Platinum 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, platinum 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 platinum 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" platinum bars exist as well but are generally not traded online.
Both minted and cast platinum 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 platinum bar niche with their Multigram and CombiBars. Whereas most platinum bars don't display any artistic designs, there are some exceptions to this. PAMP Suisse for example mints platinum bars with a frontal design that shows Lady Fortuna or the American Statue of Liberty.
Platinum bullion bars are favored by investors over platinum coins due to their lower premiums. A second reason is that the choice among different bar sizes and producers is far greater for platinum bars. The bars are much easier and cheaper to produce than platinum coins and are made out of 99.95% fine platinum. On the other hand, platinum coins offer an added collectability value which compensates for the higher premiums to some degree. That is especially true for the proof American Platinum Eagles that display a different design each year. The platinum purity and weight of all platinum 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 platinum as possible for the lowest possible price, buying platinum bars will generally be more cost-efficient than buying coins. This page gives you a short overview of the platinum 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 platinum bars of these producers from respected dealers online, compare current prices or just simply find out more information.
PAMP Suisse offers both minted and cast platinum bullion bars in many different sizes. The bars are minted at its refinery in Switzerland out of 99.95% pure platinum. The minted platinum bars are available in sizes ranging from 1 gram up to 1 kg and with two different designs that appear on the front. The image of "Lady Fortuna" holding a cornucopia filled with coins is the most commonly used design. The other available design that is available for 1 gram and 5 gram bars shows the American Statue of Liberty. Cast platinum bars are available in sizes between 1 kg and 6 kg. These larger bars just show the PAMP Suisse logo, purity and weight, assayer's stamp and in most cases a serial number on the front side of the bar. That info appears on the reverse of minted bars. PAMP Suisse platinum bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar page gives more information about the platinum bars that PAMP Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Valcambi produces both cast and minted platinum bullion bars of 99.95% purity. The only cast platinum bar is a 4914.5 gram "Good Delivery" bar that is generally not sold online. Minted platinum 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 platinum. The Platinum CombiBars are offered in the single configuration of 50 x 1 gram. Unlike other producers of platinum 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, platinum purity, assayer's stamp and serial number. The reverse just shows the Valcambi Suisse name amidst a line pattern. Valcambi Suisse platinum bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Valcambi Suisse Platinum Bar page gives more information about the platinum bars that Valcambi Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Credit Suisse Platinum Bars are 99.95% pure. The Valcambi Suisse refinery produces the bars at its facility in Switzerland. The bars are available in the sizes of 1 gram, 2 gram, 5 gram, 1 oz and 10 oz and come encased in tamper-evident packaging with an assay card. Platinum bars by Credit Suisse are more commonly available than the silver bars mentioned above. The front side of the bars displays the Credit Suisse logo, assayer's stamp, serial number, purity and weight information in the same layout as the gold and silver bars. The reverse of the smaller Credit Suisse platinum bars shows America's Statue of Liberty whereas larger bars display the diagonal pattern of Credit Suisse logos. Precious Metals IRA's are allowed to include the bars.
The Credit Suisse Platinum Bar page gives more information about the platinum bars that Credit Suisse issues and allows you to compare current prices.