The variety of gold bars for sale online contains a wide range of styles, weights, and mints of origin. Most of the world’s gold bars are produced and sold by private mints, with Switzerland being one of the global leaders in the production of gold bullion bars. Argos-Heraeus is one of those global leaders based in Switzerland, and it produces not one, but three major types of gold bullion bars for investors to consider. Read on to learn more about Argor-Heraeus gold bullion bars available courtesy of JM Bullion.
The most affordable type of gold bar from Argor-Heraeus is the lineup of classic cast gold bars. These particular gold bars are produced using traditional refining methods and offer a range of weights that go as small as 1 Gram and 5 Gram, and as large as 500 Gram and 1 Kilogram. Cast gold bars are produced through a simpler process in which gold is first melted and then poured into prefabricated molds. These molds are made from heat-resistant materials and designed with a specific shape capable of ensuring a particular weight and metal content within the finished product. After the gold is poured into the mold, it is left to air-cool until the metal has solidified.
Designs on the classic cast gold bars from Argor-Heraeus are featured on just one side of the product and are struck incuse. This means the design elements are sunk into the surface of the bar rather than engraved in 3D relief on the surface. Design elements on the bar include the Argor-Heraeus logo with markings of the weight, purity, metal content, and an assayer’s mark. Many of the classic cast gold bars from Argor-Heraeus have a unique serial number as well. Though most are not packaged inside of any type of sealed card or capsule, the classic cast gold bars are available with an assay.
Another major option from Argor-Heraeus is the classic minted gold ingot. Minted gold ingots often have higher premiums given the more intricate designs applied to the bars and the more extensive production process. While cast gold bars represent the oldest refining processes known to mankind, minted gold ingots undergo more production work to get the finished product. Minted gold ingots start out as rough, cast gold bars and are then fed into a stamping press that stamps out a refined piece of gold with sharp, defined edges. Design elements are then engraved onto the surface of the bars with slight 3D relief present.
Unlike some mints, Argor-Heraeus uses design images only on the obverse of its classic minted ingots. Like the cast bars, you will find inscriptions of the Argor-Heraeus logo with markings of the weight, metal content, purity, and serial number assigned to the bar. There is also an assayer’s mark on this face of the bar.
Classic minted ingots from Argor-Heraeus are, in most weights, packaged inside of sealed assay blisterpacks. The transparent blisterpack features a capsule space to house the bar and has an assay card around the capsule within the display. This assay card reflects the weight, purity, metal content, and serial number of the bar and comes with the signature of a certified assayer.
One of the most secure gold bars in the world, the Argor-Heraeus Kinebar gold bar is a unique version of its classic minted ingot. The Kinebar is a classic minted gold ingot from Argor-Heraeus with the application of the one-of-a-kind kinebar technology. What is kinebar technology?
In 1993, Argor-Heraeus and UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) developed kinebar technology with the application of a holographic element on the reverse face of its classic minted gold ingots. The hologram, known as a kinegram, is applied to the substrate surface on the reverse of the bar and offers changing colors and visual textures as you change the angle of viewing for the bar.
On the obverse of Argor-Heraeus Kinebar Gold Bars, you will find the engraved inscriptions of the Argor-Heraeus logo at the top with the weight, purity, metal content, assayer’s mark, and serial number accompanying it on this face. The reverse field shows the kinegram embossment with the Argor-Heraeus logo featured within the kinegram hologram.
Argor-Heraeus was founded in Chiasso, Switzerland, in 1951 as Argor SA. Through its first two decades in operation, Argor SA remained an independent company. In 1973, UBS acquired a 100% stake in Argor SA. A joint venture with the German Heraeus Group in 1986 resulted in the formation of the new Argor-Heraeus refinery. In 1988, Argor-Heraeus relocated to a new corporate headquarters in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Today, Argor-Heraeus is a global leader in the production of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium precious metal products. While it is a leader in the production of minted ingots for traders and banks, it also pursues other operations in the precious metals industry. In fact, Argor-Heraeus is the global leader in precious metals services. It produces finished products for the electronics and chemical industries that rely on precious metals for operational products. It also produces semi-finished products for jewelers and watchmakers.
If you have any questions about the gold bullion products of Argor-Heraeus, please don’t hesitate to reach out to JM Bullion with those inquiries. You can call us on the phone at 800-276-6508, connect with us live online through our web chat, or simply send us an email with your inquiries.