Gold Bullion and Silver Bullion products are generally produced by either government mints or privately-owned mints. Both types of mints have been around for decades and buyers enjoy the diversity and competition they bring to the market.
Government Gold Silver Mints
Government Mints take on the responsibility of striking gold coins, silver coins, platinum coins and commemoratives in addition to their duty of producing circulation coinage for their country. The earliest-known government mint is still operational to this very day – the Royal Mint, belonging to the United Kingdom. It was established way back in 886 AD.
Other government mints like the Bavarian Central Mint (1158 AD), the Austrian Mint (1194 AD), and the Mexican Mint (1535 AD) have managed to remain relevant even after all this time.
Government Mints are known primarily for successful coin programs, some spanning decades of continuous annual releases. Since these mints have the full might of a sovereign nation behind them, capital, raw material procurement, and marketing aren’t as big issues as they might be for smaller, privately-owned establishments.
Popular Government Mint Bullion Coin Programs
- American Eagles (gold, silver, platinum, and palladium variants): United States Mint, United States of America
- Britannia (gold, silver, and platinum variants): The Royal Mint, United Kingdom
- Australian Kangaroos (gold, silver, and platinum variants): Perth Mint, Australia
- Canadian Maple Leaf (gold, silver, platinum, and palladium): Royal Canadian Mint, Canada
- Mexican Libertads (gold and silver): Mexican Mint, Mexico
Although private mints remained under the shadow of the might and resources of government mints, they have come toe-to-toe with them today. Moreover, many privately-held mints have secured contracts from sovereign nations that allow them to strike bullion gold/silver coins on their behalf.
This is an attractive proposition for smaller nations without the resources to establish their own national mint. PAMP Suisse, Scottsdale Mint, SilverTowne Mint, and Sunshine Minting are just some of the biggest privately-held players in the precious metals market.
In addition to gold rounds and silver rounds, private mints also produce gold bars, silver bars and platinum bars, which are more cost-effective investments for investors.
Their sublime quality, purity, attractive pricing, and gorgeous designs make these mints’ products excellent additions to any investment portfolio or precious metals collection.
Popular Private Mint Bullion Programs
- SilverTowne Stackable Prospector Silver Rounds (silver): SilverTowne Mint
- Republic Metals Rounds and Bars (silver): Republic Metals Corporation
- Lady Fortuna Bar (gold and silver): PAMP Suisse
- Sunshine Silver Rounds and Bars (silver): Sunshine Minting
- Congo Silverback Gorilla Coin (silver): Scottsdale Mint in partnership with the Republic of Congo
- Cayman Islands Marlin Coin (silver): Scottsdale Mint in partnership with the Cayman Islands