When it comes to mints with a reputation, there are sovereign mints that typically strike bullion and proof coins, and then there are private facilities that deal more in the production of gold, silver, and platinum bullion bars. Credit Suisse is one of the world’s oldest operating refineries, but many investors may not deal with them because they are focused solely on the collection of proof coins.
For those with a broad and diverse portfolio of investment products including gold, silver, and platinum bars, Credit Suisse might be a more familiar name. Whether you’re aware of Credit Suisse or not, the following paragraphs will provide you with an overview of the company’s history, its current position, and some of the popular products from the mint carried in the online catalog of JM Bullion.
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.
Today, Credit Suisse is one of the most recognizable brands in the global precious metals marketplace. The company has grown to develop a global reach that includes active operations in 50 countries, a total of 48,200 employees, and a presence in more than 150 different countries around the globe. When you view the portfolio of available Credit Suisse products from JM Bullion, you’ll find predominantly gold and platinum bars, with two different designs available.
If you love bullion bars but also have an affinity for beautiful design, then the lineup of Credit Suisse Liberty bars is ideal for you. Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty is a copper statue that was delivered to the people of the United States on behalf of the people of France as a symbol of the lasting friendship between the two nations more than 100 years after the French lent support to the American Revolution.
Scultped by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the statue depicts the robed female figure known formally as Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom who bears a torch in her right hand, and the tabula ansata (tablet of law) in her left. Upon that tablet is engraved the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Formally, the statue is known as Liberty Enlightening the World.
Credit Suisse has capitalized on this global icon with a design lineup that features both gold and platinum bars. Each Liberty Gold Bar includes .9999 pure gold content, while the Liberty Platinum Bars in the series feature .9995 pure platinum.
On the obverse of each Liberty Bar from Credit Suisse is the image of Lady Liberty as depicted in the Statue of Liberty. You can only see her from the chest upward in the design, and the word “Liberty” is engraved across the bar. Although not visible in the design, a poem entitled “The New Colossus” is emblazoned on a plaque at Liberty’s feet in New York Harbor that has become synonymous with her image around the globe. The most important lines from this poem are known to thousands of Americans and read by millions more:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I life my lamp beside the golden door.”
The reverse of all Liberty Bars from Credit Suisse feature simpler engravings. Arranged vertically from the top to the bottom you’ll find the Credit Suisse logo in its familiar, soft-edged rectangle. Below it, the weight, metal content, and purity of the bar. Each bar also has an assayer’s mark from Credit Suisse, along with an individual serial number.
Currently, the Liberty Gold Bars are available in 2 Gram and 20 Gram weights, while the Liberty Platinum Bars are available to purchase in 1 Gram and 5 Gram weights.
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.
When you shop with JM Bullion, you have a multitude of options for payment methods. We gladly accept Visa and MasterCard 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.
If you have any questions about these amazing gold and platinum bullion products from Credit Suisse, please feel free to reach out to JM Bullion. 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.