Buying Gold and Silver in France

Flag of FranceRépublique Française, which officially translates to the French Republic, is commonly known as France and is located in the Western Europe, but also has several overseas territories. France is renowned for centuries as being a global center of art, science, and philosophy. It is famous for its culinary heritage, fashion industry, liquor, castles and cathedrals, beautiful mountains and brilliant transportation, which attract a little less than 100 million tourists each year.

France ranks fourth on the globe in terms of aggregate household wealth. The French Republic is the second-largest trading nation and also the home to the second highest number of millionaires in Europe. Just like in any EU country, there is no tax on buying gold yet silver purchases are subject to VAT. However, selling gold or silver are both subject to a precious metal tax. Although mail shipments of gold, silver, and even cash notes were recently banned in France, buying and selling bullion (especially French coins) over the counter are quite common. The country hosts a huge number of rare coin shops which offer impressive selections of coins from the WW1, WW2, and French Revolution eras, being also renowned for their exceptional services.

Commodity & Futures Markets in France:

Euronext Paris

Euronext Paris is France’s securities market. Euronext Paris was formerly known as Paris Bourse. In the year 2000, the Paris Bourse merged with the Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Brussels exchanges to form Euronext NV which is the second largest exchange in Europe after the UK's London Stock Exchange Group. Euronext members have adopted the NSC system through which all products can be traded electronically. Euronext operates the MATIF futures exchange, which trades futures and options on interest rate products and commodities, as well as MONEP, which trades equity and index futures and options.

Coin Shows in France:

Coin collecting is a highly popular hobby prevalent around the world. You can witness the passion for it as more and more coin enthusiasts are traveling to different states and countries to attend famous national and international coin shows. France hosts several great numismatic events which shall be attended by collectors and dealers from all around the globe. If you are planning to visit France soon, or if you want to see some coin shows outside the US, take a look at the most popular French coin shows listed below.

Grande Bourse Monaco – 22e Grande Bourse de Monaco, Espace Léo Ferre Les Terrasses de Fontvielle 25-29 avenue Albert II MC 98000 Monaco.

The show is organized by the Numismatique de Monaco (Monaco Numismatic Association) and takes place each year in December. This famous numismatic event will be attended by dealers from different parts of the world, but mostly by renowned French, Italian, and Spanish dealers. Visiting this coin show is also a great way to spend the weekend in the picturesque Fontvieille ward of Monte Carlo. This show is organized for over 25 years and each year more and more dealers, numismatists, and investors are attending it. Grande Bourse Monaco displays a large collection of world coins, ancient and rare coins, postcards, stamps, medals, limited-edition collector folders, Monegasque collector coins, and many more exquisite collectibles. This is a great opportunity for numismatists from around the world to find something rare, or a unique or particular coin that they have been searching for a long period. This is a must-visit show which has a free admission.

Monexpo - International Exhibition of Numismatics – Hotel Novotel, 1 av. Of the Republic, Bagnolet, France, Ile de France, Seine Saint Denis. Phone: 01-42-71-00-94

This is an international show which forgathers several foreign precious metal dealers as well as numismatists around the globe. Each year, this numismatic event sees a massive crowd flow attending to take a look at various world coins, ancient coins, rare coins, French coins, banknotes, etc. The entrance fee is 3 Euros and the show hours are 9 am – 5 pm.

Government and Private Mints in France:

Paris Mint, Monnaie de Paris 11 Quai de Conti, 75270 Paris Cedex 06, France + 33 1 40 46 56 66

Monnaie de Paris, which translates to the Paris Mint, is the oldest continuously operating minting institution in France. Officially founded in 864, Monnaie de Paris boasts as being the oldest enterprise in the world. Located on the left bank of the Seine river, the Paris Mint is the prime issuer of coins struck in the name of French rulers. Edict of Pistres was the first coin minted at this mint during the reign of Charles II - known as Charles the Bald. In addition to manufacturing circulating coins, Monnaie de Paris also manufactures medals, awards, decorations, casts, and jewelry. The mint is also responsible for conserving and presenting its historic collections to the public via museums and exhibitions, as well as passing on its artistic skills and technical expertise via workshops which are open to the general public.

Tax on Precious Metals in France:

In most countries, precious metals bullion is subject to taxation due to its high economic value. The bullion tax on precious metals in France is 20% (the country’s VAT), except for the acquisition or import of specific gold bullion items, which are tax-free across the entire European Union. According to the EU law, “investment gold” is exempted from the existing bullion tax, and it refers to a) gold bars or wafers (with weights accepted by the bullion market) of a purity greater than .995 and b) gold coins which are at least .900 pure, are minted after 1800, have been or are legal tender in their country of origin, and are sold at a price which doesn’t exceed by more than 80% the open market value of their gold content. However, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion items are still subject to VAT, so you should keep in this mind when investing in precious metals in France. While there are no taxes on gold purchases, any sale of gold in France is subject to a 8% flat Precious Metal tax which is applied to all precious metals sales.

Since we are not tax experts, Bullion Exchanges strongly advises you to cross check with a tax professional before making any precious metals investments in France.

Shipping-to rates:

Shipment of gold, silver, precious metal jewelry, precious stones and even cash notes by mail was recently banned in France in 2013.

Local Gold and Silver Dealers in France:

1. Certified Coins Company Address: 58 Rue Richer, Paris, 75009 France Phone number +33 140 22 0842 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 5 pm Services: Retail, Auctions, Wholesale, Appraisals, and Buying and Estate Liquidation. Specialties: US Coins, Modern Coins, Gold Coins, Commemoratives, Bullion Coins, Tokens/Medals, and World Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
2. CGB.FR Address: 36 Rue Vivienne, Paris, 75002 France Phone number +33 1 40 26 42 96 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 6 pm Services: Retail, Appraisals, Auctions, and Newsletter. Specialties: US Coins, Dollars, Gold Coins, Early Type, 19th Century Silver Coins, 20th Century Coins, Modern Coins, Patterns, Commemoratives, Mint Errors, World Coins, Tokens/Medals, and Ancient Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS NGC PMG Muenzhandel
3. Change Du Panntheon Address: 14 Rou Soufflot, Paris, FR 75005 France Phone number +33 1 43 5 96 20, +33 1 43 54 95 60 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 7 pm Services: Retail and Wholesale. Specialties: Gold Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, Early Type, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, and World Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
4. Comptoir De La Bourse Address: 2 Rue De la Bourse, Paris, 75002 France Phone number +33 1 4703 41 41, +33 1 4703 92 92 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 7 pm Services: Retail and Wholesale. Specialties: Gold Coins, Early Type, Dollars, 20th Century Coins, Bullion Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, World Coins, and Ancient Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
5. Godot & Fils Address: 26 Rue Vivienne, Paris, 75002 France Phone number +33 1.42.33.00.00, +33 6.09.69.43.82 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 7 pm Services: Retail, Buying and Estate Liquidation, and Wholesale. Specialties: US Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, Gold Coins, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, and World Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS TPMA RCM RM
6. Inumis Address: 42 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France Phone number +33 1 40 13 83 19 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 6 pm.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
7. Numisaisne Paris - Sarl Walther Address: 92 rue de Richelieu, Paris, 75002 France Phone number +33 1 42 96 04 14, +33 (0)6 13 68 02 87 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 10:30 am to 6:30 pm Services: Retail, Auctions, Wholesale, Newsletter, and Appraisals. Specialties: Gold Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, 20th Century Coins, Modern Coins, Colonial Coins, Commemoratives, Mint Errors,  World Coins, Tokens/Medals, and Ancient Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
8. Panorama Numismatique Address: 4 rue des Panoramas, Paris, 75002 France Phone number + 33 1 42 33 38 31 Services: Retail. Specialties: US Coins, Dollars, Gold Coins,  20th Century Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, Early Type, Modern Coins, Early Copper, Commemoratives, Small Cents, Colonial Coins, Nickel Coinage, Patterns, Mint Errors, Territorial Issues, Tokens/Medals, World Coins, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
9. Merson Change | SEXP.MERSON Address: 33 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France Phone number +33 1 42 33 81 67 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 7 pm, Sat 9 am to 6 pm
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
10. Abc Numismatique Address: 14 Rue Vaubecour, Lyon, 69002 France Phone number +33 478376320 Hours of Operation: 9 am to 12 noon, 2 pm to 6 pm Services: Retail, Appraisals, and Buying and Estate Liquidation. Specialties: US Coins, World Coins, Gold Coins, and Ancient Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
11. Change et Numismatique Toulonnais Address: 28 avenue Jean Moulin, Toulon, 83000 France Phone number +33-4-94-93-51-36 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9 am to 6 pm, Sat 9 am to 4 pm Services: Retail, Auctions, Wholesale, Buying and Estate Liquidation, Appraisals, and Newsletter. Specialties: US Coins, Dollars, Gold Coins, Early Type, 19th Century Silver Coins, 20th Century Coins, Modern Coins, Early Copper, Commemoratives, Small Cents, Colonial Coins, Nickel Coinage, Patterns, Mint Errors, Territorial Issues, Tokens/Medals, World Coins, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
12. Collector Service Address: 46 Rue Barbès, 11000 Carcassonne, France Phone: +33 4 34 58 09 25, +33 6 88 40 71 12
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
13. L'Art Des Gents Address: 34 Rue Carnot, 84000 Avignon FR France Phone number + 33 9 52 03 88 25, + 33 6 03 20 91 26 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm to 5:15 pm Services: Auctions and Appraisals. Specialties: US Coins, Dollars, Gold Coins, 20th Century Coins, Early Type, 19th Century Silver Coins, Commemoratives, Modern Coins, Small Cents, Early Copper, Nickel Coinage, Patterns, Colonial Coins, Territorial Issues, Tokens/Medals, Mint Errors, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, World Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
14. Maison Palombo Marseilles Address: 22 La Canebiere, Marseille, 13001 France Phone number +33 4 91 54 93 94, Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9:00 am to 5:45 pm Services: Auctions, Retail, and Appraisals. Specialties: Gold Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, 20th Century Coins, Modern Coins, Mint Errors, Patterns, World Coins, Tokens/Medals, Ancient Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS NGC PMG NPSNEN
15. Monnaies D'Antan Address: 1 Rue du Renel, Poses, 27740 France Phone number +33 2 32 61 27 43 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 8 am to 8 pm Services: Auctions and Retail. Specialties: US Coins, Early Type, Gold Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, World Coins, Modern Coins, and Ancient Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
16. Numisaisne Soissons Address: 8 Rue Saint Christophe, Soissons, 02200 France Phone number +33 32359 7329 Hours of Operation: Tue to Sat 10 am to 12 pm, 2 pm to 6 pm Services: Wholesale, Auctions, Retail, Buying and Estate Liquidation, Appraisals, and Newsletter. Specialties: Gold Coins, Modern Coins, Dollars, Commemoratives, Patterns, Colonial Coins, Territorial Issues, Tokens/Medals, Mint Errors, World Coins, and Ancient Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
17. Numiscollection Address: 16 Rue Saint Vincent, Saint Méen le Grand, 35290 France Phone number +33 2.99.09.63.51 Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm Services: Retail and Newsletter Specialties: Gold Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, 20th Century Coins, Commemoratives, Modern Coins, Colonial Coins, World Coins, Tokens/Medals, Ancient Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
18. Olivier Goujon Numismatique Address: 4 rue des Panoramas, 75 002 Paris France Phone number +33 1 42 33 38 31, +33 6 18 36 37 60 Hours of Operation: 10 am to 12 noon, 2 pm to 6 pm Services: Retail. Specialties: 20th Century Coins, Modern Coins, 19th Century Silver Coins, Commemoratives, Ancient Coins, World Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
19. Or Et Metaux Address: 13 Boulevard Joffre, 54000 Nancy, France Phone number +33 3 83 30 13 28
Authorized Dealer: PCGS
20. Philippe SAIVE NUMISMATIQUE Address: 18, Rue Dupont des Loges, Metz, F-57000 France Phone number +33 3 87 74 17 10 Hours of Operation: Tue to Sat 10 am to 12 noon, 2 pm to 6 pm Services: Retail and Buying and Estate Liquidation. Specialties: US Coins, Modern Coins, Gold Coins, Commemoratives, Patterns, Colonial Coins, Territorial Issues, Tokens/Medals, Mint Errors, Bullion Coins, Ancient Coins, and World Coins.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS NPSNEN
21. Priviet.fr Address: 5, rue Roland Garros, Aucamville, 31140 France Phone number +33 6 73 55 39 87 Hours of Operation: By Appointment only Services: Retail and Auctions. Specialties: Gold Coins, 20th Century Coins, Early Type, 19th Century Silver Coins, Commemoratives,  Modern Coins, Early Copper, Patterns,  Colonial Coins, Mint Errors, Ancient Coins,  World Coins, and Currency.
Authorized Dealer: PCGS WBCC
22. Comptoir Des Monnaies Anciennes Address: 8, rue Esquermoise, Lille, 59800, France Phone number +33 3 28 14 42 36 Hours of Operation: Mon to Fri 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm Services: Assists Collectors with Submissions, Storefront, and Collector Sales. Specialties: Ancient Coins, World Coins, and Tokens and Medals.
Authorized Dealer: NGC PMG
23. World Antic Collections Address: 38 Rue Vivienne, Paris, 75002, France Phone number +33 140139369 Hours of Operation: 9 am to 6 pm Services: Assists Collectors with Submissions, Helps Build NGC Registry Sets, Collector Sales, Storefront, and Wholesale-to-the-Trade. Specialties: Ancient Coins, World Coins, and US Coins.
Authorized Dealer: NGC PMG NCS

Smelters & Refineries in France:

Smelters extract various metals from the ore and create refined precious metals products. Silver and gold smelting is typically conducted by a professional precious metals refinery, such as Bullion Exchanges. France also has numerous plants where refining silver and gold are performed. Pick a gold or silver refinery listed below or allow us to help you in melting gold or silver for you:

SAAMP Group 145 rue de temple 75003, Paris, France +331 44 61 80 32
Cookson-Clal 83 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France +33 1 42 77 42 13
Metaux Precieux France 21 rue des cerisiers, CE2849, 91028 EVRY cedex, France +33 1 74 57 47 12
Metal Valor 231 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France +33 1 42 86 81 81
Magpie Polymers 108 avenue Carnot, F-77140 Saint Pierre Les Nemours, France +33 1 64 28 90 78