Buying Gold Bullion
Some coins stay in families for generations. The yellow metal has been a standard by which wealth is measured for centuries, and as civilizations took the first steps out of the Dark Ages and into international trade in the Middle Ages and beyond, gold was there as the standard unit of commerce used by nations and people who spoke different languages. Gold coins often serve as collectible investments because of their design, scarcity, and demand. Today, gold bullion remains a primary vehicle for private investment and the protection of wealth. USA Mint contains a wide array of gold bullion products, some of which you can learn more about below. We sell gold coins minted by the most trusted mints in the world. These mints include the United States Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, The Perth Mint, The Royal Mint, and more.
Gold bullion coins come in several different sizes, providing a diverse selection. Investors of all levels can find value in gold coins, as well as gold bars and rounds. Many investors buying gold turn to gold bullion coins from sovereign mints. Whether you are buying bullion for an investment, adding to a collection, or simply hedging the market, what gold you buy plays a major role within your portfolio, especially understanding the value of your purchase. Gold coins are a popular choice because the weight and purity of the coins are backed by a central bank and sovereign. Moreover, gold coins are produced on an annual basis to meet consumer demand, so there’s rarely a shortage of gold coins available to those investors who want to purchase the precious metal in this form. The following are some of the most popular gold coins for sale:
- American Gold Eagle: The most popular American gold coin, the Gold Eagle features Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ design of Lady Liberty from the $20 Gold Double Eagle on its obverse side. The reverse includes a design from Miley Busiek introduced in 1986 exclusively for this coin series. Gold Eagles are available with 22-karat gold in weights of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz.
- American Gold Buffalo: The Gold Buffalo coin revives the designs from Buffalo Nickel design by James Earle Fraser. The coin was the first-ever 24-karat gold coin from the United States Mint and is available only in 1 oz gold. The obverse features a right-profile portrait of a Native American figure with an American bison in left-profile relief on the reverse of the coins.
- Austrian Gold Philharmonic: Austria’s leading bullion coin, the Gold Philharmonic features the same designs on the obverse and reverse each year. The Gold Philharmonic is the only European gold coin that bridged the gap from pre-Euro to the Eurozone economy. Issued first in 1989, the coins originally had face values in Austrian Shillings and now have Euros as the listed face value. Gold Philharmonics have .9999 pure gold and available weights include 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/25 oz options. The designs come from Austrian Mint Chief Engraver Thomas Pesendorfer.
- Australian Gold Kangaroo: The Australian Gold Kangaroo is the longest-running gold bullion coin from Australia. Introduced by the Perth Mint in 1986 as the Gold Nugget, since 1990 the coins have been available with new designs of the kangaroo on the reverse. Queen Elizabeth II features on the obverse each year in designs that are updated regularly to reflect her age. Each one has .9999 pure gold content.
- British Gold Britannia: The Royal Mint of England issues the Gold Britannia annually. The obverse field includes a portrait of the reigning monarch of England, Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse side bears the image of Britannia from Philip Nathan. The coins were first issued in 1987 with 22-karat gold and now feature .9999 pure gold content.
- British Gold Queen’s Beast: In the newest issue from the Royal Mint of England, the Queen’s Beast Collection features 10 designs depicting the heraldic beasts that appeared in the form of wooden sculptures at the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Each of those 10 designs is available in 1 oz gold bullion coin. Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait is on the obverse in the fifth-generation artwork from Jody Clark, with varying heraldic beasts on the reverse. The heraldic beast designs also come from Jody Clark.
- Canadian Gold Maple Leaf: The Gold Maple Leaf coin is one of the most prominent gold bullion offerings in the world. Struck by the Royal Canadian Mint since 1979, the Gold Maple Leaf includes 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz coins with the sugar maple leaf on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy on the obverse. Since 1982, the Gold Maple Leaf coins feature .9999 pure gold content.
- Chinese Gold Panda: Introduced in 1982, the Chinese Gold Panda is among the longest-running gold bullion programs. Offered in 1982 with 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz coins, the Chinese Mint added a 1/20 oz coin in 1983. The coins have the same design of the Temple of Heaven each year on one side, with new designs of the Giant Panda species on the opposite side with each passing year.
- European Gold Sovereign Coins: An exciting option for investors and collectors, European gold sovereign coins are available from the 19th century onward. Examples of former circulation coins include the 20 Francs and 40 Francs gold coins issued by nations including France, Switzerland, and Belgium. Modern examples include the British Sovereign, a gold coin with the image of St. George battling the dragon on the reverse and the reigning monarch of England on the obverse.
- Mexican Gold Libertad: Issued by the Western Hemisphere’s oldest operating mint, the Mexican Gold Libertad coin debuted in 1981 but was not regularly struck until 1991. Since then, the coins have featured with .999 pure gold in weights of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz. The obverse always features the image of Winged Victory, with the Mexican coat of arms on the reverse.
- South African Gold Krugerrand: The oldest gold bullion coin in the world, the Gold Krugerrand debuted in 1967 with a 1 oz gold coin. The program grew in 1980 to feature three fractional weights of 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz. On the obverse side is the left-profile portrait of Paul Kruger, the first democratically elected leader of the South African Republic in 1883. The reverse includes the Springbok antelope, the national symbol of South Africa.
- World Gold Coins: Private mints around the globe have taken up the mantle of gold bullion coin production for smaller nations in recent years. Examples include coins issued for the nation of Niue by the New Zealand Mint and other private mints. The Scottsdale Mint in the United States releases numerous gold coin programs for Caribbean nations, such as the E8 Series of coins introduced in 2018.
Gold coins are struck with a minimum purity level of .999 gold, while coins such as the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf and Australian Gold Kangaroo are issued with .9999 pure gold. Most gold bullion coins have a face value issued by a central bank with that nation’s fiat currency, such as the US Dollar for the American Gold Eagle or the Pound Sterling for the British Gold Britannia.
Gold bullion coins are often available in weights beyond simply 1 oz gold. The American Gold Eagle features fractional weights of 1/2, 1/4, and 1/10 oz, while the Chinese Gold Panda is offered in 1 Gram, 3 Gram, 8 Gram, and 15 Gram weights in addition to its standard 30 Gram coins.
Gold Coin Mints
Gold bullion coins are preferred by many investors because they have the backing of central banks and federal governments. These coins are issued by national sovereign mints and other state-owned facilities. The following are some of the most prolific issuers of gold coins:
- Austrian Mint
- Chinese Mint
- Perth Mint
- Royal Canadian Mint
- Royal Mint of England
- South African Mint
- United States Mint
Buying gold bars is one of the most cost-effective, safest, and easiest ways to own physical gold. Gold bars generally match sovereign coins in content and purity but cost less over gold spot price than gold coins because they’re usually minted privately. Each gold bar sold by USA Mint is stamped with its exact gold weight, fineness, and a serial number for added security. For those investors looking for variable prices, more designs, and greater options when it comes to the gold they buy, gold bullion bars are an excellent choice. As diverse as gold bullion coins can be, there’s no matching the variety available when you buy gold bars online. Gold bullion bars are offered by private mints and refineries located around the globe. There is no government backing or central bank support, but these refineries have certified assayers (in many cases) checking the quality, purity, and weight of each product before it leaves the refinery. Gold bars feature at least .999 pure gold as well, with .9999 the standard in most products. The weights offered for gold bars range from as small as 1 Gram to as large as 5 Kilograms. The following are some of the many gold bullion bars you’ll find available:
- Sunshine Mint Gold Bars: Each bar features the mint logo of Sunshine Minting.
- PAMP Suisse Fortuna Gold Bars: One of the world’s most famous gold bars, the Fortuna design reflects an image of the Roman goddess of fortune.
- Valcambi Gold Bars: Available in a variety of styles, Valcambi gold features the mint logo as the primary design.
- RMC Gold Bars: A private US refinery, Republic Metals Corporation gold features the mint logo on the obverse face.
- Credit Suisse Gold Bars: One of the world’s oldest refineries, Credit Suisse gold bars bear the refinery logo and are internationally known and respected.
Gold Bullion Bar Refineries/Mints
The primary benefits to gold bullion bars for gold buyers are diversity and affordability. Gold bullion bars have lower premiums over the spot price of gold when compared to gold bullion coins, and the variety of options is far more diverse. Gold bullion bars are available not only in the aforementioned weights, but also styles including cast, hand-poured, and minted ingots. Gold bullion bars are struck continuously to meet the demand for gold, with the following refineries and mints representing some of the greatest refiners of gold bars:
- Credit Suisse
- PAMP Suisse
- Republic Metals Corporation
- Sunshine Minting
- Valcambi Suisse
Buying Gold Bullion from USA Mint
If you have any questions as you buy gold from USA Mint, we encourage you to reach out to our customer service associates. Our team is waiting to assist you on the phone at (888) 725-7967 and via our email address at sales@usamint.