Where to buy gold coins and bars.
Buy with care.
This means buying from a reputable bullion dealer and not from an online auction site or a jewelry store in the local mall.
When buying bullion, you have a choice between buying gold bars or gold coins. For ease of storage and selling, it is hard to beat gold coins.
Buy bullion coins such as the American Gold Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, South African Krugerrand, Chinese Panda and Australia's bullion coins.
Above all, avoid stores or websites that make "special offers". If you look at the right side of this page you'll see the current price, in US dollars, of one ounce of gold. When you buy a one-ounce coin, the price you are being asked to pay should be pretty close to that figure.
Here is a couple of reputable online dealers you can check out.
APMEX Gold and Silver (American Precious Metals Exchange)
You can also explore the mints of the various countries that issue bullion gold coins.
Learn more about the United States Mint.
For Canada, learn more about the Royal Canadian Mint.
For Australia, start with the Perth Mint.
For the UK, learn more about the Royal Mint.
For Mexico, learn about El Casa de Moneda de Mexico.
Do your own due diligence and make sure you are getting what you expect. Remember, the price of a one-ounce coin of pure gold should be about the same, wherever you buy it.
If the price quoted is much lower, you are probably being sold a replica and not the real thing. If the price quoted is higher, then it’s time to check out a different dealer.
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If you buy, or already own gold coins or bars, and plan to keep them at home, be sure to read our page on storing your gold.