Buying Precious Metals from Overseas

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Our buyers often ask us if there is anything they should know about purchasing precious metals from overseas, so we've put together this brief guide outlining a few things to keep in mind. Including internationally minted bullion to your collection can be a great way of persifying your investment portfolio and creating a more interesting collection as a whole, however, geopolitical factors can play a major role in the circulation of some international mints and the overall value of gold, silver, and other precious metals.

When purchasing through trusted retailers like, you can rest assured that your bullion and precious metals will be provided from a secure and reputable source.

We understand sometimes international retailers can provide "too good to be true" offers listed at (or possibly even below) the spot price, making for tempting opportunities. However, it's incredibly important to act with caution and be aware of a few factors and considerations when purchasing precious metals from international retailers.

We encourage you to do your due diligence before engaging in any international purchase. The last thing you want is to be conned out of your money while trying to snag a great deal. Conduct thorough research on the seller. Verify their reputation, reliability, and credibility. Look for reviews, ratings, and feedback from other customers to ensure they have a proven track record of delivering genuine products and providing good customer service.

Don't be afraid to request detailed information about the authenticity and purity of the precious metals you intend to purchase. Genuine sellers will provide assay certificates or other forms of verification to prove the quality and authenticity of the products. Ensure that the seller is transparent and willing to address any concerns regarding the origin and integrity of the metals. When confirming this information, also be mindful of any potential language barriers. To ensure clear communication throughout the buying process, consider seeking translation or interpretation assistance to avoid misunderstandings or miscommunication.

If the seller appears to be a legitimate resource, be sure to consider the shipping options offered by the seller. Ensure that they provide secure packaging, tracking, and insurance for the delivery of your precious metals. Recognize that international shipping involves inherent risks, including loss or damage during transit. Adequate insurance coverage is particularly important to protect your investment in case of loss, theft, or damage during transit. Additionally, be prepared for potential delays due to customs clearance or international logistics.

Be aware of any customs and import regulations that may impact your purchase. Familiarizing yourself with these regulations of both your country as well as the exporting country can help prevent headaches in the future. Understanding and complying with any restrictions, duties, taxes, or documentation requirements that may apply to the importation of precious metals is crucial to avoiding potential issues or delays.

It's also important to be mindful of currency exchange rates and associated transaction costs when buying precious metals from overseas. Conversion fees, exchange rate fluctuations, and wire transfer charges can impact the overall cost of your purchase. We advise comparing exchange rates and fees offered by different currency exchange providers or banks to get the most favorable terms. Additionally, different countries have varying tax regulations related to precious metals purchases, including VAT, sales tax, or capital gains tax, so consider consulting with a tax professional or research the specific tax rules applicable in your jurisdiction to ensure compliance and proper reporting.

Conducting thorough research, choosing reputable sellers, understanding the import regulations, and ensuring secure shipping and insurance will help minimize your risks and increase the likelihood of a successful and smooth international purchase. But you can see, making large international investments, and purchasing from overseas retailers requires a lot of initial work and comes with risk.

Alternatively, you can simply buy from a trusted retailer like We take on the leg work and risk of verifying all our bullion products secured from overseas mints and dealers, providing you with not only security and convenience, but also free shipping!