Frequently Asked Questions
Can I specify what coins I want in my bag of junk silver?
Why is $100 Face Value (FV) bag of 90% 'Junk' silver Not $100?
Is a 24k gold coin better than a 22k gold coin?
Can all types of precious metals be put into an IRA?
Can I have my order shipped to my home?
If I don’t want to have the metal in my home, can you ship it to a storage facility for me?
Didn't find what you were looking for?
How long will it take to receive my order?
What shipping methods do you use?
What is meant by Allocated and Unallocated storage?
Do you deal with precious metal storage facilities in the U.S?
Do I have the ability to store metal outside the U.S?
If I have precious metals in my IRA, can I choose where they are stored?
Why are some coins never 'circulated?'
How are numismatic coins priced? Is there a standard?
What is the difference between a numismatic coin and an old coin?
Perth Mint Certificate
Is the metal I purchased actually at the Perth Mint?
What if I lose my Perth Mint Certificate or it gets destroyed?
Who audits the Perth Mint?
Can I surrender a portion of the precious metals on the Certificate?
Is the Perth Mint Certificate hard to liquidate?
How do I know my precious metals are actually stored at the Perth Mint and that the metals stored are actually what I purchased?
What is meant by Allocated and Unallocated storage?
What are the fees associated with the purchase of a Perth Mint Certificate?
What precious metals are available under the Perth Mint Certificate Program?
I don’t know anything about rare coins. Why is this for me?
Why would I consider the Rare Coin Program in addition to bullion?
How will I know there will be a market for my coins when I want to sell them?
Why should I consider ASI’s Rare Coin Program service? Can’t I buy these coins myself at a coin show/auction?
What is my exit strategy? I’m not a “coin collector,” so how will I know when and to whom to sell them?
Do you have options available to store my coins?
Are rare stamps a good addition for my portfolio?
Who determines the values and how?
What if the market collapses?
What fees do I have to pay?
Do I need to be a stamp expert to invest in them?
Where are my stamps stored?
Rare Strategic Metals
How does the Rare Strategic Metals program work?
Which metals are offered?
The prices are primarily determined by supply and demand factors, and costs such as packing, shipping, insurance, handling and tariffs from the mines to the vaults in Switzerland. To find the full listing of metals, download our guide or call us at 800-831-0007.
Are there additional charges outside of the cost of the metal?
If you sell the metals before five years, unused storage fees are returned with the liquidation proceeds on a pro-rated basis. ASI does not charge a surcharge on liquidations in this program.
Why would someone want to own Rare Strategic Metals instead of normal Precious Metals?
They are also a defensive position for your portfolio. Since they are critical to modern life and any future advancements humans make, they insulate yourself from inflation and volatility in many other markets. The threshold for being a ‘rare’ metal is less than 20,000 tons of production per year; many of these metals have less than 1,000 tons of production per year, and are byproducts of mining other metals. This means you cannot simply go out and produce more of them, as production of the base metal must increase measurably first.
These metals are extremely safe, too. Holding Rare Strategic Metals keeps your money outside the fiat system, and you will sleep soundly knowing you own intrinsically-valuable hard assets. The vault itself is administered by Swiss customs officials, separate from the Swiss government and inside a tax-free, VAT-free, duty-free zone you are able to visit at any time.
While Rare Strategic Metals are a defensive position, they have incredible upside potential. When holding physical metals, beating inflation (officially at 2% per year) is goal: if you do this, you're already better off than with paper currency. The "icing on the cake" is additional appreciation beyond that 2%. Take hafnium, for example. Within the first 10 months of 2015, hafnium prices exploded by 60%, and analysts project prices couple reach two to three times current levels in the coming years.
What drives price increases in these metals?
At current levels, production is meeting demand in many of these metals, with perhaps a small surplus year over year. What happens when vast swaths of new consumers enter the marketplace, and want to consume all the goods and services normal to us? Companies must produce more than their current amounts of products to meet demand, or raise prices on a finite number of units. A price increase in one component of a product, however, does not deter consumers from buying. Take for example a normal good quality laptop or flat screen TV, priced today at $800. If the indium or gallium in these products increases in price by 30%, this may only result in a $50 increase in the price of the product overall. It probably would not stop consumers from buying it, or they would consider a cheaper option... which still requires the same metals! But, as owners of those metals, you have done quite well!
Can I visit the storage warehouse? Why wouldn’t I simply take delivery outright?
Since this is a Customs facility, you will be accompanied by up to three authorized personnel, who will take you to your specific metals.
As these are your assets outright, you are free to leave with them or take delivery upfront. There are compelling reasons why storage is the best place for them, and this mostly concerns resale.
Upon entry into the customs facility, your metals have evidence of the complete chain of custody, including assay figures and shipping manifests. Down the line, when a shortage requires a manufacturer or producer of products to look elsewhere for a supply of these metals, Swiss Customs can provide all of these details and ensure a smooth, hassle-free purchase. However, if you take delivery, assay, shipping, and investigation costs may fall on you. Additionally, companies do not buy individual kilos of these metals, but large, regular traunches.
Why can't I simply buy these metals on my own?
Our solution takes care of all those hurdles, streamlines the process, and provides an individualized approach to building your Rare Strategic Metal portfolio.
What is the minimum for purchase?
Naturally, different metals vary in price, but also vary in terms of the industry-standard lot sizes.
What are the prices of the metals? Why do I find different prices online?
Many places online list prices of various metals, but it may be impossible to know what this price encompasses. Do you still have to worry about assaying the purity? Exporting or importing the metals? Packaging against oxidation? Once you take delivery, how do you sell your holdings later?
The prices we quote all all-inclusive and provide you with a turnkey solution when buying and selling!