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Everyone wants to own their own gold bars and coins. You only have to open the papers to read that traditional investments are flagging and alternative assets should now play a part in everyone’s portfolio. Just as important to know is that physical gold beats paper gold for security hands down. But where is the best place to buy gold bullion?
So where should I buy gold bars and coins?
Many people we speak to ask us where the best place to buy gold bullion is and they often mention Ebay. Clearly Ebay is a wonderful marketplace to pick up some great prices on almost anything you may wish to buy. However I would strongly urge you never to buy gold bullion through Ebay. Gold appeals because it reduces your overall risk of being hit by market downfalls and shocks. So why would you want to take on the huge risk of buying from Ebay. Unless you have very sophisticated testing equipment, there is no way of knowing the gold is genuine, its purity or quality. You are leaving yourself exposed to fraud. If you are happy that it is the right time to buy then the other consideration is price. Gold is not a great fit for Ebay due to the associated Paypal fees. Any seller will have to factor these fees into their gold price and pass them onto yourself.
At the other end of the safety spectrum is The Royal Mint. The name itself provides the reassurance that your gold can be trusted and is of top quality and condition. The restriction with this avenue is that The Mint only sells new gold coins, it doesn’t offer circulated coins or gold bullion at all. So if you’re looking for tax free gold coins then The Royal Mint can certainly offer you pretty coins. However if gold investment is your main driving force, then this is an extremely expensive option. You will essentially be receiving far less gold for your money than if you source the gold elsewhere. You cannot sell the gold back to the Mint so to realise a profit on your gold investment you will need to sell at the prevailing rate to a gold dealer. Paying this initial premium on the gold will severely hamper your returns. However, I’d say that The Mint are a decent source for obtaining presents for family as some of their coins come in wonderfully packaged boxes, albeit at inflated prices. They also offer a huge number of collectors’ editions if that’s your interest.
Overall best place to buy gold bullion?
A source you can trust to obtain top quality gold bullion, at competitive prices and you can also sell back to them when you need? The answer is a UK gold dealer. The best place to start is the British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA) who registers all the trustworthy gold dealers in the UK. If dealers are a member of this association, they need to adhere to a strict code of ethics and you will have a dispute process should their service and goods fall below this code. Generally you will have a decent choice of gold bullion and coins with a dealer, depending on their area of speciality. Some may focus on numismatic or collectors coins, while others focus on investment gold coins and bars. Prices are very competitive and crucially they may be able to provide access to circulated tax free gold coins which provide the best value of all. You will receive full documentation with any good dealer and even benefit from market guidance on the gold price and types of gold.
So next time you’re looking to buy gold, look no further than a specialist gold dealer.