The long history of the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland started all the way back on the 5th of July 1856 when it was founded by Alfred Escher, the Managing Director of the Northeastern Railway Company. In addition to being one of the most respected financial institutions in the world, Credit Suisse is also one of the most trusted brands in the market for precious metal bars. Many institutional investors like banks prefer to buy palladium bars that are issued by Credit Suisse. Few online dealers of precious metals sell Credit Suisse palladium bars. The bars are traded on the secondary market however.
All Credit Suisse palladium bullion bars are produced by the leading refiner Valcambi Suisse out of 99.95% pure palladium. The blandly-designed bars are currently only produced in the two sizes of 1 oz and 10 oz. The popular Credit Suisse Liberty bars that bear an image of the American Statue of Liberty on their reverse side are NOT available in palladium! Every Credit Suisse palladium bar has a unique serial number that can be verified. The assay card that comes included with each bar also serves as a guarantee of the bar's weight, purity and authenticity. American buyers that are investing in palladium for their retirements can of course include all Credit Suisse bullion bars in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's).
|Weight||Purity||Width x Height||Thickness|
|1 oz||99.95%||23 x 40 mm||4 mm|
|10 oz||99.95%||40.5 x 90.2 mm||8.1 mm|
Credit Suisse issues palladium bars only in the two sizes of 1 oz and 10 oz. However, these bars are not carried in the inventory of all precious metal dealers online. The 1 oz Palladium Credit Suisse bar is perhaps a bit more commonly found for sale online though. Gram-sized bars like the ones that Credit Suisse issues out of platinum are not produced out of palladium so far. That situation might change as the spot price of palladium increases.
Whereas other refiners like PAMP Suisse try to appeal to buyers with the artistic design of some of their bars as well, Credit Suisse's 1 oz and 10 oz palladium bars don't bear any special design features. The Statue of Liberty design that can be found on the reverse of Credit Suisse's small gram-sized platinum bars is not available for the 1 oz and 10 oz palladium bars. What makes Credit Suisse palladium bars special is therefore not their design.
The prime reasons that make investors choose palladium bullion bars with the Credit Suisse brand are price as well as brand respectability. You won't find a more respectable and trusted financial institution in the market for precious metal bars than Credit Suisse. Its long history speaks for itself and it has issued gold bars on the world market since 1979.
Perhaps due to the outsourcing of its entire precious metal bar production to the refiner Valcambi Suisse (one of the prime refiners in the precious metal industry), Credit Suisse is able to sell its palladium bars a bit cheaper than other issuers. That depends on the dealer of course. Generally speaking, Palladium Credit Suisse bars are available for lower premiums over the spot price of the metal compared with other producers/issuers.
Another benefit of buying Credit Suisse bars is that their authenticity can easily be verified by checking the bar's unique serial number. At a time when more and more counterfeit bars appear on the world market, it is important to note that every Credit Suisse palladium bullion bar has a unique serial number and is fully backed by the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland.
The front of Credit Suisse palladium bars is stamped on top with the company name CREDIT SUISSE in bold letters within a rectangle with rounded edges. Information about the palladium weight and purity appears in the middle part of the bar. For example, on the 1 oz palladium bar the text reads "ONE OUNCE PALLADIUM 999,5". The official assayer's stamp of the Valcambi Suisse refinery appears near the bottom of the bar. That stamp consists of the French words "CHI ESSAYEUR FONDEUR" inside a rectangular box. Finally, a unique serial number appears all the way at the bottom.
The 1 oz and 10 oz palladium bars display several small boxes with the CREDIT SUISSE name in a diagonal pattern on the reverse of the bars. The small gram-sized bars out of gold and platinum that depict the American Statue of Liberty on their reverse are not available out of palladium.
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.
All Credit Suisse silver bullion 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. Credit Suisse Silver is eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Credit Suisse Silver Bar page gives more information about the silver bars that are issued under the Credit Suisse label.
All Credit Suisse platinum bars are fully backed by the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland. The bars are minted at the Valcambi Suisse refinery in Switzerland. That can be clearly seen on the front side of the bars which bear Valcambi's official assayer's stamp "CHI ESSAYEUR FONDEUR". The bars are 99.95% pure like all platinum bullion bars and available in the sizes of 1 gram, 2 gram, 5 gram, 1 oz and 10 oz. Tamper-evident packaging encases all bars and an assay card is included in the packaging. 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 bullion bars shows America's Statue of Liberty whereas larger bars display a 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.