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 Instead of giving a Christmas sweater, box of chocolates or smartphone that will be outdated before it comes out of the box, why not consider something with long-term value theader_cat_25185hat will show you really care?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

AP800x400-Batman_PRMEX is the exclusive dealer of the new 2014 75 Years of Batman™ Proof Coins

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.

APMEX announces worldwide exclusive release of Avengers Coins

FB_CoverImage_851x315_AvengersAPMEX is the exclusive dealer of the new 1 oz Silver Marvel Avengers coins, featuring the characters Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk.

For years, Marvel Comics and its characters have intrigued the masses. Debuting the Avengers team in 1963, the comics featured humans, mutants, robots, aliens and other supernatural beings banding together to fight “the foe no single superhero can withstand.” Made famous for their battle cry of “Avengers Assemble,” the team received a new audience in 2012 with the box office hit movie, “The Avengers.” A variety of spin-offs from the original movie have only increased the popularity of these heroes.

APMEX is the worldwide exclusive retailer for the new 1 oz Silver Marvel Avengers coins. Limited to a mintage of 3,500 complete sets, these 1 oz Silver coins are destined to be true collectors’ items. There are four 1 oz coins in each set: Captain America – The First Avenger; Hulk – The Incredible Avenger; Thor – The Mighty Avenger; and Iron Man – the Armored Avenger.

APMEX is offering the coins for purchase individually or as a four-coin set. Hulk, Thor and Iron Man will be offered as single 1 oz Silver coins in a limited-edition embossed, collectible character tin that showcases the featured Avenger. Captain America will have an added bonus, coming in the large four-coin compatible tin lunchbox for consumers to collect the rest of the Avengers separately. Each coin comes with a four-color, sequentially numbered Certificate of Authenticity made from stainless steel and a bio card printed in state-of-the-art 3-D, along with a specially designed lapel pin. The complete set of four 1 oz Avenger coins includes each collectible character tin inside the limited-edition lunchbox featuring a group shot of all four Avengers inside.

“These iconic characters resonate with people around the world,” APMEX Vice President of Merchandising Andrew Martineau said. “We’re excited to be the exclusive dealer of these coins and provide unique items like these to our customers.”

APMEX Press Release – Oklahoma Legislation Exempts Precious Metals from Sales Tax

800x400_OK_tax_freePROklahoma City, OK : October 30, 2014 – Beginning November 1, 2014, Oklahoma residents will be able to invest in Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium coins, bars and rounds from Oklahoma Precious Metals dealers without paying sales taxes on those purchases.

On June 4, 2014, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 862, declaring Precious Metals were to receive the same tax exemption as other investments, such as stocks and bonds.

“We are thrilled that the Oklahoma Legislature passed this important law. We think this will open doors for in-state investors to think about Precious Metals as part of their portfolio as it equals the playing field with other investment products.” Scott Thomas, President and Founder of APMEX.com of Oklahoma City, said.

The bill passed with bipartisan support in both the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives, as many believe local investment dollars will support the Oklahoma economy. The bill aims to help all investors buy Precious Metals and allow the money spent to reside with Oklahoma businesses. The bill was authored by Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond) and Rep. Gary Banz (R-Midwest City).

Charles Hines, resident of Newcastle, Oklahoma, said, “This bill has me considering Precious Metals as part of a way to invest. Knowing that I won’t be charged sales tax sweetens the deal.”

The bill also includes third-party storage options like safety deposit boxes or Citadel Global Depository Services, Inc.

“As one of the largest Precious Metals companies in the world, we’re excited to show our state the options we bring when it comes to buying Precious Metals. At the end of the day, no matter where people are buying, as long as it’s in Oklahoma, it’s a win for our state,” Thomas said.

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.

Contact: Teresa Burris, APMEX, Inc., 405.595.2100, ext. 112, Teresa.Burris@APMEX.com

Q & A with a Precious Metals Expert!

Q&ARecently we held a Q & A session on Reddit with our Senior Product Manager Brian Hunt. We received some good Questions we’d like to share Brian’s answers to.

If you ever have a question, know that you can contact us at 800-375-9006 and we’re happy to help!

Question: If someone is brand new to precious metals and looking to get started, what products would you recommend they spend…say…their first $500 on from APMEX?

Answer: Honestly, you should buy what you like and what you’re comfortable with and what products interest you. It depends on what’s making you invest (wanting bullion or wanting something more collectable) But, my personal recommendation is Proof Silver Eagles with box and COA. Reasons why are these coins hold a more than just a bullion value. They hold a numismatic value and they are IRA acceptable. Here’s a link to our selection of IRA Proof Silver Eagles. http://www.apmex.com/category/22141/silver-eagles-proof-w-box-coa

 

Question: How often do you come across counterfeit coins/bullion and what is the process of dealing with the counterfeits once you’ve come across themTop of Form

Answer: We come across counterfeit coins and bullion on a daily basis. That is why it is so important that you purchase your product from a trusted source such as APMEX or even buy certified product from NGC & PCGS.

Once we have determined an item is indeed counterfeit we check what metals are used in the makeup of the product (copper, gold, silver etc.) We then contact the previous owner to let them know that their products is indeed counterfeit and in many cases we end up melting the product so the item is never sold again as a genuine product.

Question: How did you go about moving your collecting and hobby to the next level to become a project manager at APMEX?

Answer: You got to broaden your knowledge of buying, selling, and merchandising products. I got started with APMEX at an ANA summer seminar class when I met 2 employees in the same class. We took the counterfeit detection class and hit it off. So going to those types of things gets you great exposure and knowledge.

Question:Is traditional coin collecting doomed now that all coins are released in perfect condition collector sets?

Answer: No, I don’t feel that way. Coin collecting hasn’t been doomed. There will always be a wide selection of products that you can collect. Whether it be a Morgan Dollar or even a 20 Dollar Saint Gaudens Gold Coin. Here are some Morgan Dollars to look at: http://www.apmex.com/category/52040/morgan-dollars-1878-1904 Here are some Saint Gaudenshttp://www.apmex.com/category/11902/20-double-eagles-saint-gaudens-1907-1933

Question: Most of us here are familiar with APMEX. What’s the one thing about working there that would surprise us the most?

Answer: Honestly, being around the high value merchandise on a day in – day out basis. I’m a kid in a candy store. Great! Let our rep know if you ever need something.