What is Doped Gold?
The word doping is something that people generally associate with professional athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs in order to be more successful in competitions. A recently uncovered scandal about doped gold involving Australia’s esteemed Perth Mint however has nothing to do with sports but instead with corporate greed. In the world of gold bullion refining, doping ... Continue reading
Religious Gold Bars
Investors that buy larger gold bars generally don’t care about the design of these bars. However, there is a sizable market for small and thin gold bars with artistic designs. These bars are often bought as gifts and their new owners often use them as amulets or bookmarks. Various types of designs are used on ... Continue reading
Precious Metal Bars – cast or minted bars?
After browsing the online inventory of many precious metal dealers, you may have noticed that precious metal bars are often categorized by the way in which they are made. There are two ways to manufacture such bars, casting and minting, and the finished precious metal products are referred to as cast bars and minted bars. ... Continue reading
Divisible Gold Bars
As I mentioned before in previous articles, one of the main benefits of buying smaller quantities of gold is to have something valuable, tangible and portable to barter with for the time of the coming financial meltdown. The two private mints PAMP Suisse and Valcambi Suisse have each created their own type of divisible gold ... Continue reading
Gold Bars with Artistic Designs
When you think of designer products, it’s usually things like handbags or various items of fashion wear that will come to mind. When people think of gold bars on the other hand, they usually have the image of a large brick-shaped bar without any adornments in mind. These large bars that you often see in ... Continue reading
Small gold bars vs. small gold coins
There cannot be any doubt that the variety of gold bullion products is higher now than ever before in the history of mankind. Only a few decades ago, most gold bullion coins existed in only one size which was usually one troy ounce. Nowadays, some gold bullion coins like the Australian Kangaroo gold coins are ... Continue reading
History of Gold Bars
Have you ever wondered about the history of gold bars? When we think about gold bars these days, it’s usually the large brick-shaped gold bars that we saw in some movie that come to mind. These standardized bars that weigh 400 oz each are mostly used by banks or other financial institutions and very few ... Continue reading
Counterfeit Gold Bars
When we think of counterfeit goods, things like fake Gucci bags, fake-branded T-shirts and shoes at an open-air market in Thailand, iPhone imitations from China and so on usually come to mind. Of course, there is also counterfeit money (e.g. North Korea used to be good at producing fake Dollars), but who has ever heard ... Continue reading