No precious metal has been more important throughout human history than gold. Perhaps the original standard for currency and economic transactions in human society, gold has been hoarded by individuals to protect their personal wealth and collected by nations to back their collective strength. The wealthy have used it for adornments, while the average Joe likely wears gold each day in the form of modest jewelry.
Today, gold has come roaring back as a popular method of personal investment for those who don’t trust their hard-earned wealth to the volatility of modern stock markets. JM Bullion is one of North America’s leading authorized dealers, and we’re proud to carry a wide selection of cast and minted ingot gold bars to suit the requirements of any investor. Take a look through our online catalog to learn more about the gold bars we have available for purchase.
Those investors who prefer the London Good Delivery, COMEX Division Good Delivery Bars, and other smaller cast bars chase after a product that exist in a world between hand-poured products and those minted ingots which are highly computerized throughout the production process. Examples of these types of cast bars include Perth Mint Gold Bars or PAMP Suisse Fortuna Gold Bars.
The common approach to this production process is to first melt the precious metal in question in a bulk “holding” crucible to prepare it for pouring into molds. Typically an induction furnace is used to heat the metal to its melting point, at which time the holding crucible is tilted to transfer the molten metals through a soft gas flame and into a pre-heated and dressed bar mold to create the bar’s specific size and weight. To ensure proper weights are reached, the molds are typically positioned on a balance to record the weight of the metal as it is poured so that pouring can cease when the right weight is reached.
At this point in the process, one of two steps is taken. Some refiners will drop the bar out of the mold into a tank of water within seconds of pouring the mold to quickly cool the bar in a process known as “quenching.” Alternatively, the bars may be left in the molds to air cool over time.
Either way, once cooling is complete the bars are cleaned with soft cloths to remove any stains and then weighed to ensure the stated weight was achieved in the process. Approved bars are then marked with a refiner’s official stamp, a serial number, and the assayed purity of the batch.
Cast bars are, in some cases, produced in massive batches to serve as a starting point for the production of minted ingot gold bars instead. Refiners will start by manufacturing long, flat cast bars to serve as the blanks upon which minted ingots will eventually be formed. Traditionally this was done by creating a long mold that was used in the production of cast bars. These molds made it possible to create cast blanks with the precise width, thickness, and length required to make minted ingots.
To speed up the process, modern refiners will often use a continuous casting process instead. This produces bar stock of the required width and thickness on a continuous basis that is then fed into a continuous casting machine. Throughout a very complex process, the cast blanks are melted under induction heating or resistance heating to form minted ingot shapes that match exact specifications.
The new bars are then broken down in a rolling mill to reduce the larger batches down to the required thickness, and an interstage annealing process occurs that recrystallizes the grain structure of the metals and improves the surface finish of the bar. The rolling mill, combined with a strip annealing furnace help refine the bars to their required thickness. Further exposure to a gauging mill refines the bars even more, before they are eventually sent to the blanking press where each individual bar is punched out of the strip to prepare for striking process, at which point mint marks and designs are added to the finished product.
As you browse the catalog of JM Bullion Gold Bars, you’ll find a variety of options originating from private mints in the United States, private mints and refineries overseas, and even one of the world’s foremost sovereign mints.
Now, the 1 oz. Republic Metals Corporation Gold Bar is an investor’s dream. An all-new offering from RMC, the details of this product are impressive and include:
On the obverse side of the 1 oz Republic Metals Corporation Gold Bar is the company’s official corporate logo. The logo itself forms the letters RMC, with the “M” split in the middle by an iron rod that pours molten gold into a furnace for smelting. The bar’s weight, metal content, and purity are engraved on this side, along with an assayer’s mark and individual serial number.
The reverse side of this 1 oz Gold Bar features the full name of the refinery, Republic Metals Corporation, at a 45-degree angle in the center, with a repeating pattern that consists of the company’s RMC logo along the rest of the bar in a similar diagonal orientation. These bars from RMC are now available in 1 Gram, 2.5 Gram, 5 Gram, and 10 Gram gold contents as well from Republic Metals.
Republic Metals Corporation was founded in 1980 in Florida by Richard Rubin. Using an initial investment of just $2,500, the company has grown into one of the largest full-service refineries in North America. The company was the first US refinery to receive the prestigious ISO14001 certification 17 years ago, and remains a leader today as it nears the 40th anniversary of its 1980 founding.
The newly-formed Asahi Refining acquired both the minting facilities in Salt Lake City and Brampton, as well as the investment casting services in St. Chatarines from Johnson Matthey. The 340 people employed at the three locations were kept on as members of Asahi Refining. The two minting facilities now operate collectively as Asahi Refining, branding all products with the company’s name and logo. The facility in St. Catharines is now referred to as Niagara Investment Castings, and operates as a division of Asahi Refining Canada Limited.
Upon the purchase of Johnson Matthey’s facilities, the company’s standing as a London Bullion Market Association Gold Delivery member was transferred to each of the gold and silver refining operations in the new Asahi Refining corporate structure. Asahi Refining is, as a result, certified as LBMA responsible gold compliant as well as London Good Delivery refiners.
As 2015 rolled into 2016, Asahi Refining was able to get operations up and running fully. AS this occurred, Asahi began to release a collection of silver and gold bars marking the turnover from J&M production capacity to the design and production of uniquely branded Asahi silver and gold bars.
The first of these special issues was a collection of three different bars: two in silver and one in gold. The bars were labeled in their packaging as “First 1,000” release bars, indicating they were among the first 1,000 products struck by Asahi Refining at full capacity. Included in the issue was the following gold bar:
Originally founded in 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint has today grown to become one of the world’s preeminent sovereign mints. Canadian currency was originally, from 1858 until 1908, struck by the Royal Mint in London. The growth of Canada as a nation in its own right, combined with the discovery of gold and other precious metals in the Yukon Territories, eventually facilitated the need for the nation to have its own mint.
JM Bullion carries a limited number of Royal Canadian Mint gold bars in its inventory. Foremost among these is the 1 oz Gold Bar from the RCM. The front side of the bar is inscribed with the words ROYAL CANADIAN MINT in English and French in a circle that surrounds the RCM trademark insignia. Below the circle are the inscriptions 1 OZ .9999 FINE GOLD. The ingot’s certified registration number is inscribed below. The back side of the ingot is inscribed with an attractive pattern of RCM’s trademark insignia, making a very distinguished presentation.
The Perth Mint is perhaps the most interesting facility on this list, due in no small part to the fact that it sits at the intersection of private and sovereign minting responsibilities. When Australia was a British territory, the British crown decided it was necessary to open Royal Mint facilities on the continent to cope with the influx of gold from Western Australia. When the Sydney Mint opened in the 1850s, it was the first Royal Mint facility ever opened outside the United Kingdom.
Gold bars from Perth Mint are produced exclusively as minted ingots, with weights available from as low as 1 Gram in size to as large as 10 oz of pure .9999 gold content. The Perth Mint bars all ship inside of sealed plastic and include an assay card.
Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Credit Suisse’s refinery operation is part of the larger Credit Suisse Group. The multinational organization is a financial services holding company that operates in four major divisions: Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management, and Shared Services Group, which supports the marketing operations of the other three major divisions.
Credit Suisse has one of the most unique background stories of any mint or refinery in the world. Founded in 1856 by Alfred Escher, Schweirzerische Kreditanstalt (or Swiss Credit Union) was created in order to help fund the development of the national rail system in Switzerland. The group issued loans to help create the Swiss electrical grid also, and even provided funding for the European rail system.
At current there are only Credit Suisse Gold Bars available for purchase from JM Bullion featuring the refinery’s own brand. Although perfectly suitable for any use, these bars are aimed directly at bullion investors interested more in the metal content and purity of a bar than its design features or other elements.
As such, these bars are available in the popular sizes that attract the largest segment of the investing population. The 1 oz. and 10 oz. Credit Suisse Gold Bars from JM Bullion feature .9999 pure gold, ship in sealed plastic packages with assay cards, and each contain an individual serial number.
On the reverse side of each bar you’ll find a blank field with no engravings or other markings. The obverse side of all Credit Suisse Gold bars includes the Credit Suisse logo, the weight, metal content, and purity of the bar, and the assayer’s mark. Each bar has its own, individual serial number that is reproduced both on the bar and the assay card for easy verification of your product’s authenticity.
The refinery at PAMP Suisse is a private facility that was founded in Ticino, Switzerland in 1977. Today it is considered the world’s leading bullion brand, holding dominant positions in the major precious metal markets of the world and operating state-of-the-art refining and fabrication facilities.
PAMP Suisse refines roughly 450 tonnes of gold on an annual basis, and holds the distinction of being the first in the precious metals industry to place designs on the reverse side of its small bars. Its most popular product lineup, without question, is the Fortuna Bar. Available in gold, silver, and platinum, with sizes ranging from 1 Gram to 100 oz., the Fortuna Bar is one of the most diverse offerings you’ll find on the modern precious metals market.
Arguably the most popular precious metal bar design in the world, the Fortuna bars from PAMP Suisse have an obverse design featuring the Roman goddess of luck and fortune, Fortuna. She was perhaps best known as the Roman goddess of fortune, but Fortuna also held numerous other titles and roles in Roman culture. As a goddess she was not just consider influential over fortune, but also over bounty and a protector of grain supplies. In Roman religion, she was considered emblematic of luck.
PAMP Suisse Fortuna bars are so popular that there if there is a size or precious metal type you can dream up, PAMP most likely strikes this stunning product in that metal and weight. Fortuna bars are available in weights ranging from 1 Gram up to 1 Kilogram and 100 Troy oz. All gold bars in this range include .9999 pure gold content.
Struck over multiple years and featuring different designs, these bars include obverse images representing the 12 animals on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. PAMP Suisse uses a front-and-back design that displays one scene on the front and the backside of that same design on the reverse. There is a new design on each year’s release of the PAMP Suisse Lunar bar. Unlike the Fortuna lineup, the Lunar Bars from PAMP Suisse are only available in gold and silver, but similar to the Fortuna offerings, you’ll find the Lunar Bars available in a variety of affordable weights.
Currently, JMBullion.com offers six different PAMP Suisse Lunar bar designs dating back to the 2012 release of the Year of the Dragon Bar. Below you’ll find a brief rundown on each of the offerings:
PAMP Suisse Lunar Bars are available in weights ranging from 1 Gram up to 1 Troy oz and 10 Troy oz. These bars from PAMP Suisse ship to you inside of a sealed, plastic assay card to validate your purchase and protect its condition.
The Valcambi Suisse refinery first opened its doors in 1961 as the Valori & Cambi refinery in Balerna, Switzerland. Since that time, the company has undergone two critical transition periods. After eight years on its own, Credit Suisse came onboard as the primary owner in 1968 and helped lead the company to status as LBMA and COMEX Good Delivery producers. In 2001, Credit Suisse began a slow withdrawal from the bullion business, and by 2003 had sold Valcambi to European Gold Refineries.
Today, Valcambi has again been sold to Global Gold Refineries Ltd., a company that is jointly owned by private enterprises in India (5%) and Singapore (95%). Valcambi currently operates a 3.3 hectare facility that is capable of producing roughly 5.4 tons of precious metals each day, with a product output of roughly 3.8 tons of gold bars and coins daily, and 1.8 tons of silver bars each day.
The CombiBar name is a proprietary brand of Valcambi Suisse, and is perhaps its most exciting gold bar product lineup. Used on all precious metal bars produced by Valcambi, from gold and silver to platinum and palladium, CombiBar is a unique technology that manufactures each bar with accurately constructed, predetermined breaking points.
This allows an investor to purchase larger quantities of silver, while offering the flexibility to breakdown the bar into more manageable parts. Larger bars can be broken down into smaller weights, making it easier to store more silver in a small safe or deposit box, and even resell just a portion of their investment in the future.
The CombiBar technology places precision cuts along predetermined break lines on the bar. This allows the investor to break off certain weights for payment or break down the whole bar into its smaller parts for easier storage. With this CombiBar technology, there is no loss of weight or purity in the bar when it is divided into its smaller weights.
Valcambi CombiBars are available online at JMBullion.com in just one weight, 100 Grams, but it is produced in two different weight breakdowns. Valcambi Suisse offers a 100 Gram CombiBar that is divisible into 100 individual 1 Gram bars, or divisible into 10 individual 10 Gram bars. Each bar features .999 pure silver, sharp, rectangular designs, and ships in blister-proof packaging with certificate of authenticity. The only difference between these bars and other silver bars from Valcambi is the lack of an individual serial number.
Whether you purchase the 100 x 1 Gram bar or 10 x 10 Gram bar from Valcambi, you’ll find the same design features. Each of the individual bars in the CombiBar feature their own design sets. Each smaller bar has the corporate name of Valcambi Suisse on the obverse, followed by the weight of the individual bar, its metal content, and purity. An assayer’s mark is included as well.
The reverse of each bar features the rotating rectangle logo of Valcambi Suisse, and the bar’s purity and metal content.
In addition to the silver CombiBar, Valcambi Suisse recently introduced its first Gold CombiBar. The concept and many of the design details mentioned above apply to the Gold CombiBar from Valcambi Suisse, with the primary difference being that these bars are available in a 1 oz. Valcambi Gold CombiBar and a 50 Gram Valcambi Gold CombiBar. Both products share the same divisible technology used in the silver variant, but include .9999 pure gold instead of .999 pure silver.
When you shop with JM Bullion, you have a multitude of options for payment methods. We gladly accept credit/debit cards for all purchase from our online catalog. You may also pay for your silver and gold bullion products with a paper check, bank wire transfer, or Pay Pal fund transfer.
Paper checks do take the longest time to clear authorization, averaging four to six business days. Credit and debit card purchases clear in one business day on average, while PayPal and bank wire transactions often clear immediately. These options release your purchases to our fulfillment queue the quickest, allowing us to expedite the process of getting your new precious metal products to your door.
When it comes to delivery, JM Bullion is proud to offer free shipping and insurance on all purchases over $99. Your package will ship in discreet boxes courtesy of the United States Postal Service or UPS. We’ll provide you with a tracking number for your shipment within 24 hours of shipping. Should your package become lost, suffer damage, or prove to be the incorrect items we’ll work with your to correct the issue. JM Bullion’s offer of insurance covers a full refund of your purchase price if your products are lost or damaged. In the event we still have items in stock, we will replace lost or damaged items.
If you have any questions about these gold bars available from JM Bullion, please feel free to reach out to us. Our associates are available to you on the phone at 800-276-6508. You can also live chat with us during business hours through our online service or send us an email anytime with your questions.