What Is A Gold Bullion Certificate And What Is Its value?
Tips for buying gold bullion certificates and a definition of their purpose in the gold market.
You can now buy gold in many different ways. If you’re buying large quantities such as bar(s) you have the option of getting the gold for you to hold onto, or you can have it kept in a safe location. If you choose not to hold onto the gold you will receive a certificate stating the amount of gold you have a stake in.
Why use a gold bullion certificate?
Many people use these certificates because it takes away some of the hassle of storing gold personally. You are still guaranteed that you gold is accruing interest and you will receive updates to it’s value. Another advantage is that you don’t have to pay the insurance as if you were storing it yourself. The process is rather simple. If you wish to sell your gold, you call up the holder and they will sell it for you and give you your money.
What is the value of a gold bullion certificate?
The value is the same as the actual amount of gold the certificate references. There is no difference between the actual physical gold bullion you own and the certificate. Often certificates are for smaller amounts of gold but not always. Sometimes a person owns so much gold that it is not logical for them to hold onto it.
History of Bullion Certificate
During the time of the American Civil War through the great depression many American would only have the option of buying a certificate. This was the most common way to deal with cold until the country became a bit more settled. Today there are many hobbyists that collect the old notes along with new ones. There is more financial security in certificates than regular currency. You can always trade your gold for currency, and you most likely will have earned money on the investment.
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