There are multiple advantages when acquiring gold bullion coins.
Firstly, they have a relatively low “premium” when compared to other gold investments. Secondly, as they derive their value from intrinsic gold content, it is a great store of value. Thirdly, they are backed by the issuing government for content and purity and are considered legal tender in the issuing country. Additionally, gold bullion coins are allowed in self directed IRA’s with certain regulations. One disadvantage to purchasing fractional bullion coins results from the varying “premium” (which includes dealer premiums and commissions, all shipping costs and insurance); “the smaller the coin, the larger the premium.” This discourages investors from investing in fractional gold bullion coins as “survival coins” (if needed for barter) due to the higher “premium” on smaller denominations of gold coins that would be most convenient if needed for barter.