Gold bullion bars have been produced in the form of ingots even in ancient history. They are nowadays made in many different shapes and sizes. They are commonly available in fractional sizes of 1 gram, 2 gram, 5 gram, 20 gram, 50 gram . . . all the way up to 1 oz, 1 kg and even much larger. Larger bars such as the 1 oz and 1 kg gold bars are generally available for lower premiums than the smaller fractional sizes due to higher manufacturing costs for smaller bullion products. Investors are therefore more likely to buy gold bullion bars in larger sizes whereas preppers often buy smaller bars. The 400 oz Good Delivery gold bars that are commonly seen in movies are generally not sold online.
Both minted and cast gold 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 gold bar niche with their Multigram and CombiBars. Whereas most gold bars don't display any artistic designs, there are some exceptions to this. PAMP Suisse for example mints gold bars with many different designs (Lady Fortuna, Chinese Lunar zodiac animals etc.).
Gold bullion bars are favored by investors over gold coins due to their lower premiums. They are much easier and cheaper to produce than gold coins and are made out of 99.99% gold. On the other hand, gold coins offer the added collectibility value which compensates for the higher premiums (and lesser gold purity for some coins) to some degree. The gold purity and weight of all gold bars is guaranteed by the mint. Measures such as unique verifiable serial numbers, tamper-proof packaging, included assay cards, micro-engraving that is only visible with a special decoder lens etc. provide additional security to investors. However, counterfeit gold bars do exist so it's better to only buy gold bars from trustworthy dealers.
So when trying to buy as much gold as possible for the lowest possible price, buying gold bars will generally be more cost-efficient than buying coins. This page gives you a short overview of the gold bullion bar products that are manufactured by the four leading private minting institutions PAMP Suisse, Valcambi Suisse, Credit Suisse and Sunshine Minting. Click the links to buy differently-sized gold bars of these producers from respected dealers online, compare current prices or just simply find out more information.
PAMP Suisse produces both cast and minted gold bars out of 99.99% pure gold. The bars are manufactured at its state-of-the-art refinery in Switzerland in a wide variety of sizes ranging from a tiny 0.3 gram all the way up to giant 400 oz Good Delivery gold bars. PAMP Suisse gold bars are usually readily available from many dealers. Cast gold bars display the PAMP Suisse logo on top followed by the 99.99% gold purity, bar weight, assayer's stamp and serial number. This information appears on the reverse of minted gold bars which generally feature some kind of artistic design on the front. The image of a blindfolded Lady Fortuna - the Roman goddess of fate and fortune - is the most commonly found frontal design but Chinese Lunar, religious and even love-themed designs exist as well. PAMP Suisse gold bullion bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The PAMP Suisse Gold Bar page gives more information about the gold bars that PAMP Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Valcambi Suisse produces both cast and minted gold bars. CombiBars that can be divided up into smaller segments are perhaps the most popular kind of Valcambi gold bars. Minted gold bars of 99.99% purity are currently produced in 11 different sizes ranging from 1 gram bars up to 1 kg bars. The minted Gold CombiBars are also 99.99% pure and currently available in the five configurations of 20 x 1 gram, 50 x 1 gram, 100 x 1 gram, 10 x 1/10 oz and the unusual star-shaped 5 x 1 gram. Valcambi's cast gold bars are currently offered in ten different sizes ranging from 20 gram bars up to Good Delivery 400 oz bars. The cast bars are mostly 99.99% pure as well but cast gold bars with 99.9% and 99.5% purity are produced as well. Valcambi Suisse gold bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Valcambi Suisse Gold Bar page gives more information about the gold bars that Valcambi Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Sunshine Minting Inc. (SMI) is an American company that has made a name for itself in the bullion market due to the advanced anti-counterfeiting measures it has adopted and some of which it pioneered. Especially SMI's patented Mint Mark SI™security feature has won the respect of investors worldwide. It uses micro-engraving that is only visible through a special Mint Mark SI™ decoding lens. All Sunshine Mint gold bars are made of 99.99% pure gold. The bars are issued in a wide variety of weights ranging from 1 gram up to 1 kg. SMI's gold bullion bars are instantly recognizable due to the soaring eagle design that appears on the front side of the bars. Unique serial numbers and Tamper Evident Packaging (TEP) add further security against counterfeiting. All Sunshine Minting gold bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Sunshine Minting Gold Bar page gives more information about the gold bars that the Sunshine Mint produces and allows you to compare current prices.
Credit Suisse gold bars are 99.99% pure and produced at the Valcambi Suisse refinery in a wide variety of sizes. The smaller sizes of 1 gram, 2 gram, 5 gram, 10 gram and 20 gram are perhaps more commonly available for sale online. However, the availability of Credit Suisse gold bullion bars online is quite limited compared with the other major producers listed on this page. The bars are much more often traded on the secondary market though. Only Credit Suisse's Liberty gold bars bear an artistic design. They display an image of the American Statue of Liberty on their reverse side. Other bars show a diagonal pattern of multiple boxes with the Credit Suisse logo on the reverse. The front side of the bars shows the Credit Suisse logo, assayer's stamp, serial number, purity and weight information. The gold bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Credit Suisse Gold Bar page gives more information about the gold bars that Credit Suisse issues and allows you to compare current prices.