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Gold Investment – a Great Family Heirloom

Gold investment as an heirloom, it’s a definite option. Many investors tend to think of gold as a short-medium term investment but really there’s every reason to think about gold investment as a family heirloom, one that can be passed to the next generations. We explore this topic in our latest article.

First of all, let’s provide a definition of the word “heirloom” from the Oxford English Dictionary –

“A valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations”.

Gold Investment as an Heirloom
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Classic family heirlooms

Of course, for an heirloom to be deemed “valuable” within a family it doesn’t have to be an investment, treasured non-investment type heirlooms could include furniture, keepsakes, letters, photographs, scrapbooks, etc. The primary focus of this article though will be investment type heirlooms!

Examples of classic family investment heirlooms include art, ceramics, collections (e.g. stamps), cookware, jewellery, musical instruments, property, rugs and not least precious metals such as gold and silver!

Building family heirlooms with gold

Many wise investors have decided to build family heirlooms based on gold! There are two main ways to do this:

It’s generally thought for heirloom purposes that investing in gold coins is better than investing in gold bars. The reason is primarily that gold coins have more interest than gold bars, which whilst valuable have no intrinsic appeal outside of investment.

Gold Investment as an Heirloom
Family heirlooms could be built with gold coins or bars

Buying gold coins adds numismatic / collectible value

When buying gold coins there is an opportunity for numismatic / collectible value to accrue. This is “over and above” the core precious metal within the coins, which will also vary over time. Prudent investment may lead to a significant return on original investments.

For example, how nice would it be right now to have built up a collection of Britannia coins, buying one each year from their launch in 1987 onwards. As we write you’d have 31 in your collection and have built a family heirloom into the bargain!

Build a gold family heirloom with Physical Gold

So why not build a legacy which will last A gold investment heirloom for future generations of your family  Insider's Guide to gold and silverYou can do by ordering through Physical Gold, whether it’s a one-off or occasional investment or through our monthly saver account.

If you have an existing gold heirloom, then why not simply add to it We can recommend gold options, which would be a perfect addition to your gold based heirloom.

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Call us today on 020 7060 9992 to discuss heirloom planning, or email us via our contact form. We’d be delighted to discuss the various approaches, many of which offer very beneficial tax advantages too.

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Daniel Fisher formed physical Gold in 2008, after working in the financial industry for 20 years. He spent much of that time working within the new issue fixed income business at a top tier US bank. In this role, he traded a large book of fixed income securities, raised capital for some of the largest government, financial, and corporate institutions in the world and advised the leading global institutional investors. Daniel is CeFA registered and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planning.

pauline says :

If a coins are sold illegally is there a register that people who sell the coins have to belong to

2018-12-13 13:25:44Reply

Daniel Fisher says:

I m not sure what you mean by sold illegally, but there isn t a register of gold customers.

2018-12-13 13:27:31Reply

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