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 platinum bars that are issued by Credit Suisse. Even though the bars aren't sold by many online dealers, they are commonly traded on the secondary market.
All Credit Suisse platinum bars are produced by the leading refiner Valcambi Suisse out of 99.95% pure platinum. The bars are produced in a few different sizes and the smaller bars display an image of the American Statue of Liberty on their reverse side. All Credit Suisse platinum bullion bars have unique serial numbers that can be verified. 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. American consumers that are investing in platinum for their retirements can of course include Credit Suisse platinum in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's).
|Weight||Purity||Width x Height||Thickness|
|1 gram||99.95%||9.8 x 15.5 mm||0.8 mm|
|2 gram||99.95%||12.6 x 19.7 mm||1.2 mm|
|5 gram||99.95%||15 x 22.5 mm||1.3 mm|
|1 oz||99.95%||24.1 x 41.2 mm||2.1 mm|
|10 oz||99.95%||29 x 50 mm||8.2 mm|
Credit Suisse issues platinum bars in a few different sizes, from small gram-sized bars up to large 10 oz bars. However, not all sizes are commonly available. The sizes listed in the table above are perhaps more commonly found in the catalogs of precious metal dealers online. However, not all dealers that sell platinum bars have Credit Suisse's bars listed in their catalogs. The larger 1 oz and 10 oz platinum bars are generally a bit easier to find online than the small gram-sized bars.
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 platinum bars don't bear any special design features. The small 1 gram, 2 gram and 5 gram platinum bars that Credit Suisse issues are an exception to this rule though. These bear an image of the American Statue of Liberty on their reverse side. What makes Credit Suisse bullion bars special is therefore not their design.
The prime reasons that make investors choose platinum 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 platinum bars a bit cheaper than other issuers. That depends on the dealer of course. Generally speaking, Credit Suisse platinum bars are available for lower premiums over the spot price of the metal compared with other producers/issuers.
Another benefit of buying Platinum 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 platinum bar has a unique serial number and is fully backed by the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland.
The front of Credit Suisse platinum bars is stamped on top with the company name CREDIT SUISSE in bold letters within a rectangle with rounded edges. Information about the platinum weight and purity appears in the middle part of the bar. For example, on the 10 oz platinum bar the text reads "10 oz PLATINUM 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 small gram-sized bars bear the likeness of the Statue of Liberty on their reverse side together with an inscription of the words LIBERTY and MINI-GRAM or MAXI-GRAM (for the 5 gram bar). The year 1985 with the copyright sign in front of it appears below that inscription. The 1 oz and 10 oz platinum bars display several small boxes with the CREDIT SUISSE name in a diagonal pattern on the reverse of the bars.
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.
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. All Credit Suisse palladium bullion 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.