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Bullions

Bullion refers to bars and ingots of precious metal, although it has also gained the meaning of coins made primarily out of a metal piece and plated with precious metal. Most bullion is made of either gold or silver, but platinum has been gaining in popularity as well. Bullion is commonly purchased as an investment, since the value of precious metals tends to hold fairly steady and is less subject to economic forces like inflation.

Bullion bars or coins tend to be easier and cheaper to purchase than coins with a similar amount of metal due to the historical and collectible significance of the coin. As such, bullion can be a gateway for consumers who want to own gold or silver, but don't want to pay the premium associated with collecting coins. Bullion also makes a nice gift for similar reasons.

Older bullion bars are usually inscribed with information about the bar such as weight or purity. This contrasts with much of the bullion that is advertised to consumers today, which tends to be stamped or plated in some commemorative or decorative fashion.


Quick Facts

  • The krugerrand, a bullion coin from South Africa, is uncommon in that it is used daily as legal tender
  • The United States Mint issues proof versions of the platinum eagle bullion coin. These coins change reverse designs annually, adding to the intersection of investor and collector
  • The term bullion probably descends from an old French word meaning "to boil," referring to the minting process. It could also be ascribed to a French Minister of Finance from the 16th century, Claude de Bullion

Recommended Items at Auction

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1 Troy Oz. Fine Titanium .999 Bar - Atlantis Mint
Oct 03, 5:00 PM EDT
1 Troy Oz. Fine Titanium .999 Bar - Atlantis Mint
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$3212 Bids
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE), BUFFALO
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE), BUFFALO
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$43 Bids
Valcambi 1oz Platinum -- uncirculated
Oct 13, 5:30 PM EDT
Valcambi 1oz Platinum -- uncirculated
by Redding Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$5102 Bids
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE) BUFFALO
Oct 04, 5:00 PM EDT
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE) BUFFALO
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
24K Gold plated Sterling silver PATRICK HENRY Longine Symphonette Medal Bullion
Oct 04, 7:00 PM EDT
24K Gold plated Sterling silver PATRICK HENRY Longine Symphonette Medal Bullion
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $90- $135
$450 Bids
Antique bullion tassle
Oct 06, 11:30 PM EDT
Antique bullion tassle
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE) BUFFALO
Oct 11, 5:00 PM EDT
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE) BUFFALO
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE) BUFFALO
Oct 11, 5:00 PM EDT
(.999 TITANIUM/ONE OUNCE) BUFFALO
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$10 Bids
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
Oct 02, 1:00 PM EDT
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
2011 One Pound Copper Bar
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $35- $350
$350 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bullions


Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp