The name Credit Suisse stands for one of the most respected financial institutions in the world, the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland. All Credit Suisse silver bars are manufactured by the private mint Valcambi Suisse. Both cast and minted bars are produced out of 99.9% fine silver in a wide variety of sizes such as 250 gram, 500 gram, 1 oz, 10 oz and 1 kg. Compared with other silver bar producers, Credit Suisse silver bars are more commonly traded 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. Investors are allowed to include Credit Suisse silver bars in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA's).
Credit Suisse is a bit more focused on the production of precious metal bars out of gold, platinum and palladium at present. Therefore, you will not often find Credit Suisse silver bars listed in the online catalogs of precious metal dealers. However, Credit Suisse silver bars are much more popular with institutional investors. You will therefore find the bars occasionally listed on the secondary market. The range of sizes that Credit Suisse silver bars come in is nevertheless impressive. They exist in the sizes of 100 oz, 10 oz, 1 oz, 1 kg, 500 gram, 250 gram, 100 gram, 50 gram, 20 gram, 10 gram and 5 gram. Out of those, the bar sizes of 1 kg, 500 gram and 250 gram are the most common but still much rarer than the silver bars of other producers.
Whereas other refiners like PAMP Suisse try to appeal to buyers with the artistic design of some of their bars as well, Credit Suisse silver bars all have the same bland design. The Credit Suisse Liberty bars that bear an image of the American Statue of Liberty on their reverse side are NOT available in silver!
If you are lucky enough to find a Credit Suisse silver bar listed online, rest assured that there is no more respectable and trusted financial institution in the market than Credit Suisse. Its long history speaks for itself and it has issued bullion bars on the world market since 1979.
Credit Suisse has outsourced the entire production of precious metal bars to the leading private mint and refiner Valcambi Suisse. Valcambi is based in Switzerland as well and recognized as one of the prime refiners in the precious metal industry. The assayer's stamp that you will find on all Credit Suisse silver bars (CHI ESSAYEUR FONDEUR) is therefore Valcambi's assayer signature.
Another benefit of buying Credit Suisse silver bars is that their authenticity can easily be verified by checking the bar's serial number. Every Credit Suisse silver bar bears a unique serial number just below the assayer's stamp and is fully backed by the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland.
The front of Credit Suisse silver bars is stamped on top with the company name CREDIT SUISSE in bold letters within a rectangle with rounded edges. Information about the silver weight and purity appears in the middle part of the bar. For example, on the 1 kg silver bar the text reads "1 KILO SILVER 999,0". 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 reverse of Credit Suisse silver bars displays several small boxes with the CREDIT SUISSE name in a diagonal pattern. Older vintage bars are blank on their reverse sides.
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.
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.