According to experts, gold is one of the safest commodities to invest in for long-term value. It is a corrosion-resistant metal that can hold incredible value in small volumes and it won’t simply expire or die out. Physical gold poses no default risk and very little counterparty risk. Many investors also consider it to be a sensible tangible asset to diversify one’s investment portfolio and as a safe haven against inflation and fiat currency devaluation.
In 2020, physical gold bullion saw all-time highs in demand as money-printing reached record numbers and the Federal Government cut interest rates to nearly zero as a way to counter a pandemic-driven economic crisis.
Gold bars were among the most popular options chosen by our customers in 2020. They have smaller premiums in comparison to gold coins while still retaining good liquidity, in spite of not being considered legal tender. SD Bullion sold multi-millions of dollars of gold bars in 2020 and the following list is composed of our customer’s top choices.
Valcambi Suisse is one of the top refineries in the world and was one of the first private mints established in Switzerland. It is known for refining different kinds of precious metals, including silver, platinum, and palladium, and for manufacturing coins, bars and medals.
This 1 oz Valcambi Gold Bar is minted, rather than cast, and comes in a tamper-proof Certicard security assay.
Every gold bar from Valcambi is produced with 0.9999 fine gold content. The obverse portrays the infamous Valcambi logo, a revolving square, followed by the weight, the purity level, the assay mark, and the serial number, unique to each gold bar. The reverse is imprinted with only the name of the mint “Valcambi Suisse” to show this bar’s shining condition.
This prominent domestic private mint from Idaho is among the most regarded American refiners in the country and the world. Their signature logo, a soaring eagle with the blazing sun on the background, embellishes the obverse of this gold bar, which also displays the .9999 pure gold content, the weight, and the serial number.
The reverse is designed with a pattern of rising suns, diagonally disposed, with the MintMark SI security feature in the center. This mint mark is invisible to the naked eye. It can only be detected by the Sunshine Mint Decoder Lens. Moreover, this gold bar comes in a CertiCard case, which solidifies its security.
The Perth Mint is a National Mint owned by the sovereign government of Australia. It was, once, a branch of the British Royal Mint and it was established in the country in order to help spread bullion production across the British commonwealth. They are responsible for producing gold coins, silver coins, and circulating coins for the country, but they also make quality grade gold and silver bars for investment.
This 1 troy ounce gold bar is minted with 99.99% fine gold. The obverse features the logo, a lovely swan encircled by the words “THE PERTH MINT” and “AUSTRALIA”. Below the brand’s logo are the specifications of the bar: the weight and purity. The reverse shows a pattern of jumping kangaroos.
The gold bullion bar from the Perth Mint comes in a tamper-evident assay card with the bar’s specifications and the serial number on the back.
Another private mint from Switzerland, PAMP, which stands for Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux – artistic precious metals products, is among the most regarded refiners in the world. It is part of the MKS Group.
This gold bar from PAMP comes in a protective assay card that carries the same serial number as the gold bar within. The obverse depicts the brand’s name on top “PAMP Suisse”, the weight and purity (999.9 fine gold), and the assayer’s mark below.
The reverse displays a diagonal pattern of the underlined word “SUISSE”. This minimalist design is purposely chosen to emphasize the brilliancy of the minted gold bar and the clean surface.
The Royal Canadian Mint is yet another institution owned by a sovereign federal government that produces bullion bars. The RCM was also first established as a branch of the British Royal Mint and a Crown corporation. Nowadays, the mint produces all of Canada’s circulating coins, along with platinum, palladium, silver, and gold bullion coins.
The minted gold bar from the RCM is adorned, on the obverse, with the brand’s logo, which is half a maple leaf on top, and half the letter M on the bottom, encircled by the English and French words “ROYAL CANADIAN MINT” and “MONNAIE ROYALE CANADIENNE”.
The obverse also displays, below the logo, the inscription “1 OZ .9999 FINE GOLD OR PUR”, and the serial number on the bottom.
The reverse displays a sequence of the mint’s insignia (the maple leaf combined with the letter “M”).
These gold bars also come in a protective case for improved security.
Another top choice among our customers was the generic 1 troy ounce Gold Bar. This option gives our customers access to products from the secondary market, meaning they were purchased from a third party, rather than the original mint, and thus, contain lower premiums over the spot price of gold. Nevertheless, these gold bars are just as valuable.
SD Bullion offers a wide selection of gold bars from different brands, such as the Scottsdale Mint and the Royal Mint, in addition to all the other ones present on this list. Moreover, all gold bars purchased through this option are produced with .9999 fine gold content.
This is an excellent opportunity for those who are looking to increase their physical gold investments at the lowest possible prices.
From all of us here at SD Bullion, we would like to thank our customers who stuck with us throughout 2020.
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