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A hand with a gold bar with gold bars of various sizes in the backgroundDear Birch Gold Group,

I want to open a precious metals IRA – what should I start with? Bullion? Silver? Copper? Numismatic coins? Gold liberty?

Thanks,
Ted Hammond

Hi Ted,

Thanks for emailing – great question.

Choosing the right precious metals for your IRA depends on your individual objectives. Everyone has different goals, and each precious metal has its own unique benefits. Our Precious Metal IRA Specialists can help you identify the best options for your needs. But in the meantime, here are some of the key differences you’ll want to keep in mind as you begin comparing your choices.

The four precious metals approved for IRAs are gold, silver, platinum and palladium. (Copper and other metals, such as lead, zinc and aluminum are not eligible.) Several coins and bars from around the world are approved. When it comes to coins, there are two types that can be added to a Precious Metals IRA: bullion and proof coins. Here’s the difference:

  • Bullion coins are valued solely by their precious metals content and weight. Bullion may make sense for those who prefer to hold extremely liquid assets whose value is affected almost entirely by market forces.

  • Proof coins are valued not just by their precious metals content and weight, but also their scarcity. That’s because proof coins, such as American Eagle Gold Proof Coin (the only proof coin allowed in an IRA), are minted with the highest production standards in limited quantities each year. This makes them attractive to some people who are looking for additional factors that can fuel the coins’ growth potential.

What about numismatic coins, such as the popular Liberty Head? Although these coins might make sense as supplemental investments, depending on your goals, they are not approved for placement in a Precious Metals IRA.

Ted, give us a call and one of our Precious Metals IRA Specialists will be happy to go over all your options to determine what’s right for you.

Thanks for the question!

Do you have a question about how to invest in precious metals? Want to know more about how to set up a Precious Metals IRA, or what types of coins are available to you? Send an email to goldguru@www.birchgold.com and we may answer it in a future post on our site.