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Can I better buy coins or bars?
Autor: Rolf van Zanten Date: 2 May 2024

Should I buy coins or bars?

Physical gold can be an interesting alternative to a savings account, especially in financially uncertain times when buying gold is popular. When buying gold, one has the option to purchase investment gold free of VAT, and this applies to both gold coins and gold bars.
When it comes to all gold coins and gold bars, it's important to choose a product that is easily tradable worldwide. For this reason, all well-known investment coins and gold bars are minted in a recognizable weight and with the highest possible gold content. This makes it easy for everyone to determine the value of the gold coin or gold bar.
Gold coins are often more interesting for individuals than gold bars because coins are generally easier to trade worldwide. Additionally, coins are often minted in lower weights, which means the value per coin is lower than that of a larger gold bar.
In practice, 1 troy ounce coins are often the cheapest option when buying gold. The price per gram is low, and the difference between buying and selling is lower than with gold bars of comparable or lower weights. However, for larger purchase amounts, gold bars are more cost-effective to buy, especially bars starting from 50 grams.
When choosing between coins and bars, it's important to consider that a certain level of flexibility is valuable. While buying the largest possible piece of gold within the available budget may be cheaper than buying multiple coins, it also means being bound to that size when selling in the future.
To make an informed decision, you can fill out our Selector. Based on the most up-to-date data, our Selector calculates which product or products are available for purchase at the lowest price per gram, with the smallest difference between the purchase price and the selling price.
A rule of thumb is that 1 troy ounce gold coins are often the most interesting for individuals, while for larger amounts, 50-gram and 100-gram gold bars are preferable. Smaller gold bars and gold coins are often more expensive to purchase.