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Find out the difference between poured and pressed bars, weights and sizes, and the type of bars available for sale.

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Gainesville Coins partners with major mints and refiners across the globe to bring you the best gold coins and bars available. From the latest Chinese Gold Pandas and Perth Mint Lunar coins, to stunning bars from PAMP Suisse, to historic Pre-1933 U.S. and 19th-century world coins, Gainesville Coins should be your first choice for buying gold!

Gold - A Storage of Wealth Throughout History

Mankind has used gold as a storage of wealth and a method of easily transporting wealth since the times of antiquity. Called “the money of kings,” it has also long been associated with luxury and power. Throughout history, gold has been used as money for a number of reasons: it is scarce; malleable and dense, therefore highly portable; recognizable and lustrous; and timeless, both retaining its intrinsic value and never tarnishing.

Today, gold serves as a preservation of wealth, and an “insurance policy” against systemic economic risks. At Gainesville Coins, we have something to suit every gold buyer's tastes. For the investor looking for name recognition and maximum liquidity in their bullion, we carry legal tender gold coins such as the American Gold Buffalo, Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, and Chinese Gold Panda. For those looking to minimize premiums, Gainesville Coins offers a wide array of PAMP and Credit Suisse gold bars, as well as gold bars from the Royal Canadian Mint and Perth Mint.

Investors looking for a little personality in their gold should be pleased with our selection of Pre-1933 U.S. coins, both graded and ungraded. We also carry historic gold coins such as British Sovereigns, French “Roosters”, and Mexican Gold Centenarios. Buyers looking for collectible bullion have several options at Gainesville Coins. We carry the Perth Mint Lunar coins, the Chinese Gold Panda, and many other proof and collectible gold coins.

Why Invest in Gold Bars?

Gold was first discovered as nuggets in stream beds. It wasn't long before ancient man figured out how to melt them together to make them easier to carry and store, giving birth to the gold bar. Bars are still the lowest premium option for buying gold, even when they are the decorative Lady Fortuna bars from PAMP Suisse. Bars come in many sizes for the retail investor, from the tiny 1 gram to the hefty 1 kilogram. Many bars come with a serial number stamped right on the bar, and are sealed together with an assay card that carries a matching serial number.

Poured Gold Bars vs. Pressed Gold Bars

Gold bars (and all bullion bars, for that matter) are made in two ways: poured, and pressed. Pouring was the original way to make bars. Molten gold is poured into molds, then allowed to cool. They are then stamped with the weight, purity, assay mark, and refiner. Pressed (or minted) bars are made from solid gold bar stock, cut at the precise point to produce uniform bars of an exact weight. The bars are then fed into a giant press, much like a coining press, where the weight, purity, assay mark and refiner are struck by dies onto the bar. Pressed bars are much faster to produce than poured bars. This makes pressing the preferred method of making smaller bars (those under 1 kilo), though poured bars can also be found.

A gold round (or medallion, as it is sometimes called) is basically just a round bar that has been minted with a more intricate design. These are not nearly as common as their silver counterparts.

Buying Gold Coins

For thousands of years, gold has been used in trade between different cultures, helping to spread the idea of commerce (and various kingdoms or empires). Archeologists can use discoveries of buried coins to determine how far the influence of ancient empires extended.

While the days of circulating gold coinage are regretfully over, you can still hold gold coins as a preservation of wealth. Gainesville Coins not only carries the latest in modern bullion coins from mints across the world, it also keeps a supply of formerly circulating gold coins, stretching back to the 19th century. Add the Liberty Head Eagles, Quarter Eagles, Half Eagles, or Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles to your collection for exposure to the classic Pre-1933 U.S. gold coins. The selection isn't limited to U.S. gold, either. Select among French 10- or 20- franc coins, British sovereigns from a number of different monarch’s reigns, and even Swiss francs or Dutch gulden from the 1800s.

In addition, the past three decades have seen an explosion of government-issued gold bullion coins. Produced by government mints with official legal tender status, these coins are struck from .999 fine gold or better specifically for investors. The most well-known of these kinds of coins is the American Gold Eagle. The modern Gold Eagle (not to be confused with the $10 gold coin denomination that circulated before 1933) comes in a variety of sizes for different budgets investing tastes.

Due to their high level of quality, liquidity, and trust, these bullion coins generally carry higher premiums than more generic gold bullion products. The artistic designs of most gold bullion coins issued by national mints are also representative of the culture and symbols of the issuing country. A few other prominent examples are the Chinese Gold Panda, Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, Austrian Gold Philharmonic, and the Perth Mint’s Australian Gold Kangaroo.

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