Recently, APMEX held two webinars with Q&A opportunities at the end of the sessions. Below we’ve listed the top 5 Questions and Answers we received. Know that you can always contact APMEX at 800-375-9006 with any questions or issues. Our helpful staff is there ready and waiting for your call.
Question: Is Gold a better investment than Silver?
Answer: Most APMEX customers buy both Gold and Silver. Silver prices tend to move relatively the same as gold. Most people who invest only in Silver do so because of the low cost to invest. Gold has a higher cost to invest. Often we hear the thought that Gold is to “protect my money” and Silver is more “I want make a little bit of money” strategy. This is the reason I think most APMEX customers buy both. If most of your need is to protect your money, then you are probably going to be heavier on Gold and if most of your desire is I want to make money you might gravitate a little bit more toward Silver. Silver also is 57% used for industry where Gold is only 11%. So Silver can actually also benefit a little bit when the time comes in a good economic situation.
Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of owning bullion vs. minted coins like American Eagles, Krugerrands etc.?
Answer: This is a great question and it’s a common misconception. A coin minted like American Eagles, Krugerrands, Canadian Maple Leafs, are bullion. The value of a Gold American Eagle is only the Gold content.
Now you can buy proof Gold Eagles and you can buy graded Gold Eagles and those have collectible value. But when you are buying just the regular Gold Eagles, Maple Leafs and Krugerrands, the value of those coins is the metal content. It’s purely a matter of preference and the intentions of why you are buying.
Question: Why is the American Eagle weight more than a Canadian Maple?
Answer: If you see the coins side by side, you will notice that the Eagle is actually bigger than the Maple Leaf. The Maple Leaf is actually twenty four carat Gold. The American Eagle and the Krugerrand is twenty two carat gold. Now it is still a full one ounce of Gold. The difference is Gold is a relatively soft metal. If you were to take a Canadian Maple Leaf and drop it ten feet on hard concrete, you might do a little damage; not major but certainly a lot more pliable. Some countries like the United States, South Africa and others mix copper and some other things just to make the coin a little bit more resilient, make it stand up to scratches and things like that. But in the end, it’s not like jewelry, just because it is twenty four carat doesn’t make it any more valuable. Quite frankly the Maple Leafs are often less money than the American Eagle simply because the Royal Canadian Mint charges less than the U.S. Mint. In the end they are all one ounce of Gold. Canadian Maple is twenty four carat, a little bit smaller coin and it has a bright Gold color to it, whereas the American Eagle and especially the Krugerrand have a coppery look to it because of the Copper in it.
Question: What about fractional pieces vs. bulk?
Answer: You will pay a higher premium for a fractional piece. If you are a person with a point of view that it is possible for there to be a currency collapse and you may need real metal to go out and buy real goods and services then you are probably going to gravitate to 1 ounce Silver coins and fractional Gold coins. In those cases it make sense.
If I am just trying to invest in Gold because I want 5% of my money asset in Gold, (or 10% or 20% or whatever it is), I am going to stay away from fractional coins unless I am a collector and like to have a little bit of everything.
Question: Which Gold products would be less likely to be recalled by the U.S. Government?
Answer: This question always comes up in webinars and it is a good question. There are a lot of precious metals dealers that use scare tactics to try and get people worried about what the government might take as far as precious metals. Encouraging customers should buy a more expensive Gold product which the government “couldn’t take”.
Now if you are a person that believes that there is a possibility that the United States or other governments can confiscate Gold, I will not try to talk you out of that. If you are a person that believes that, you do not want to buy bullion coins, you would want to buy things like Pre 33 Gold or graded coins that have been through a grading service anything that would have a collective value because if the rules for confiscation were the exact same thing as in 1933, then collectible coins would not count.
Now those of you who do not have an opinion on whether or not the U.S. would confiscate Gold, I would urge you to consider this: In 1933 Gold coins were at actual currency. You carried them around in your pocket and used them just like you would dollar bills, five dollar bills, ten dollar bills in today’s world. They were a currency.
When the confiscation act came up in the United States, the government knew where to find the coins. They were in the banks. 90% of all the Gold was in the banks. It was very simple for the government to go to the banks and say here is a bunch of paper money give me your Gold. They did not make any attempt really to confiscate Gold from people individually, (they never went door to door,) they just asked the citizens to turn in their stuff and for the most part the citizens did turn it in. Many U.S. citizens sent huge amounts of gold to Europe because many still had friends and family over there. Much of the pre 33 Gold supply that we see in the United States now comes from Europe from those days. There was actually only one case prosecuted by the United Sates government on Gold confiscation and they lost on a technicality.
In today’s world, it can be argued that people aren’t going to give up their Gold. How much would Gold have to be worth for it to be cost effective to get the National Guard to go out door to door?
There are some great reasons to buy Pre 33 Gold. It is historical, it is beautiful, and it has collectability value over and above the bullion content that can go up and down as well. There’s great reason to buy those kinds of coins. I just don’t think the reason to buy them is that the government might come and confiscate it.
Everyone can have an opinion on that. Once again, if you are fearful of that, then certainly buy collectible items because that is something that cannot be confiscated as long as the rules were the exact same as they were in 1933.