If you’ve been thinking about investing some of your hard-earned money into gold, as so many people seem to be doing these days, you may be wondering what form of gold bullion you should purchase. That is, should you buy bars or coins?
Ultimately, the decision is up to you, although there are a number of facts and details that may inform your decision, and that will likely make it an informed decision.
But first things first: It’s crucial to understand that while most people think only of gold bars when they hear the word ‘bullion,’ gold bullion coins certainly exist as well. Bullion, just to be clear, is simply a refined and stamped weight of precious metal.
So if you’re planning on purchasing gold primarily as an investment—and assuming you prefer coins to bars—you’ll want to steer clear of ‘collectible’ gold coins, and instead make sure that the coins you’re buying are indeed actual bullion.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself and mull over if you’re not sure whether the bullion bar or bullion coin route is the best for your situation: