The words "gold bullion" conjure up visions of pirate ships and treasure chests overflowing with antique gold coins, or stacks of gold bars piled high in a bank vault.

Today, the word bullion refers to gold coins and bars minted after the Gold Confiscation of 1933. You may already be familiar with some of the more well known bullion coins such as the American Eagle, the Canadian Maple Leaf, the Chinese Panda, the South African Krugerrand, and the Austrian Philharmonic, as well as the names of some of the best known minters of gold bars such as Credit Suisse, Johnson Matthey, and Pamp Suisse. These easily recognized coins and bars allow collectors and institutions to move in and out of gold bullion easily and swiftly, which is important in bullion transactions. Bullion's value relies solely on its weight in gold (or silver) and fluctuates with the market, so the timing of your buying and selling is also very important if you are dealing in bullion with the hopes of appreciating your capital.

Unlike Pre-1933 gold coins which offer many advantages including privacy, long-term stable growth, downward resistance, and exemption from confiscation and reporting, bullion's disadvantages include its short term and sometimes violent fluctuations, lack of privacy, reportability, and ability to be confiscated by a mere signature of the President on an Executive Order, at whatever rate the government deems "just compensation".

What is important to remember about bullion is that it cannot be purchased at exactly the spot price, and yet it relies on the spot price as its basis for value. Bullion can, however, be purchased more closely to the spot price of gold than any of the other types of gold. It is considered by some as the best gold recommendation for an investment term shorter than 3 years or for a smaller starting position. Bullion coins are available in various denominations and bars in varying weights from ounces and grams to pounds and kilos. The smaller denominations also make gifts in bullion affordable.

American Gold Eagle

U.S. Gold Eagles are the #1 gold bullion coin choice among collectors across the world and are made only from gold mined in the United States.

Each 22-karat coin starts with one full ounce of pure gold added to a small amount of alloy and is guaranteed in content, weight and purity by the U.S. Government, making them welcome in major investment markets worldwide.

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American Gold Buffalo

The American Buffalo Gold Coin, America's first ever 24-karat one ounce coin made of pure .9999 fine gold, was first minted in June 2006. This marks the first time the United States Mint has offered the public the opportunity to purchase a 24-karat gold bullion coin.

Nicknamed "The Buffalo", this beautiful coin is based upon American sculptor James Earle Fraser's well known Buffalo Nickel of 1913.

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Canadian Gold Maple Leaf

In 1979, the Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coin, the official bullion coin of Canada, was minted by the Royal Canadian Mint using flawless blanks to create a coin of .999 pure gold.

Every Maple Leaf coin is guaranteed by the Government of Canada for its weight and purity, offering international liquidity.

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South African Krugerrand

The 22-karat Krugerrand was the first gold bullion coin minted for investment starting in 1967, and is believed to be the most widely owned gold bullion coin in the world.

Since Krugerrands are legal tender, American were permitted to own them during the ban on gold ownership in the U.S., which ended in 1974. They continue to be favorite today.

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Austrian Vienna Philharmonic

Also known as Vienna Philharmonics, these striking gold bullion coins are made from 99.99% pure gold with no alloyed metals added, and are guaranteed in weight and purity by the Austrian Mint.

The Philharmonic was the best selling gold bullion coin worldwide in 1992, 1995 and 1996 according to the World Gold Council, but never gained in popularity in the U.S.

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British Britannia

Renowned for its great beauty and impeccable quality, the Britannia is Britain's 22-karat one ounce bullion coin and is fast becoming Europe's premier modern coin.

Distinctively British, the symbol of Britannia has long been revered as the personification of the nation, and long admired around the world.

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Credit Suisse Bar

Credit Suisse bullion bars come in 1 ounce and 10 ounce sizes and are internationally recognized gold bars backed by the Credit Suisse Bank of Switzerland.

Each 24-karat bar is stamped with its exact weight and gold purity and bears the Credit Suisse logo.

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PAMP Bar

One ounce and ten ounce PAMP gold bars, 99.99% pure, are accredited as 'Good Delivery' bars by the Swiss National Bank and the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).

The high quality finish and distinctive features of the PAMP Suisse trademark are immediately recognized by gold dealers worldwide, making these gold bars easy to buy and sell.

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Australian Nugget

First introduced in 1986, the Australian Gold Nugget is one of the most desired gold bullion coins minted by the Perth Mint in Western Australia. It is one of few legal tender bullion gold coins to change its design every year, which together with its limited annual mintage, may increase their numismatic value.

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Chinese Gold Panda

The Chinese Gold Panda is a series of gold bullion coins introduced in 1982 and issued in denominations of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz. Larger panda coins weighing 5 and 12 oz came out some years later. The panda design changes every year, with the exception of the 2001 issues due to a temporary freeze on the design.

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Austrian 1000 Schilling

The Austrian Mint minted this coin in 1976 commemorating the 1,000-year anniversary of the start of the Babenberg Dynasty, A branch of Babenbergers from modern day Bavaria, Germany that migrated to Austria and ruled from 976 to 1248.

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Proof Gold

Proof Gold coins are limited edition bullion coins which undergo a specialized minting process that begins by manually feeding burnished 22-karat coin blanks into presses fitted with special dies.

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