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Gold Bars Vs. Gold Coins

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For many new gold bullion buyers, it may be challenging to determine if buying gold coins versus gold bars is more lucrative and effective as an investment. Read on to learn the differences between the two.

Why Buy Gold?

Investing in gold has been a time-tested stabilizer for portfolios, as the price of gold tends to increase as other investments decline. In a severe economic downturn, like in the case of a significant currency devaluation, you can buy and sell gold to help keep financially afloat in worst-case scenarios.

Buying Gold Bars

For buyers who want to purchase gold at the lowest price per ounce, sourcing gold bars from a reputable coin and bullion dealer is an excellent option. Keep in mind that most financial institutions, including banks, don’t sell gold bars, so it’s important to do your research before setting out to make a purchase. However, like gold coins, gold bars are private, liquid assets. Generally speaking, gold bars boast lower prices or premiums over the ever-changing gold spot price.

Buying Gold Coins

Gold coins can be your best defense against inflation. The allure of this currency type extends far back to ancient civilizations dated around 550 BC. Some gold coins have been minted by governments, guaranteeing each coin’s gold content, purity, and weight. You aren’t required to pay out capital gains on your gold coins until you decide to sell. Gold coins can vary in size, finish, design, availability, numismatic potential, price, grade, and liquidity. In fact, the options are practically endless for gold coin investors and collectors alike.

Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers is a full-service coin and bullion dealer offering transparent, trustworthy gold and coin transactions both online and by mail. Contact us at 404-236-9744 for an appraisal appointment with a member of our team to learn more about our unique approach to buying and selling rare coins and bullion.

Tony Davis
Tony Davis
Tony Davis is the owner of Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers, a full service Atlanta based coin and bullion dealer specializing in buying, selling and appraising coins and coin collections of all types and sizes. Tony frequently writes on various economic and numismatic related topics affecting the coin and bullion markets and has been published on some of the industry’s leading websites, including Coin Week, the American Numismatic Association, Coin Collector, Coinflation, and Coin Auctions Help, just to name a few. Visit Atlanta Gold & Coin’s website at to obtain additional information on the products, services and educational resources offered by his company. Tony can be reached at or at 404-236-9744
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