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Precious metals are valued so highly in part due to their rarity, and some are rarer than others.  For instance, platinum is in fact 15-20 times rarer than gold or silver. There are six rare precious metals that fall in the Platinum Group of Metals, or Platinum Group of Elements: Platinum, Palladium, Ruthenium, Iridium, Osmium, and Rhodium. This group of metals is found in very limited quantity as a byproduct of other ores. Rhodium, discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston, is the rarest among these, and occurring in nature as a byproduct while mining for platinum and nickel.

Rhodium is mined only by a handful of mines around the world (less than 10) and the majority of these mines are located in South Africa. 80% of the world’s demand for rhodium is met by South Africa, making it the main exporter. Russia exports the second highest amount, and North America only contributes a minuscule quantity.

The rarity of this metal affects its price as well as its industrial use. Any geopolitical issues in South Africa can directly affect the price of this metal. Rhodium price is extremely volatile and sometimes rises much higher than gold.

Rhodium has a beautiful, silvery-white appearance and is its anti-corrosion qualities against even the most aggressive chemicals have deemed it fit to be used in catalytic converters for automobiles. It is alloyed with platinum or palladium and used as temperature-resistive and corrosion-resistive coatings. In the jewelry industry, rhodium coating is done on white gold in order to improve the appearance. Rhodium plating is also used on sterling silverware to prevent it from excessive wear and tear. The metal is also used in nuclear reactors to measure the neutron flux level.

Rhodium Bars:

Due to Rhodium’s rarity, until recently,  rhodium could not be purchased using ETFs or futures or any other way of investing in rhodium stocks. Its physical form was also not available, with the exception of a few companies that offered rhodium dust as the only way for someone to buy rhodium metal. Rhodium is extremely hard and has a high melting point, making it very difficult to produce rhodium bullion. Special minting techniques are used to produce rhodium bullion products. The first mint to ever produce a rhodium product was the Cohen Mint in 2009. They produced investment grade rhodium bars, coins, and rounds of .999 fine rhodium. Deutsche Bank in 2011 launched an ETF which was backed by 100% physical rhodium.

A few mints are now offering rhodium bullion for investment purposes. The most popular one being the rhodium bar by Baird Mint of the United Kingdom. The bar is made of 1 oz .999 fine rhodium and comes in an attractive, tamper-proof case.

The other popular rhodium bar option is produced by the popular refinery PAMP Suisse of Switzerland and features the iconic image of Lady Fortuna on the obverse of the bars. PAMP Suisse Lady Fortuna bars are highly admired for their artistic design and are considered a must have by collectors. With this bar, one can find the most iconic design in the world’s rarest of precious metals. The bar comes in an attractive, tamper-evident assay card.

Due to the rarity of this metal, it is vulnerable to frequent price fluctuations that make it an attractive investment option for investors to diversify their portfolios. This factor needs to be considered before you buy rhodium coins or bars.

Rhodium Coins:

Rhodium is highly valued for its rarity, intrinsic value, and its extensive use in automobile and other industries. A special minting process is used to make rhodium bullion because it is a very hard substance and has a high melting point. Among the handful of mints that produce rhodium coins, Cohen Mint is the most popular. Its rhodium coins come packed in a tamper-evident case with a label containing technical specifications of the coins, along with a security hologram on the back. A certificate of authentication also comes with each of the rhodium coins issued by Cohen Mint.

Rhodium Mints:

Rhodium is even rarer than its rare counterparts platinum and palladium. While thousands of tons of platinum and palladium are mined each year, only a few hundred tons of rhodium are obtained. Rhodium is 100 times rarer than gold and 150 times rarer than silver. What little is available is taken by the automobile, jewelry, and medical industries for use. Rhodium is extremely difficult to work with due to its severe hardness and high melting point,  attempting the regular minting process results in fractures and breaks of the bullion products. There are only a few mints that procedure rhodium products, the pioneer being the Cohen Mint.

The other trusted mints that produce rhodium products are Baird Mint of UK and PAMP Suisse of Switzerland, both of which produce popular rhodium bullion products.

Why Invest in Rhodium:

Rhodium is for serious investors as the metal itself is very expensive due to its rarity. For investors looking for a long-term hedge, rhodium can be a good choice. After you have invested and diversified your portfolio with gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, you can consider adding rhodium to your portfolio to keep the risk limited. Since the majority of rhodium comes from South Africa, it’s important to keep in mind that any geopolitical turmoil in that region can affect the price of rhodium.

This choice can be favorable for investors, but the rhodium market also bears unknown risks. For collectors, it is easy to add these products to your collection, as there are only a handful of mints producing rhodium products and it is easy to complete a set. Also, the fact that you have a stunning design on a very rare piece of metal makes it a coveted item for your collection. Rhodium can help make you a profit during an economic revival time in the long run. It is a good option to invest in rhodium because the majority of rhodium is used by the automobile industry, and there will be a demand for it in the future.

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