DematGold.com

Your Resource for Demat Gold
Trading and Investing


Bullion: Mass Of Precious Metals


Bullion is a mass of any one of the known precious metals. By strict definition, precious metals are those metallic elements that are rare. Bullion is commonly made of either gold or silver. Its value is determined by the worth of the metal rather than by its face value as money. To put it another way, bullion is valued based on the mass and purity of the metal used, instead of its artificial currency value.


New sources of ore have been discovered and there also have been improvements in the mining and refining processes. These two factors may cause the values of gold, silver, and the other precious metals to diminish. Also, the "precious" qualification of a metal is determined by the market value or high demand.


Bullion is traded on commodity markets in two forms: bulk ingots or coins, the latter minted by the government of a country. At least ten countries are known to mint gold and silver bullion coins. These are Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


While bullion coins are issued as legal tender, with nominal values assigned to them on minting, such face values are far below the commodity value of the metals themselves. Here's an example: Most of the gold coins issued by national governments, particularly those with currency values of between 10 and 100 U.S. dollars, usually contain no less than 31 grams of gold. On the average (considering the consistent rise in the exchange rate of gold), the value of gold is around USD12 per gram. Here, it is clear that the currency value assigned by the government to a gold bullion coin has no meaning.


Below is a list of some of the government-issued gold and silver bullion coins:


1. Australian Gold Nugget, Lunar Series I, and Lunar Series II


2. Austrian Philharmoniker


3. Canadian Maple Leaf


4. Chinese Gold Panda


5. Mexican Centenario, Libertad, and Onza


6. Polish Orzel bielik


7. South African Krugerrand


8. Swiss Vreneli


9. British Britannia and Sovereign


10. American Buffalo, American Eagle, and Double Eagle


The 10,000-dollar Australian Gold Nugget is one of the world's largest bullion coins. Minted by the Australian government, this bullion coin is made of 1 kilogram of 99.9% pure gold. Some other bullion coins larger than the Australian Gold Nugget have come out. However, these are not produced in mass quantities and are not practical to handle. Two examples are given here: One is the 100,000-euro Vienna Philharmonic, minted in 2004, which contains 31 kilograms of gold; the other is the 1 million-dollar Canadian Maple Leaf, minted in 2007, which contains 100 kilograms of gold.


Three factors - metal, purity, and weight - affect the value of bullion. The overall value of bullion is determined by the metal used. We know, of course, that platinum is worth more than gold, which, in turn, is worth more than silver. It is easy to understand, therefore, that silver bullion coins have become popular with collectors because of their relative affordability.



Back to article index.


Buy & sell gold online 24/7. Open a BullionVault
account and get 1 gram of gold free.



Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook


Tweet This!

Home | Privacy Policy | GoldMiner | Articles | Contact


Recommended Resources

More Resources

Gold Quotes

    Gold was not selected arbitrarily by governments to be the monetary standard. Gold had developed for many centuries on the free market as the best money; as the commodity providing the most stable and desirable monetary medium.
    -Murray N. Rothbard


    The history of fiat money is little more than a register of monetary follies and inflations. Our present age merely affords another entry in this dismal register.
    -Hans F. Sennholz


    As fewer and fewer people have confidence in paper as a store of value, the price of gold will continue to rise.
    -Jerome F. Smith


    Those entrapped by the herd instinct are drowned in the deluges of history. But there are always the few who observe, reason, and take precautions, and thus escape the flood. For these few gold has been the asset of last resort.
    -Antony C. Sutton


    For more than two thousand years gold's natural qualities made it man's universal medium of exchange. In contrast to political money, gold is honest money that survived the ages and will live on long after the political fiats of today have gone the way of all paper.
    -Hans F. Sennholz


    When paper money systems begin to crack at the seams, the run to gold could be explosive.
    -Harry Browne


    In a country whose currency is not convertible into gold, inflation leads to its continuous devaluation in terms of foreign currencies.
    -Michael A. Heilperin


    Until government administrators can so identify the interests of government with those of the people and refrain from defrauding the masses through the device of currency depreciation for the sake of remaining in office, the wiser ones will prefer to keep as much of their wealth in the most stable and marketable forms possible - forms which only the precious metals provide.
    -Elgin Groseclose


    Follow us on Twitter

    Like us on Facebook

Currency Converter

 

 

 

 

 

 

HTML Templates