The PAMP Suisse Mint is a private company that is world renowned for the quality and design of its products. PAMP stands for "Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux" (artistic precious metal products) and the company refines and mints gold, silver, platinum and palladium. Its gold and silver bars (most of them decorated with beautiful designs) are especially popular with investors and are produced in a large variety of sizes. PAMP SA dominates the world's gold bar market for small gold bars (100 grams or less) with a market share of more than 50 percent. It also produces precious metal blanks for coins and medals that are used by many other mints and banking institutions and it provides the fine watch and jewelry industries with gold alloys for their production.
The PAMP Suisse Mint is located in Castel San Pietro (Swiss canton of Ticino) and has MKS (Switzerland) SA as its parent company. PAMP doesn't only produce finished bullion products for investors but also semi-finished precious metal products such as wires, plates, strips and rods.
Besides its minting facility and refinery in Switzerland, PAMP Suisse is invested in another facility in India as part of a joint venture (since 2008) with MMTC Limited, one of India's largest international trading companies. The MMTC-PAMP precious metals processing facility in India (refining & minting operations) is technically supervised by the parent company PAMP SA.
PAMP Suisse SA was founded in 1977. Its current parent company MKS (Switzerland) SA was founded two years later in 1979 by the successful Middle Eastern bullion trader Mahmoud S. Shakarchi. MKS has its headquarter in the Swiss city of Geneva whereas PAMP Suisse remains based in Castel San Pietro (Swiss canton of Ticino). MKS acquired PAMP Suisse in 1981.
Besides the high quality and beautiful design of its products, PAMP Suisse is famous for a number of "firsts" in the precious metals industry. It was the first mint to decorate the reverse side of its precious metal bars, the first to sell its small bars in airtight packaging (CertiPAMP), the first to add hangers to some of its products (so that they could be worn as jewelry) and the industry pioneer in the production of precious metal bars with colored designs.
PAMP Suisse offers custom minting of commemorative coins and medals and it produces a wide range of highly collectible products (bars, coins and medals but also such products as pendants etc). Some of its products are made under license for famous brands and organizations such as UNESCO. PAMP Suisse also acts as an official distributor of bullion coins for respected mints such as the US Mint.
PAMP 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 Chicago Precious Metals Exchange (CPME), the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), the London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM) and the Swiss National Bank.
The PAMP Suisse refinery is accredited in Switzerland according to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 17025, OHSAS 18001 and SA 8000 production standards, the only refinery in Switzerland to achieve that distinction.
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 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.
PAMP Suisse Silver Bars are minted at the company's refinery in Switzerland out of 99.9% fine silver. Perhaps no other mint produces silver bars in so many different sizes and with so many different designs. The smallest minted silver bars that PAMP Suisse offers weigh just 2.5 gram and the largest 1 kg. Cast silver bars weighing 1000 oz also exist but are rarely sold online. Minted silver bars are available with many kinds of artistic designs on the front. "Lady Fortuna" is the most common of these designs but Chinese Lunar, religious and even love-themed designs exist as well. Cast silver bars just show the PAMP Suisse logo, 99.9% purity, bar weight, assayer's stamp and serial number on the front side of the bar. That info appears on the reverse of minted bars. PAMP Suisse silver bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The PAMP Suisse Silver Bar page gives more information about the silver bars that PAMP Suisse produces and allows you to compare current prices.
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.
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.