Gold bullion is a term that refers to gold coins and gold bars that are close to spot price. Gold bullion is usually a little above spot price because of the manufacturing cost. For a coin or bar to be considered as bullion the bar or coin must have a number of qualities. One quality a bar or coin must have to be considered bullion is little to no numismatic value. Numismatic value when it comes to gold is when a coin or bar is worth more than similar coins or bars because of its age or circumstances it has been through. A bullion coin or bar can build numismatic value over time, or go through a circumstance to give it numismatic value. Some circumstances a bullion coin or bar can go through to give it numismatic value is the mint that makes the coin or bar for some reason stop producing them, the coin or bar being a part of a historic event, or any other reason that makes the coin or bar rare or special to investors.
Another quality a bar or a coin must have to be considered bullion is to have its purity and content of gold stated on it. A bullion coin or bar will have numbers on them that indicate its purity. A coin or a bar that is made of pure gold will say 999.99 or 99.99 and will be 24 karat. It will also show how much gold it contains in grams or troy ounces. A troy ounce is equal to 31.1034768 grams. A gold coin does not always have to be 99.99 or 24 karat to be considered bullion; some coins have its stated amount of gold plus an additional alloy of silver and copper. Coins of this nature will be less then 99.99 pure.
One last quality a bar or a coin must have to be considered bullion is for the coin or bar to be seen as bullion to most investors. The coin or bar must have a good reputation to investors in your area or better yet worldwide. It is recommended before buying gold bullion that you research to see what coins or bars have a good reputation and popular with investors in your area. Buying gold bullion is one of the best ways to invest in gold. If you use the information you read here it will help you to understand the difference between gold bullion and other kinds of gold.