Bullion coins can be bought in many different forms. Proof US Mint gold coins, American Buffalo gold bullion coins and American Eagle bullion coins are very popular choices along with the Canadian Maple Leaf and the South African Krugerrand. Bullion coins are available in gold, silver, platinum and palladium and are a very good way to invest in precious metals. Bullion silver and gold coin values are normally higher than spot silver and gold price per ounce.
Bullion coins describe contemporary precious metal coins of high purity minted by official agencies for investment purposes rather than for general use. Although they usually have a nominal face value the bullion coins real value is in the weight and purity of the precious metal content plus the premium which the US Mint imposes when the coins are issued. They must contain a minimum level of .9000 purity but the majority are .9999 fine. Precious metals are naturally occurring therefore 100% pure is impossible.
Bullion coins are made in all four precious metals with a variety of fineness levels. See the full details of each individual coin on the right of this page. Similar to bullion bars many popular gold bullion coins have a purity level of .9999 fine but not all of them. Some of the exceptions are the South African Krugerrand and the American Eagle which have a lower purity of .9167 therefore they have a lower content of gold per ounce than the American Buffalo or the Canadian Maple Leaf for example. However, the Krugerrand and the Gold American Eagle both weigh more than the Buffalo (1.0909 oz) so they still contain exactly 1 troy oz of pure gold. They typically trade very close to the price of the .9999 fine Gold American Buffalo because they have the same gold content.
It is also important to note that the American Eagle Platinum coin trades at approximately 10% above the spot price while the Platinum Canadian Maple Leaf is usually around 5% over spot even though they are both .9995 fine. These are the two most popular platinum bullion coins bought and sold in the US.
Nearly every country produces gold bullion coins but the most traded gold bullion coins in the US are the American Buffalo, American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin, Austrian Philharmonic, Chinese Panda and the South African Krugerrand. You will find details of all of these plus more on the top right of this page.
Buying bullion coins and having them delivered to your home is the usual choice of most bullion coin investors however, some people prefer to have their precious metal investments securely stored for them in a vault. This can be arranged for you and although there is a very small yearly fee there is no deliver charge. See the How To Buy Gold page for details.