Credit Suisse is known and respected worldwide as a leading financial institution. However, it is also involved in the refining of precious metals and commissions the production of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bars. The bullion products of Credit Suisse are often a bit more affordable than those of other leading brands but they are only available in a limited number of different sizes and not all dealers carry them in their inventories. Investors who want to buy their precious metals with the lowest possible premium over the spot price often choose Credit Suisse over other brands. So it is no surprise that Credit Suisse bars are often traded between banks. Private investors can source the bars more easily from the secondary market. The bars are usually without fancy designs with the exception of the Liberty bars, which bear the likeness of the Statue of Liberty on their reverse side.
Credit Suisse is one of the leading financial institutions in the world. Its headquarter is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Production of Credit Suisse's products takes place at the Valcambi Suisse Mint in Balerna (Swiss canton of Ticino).
Credit Suisse was founded by Alfred Escher in 1856 and was originally named "Schweizerische Kreditanstalt" (Swiss Credit Institution). In its early days, the bank was instrumental in the financing of Switzerland’s first railways and it made great contributions in the development of a functioning currency system. After both World Wars, Credit Suisse funded reconstruction projects in many countries. Credit Suisse is estimated to have been one of the least affected financial institutions in the world's financial crisis of 2008.
Credit Suisse's reputation and long history as a leading financial institution together with the relatively low premiums for their high purity bullion products makes them a popular choice with investors worldwide.
Credit Suisse stamps unique serial numbers on almost all their precious metal bars. That makes it possible for investors to check the authenticity of their purchased bullion bars online. Besides the serial number, each bar's front side is stamped with the Credit Suisse company logo as well as the precious metal's weight and purity. Most Credit Suisse gold bars are stamped with the logo of the assayer below the weight and purity information and above the serial number. The assayer’s logo contains ‘CHI’ in a circle with the text ‘Essayeur Fondeur’. That is the assayer's stamp used by the Valcambi Suisse Mint, the company charged with producing Credit Suisse's bullion bars.
Credit Suisse provides further verification of authenticity by encasing most of their precious metal bars in protective plastic with an assay card. The information contained on the assay card is the same as on the front side of the bar.
Credit Suisse's bullion is produced by the Valcambi Suisse Mint. Valcambi uses the assayer’s logo ‘CHI’ in a circle accompanied by the text ‘Essayeur Fondeur’. That stamp appears on almost every Credit Suisse bar. Valcambi Suisse is accredited from the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), the Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), the New York Commodities Exchange (COMEX), the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM), the Central Office for Precious Metal Control in Switzerland and the Swiss Association of Manufacturers and Traders in Precious Metals.
The Valcambi Suisse refinery is certified according to the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
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. The only Credit Suisse gold bars with artistic designs are the Liberty gold bars that have 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.
All Credit Suisse silver bars are produced out of 99.9% fine silver. The bars are manufactured at the Valcambi Suisse refinery in a wide variety of sizes such as 250 gram, 500 gram, 1 oz, 10 oz and 1 kg. However, Credit Suisse Silver Bars are quite a bit more difficult to find than silver bars of other producers. They are most commonly found on the secondary market. The design of the silver bars is identical to that of the gold bars and the Credit Suisse logo, assayer's stamp, serial number, purity and weight information appears on the bars in the same way as on the gold bars. A diagonal pattern of multiple boxes with the Credit Suisse logo appears on the reverse side of the bars. The silver bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
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.
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.