Not all bullion bars are equal The most respected brands of bullion bars are the ingots minted by Engelhard, Wall Street Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, Johnson Matthey, Credit Suisse and now Kitco.  There’s a lot of fraud in bullion bars these days, so be sure to have yours checked out by a professional.  It’s not …

Calculating the Premium on Gold and Silver Coins or Bars Let me start by saying this, the numismatic coin market is not where beginners should be investing their money.  More and more beginners get fleeced by buying into the rare coin market every year.  Unless you are a professional collector and have an understanding of …

GOLD TESTING PROCESS Unfortunately, there are unethical practices used to purposely deceive, where false fineness marks have been applied to an item, but not indicative of the actual fineness content.  Most businesses that purchase scrap gold or any precious metals for that matter are going to use more than one technique.  The two most popular …

What is a Karat of Gold from Pure Gold to 8 Karat A gold Karat (abbreviated as Kt, or K) is a measure of gold’s fineness or purity level.  Anything less than pure is alloyed with different proportions of silver and copper.  Alloy is used for a variety of purposes, one being to lower its …