Marin Aleksov

5 Popular Precious Metal Mints and Brands

Choosing the right precious metals company when you’re buying bullion bars and coins is an important and sometimes difficult task. The stakes are high. You want to ensure that the precious metals products you buy are authentic and high quality. This is your hard-earned money we’re talking about. 

You’ve probably noticed that the number of mints and brands offering precious metal bullion, whether as bars or coins, is vast and sometimes confusing. Did you know that some mints are government-operated, and some are privately owned and operated? And did you know that both types of mints are among the most popular and reliable? 

Let’s start with the basic definition of a mint, and then we’ll move on to the most popular precious metals mints or brands. 

What does mint mean when referring to coins, money, and precious metals? 

Most of us think of the refreshing green leaves used to flavor chewing gum, breath fresheners, and drinks like mojitos and mint juleps. Of course, we mean a very different kind of mint.

According to the Rosland Capital glossary, a mint is an establishment in which coins are produced. Mint is also used as a grading term.

As mentioned earlier, governments operate some mints and private companies own and operate some. Because trust and integrity are essential to creating and maintaining the value of minted precious metals products, each mint places its own mint mark on its offerings. Let’s look again at the Rosland Capital glossary, which says that a mint mark is the “mark on a coin identifying the mint at which it was struck.” This functions as both accountability and a promise of high quality for each mint’s brand reputation.

In the early days of the US Mint, mint marks were unnecessary because the first Mint in Philadelphia was the only one. Mint marks first appeared on US coins when other Mint branches opened in Charlotte, Dahlonega, and New Orleans in 1838. Even after that, the Mint in Philadelphia was not required to mark its coins until 1942. 

A brief history of minted coins

Human beings have used currency since we started exchanging goods and services. Historians say that the Lydians, from a kingdom located in what is Turkey today, first minted coins around 600 B.C., using an alloy of silver and gold called electrum

This new coinage made exchange easier for merchants traveling through diverse societies in varying climates, cultures, and values, opening greater possibilities for exchange beyond the barter system. A modern comparison might be giving someone a gift card they can use anywhere and for almost anything, rather than guessing what kind of specific gift they might like, want, or need — and getting it wrong.

Early modern coin minting grew more sophisticated. Some coins were pressed by rolling blanks through a machine. Other coins were ingots, meaning molten metal was poured into molds and allowed to cool and solidify.  

Today, all kinds of coins and bars are minted for a variety of uses, from authorized circulated currency to uncirculated currency such as bullion coins to coins or tokens used for arcade games or bus fare. Mints produce coins, bars, and other products from a variety of precious metals such as silver, gold, platinum, palladium, and rhodium.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular precious metals brands or mints.

5 of the Most Popular Precious Metal Companies

PAMP

PAMP logo with 1-ounce gold bar

Founded: 1977

Mint type: Private

Perhaps one of the most well-known and popular mints, PAMP is a private mint that was established in 1977, and is based in Ticino, Switzerland. PAMP operates a precious metals refinery and fabrication facility, where it produces a wide range of products, including bullion coins and bars minted from gold, silver, and Platinum Group Metals (PGM), in a variety of sizes, shapes, purities, and weights. PAMP products are accredited as Good Delivery by all major precious metals authorities, including the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). 

PAMP also supplies a diverse range of metal products to consumers, industries, governments, banks, and other institutions. The most popular product among consumers is the 1-ounce Lady Fortuna rectangular pure gold bar ingot at .9999 (four nines) gold fineness. PAMP offers bars ranging in weight from 1 ounce to 1 kilogram in precious metals including silver, gold, platinum, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium. 


United States (US) Mint

Logo of the United States Mint

Founded: 1792

Mint type: Government

Perhaps the United States Mint is the kind of minting operation you had in mind: one operated by the government to issue the country’s coinage for circulation. The US Mint was founded in 1792, and currently has minting locations in  Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and West Point. According to the Mint, it is the “sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.”

In addition to authorized coinage for circulation, the US Mint produces many other coin-related products such as proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins, as well as Congressional Gold Medals. The most popular offerings from the US Mint include silver and gold bullion coins and the American Eagle gold. Many taxpayers will be happy to learn that the Mint is self-sustaining through its programs and operates at no cost to taxpayers. Legend has it that George Washington contributed some of his own silver to get the Mint started.


Royal Canadian Mint

Logo of the Royal Canadian Mint

Founded: 1908

Mint type: Government

Founded in Ottawa, Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint produces over one billion coins annually. The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin is the RCM’s most popular bullion offering. The Royal Canadian Mint has developed various technologies to protect the integrity of its bullion offerings. 

Bullion DNA™ Anti-Counterfeiting Technology uses a digital authentication process for Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins. Mintshield™ Surface Protection is said to reduce white spots on Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins. 

The circulation presses in Winnipeg can produce 20 million coins each day, or 750 coins per second. In 2007, the Mint created the largest coin in the world, a 100 kilogram, 99.999% pure, $1 million gold bullion coin. 

According to the RCM, “The Mint’s high-tech plant in Winnipeg produces over 1 billion circulation coins each year. The Mint produces limited-mintage numismatic coins honouring major national achievements and themes. Crafted of gold, silver or platinum, the Mint’s collector coins are individually handled as they enter the presses. A single coin may be struck up to three times to achieve a crisp, flawless impression. Certain coins feature the Mint’s proprietary technologies: double holograms, selective plating, colouring or laser enhancement.”


Perth Mint

Logo of The Perth Mint, Australia

Founded: 1899

Mint type: Government

The Perth Mint, founded in 1899 in Perth, Australia, was originally built to refine metal from the gold rushes in Western Australia, as well as distribute sovereigns and half-sovereigns for the British Empire. 

Accredited by five of the major gold exchanges and serving customers ranging from individuals to sovereign wealth funds, the Perth Mint offers “an array of bullion and collectable legal tender coins, bars and medallions each year. We are proud to showcase Australia’s icons to the world and celebrate a variety of popular universal themes, through the original artistry of our coin designs and creative concepts.”

Some of the Perth Mint’s signature products include the Australian Kookaburra, Koala, and Kangaroo bullion coins. Some recent offerings pay homage to pop culture, such as the Star Wars™ Clone Trooper™ Helmet-Shaped 2021 2oz Silver Proof, the Jurassic World 2021 2oz T.Rex-Shaped Silver Antiqued Coin, the SUPERMAN™ Shield 2021 1oz Silver Proof Coin, and the James Bond GoldenEye 25th Anniversary 2020 1oz Silver Proof Coin. Other coins celebrate the unique Australian ecosystem and wildlife such as the Great Barrier Reef and the famous marsupials from down under: kangaroos, quokkas, and koalas. 

Check out this 2 kilo .9999 silver Australian Koala coin:


Sunshine Minting

Logo for Sunshine Minting, Inc.

Founded: 1979

Mint type: Private

Sunshine Minting, Inc., founded in Idaho in 1979, mints over 70 million ounces of bullion each year. Among them, SMI offers its version of the popular Silver Buffalo Round. In addition to striking its own collector bullion coins, Sunshine Minting serves as the primary supplier of 1-ounce silver planchets — the round metal blanks ready to be struck as coins — to the United States Mint for the .9995 American Silver Eagle bullion coin. SMI also supplies precious metal blanks to private mints. 

However, SMI sells to a varied and diverse range of customers, including governments, financial institutions, corporations, marketing companies, other businesses, and private groups. According to SMI, its “minting operation is geared to manufacture products to industry standards in brilliant uncirculated (BU), proof-like or proof quality.” 

Although it can provide platinum blanks, SMI specializes in the fine gold and fine silver varieties, ranging in size from 1 gram to large 100-ounce bars. SMI also offers services for designing and producing custom creations from any silver, gold, platinum, or non-precious metal minted product.

Finding a Precious Metals Mint to Anchor Your Asset Portfolio

How do you decide which mint and which precious metal products are right for you? That depends on your unique situation. Vital first steps include understanding your goals and doing thorough research. You may end up with more questions than answers at first. But we’re here to help you make an informed decision.

Get more information from the precious metals representatives at Rosland Capital.

Five Tips For Buying Gold

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced precious metals shopper, the decision to purchase gold takes a great deal of careful consideration. If you don’t go into making your purchase with the right preparation, you could run the risk of ending up with products that aren’t the right fit for you, or worse, being taken advantage of by less legitimate vendors.

To help put your mind at ease, here are five tips for success when buying gold from a precious metals firm:

1. Have A Clear Goal in Mind

While gold undeniably holds value no matter its purpose, it’s a serious purchase that shouldn’t be made without some serious thought. The decision to include gold and other precious metals in your asset portfolio is one with long-term impacts, and it can be wise to determine the root of your interest in buying gold well before entering a transaction.

Before making your purchase, ask yourself this: why are you buying gold in the first place? Is it to own a thing of beauty that you can show off to the world? Or are you purchasing precious metals to help protect your financial assets? The more confident you feel in your reasoning regarding gold, the easier it will be to commit to the idea and follow through on it.

2. Know What Type of Gold Would Best Suit Your Needs

Once you decide to purchase gold, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with what your options are as far as the types of gold you have to choose from.

With Rosland Capital, for example, you can purchase gold bullion coins, gold numismatic coins (what’s the difference?), and gold bullion bars. With other vendors, consumers could also consider purchasing gold mining stocks, gold ETFs, or gold jewelry. All of these options hold potential value for those interested in buying gold, but it can be helpful to assess which gold products or assets would be the most beneficial in helping you achieve your personal goals.

3. Learn What You Can About The Gold Market

For those unfamiliar with how it works, the gold market and its price fluctuations can seem very confusing. In order to enter into your transaction feeling well-informed, it can be useful to conduct research into the factors that typically trigger gold’s movements on the market and, consequently, when the best time to buy gold would potentially be based on those movements. Seeking out resources like a gold price historical chart can also be helpful in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of gold’s relative maintenance of market value over the years.

4. Research Reputable Precious Metals Firms

With a purchase as significant as physical gold, it’s natural to want to avoid getting scammed. To find a legitimate business to work with, make sure to perform thorough research in order to properly evaluate whether entering a transaction with a particular firm will successfully deliver the gold products you seek and provide you with an excellent customer service experience.

Reputable businesses in the precious metals industry will typically be able to demonstrate their legitimacy through accreditations from trusted organizations, like an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau or a AAA rating from the Business Consumer Alliance. These firms will also typically be able to showcase positive reviews from their satisfied customers in order to further reassure potential new buyers that they aren’t about to be scammed or ripped off.

5. Discuss Your Concerns with a Precious Metals Expert

If you’ve done all of the above steps and still have concerns about purchasing gold, seek out a precious metals expert with the knowledge and experience to address your questions and help you feel more confident in your decision. Firms like Rosland Capital have experienced specialists who can assist potential buyers in safeguarding their wealth and determining their next steps toward acquiring gold.For more information and advice on buying gold, visit Rosland Capital’s “How To Buy Gold” page on our main website as well as our supplementary educational site, Buy Gold 101.

Top Gifts From Rosland Capital This Holiday Season

It can be hard to know where to begin with holiday shopping for your family and friends. It’s natural to want to get them something they’ll love that will last them a long time, but it isn’t always easy to decide on a present that fits that criteria.

Fortunately, exclusive collector’s coins from Rosland Capital make for a perfect holiday gift! Not only do they serve as beautiful mementos that honor some of the greatest events and individuals in sports history, but they can also act as new precious metals assets to help enhance and protect your loved ones’ future wealth.

For the coin collector and sports enthusiast in your life, here are three specialty coins created this year by Rosland in collaboration with some of our wonderful partners.

PGA Tour 2019 Players Championship ¼ oz Gold Coin

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This beautiful, limited edition gold coin was produced to commemorate the PGA Tour’s annual tournament, the Players Championship. It features the iconic 17th green and hole on the front and a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

Formula 1 2019 Gold Kilo Coin

F1-Gold-KILO-Coin-2019-Reverse

This coin was developed (among others in our F1 collection) in celebration of Formula 1’s 2019 Grand Prix racing season. On the front, it features a list of all the race locations from this year’s season in calendar order around the dramatic official F1 logo, shown in the center of the coin. On the back of the coin is Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Davis Cup 2019 ¼ oz Gold Coin

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This collector’s item honors the largest annual international team competition in men’s tennis, the Davis Cup. The front of the coin features the Davis Cup itself, and the obverse side bears the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Rosland Capital!

2020: An Exciting Year for Formula 1

Anyone familiar with Rosland Capital will know that we have great admiration for our friends at Formula 1. In previous years, we’ve done a number of exclusive coin collaborations with them to commemorate some of their most important events and famous figures, like the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the 1000th race in F1 history, and motorsport champion Sir Jackie Stewart’s lifetime of achievements and philanthropic work with Race Against Dementia.

2019 has had a number of significant moments for Formula 1, especially in recent weeks. At the end of October, I had the pleasure of attending their “Hollywood and Highland” event here in Los Angeles, which featured iconic car exhibitions and appearances by champion racers like Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen. Based on the turnout, it’s clear that enthusiasm for Formula 1 and the world of motorsport is alive and well, and that F1 fans are just as excited as we are at Rosland to see what’s going to come next.

F1 billboard

I also thoroughly enjoyed following the action at the 2019 Grand Prix in Austin at the beginning of this month. It was a little surreal to see Bottas take victory only days after seeing him in person in Hollywood!

As someone with both personal and professional interest in seeing Formula 1 continue to impress audiences and promote greatness in motorsport, it’s absolutely thrilling to look ahead and see how their 2020 schedule is shaping up.

One of the events I’m most excited about is the Vietnam Grand Prix in April, which will be the first race in F1’s history to take place in Hanoi. It’s great to see that passion for motorsport has continued to spread around the world and that Formula 1 has been able to expand their reach so that new audiences may come to understand the joy and wonder of racing.

f1-hanoitrack.jpgHanoi 2020 Track (Source: FormulaSpy, Formula 1)

 

Looking forward to seeing what else lies down the road for Formula 1!

Palladium: What Is It, and Why Does It Have Such High Market Value Right Now?

In the precious metals industry, heavy focus is frequently placed on gold and silver as two of the more valuable metals available for purchase. While it’s undeniable that these metals are held in high regard by many industry experts, there are also other, more obscure metals that are rising in demand and value among consumers. Palladium, for example, is a precious metal that has experienced a prodigious ascent through the market within the last several years. If you’re unfamiliar with palladium, it may be worthwhile to learn a little more about it so you can assess how including it in your asset portfolio might be beneficial to your long-term finances.

What Is Palladium?

Palladium is a lustrous silvery-white metal that is most often used in industrial settings, but it can also be found in electronics, jewelry, and some methods of dentistry. In recent years, it has gained popularity among automakers as a means of reducing the amount of harmful pollutants released by vehicle exhaust systems. With stricter environmental regulations being put in place, this precious metal has become a crucial component in the creation of new cars, leading to nearly 80 percent of palladium consumption being accounted for by auto manufacturers.

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Source: Rosland Capital

Why Is Palladium So Valuable?

Even though the demand for palladium has increased significantly due to these new regulatory measures, there has been a shortage in supply. In fact, many precious metals specialists have speculated that the amount of palladium supplied to consumers in 2019 will likely fall short of demand for the eighth year in a row. Because of this, prices have reached record-breaking levels, and the market value is expected by some analysts to continue increasing in the coming months.

PALLADIUM GRAPHIC PRICE

Source: Reuters

What Value Does It Hold for Non-Commercial Consumers?

In addition to reducing your exposure to toxic emissions from your car, palladium could be a valuable addition to your asset portfolio. When diversifying your wealth, the inclusion of a variety of precious metals amid other types of financial holdings may aid in safeguarding your retirement savings against the volatility of the stock market. 

Although market prices for metals like palladium are subject to fluctuation, precious metals are often seen as attractive because of their enduring, inherent value, in contrast with paper-based assets that may be less secure in times of economic uncertainty. The purchase of palladium in physical forms like bullion bars may be of significant benefit to the overall stability of your portfolio, thereby improving the stability of the future you’re building for yourself.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to add palladium in addition to other precious metals to your holdings, contact one of our precious metals specialists at Rosland Capital.

Marin Aleksov waits for a serve at the International Tennis Federation's (ITF's) Client Cup tournament.

Rosland’s Marin Aleksov at the ITF Client Cup

Wimbledon wasn’t the only tennis tournament taking place in London this past July. On July 11, as competition at the All England Club neared its end, nearly two dozen teams — comprised of leaders from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) roster of clients and corporate partners — took to the courts just a few miles down the road at the Bank of England Sports Ground.

The ITF Client Cup featured several grass courts for friendly but determined tennis play, and Rosland Capital’s CEO Marin Aleksov participated in the event. Players took to the courts in the classic all-white ensemble familiar to Wimbledon watchers for several hours of team-based contests.

Marin Aleksov waits for a serve at the International Tennis Federation's (ITF's) Client Cup tournament.

Rosland Capital CEO Marin Aleksov waits for the ball at the ITF Client Cup.

Rosland Capital CEO Marin Aleksov returns serve at the ITF Client Cup.

Rosland and the ITF forged a partnership in 2019, which has thus far produced two beautiful limited-edition collectible coins: the 2019 Fed Cup 1/4-Ounce Gold Coin and the 2019 Davis Cup 1/4-Ounce Gold Coin. Much like Rosland’s partnerships with the PGA Tour and Formula 1, its ITF collaboration will commemorate milestones and key events ITF hosts, including the two most notable team competitions in pro tennis.

Marin enjoyed the contest in London and is eager to continue building Rosland’s relationship with the International Tennis Federation. Tennis fans and gold buyers alike can look forward to more beautiful precious-metal collectibles honoring the ITF in the future.

Marin Aleksov and Jackie Stewart pose with a limited-edition gold coin donated to Stewart's Race Against Dementia charity.

Rosland Capital Supports Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia

Rosland Capital and CEO Marin Aleksov recently participated in a fundraising event for Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart’s Race Against Dementia charity.

The event, held in Monaco to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, featured a one-kilogram gold coin from Rosland, minted with Sir Jackie’s racing-era likeness and signature on the front and the classic Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side.

Only two of these coins will ever be minted. The first was auctioned in Monaco to benefit Race Against Dementia’s mission of finding better treatments, and an eventual cure, for dementia, which afflicts nearly 47 million people around the world today. The remaining coin, the last of its kind and a truly unique collectible, can be seen on Rosland’s website. It includes commemorative packaging, a certificate of authenticity signed by Sir Jackie Stewart, statements of fineness, weight, and proof, and a signature of the authorized Swiss assayer.

Marin Aleksov and Jackie Stewart pose with a limited-edition gold coin donated to Stewart's Race Against Dementia charity.

Rosland CEO Marin Aleksov and Sir Jackie Stewart pose with the 1-kilo coin in Monaco.

Rosland’s donated coin was won at auction by former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine, with all proceeds going to Race Against Dementia. All told, the Monaco event raised nearly $400,000 for the battle against dementia.

Appearing at the event alongside Sir Jackie, Marin Aleksov said:

“We’re passionate about supporting innovative charities and very excited to collaborate with Sir Jackie Stewart and Race Against Dementia to raise funds for a worthy cause. Sir Jackie Stewart is an icon of motorsport, with a lifetime of achievements; he has effectively used his profile away from the circuit to raise awareness for dementia research. There’s no better way to honour him than in gold, and no better place to auction this unique piece than in Monaco, the crown jewel of the Formula 1 World Championship. I would also like to thank Formula 1 for their support in this charity contribution; it’s fantastic when partners come together to support causes that are important to the Formula 1 community.”

Check out Race Against Dementia’s recap of the event, which includes a number of pictures of the auctioned coin, as well as photos of Marin Aleksov and Sir Jackie Stewart:

Amber Lounge, Monaco (Race Against Dementia news)

Why Rosland Capital’s Latest Coin Collection is Unique

In June, Rosland Capital announced it would be the official dealer of the limited edition Formula 1 coin collection that would not only celebrate the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, but also the British, Italian and United States Grands Prix. Minted by Swiss-based PAMP, the coins are available in .25 and 2.5 oz formats. A special Kilo coin was also unveiled at the British Grand Prix in July.

However, these coins are much more special than just their looks. Read more about Rosland Capital’s F1 coins to hear what makes these coins no ordinary keepsake.

Rosland Capital to Distribute Official Formula 1® Coin Collection

Rosland Capital recently announced global distribution of an Official Formula 1® gold and silver coin collection, in celebration of the the FIA Formula One World Championship as well as the British, Italy, the United States and Brazil Grand Prix races. Available in the United States and in the United Kingdom, the front of each of these limited series coins includes a Formula 1® car, the name of the event and the Formula 1® logo. Gold coins celebrating the British Grand Prix™, which will be held July 8-10, 2016, became available on June 15.

The collection also features limited single gold and silver coins with all 21 Formula 1 circuit names printed on the front and includes a certificate number, statement of metal fineness, weight, proof of quality statement, and signature of the PAMP assayer.

The back of each coin in the collection features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II along with the legal tender value of the coin.

“We are honored to be working with our friends at Stunt & Co. on this endeavor,” said Marin Aleksov, Chief Executive Officer of LA-based Rosland Capital LLC. “The coins are not only a way to celebrate the races, but also a unique keepsake for coin collectors and Formula One fans alike. The history of the races are truly brought to life in the coin series.”

The collection is minted by Swiss-based PAMP and is in association with the global license-holders, Stunt & Co. Ltd. Go to https://www.roslandcapital.com/f1 for more information about the collection or check out more about the Formula 1® Collection from Rosland Capital on Coin Week and on Coin World.

Marin Aleksov on His American Dream

Rosland Capital CEO Marin Aleksov was recently featured in a post from CEO Blog Nation with other entrepreneur discussing the best parts of entrepreneurship. Marin focused on how he has been able to realize his American dream after coming to the United States from Sweden.

Marin Aleksov – #17 – American Dream