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The Three Most Common forms of Bullion

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

While the value of gold might mean something different to investors compared to what it means to coin collectors, there is definitely one meaning that can affect the decision which anyone who is interested in gold can make. Silver and gold bullion provide several kinds of ways which gold can be bought, and just because an old coin is not in a collectible condition does not mean that it is not still valuable. The bullion will allow for the value to be in the metal as opposed to the coin’s mint or historical significance.

Bullion Types

  • Coins
  • Rounds
  • Bars (Ingots)
Gold Bullion Coins

So what are the most common forms of gold bullion that you will find today? Beside silver coins and gold coins there are bars and there are also rounds which people sometimes mistake for coins. Take silver rounds for example. These pieces are not based on face value in the sense that coins are, instead these are privately minted. This ultimately means that they will definitely not work in the open market to directly purchase goods and services in the way the coins do. For instance you know what the face value of five dollars is but the silver rounds are valued in their weight as well as purity such as .999 Fine Silver One Troy Ounce.

The silver bars and gold bars are the other common type of bullion besides coins. They are quite easy to distinguish from the silver rounds due to the fact that they are in bar shape as opposed to the more coin-like shape which the rounds happen to be in. The bullion bars will frequently have the purity as well as the maker on them for easy identification.

1 oz 999 Fine Silver Bullion 2014 City of Peace Jerusalem Holy Land Mint
1 oz 999 Fine Silver Bullion 2014 City of Peace Jerusalem Holy Land Mint
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MERCURY WINGED LIBERTY 999 SOLID SILVER 1 GRAM COIN BULLION ROUND UNCIRCULATED
MERCURY WINGED LIBERTY 999 SOLID SILVER 1 GRAM COIN BULLION ROUND UNCIRCULATED
$1.04
1oz Copper Bullion Round Enduring Freedom Liberty Bell Design
1oz Copper Bullion Round Enduring Freedom Liberty Bell Design
$4.97
 2008 US SILVER EAGLE  1 TROY OZ 999 FINE SILVER BULLION
2008 US SILVER EAGLE 1 TROY OZ 999 FINE SILVER BULLION
$17.13
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1oz Copper Bullion Round Enduring Freedom Eagle Liberty Design
$4.97
MERCURY WINGED LIBERTY 999 SOLID SILVER 1 GRAM COIN BULLION ROUND UNCIRCULATED
MERCURY WINGED LIBERTY 999 SOLID SILVER 1 GRAM COIN BULLION ROUND UNCIRCULATED
$1.30
1oz Copper Bullion Round Enduring Freedom We The People Design
1oz Copper Bullion Round Enduring Freedom We The People Design
$4.97
1oz Copper Bullion Round Flowing Hair Design
1oz Copper Bullion Round Flowing Hair Design
$4.97
1oz Copper Bullion Round Gates Of Doom Design
1oz Copper Bullion Round Gates Of Doom Design
$4.97
5 Gold American Eagle Brilliant Uncirculated US MINT Bullion 2014
5 Gold American Eagle Brilliant Uncirculated US MINT Bullion 2014
$275.00

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Typically people however are most familiar with the coins which, as we mentioned earlier, may be not quite considered to be as desirable to collectors if they are in poor condition or are not a desirable mint. With the value of gold having been on the rise in recent years and the fact that the world economy has been in decline, there is no wonder why more people have developed an interest in bullion as a form of investment today. Many collectors have a head start in the fact that while they may already possess lots of coins which are not so significant from a collecting standpoint, they can act as a significant source for bullion which is considered to be a valuable asset today and historically.