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APMEX is one of the nation's largest online Precious Metals dealers serving a diverse clientele from self-directed individual investors to institutions.

Gold, Silver and Other Metals – Is the Time Right for You to Buy?

blog image 2Choosing to buy Precious Metals as an investment is a big decision. Choosing when you want to buy Silver coins, Gold bars or perhaps Platinum bullion is another tough aspect of that decision. Once you find a company you can trust to buy from, you then have to decide if the time is right for you to buy. Just like the stock market, Precious Metals prices ebb and flow. While no one can decide for you whether you should make that investment today or wait, these tips will help you decide if you are ready!

  • Financial Stability – Purchasing Precious Metals is a long-term investment. Make sure you are planning for the long term and can handle the financial swings of your investment.
  • Knowledge – Whether you are thinking of buying junk Silver coins or Palladium bars, you should know something about the product in which you are investing your hard-earned money. Read up on current trends and information, and find out everything you can about the product. Check out the education center on APMEX.com to learn more.
  • Expectations – Another thing you should consider when purchasing Precious Metals is your expectation. As mentioned before, these are long-term investments. Like purchasing mutual funds or bonds, for example, you probably will not see a huge return on your investment right away. Make sure your expectations are in line with what investing in Precious Metals offers.
  • Interest – Unlike buying stocks or other forms of investments, investing in Precious Metals gives you something physical to hold and even enjoy as a collectible. Many people find that once the product arrives, their interest in Precious Metals increases not only as an investment but as an heirloom as well.

Now that you have a better idea if the time is right, perhaps you would like to talk to someone about the options available to you. Reach out and talk to the team at APMEX.com at 800-375-9006. We’d love to help you, whether you’re making your first Precious Metal purchase or you are a veteran investor.

APMEX Announces Worldwide Exclusive Release of the Exodus Coin

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APMEX launches Exodus – Crossing the Red Sea, a 2 oz Silver coin, the first in a new Biblical Series.

Many know the stories from the book of Exodus in the Bible. The most well-known, Moses parting the Red Sea and leading the people of Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land, is recognized by many as one of the most iconic stories from the Bible. Now this epic event is depicted on a 2 troy ounce Silver legal tender coin from the Scottsdale Mint.

With its rimless high-relief design and antique finish, this Silver coin brought to you by APMEX is truly one of a kind. Inspired by an illustration by master French craftsman Gustave Doré, the creative team at the U.S. based Scottsdale Mint designed this .999 fine Silver piece to be a true testament to the gravity of events depicted in the story. Each coin in this limited mintage is antiqued brushed and hand-distressed by a team of specialized artisans. The final result is a unique work of art honoring the timeless story.

“APMEX is proud to be the exclusive dealer of this inspiring and one of a kind series,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re committed to giving our customers variety and options they can’t get anywhere else and this coin and series is just another example.”800x400-biblical-series-exodus-press-image

The Silver Exodus coin has a limited mintage of 1,499 coins, a unique 2 oz size, and rimless high-relief artwork, guaranteeing its place as a collector’s item that stands to last the test of time. Each coin comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the story of the coin and minting specifications, along with a unique serial number that matches the laser- etched number on each coin.

About APMEX, Inc.

APMEX, Inc., one of the largest online sellers of Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals products, offers one of the world’s largest selections, including all U.S. Mint bullion such as Gold, Silver and Platinum American Eagle coins. APMEX also sells all types of Royal Canadian Mint products, including Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium Maple Leaf coins. APMEX is a member of the American Numismatic Association, the International Precious Metals Institute and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. For additional information, visit www.APMEX.com or call 800.375.9006.

5 Precious Metals Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Finding the perfect gift for a friend, family member or spouse is a challenge. Instead of giving a Christmas sweater, box of chocolates or smartphone that will be outdated before it comes out of the box, why not consider something with long-term value theader_cat_25185hat will show you really care? A Precious Metal gift is thoughtful, interesting and can be a great investment. If you are struggling to find that truly special gift this year, consider one of these ways to share investment-quality Precious Metals with your loved ones.

Gold or Silver Bullion – If you are looking to buy Silver or Gold as an investment, consider gifting it as well. Giving a Gold or Silver bar or round is an impressive gift and one that will not be soon forgotten. If you are buying Silver online, you’ll find a number of options at APMEX for bullion minted around the world.

3-D Coins – On the opposite end of the spectrum from the more “basic” option of a bullion bar or round are the truly high-tech 3-D coins — a great gift for anyone who thinks they are “too cool for coins.” Minted in a number of countries worldwide, 3-D coins are available in designs honoring occasions, events and even animals. The excitement of 3-D is a great way to introduce the collectible pleasure of Precious Metals to the next generation.

Gift Sets – There are a number of items designed especially for gifting. These often include a number of coins in a themed set, packaged for display and collection. One popular example avengersis The Avengers Set,  which is a great way to share the love of coins and Silver with a superhero fan. There are many other gift sets available, including ones with Gold.

Proof Sets – Coin collectors love proof sets. These collectible-quality coins are labeled and protected, making them an ideal gift for both coin collectors and Precious Metal investors. While you can still pick up the traditional yearly proof set, there are other options available today that are anything but traditional. Consider any one of the back-dated U.S. Proof sets. They’re a great gift for those interested in collectible coins.

Classic Coins – This is what many people first think of when they think about how to buy Gold or Silver. These can be anything from bullion items like a 2014 Silver Eagle to a numismatic item like an older year Peace Doclassic coinsllar. Classic coins are always a great gift idea, and they’re available in both low-price stocking stuffer options as well as pricier choices that could become family heirlooms.

The best thing about gifting Precious Metals is that this gift lasts a lifetime. Check out the options available to you and perhaps you’ll be able to finish your shopping early this holiday season! APMEX has a wide variety of Silver and Gold gift options along with the APMEX Holiday Gift Guide to give you some fun ideas when it comes to gifting Precious Metals for the holidays.

Also, don’t forget, APMEX has FREE SHIPPING for the holiday season!

APMEX Announces Worldwide Exclusive Release of Batman Coins

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Dark Knight. Caped Crusader. World’s Greatest Detective. Whatever you know him as, wherever you know him from — the blockbuster movies, TV shows, video games, cartoons or millions of comics — Batman is an iconic symbol of what a hero is to so many.

Now everyone’s favorite DC Comics superhero is legal tender currency. To celebrate 2014 as the 75th anniversary of Batman, the island of Niue has authorized a series of legal tender, Precious Metal collectible coins featuring the Caped Crusader.

There are two different strikes available: a 1/4 oz Gold piece with a face value of $25 and a 2 oz Silver coin with a face value of $5. Mintages are limited to 7,500 for the Silver coin and 750 for the Gold coin, positioning the series for a high collector value.

“APMEX is proud to be the exclusive dealer of these coins featuring such an iconic superhero,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re committed to giving our customers variety and options they can’t get anywhere else and these coins are just one example.”

Each coin comes complete with limited edition Batman utility belt packaging and a lineup of one-of-a-kind bonus features designed to wow even the casual Batman fan. The first special bonus is a 3-D, augmented reality experience. For the first time ever, users with an Apple or Android tablet or mobile phone can launch an incredible 3-D image of Batman alongside the legal tender coin.

The 3-D experience is launched through a free 75 YEARS of BATMAN™ application available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. After downloading the app, a user can hold their device’s camera over the coin as it nests inside a specially created game board (included free with each coin and also available as a free download alongside the app). Within moments, the Caped Crusader appears right before your eyes, ready to fight crime. There is also an amazing “selfie” mode where purchasers and their friends can snap a close-up picture standing alongside the Dark Knight.

The app uses “augmented reality,” a technology that supplements the view of a real world object with computer-generated graphics and sound when viewed through a digital device. In this case, the results are nothing short of amazing.

The next bonus is a numbered, die-cut, stainless steel Certificate of Authenticity featuring a copy of the autograph of none other than noted cartoonist, filmmaker and creator of The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller. Also included in the set is a limited edition 75 YEARS of BATMAN™ lapel pin.

Top Five Reasons Customers Buy From APMEX

455649179If you are looking for an online retailer to buy Gold bars or Silver coins, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. Instead of scouring the internet or picking a store randomly, why not go with the industry leader that thousands have trusted to buy bullion Gold and Silver? Or the company with some of the most exciting collectible coin sets available online? In both of those cases, the answer is the same: APMEX.com. When you look at the thousands of customer testimonials you can see a common five reasons why they’re buying from APMEX. So, what makes APMEX stand out from the crowd? Consider the following.

Selection

We carry an incredible selection of Gold bars, Silver coins and other well-known Precious Metals collectibles purchases directly from mints all over the world. We also have one of the largest selections of Palladium products anywhere. Our selection is almost overwhelmingly large — luckily, our website search feature makes it easy to find exactly what you need.

Knowledge

One of the things APMEX customers mention most often is that they appreciate our vast knowledge of the Precious Metals industry as a whole. We have a team of industry experts who bring their years of experience together and share it with our team and customers. We go beyond just knowing our own product lines; our team will do what it takes to answer your questions! We know purchasing investments isn’t a decision you make lightly and we’ll do what it takes to inform you so you’re comfortable with the decision your making.

Service

Excellent customer service is the key to our success. We go the extra mile to make sure all our customers are 100 percent satisfied with their purchases and their buying experience as a whole. For example, we fulfill all of our orders ourselves to serve our customers better. If something doesn’t go as planned we can fix it quickly and without hassle to the consumer. We pride ourselves on our concierge level of customer service and we know it’s appreciated, since the majority of our customers come from referrals.

Security

We’ve been in business for over 11 years and we know that when you buy Silver, Gold or other Precious Metals, you not only trust that we will deliver what you order, but you trust us with your information. We use top-of-the-line security standards and ship your purchase in secure, unmarked packages to reduce the possibility of theft.

Convenience

APMEX wants to make your Gold and Silver purchase as convenient as possible. You can shop online 24/7 or call our customer service representatives at 800.375.9006 from 8am – 6pm to place your order or with questions. We have product and price alerts as well as our asset allocation tool which shows your Precious Metals holdings and their current value. When you order, we will process your purchase to get the product in your hands quickly, carefully, and securely.

As you can see, there is a lot to appreciate about APMEX’s products and service. When you place your first order, you’ll find these five reasons are only the beginning. Call or contact us today and find out firsthand why we are your best resource for everything related to Precious Metals. We can’t wait to serve you!

6th Annual APMEX & Perth Mint Australian Giveaway Winner Announced!

725x376-PerthWinner_MarkSchmidtIn August 2014, APMEX and the Perth Mint launched their 6th Annual Perth Mint Australian Giveaway. Recently, the winner was chosen and we’re excited to congratulate Mark S. from Texas on his selection as the winner! The contest ran through October 20 and more than 2,600 people entered, either through mail-in entry or by purchasing select Gold and Silver Perth Mint products.

Since 2008, APMEX and the Perth Mint have partnered to bring customers this once-in-a-lifetime experience. With entries growing yearly, it’s become an event that people anticipate and are excited to enter. Oftentimes, winners will chronicle their journey through photos or even a personal blog.

“We’re excited to be partnering with the Perth Mint for the sixth year in a row,” APMEX Chief Operations Officer Kenneth Lewis said. “It’s fun to see the winners’ experiences over the year when visiting the remarkable Perth Mint and beautiful Australia.”

Mark and his wife are excited to take their trip next summer, which happens to coincide with their 25th wedding anniversary. As part of his winnings, Mark will receive $1,000 (AUD) spending money, an exclusive VIP tour of the Perth Mint, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations for 7 days and memories to last a lifetime.

The Perth Mint is renowned for producing some of the most beautiful Precious Metals products in the world. If you haven’t seen our lineup of Gold and Silver from the Perth Mint, then you don’t know what you’re missing. View our products from the land down under: Gold Kangaroos, Silver Kookaburras, Silver Koalas, Gold Lunar and Silver Lunar.

Top 6 Questions of First Time Precious Metals Buyers.

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1. What’s the difference in a coin, round, and bar? Precious Metals are traded in three forms: bars, coins and rounds.

  • Coins come from sovereign mints and carry a face value. They offer a collectable factor that bars and rounds do not. Common weights range from 1/20 oz to 1 oz, though they may be produced up to 1 kilogram (32.15 oz).
  • Rounds appear similar to coins, though they have no face value, and can be minted by government or private mints. Common weights range from 1/2 oz up to 5 oz, though smaller and larger may occasionally be minted.
  • Bars are produced by private mints, can be easily stored and are an easy way to accumulate more metal for your dollar. Common weights range from 1 oz to 100 oz, though smaller and larger may be minted

2. Gold is more expensive than Silver, why? Gold, like any other commodity, gets its price from the law of supply and demand. Since Gold is a rare commodity, the global supply is limited to what exists and what can be mined and refined, often at great expense. Meanwhile, there are a number of drivers of global demand:

  • Gold is used widely in jewelry.
  • Gold can be seen as an “alternative currency”.
  • Central banks buy Gold to help support their national economies.
  • Individuals buy Gold to hold as investments.

3. How is the price of Precious Metals determined? There are two aspects of Precious Metals price that you should know:

  • Spot is the current market price of the metal, which is always changing (just like a normal stock changing minute-by-minute throughout the day).
  • Premium is the additional cost of a Precious Metals item above the spot price. This includes cost for fabrication, distribution and a minimal dealer fee. Rare coins carry a high premium due to collectible value, while rounds and bars carry the lowest premium since they tend to lack collectability.

When you are looking to buy products strictly for the metal content, it is important to buy your Precious Metals products as close to the current spot price as possible so you can avoid relying on a huge price swing to see a return if you decide to sell your product. When buying numismatic (collectible) products, it is important to understand the ins and outs of the collectibles market to avoid overpaying for an item.

4. Why should I invest in Precious Metals? The value of the dollar (and investments attached to the dollar, like stocks and bonds) has been on the decline. Meanwhile, the value of Precious Metals is not dependent on the dollar, and in fact, generally increases when the value of the dollar decreases. Similarly, Precious Metals can never completely lose their value.

5. Where do I store Precious Metals? There are several options when it comes to storing your investments. You may choose to store your investments at home or in a safe deposit box. APMEX has supplies such as air-tite holders and capsules that will keep your products safe in either location. We also offer Citadel Global Depository Services, a high-security private storage facility for your Gold and Silver products, managed by Brink’s, one of the world’s leading security companies. Read more about the benefits of storing with Citadel, a wholly owned subsidiary of APMEX.

6. Can I sell my products easily when I’m ready? Owning Precious Metals is a long term investment, but when the time comes to liquidate, APMEX is here. You can call us at 800.375.9006 to get a free quote. Learn the simple steps to selling to APMEX.

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