TYPES OF Precious METALS STORED IN IDS DEPOSITORIES

GOLD

Types of gold stored include the following (if the fineness is at least .999 pure gold):

  • Bars
  • Rounds
  • Coins

History:

  • Gold is relatively rare that has been used throughout history as a monetary policy, currency and investment.
  • Small amounts of gold were found in 40,000 BC in Spanish caves.

Uses:

  • Jewelry
  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Medical devices
  • Aerospace
  • Glassmaking
  • Gold Gilding/Gold Leaf
  • Currency
Precious Metals stored at depositories- gold
Silver Bullion Stored in Depositories

SILVER

Types of Silver stored typically include the following if the fineness is at least .999 pure silver:

  • Bars
  • Rounds
  • Coins
  • Numismatic products

History

  • A silver alloy was first coined as money around 700 BC, but the uses for the bright metal have grown broad and varied over the centuries.
  • Beyond its shining beauty, prized for jewelry and the decorative arts, industrial silver demand is strong.

Uses (These forms are not necessarily stored at IDS Group):

  • Tableware
  • Jewelry
  • Dental alloys
  • Solder & brazing alloys
  • Electrical contacts
  • Batteries
  • Photography
  • Radiography (x-rays)
  • Solar energy
  • Medicine
  • Numismatic products

PLATINUM

Types:

  • Bars
  • Coins
    • American Eagle
    • Canadian Maple Leaf
    • Australian Koala
    • Australian Platypus
    • Chinese Panda
    • And the first pure Platinum coin – The Noble

History:

  • The name platinum comes from the Spanish word platina, which means “little silver.” The name was acquired after the metal was brought back to Europe from South America in the 1750s.
  • These days, platinum would better be called “big silver” for its use across many industries due to its lovely silver shine and the fact that it is as resistant to corrosion as gold.
  • Several of the world’s mints offer coins and bars struck from platinum.

Uses:

  • Jewelry
  • Catalytic converters for automobiles
COINS stored in depositories - Platinum
Metals stored at Depositories - Palladium

PALLADIUM

Types:

  • Bars
  • Coins
    • The Canadian Maple Leaf
    • The Russian Ballerina
    • The Chinese Panda

History:

  • First discovered in 1803 – a silvery, corrosion resistant metal
  • Palladium, for the most part, is called an industrial metal, with over 50 percent coming out of nickel mines in Russia, and the next leading amount of production is out of South Africa.

Uses:

  • Catalytic converters, primarily for gasoline-powered vehicles
  • Dentistry
  • Watchmaking
  • Electrical contacts
  • Surgical instruments

CERTIFIED COINS

Overview:

  • Certified coins have received a professional authenticity declaration and grade by a professional grading service such as the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) or the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).
  • The professional grading service places the coin in protective packing (also known as a slab) and rates it by its condition, generally ranging from PO1 to MS69.
  • The slab protects the coin and is impenetrable and therefore protects the professional grading service’s opinion.
  • Sealed inside the slab is a serial number and bar code that is trackable by the grading service.

History:

  • NGC – Founded in 1987
  • PCGS – Founded in 1986