Palladium bullion bars are manufactured in many sizes by both private and government mints. The 1 oz and 1 kg bars are perhaps the two most commonly traded sizes. However, palladium bars are produced in fractional sizes as well even though the selection of small-sized bars is not as large as it is for gold and silver bars. Larger bars such as the 1 oz and 1 kg palladium bars are generally available for lower premiums than the smaller fractional sizes due to higher manufacturing costs for smaller bullion products. Brick-shaped "Good Delivery" palladium bars exist as well but are generally not traded online.
Both minted and cast palladium bars are produced by the leading manufacturers and the former includes divisible bars that can be broken up into many smaller individual segments. PAMP Suisse and Valcambi Suisse compete in the divisible palladium bar niche with their Multigram and CombiBars. PAMP Suisse Palladium Multigram bars only exist as a part of the 16 x 2.5 gram Multi Metal divisible bar portfolio though. Whereas palladium bars generally don't display any artistic designs, there are some exceptions to this. PAMP Suisse's palladium bars all display the image of Lady Fortuna on their front side.
Palladium bullion bars are favored by investors over palladium coins due to their lower premiums. A second reason is that the choice among different bar sizes and producers is far greater for palladium bars. The bars are much easier and cheaper to produce than palladium coins and are made out of 99.95% fine palladium. On the other hand, palladium coins offer an added collectability value which compensates for the higher premiums to some degree. That is especially true if you are lucky enough to find and purchase some of the rare Chinese Palladium Panda coins that are no longer minted. The collectability value of the still minted Canadian Palladium Maple Leafs is far lower though. The palladium purity and weight of all palladium bars is guaranteed by the mint. Measures such as unique verifiable serial numbers, tamper-proof packaging and included assay cards provide additional security to investors.
So when trying to buy as much palladium as possible for the lowest possible price, buying palladium bars will generally be more cost-efficient than buying coins. This page gives you a short overview of the palladium bullion bar products that are manufactured by the leading private minting institutions PAMP Suisse, Valcambi Suisse and Credit Suisse. Click the links to buy differently-sized palladium bars of these producers from respected dealers online, compare current prices or just simply find out more information.
Compared with other producers, PAMP Suisse offers a fairly large selection of sizes of both minted and cast palladium bars. Both types of bars are minted out of 99.95% pure palladium. Cast bars are available in larger sizes ranging from 1 kg up to 6 kg. The front side of the bars displays the PAMP Suisse logo, bar weight and purity, the assayer's stamp and a unique serial number at the bottom. The minted palladium bullion bars that PAMP Suisse produces bear the image of "Lady Fortuna" on the front side and the logo, weight, purity, assayer's stamp and serial number on the reverse. Minted bars are available in many different sizes ranging from 1 gram up to 1 kg. Divisible Bars out of palladium are only available as a part of the 16 x 2.5 gram Multi Metal Multigram Divisible Bars that contain four 2.5 gram segments each out of gold, silver, platinum and palladium.
The PAMP Suisse Palladium Bar page gives more information about the palladium bars that PAMP Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Valcambi produces both cast and minted palladium bullion bars of 99.95% purity. The only cast palladium bar is a 4550.5 gram "Good Delivery" bar that is generally not sold online. Minted palladium bars are produced in the five sizes of 1 oz, 50 gram, 100 gram, 500 gram and 1 kg. Valcambi Suisse's popular CombiBars are not only available out of gold and silver but also out of palladium. The Palladium CombiBars are offered in the single configuration of 50 x 1 gram. Unlike other producers of palladium bullion, Valcambi doesn't place artistic designs or images on its bars. The front of Valcambi's minted bars displays the company's stylized logo followed by the bar weight, palladium purity, assayer's stamp and serial number. The reverse just shows the Valcambi Suisse name amidst a line pattern. Valcambi Suisse palladium bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Valcambi Suisse Palladium Bar page gives more information about the palladium bars that Valcambi Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Credit Suisse Palladium Bars are mostly available on the secondary market and harder to find than palladium bars of other producers. The bars are 99.95% pure and available in the sizes of 1 oz and 10 oz. Credit Suisse has the bars produced at the Valcambi Suisse refinery just like all its other precious metal bars. All bars have a unique serial number that appears on the front side of the bar along with the Credit Suisse logo, assayer's stamp as well as purity and weight information. The layout of this information on the front side of the bar is the same as on the gold, silver or platinum bars. The reverse of the bars is either plain or displays the repeating diagonal pattern of Credit Suisse logos. Credit Suisse palladium bars are eligible to be included in Precious Metals IRA's.
The Credit Suisse Palladium Bar page gives more information about the palladium bars that Credit Suisse issues and allows you to compare current prices.