Long ago we decided not to try to compete with existing commercially available precious metals products but as we have already filled out many of the metallic elements in the periodic table, the glaring holes of some of the most intriguing and precious of the elemental metals still unfilled are becoming more obvious. We thus decided it was time to offer our customers options to obtain from us some of these other elemental metals such as gold, platinum, palladium, and rhodium.
We are offering gold bullion both from The Royal Canadian Mint (Monnaie Royale Canadienne) with facilities in Ottawa and Winnipeg. The Royal Canadian Mint's Maplegram coins will be of random years and will come sealed in their original assay blister packs. We've chosen this format to represent some of the best the world has to offer in our product offerings. The very small format of these coins also makes them more affordable.
Gold occurs naturally most often in its free elemental or native form and has thus been known and considered precious since ancient times and has been used in coinage, jewelry and art throughout recorded history. It is incredibly corrosion resistant, beautiful, malleable and ductile. It can be drawn into a monoatomic wire. Just one gram of gold can be formed into a semitransparent sheet of one square meter, and such forms strongly reflect infrarred light, thus useful in heat shields. It also has uses in electronics, medicine, photography and as a chemical catalyst. Most importantly it has been used as a store of value throughout history as gold coins have been used as currency for thousands of years until 1971 when the international gold standard was abandoned in favor of purely fiat currencies. It has been our premise since inception that there are many other rare metals that can also be effective stores of wealth, some of which are much more rare than gold, though none will likely ever dethrone king gold as the world's most monetary metal.
Domestic shipping is free for all orders over $99 (enter code free shipping at checkout). For orders of $99 or under, domestic shipping is $9.95. International shipping is via DHL, FedEx, or USPS international express and costs $45 for shipments up to a pound (9 one ounce ingots or less including packaging materials) and $10 for each additional pound. International customers please be aware that your country may levy import duties and/or VAT taxes on your purchase from us. We have nothing to do with this and cannot pay it for you. If you refuse our package because of this extra cost we will take it back and will refund your order in full once received minus the cost of the return shipping. If you are unsure what these import costs will be please check with your country's customs office. If you are not completely satisfied with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund (buyer to pay return shipping).