallest gold bar; Great option both for investment purposes and as a gift.
  • 5 gram gold bar – the best choice for making reasonable investments in medium-sized gold bars with affordable prices;
  • 1 ounce gold bar – a great choice for new participants on the precious metal market, easy to be traded with price close to the gold spot price per ounce;
  • 1 gram gold bar – usually preferred by entry-level collectors and investors because they are widely available. However, fractional gold bars also tend to have the highest premiums.

Gold Bars Manufacturers: Government Mints vs Private Mints

Gold Bars are precious metals bullion which has 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 mandatory commissioned and regulated by the National Treasury Department. 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 bars available for purchase today are produced by 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 with various designs, like the Credit Suisse Gold Bar and PAMP Suisse Gold Bars , and the newly designed 1 oz. PAMP Suisse Gold Bar. One of the latest, and perhaps most flexible gold bar pieces is the Gold CombiBar from Valcambi, which is made of several bar segments that can be easily separated into smaller gold bars.

The Royal Canadian Mint and Perth Mint also produce high-quality bars made of finest gold, like their renowned Perth Mint Gold Bars and RCM Gold Bars. Although these mints are no longer in operation, Engelhard and Johnson Matthey are two old prominent brands with rare and highly sought-after gold bars.

Gold Rounds

Despite the fact that gold rounds look like gold coins, having the same shape, they are not equal. While gold coins are legal tender, being produced by government mints, gold rounds are manufactured solely by private mints and do not carry any face values. Their value is based on their precious metal content, exclusive design, and availability. Since gold rounds, just like coins, usually, come in standard sizes of 1 oz. they are easy to be stacked and stored in tubes, as well as traded on the industry market. However, gold rounds also come in larger weights, 2, 5, or 10 oz., and fractional sizes, ½, ¼, and 1/10 oz. making them excellent options for any investor or collector. Gold rounds are available in a broad range of designs, from regular mint logo pieces to the most creative items, such as the 1 oz. Tombstone Hammered Gold Round from the Scottsdale Mint. Most rounds resemble historical images or coins, making them highly appealing for numismatists around the world.


If you are wondering where to buy gold bars or rounds of the highest quality, Bullion Exchanges offers a broad collection of impressive gold bullion bars and rounds from world-famous mints. For 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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