Valcambi Gold Bars

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Valcambi Gold Bar
Valcambi gold bar
Minted, 500g. 999.9 fine. Actual size - 90.00 x 40.00 x 7.85mm

Valcambi gold bars are manufactured by Valcambi SA, a prestigious international gold refiner and bullion manufacturer. Valcambi SA has its headquarters near Chiasso in Switzerland and is a private company owned by European Gold Refineries Holding SA (EGR). [1] Valcambi has also manufactured the gold bars for Credit Suisse for the past 40 years. [2]

Valcambi is a major bullion refiner: the company produces over 1000 tonnes of gold per year - equivalent to around 25% of the total worldwide demand for gold. [3]

In addition to the manufacture of gold bullion bars, Valcambi also recycles gold scrap and produces gold for the jewelry, watch and coin industries. [1]

Valcambi has been accredited with the London Bullion Metals Association (LBMA) since 1968, and since then has been accredited by COMEX, Tokyo Commodity Exchange and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre. [1]

Valcambi Gold Bar Sizes

Valcambi makes a very wide range of gold bars. In addition to the rectangular bars commonly seen, the company also produces round bars 15 sizes and oval bars (since 2007) in 9 sizes. The Valcambi oval bars have a small hole at the top, enabling them to be worn as pendants. Valcambi round bars are minted (i.e. pressed as opposed to cast) and made at 999.9 purity.

Valcambi round bar sizes:

100g, 50g, 20g, 10g, 5g, 2.5g, 1g, 0.5g, 1 oz, 0.5 oz, 5 tola, 4 tola, 3 tola, 2 tola, 1 tola. [4]

Valcambi Cast Bar Sizes:

400 oz, 1000g, 500g, 250g, 100g, 50g, 10 tola, 5 tola. Valcambi has produced 400 oz London Good Delivery bars since 1967. [1]

Valcambi Rectangular (Minted) Bar Sizes:

100g, 50g, 20g, 10g, 5g, 2.5g, 1g, 0.5g, 1 oz, 0.5 oz, 5 tola, 4 tola, 3 tola, 2 tola, 1 tola. [1]

Valcambi is reported to be the first manufacturer to apply "frosting" to the finish of gold bullion bars. This is a technique more commonly seen in the arena of proof coins - which often employ frosting on the relief work of the design and a mirror-finish "field" in the design's background.

Valcambi Combibar

Valcambi has issued a fascinating and innovative 50 gram gold CombiBar (TM). This bar is perforated into 1 gram blocks and can be snapped into smaller sizes like a chocolate bar, enabling easy trade. On one side, the bar displays a full-size logo and is marked with 50g, however on the other side, the 50 detachable 1 gram sections are individually stamped so that when broken down, each 1 gram section functions as a fully discrete 1g bar. [5] Each CombiBar comes in its own plastic case, together with serial number and assay certificate. CombiBars are also available in silver.

The creation of such a bar indicates the company's confidence in gold's continued rise as a liquid commodity. Historically, gold has maintained its value in times of economic uncertainty. It is considered to be a useful commodity for portfolio diversification - and has the interesting quality of non-correlation to the performance of other asset classes, making it useful for a "hedge" or the spreading of risk. Gold has often performed well at times when the dollar has weakened and on charts has shown a strong "negative correlation" with the dollar. [6] The CombiBar almost seems to anticipate a return to use of gold as a common trading commodity.

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