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Buying Gold and Silver

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Why Gold and Silver?

In short, there are a ton of reasons why people choose to invest in gold and silver. Here are a few:

  • Successfully been a leading asset class
  • Successful when markets / banks / bonds / paper currency devalue or default
  • Retains value during high inflationary periods
  • Will go up in price with increasing uses in industry
  • Best suitable asset for bartering in a post U.S. currency environment


Silver and gold mixture

This decision will depend on your budget and your desire to transport your bullion. One ounce of gold will cost roughly 90 times the cost of an ounce of silver. This can be a blessing and a detriment. 


Gold: is comparatively expensive. As of June of 2019, a gold one ounce coin (about double the size of a quarter) would be roughly $1450. This means it is extremely transportable. $100,000 of gold easily fits in a pocket or a purse. The detriment to this is you must sell $1450 dollars at a time. If you need $300 dollars in cash, you cannot trade in 1/4 of your coin. 


Silver: is comparatively inexpensive. As of June of 2019, a silver one ounce coin (about twice the size of a quarter) would be approximately $16. This means that it grows in size quickly. $100,000 of silver would be 6,250 ounces and 13 large boxes and would weigh more than 430 pounds. The benefit is that you can sell and buy individual pieces. For $16 you can buy an ounce of silver or sell it for cash. It makes it easily divisible. 


Spot Price

The first thing to know when buying gold and silver is an understanding of the spot price. The spot prices of either metal are an amalgamation, a composite of the world’s future’s markets buying and selling futures contracts representing the underlying metal respectively. The market for the physical metal, such as the coins we sell in Coins and Carats, tracks this market and the base cost for trading metals in the store, whether buying or selling.


Different parts of the market trade based on different ranges from the spot price:

  • The mining industry sells mixed ore to refiners at below the spot price
  • The refining industry purify the ore into pure metal which are sold to mints at the spot price
  • Mints strike bullion coins and bars and sell them to wholesalers at slightly above the spot price
  • Wholesalers circulate coins to retailers at a market rate above the spot price.
  • Retail bullion dealers offer the respective bullion products to the public, usually at a 1-3% profit margin.

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A very popular choice, a 22 karat gold coin produced by South Africa. 

American Eagle

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The American Eagle is the most popular coin sold at our store. A 22 karat gold coin, with some mixed in silver and produced by the United States government. 

Canadian Maple Leaf

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A pure 24 karat gold coin produced by the Canadian government. A beautiful design that is also extremely popular as a pure gold coin. 


Gold Bars

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Gold bars produced by private companies usually carry the lowest premium per ounce over spot price and are paid the least when sold at a dealer. 

American Gold Buffalo

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A beautiful 24 karat gold coin also produced by the American Government. This coin is slightly less popular than the eagle, although it does carrier a higher price than the eagle. 

Other Coins

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Coins, such as the Austrian Philharmonic, are also occasionally available. Coins ranging from Australian Kangaroos to Chinese Pandas may also be available. 


Silver Coins

10 or 100 oz bars

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Larger bars are also occasionally available, in 10, kilo, 50 and 100 ounce bars. 

American Silver Eagle

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An amazing gift item for every year, and an investment option for silver.

One Ounce Random Rounds

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A wonderful option and our top recommendation for investing in silver.



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