Gold is a precious metal that is used in jewelry, coinage, industry and the arts. For thousands of years, gold has been used as a powerful purchasing medium, guaranteeing the value of currency for nations throughout the world.
Gold demand is outpacing supply while production is declining. Both the Chinese and Indian governments are purchasing gold in unprecedented quantities and encouraging their increasingly well-off citizens to accumulate bullion. Gold demand has also surged from central banks, which have been net buyers since 2009. These realities will help keep the value of this precious metal high into the foreseeable future.
Gold bullion is an excellent investment choice, and you have plenty of options when you shop online. Most gold bullion is backed by central governments and is issued by sovereign mints.
Gold has been a staple for collectors for millennia. It can be used to create gold bullion, including gold bars, gold rounds and gold coins. At Bullion & Collectibles Exchange, we work with some of the finest mints in the world to ensure that the gold you buy from us is of the highest quality.
The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and was originally placed under the Department of State. The first United States Mint was housed in Philadelphia, with new mints eventually being built in throughout the United States, including Carson City, Nevada, Dahlonega, Georgia and even the Philippines. Today, there are four active mints; Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point.
As the sovereign mint of the United States, only the U.S. Mint can issue gold American coins.
Here are a few of the American gold coins that are available for investors and collectors to purchase:
• Gold American Eagle
• Gold American Buffalo
• Pre-1933 gold coins
The Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint in Australia and is the official bullion mint of Australia.
The Perth Mint was one of the last three colonial mints established by the Royal Mint in London. It was established in June of 1899 and was built in order to accommodate the massive amounts of gold being discovered.
Because there was very little money in Australia at the time, it was difficult for miners to exchange their gold for more tangible goods. The newly established mint went a long way toward alleviating that problem.
During the period of 1899 to 1931, the Perth Mint struck over 106 million gold sovereigns and well over 700,000 half sovereigns for use as currency throughout Australia and the rest of the world. After Britain abandoned the gold standard in 1931, the Perth Mint discontinued the production of gold sovereigns, instead turning their attention to the making of exceptionally fine gold bars.
Today, the Perth Mint has established itself as one of the premier mints in the world. It continues to produce most of the official currency for Australia, as well as gold and silver bullion, and collectible series coins.
The vast history of coinage in Britain can be traced back to the Celtic tribes around 80 BC. From that storied beginning, coin creation continued through Roman rule, until that period ended.
For approximately 200 years following this time, it doesn’t appear that any coins were officially minted. All that changed, however, with the emergence of the English Kingdoms in 650 AD. As many as thirty separate mints were recorded and their management varied depending on the status of warring tribes.
Finally, in 1279, all mints were rolled up under a single mint system which was housed in the Tower of London. By 1464, mints were well-established and strictly managed, with a special mint board, mint wardens and local master workers.
Significant upheaval through the centuries, including the Black Plague and the war with Scotland, the Royal Mint has weathered many storms, emerging as one of the most prestigious mints in the world today.
Collectors are attracted to the intricate design of the Royal Mint’s Sovereigns, Britannia’s and Queen’s Beasts coins, available in fractional sizes and their equally impressive bars and rounds.
The Royal Canadian Mint has a long and storied history, maintaining its position as one of the world’s most prestigious mints.
For the first fifty years (beginning in 1858) Canadian coinage was produced at the Royal Mint in London. As Canada grew into its own nationhood, the need for more coinage became paramount. In 1901, a branch of the Royal Mint was built in Ottawa.
During the Great Depression, Canada negotiated its independence from the Royal Mint and, in 1931, became the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Royal Canadian Mint then began refining gold in its assay department, using electrolysis. When this process proved to be cumbersome and time consuming and, in 2006, they opened a new, state-of-the-art silver refinery.
Today, the Royal Canadian Mint has an additional branch in Winnipeg and continues to produce exceptional gold and silver coinage and bullion bars. The Gold Maple Leaf, Silver Maple Leaf and several commemorative series make this mint one of the world’s favorites.
Many of the coinage produced at the Royal Canadian Mint, including their Maple Leaf coins, are available in a variety of fractional sizes, providing value at several levels.
Some of the most popular gold bullion available from the Royal Canadian Mint include:
• Gold Maple Leafs, available in a variety of sizes
• Gold commemorative coins
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