PAMP Suisse Gold Bars
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Close up of PAMP Fortuna design.
The Goddess of Fortune, blindfolded to symbolize
indifference, bears a "cornucopia" or "horn
of plenty", from which abundance spills in profusion.
PAMP Suisse gold bars are made by PAMP SA, one of the most famous gold bullion manufacturers of the world. PAMP stands for Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux ("artistic precious metal products"). PAMP, founded in 1977, is reported to be the world's biggest manufacturer of gold bars and has an annual gold refining capacity of over 450 tonnes. The company headquarters is in Castel San Pietro, near Chiasso in Switzerland. PAMP also refines other precious and noble metals - silver, platinum, palladium, rhodium and ruthenium. PAMP Suisse gold bars are one of the most widely recognized and highly trusted brands in the world.
PAMP is a subsidiary of MKS Finance SA, an independently-held precious metals refining company and claims to produce the widest range of gold bars in the world. PAMP bars are accepted as "Good Delivery" by the prestigious LBMA (London Bullion Market Organization), COMEX, Swiss National Bank and others. PAMP was also appointed one of five Good Delivery Referees of the LBMA in 2004.
PAMP makes gold bars using both minting (pressed) and casting (poured) techniques. The company also refines gold scrap and claims to me able to manufacture at up to 999.99 purity. Minted and cast bars have a slightly different look. The minted bars in general appear more "perfect" and precise in shape and the corners of the cast bars are in general more rounded.
PAMP produces gold bars from 1 gram to 12.5 kilogram (400 oz), in all the most common sizes. Gold bars for European markets are typically made in metric weights - for example 1 gram, 10 grams, 20 grams and 100 grams. English speaking countries such as USA, UK and Australia tend towards imperial weights, requiring bars weighed in ounces. However there are other units required in other cultures and PAMP makes 1 tola (11.66 grams) and 5 tola bars for use on the Indian subcontinent, 1 tael (37.429 gram) bars for Hong Kong and Taiwan, and 0.5 chi(1.875 grams) to 1 cay (37.5 grams) bars for use in Vietnam.
PAMP also makes a range of unusual and "art" bars for aficionados and was a pioneer in godl bar design - being among the first to design bars with varied designs on the reverse. Using their own in-house deisgn workshop, PAMP has also been among the pioneers in other design innovations incorporating holograms in 1990 and issuing bars in round and oval form, and even creating a heart shaped bar for banks in India. Almost all PAMP SA gold bars are issued at 999.9 purity.
All PAMP gold bars under 1000g are issued with certificates. The manufacture and details of every bar made are recorded on a "bar list".
In 2006, PAMP launched a range of small Talisman gold bars in Japan. These innovative bars ave been minted in 6 different shapes and weigh from 2.4 to 5 grams. Each shape represents a different symbol of fortune. Another interesting range made by MAP was the "icOns" range, which featured "animal print" designs such as zebra stripes and leopard spots.
In 2010 PAMP issued a series of 0.2 oz bars with flower designs (Iris, Rose, Water Lily, Orchid, and Peony). These unusual bars, measuring 13 x 30 mm, have holes in them, presumably allowing them to be worn as jewelry.
(PAMP info source - http://www.goldbarsworldwide.com)
PAMP Suisse Gold Bar
1 oz PAMP Suisse gold bar on "credit card"
mounting. Image of "Fortuna". On the other side
is serial number, size and manufacturer info.
Actual bar size - 14.5mm x 8.6mm x 0.43mm
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