IRA Eligible Metals

For many investors, the possibility to own precious metals like gold, silver, platinum, and palladium inside of a self-directed IRA is an exciting opportunity for them to take back control of their financial future. There is a multitude of options when purchasing precious metals for an IRA. American Eagles, Canadian Maple Leafs, or the Australian Kangaroo all qualify for inclusion in an IRA as well as precious metals in bar form. Read more about IRA eligible metals here.

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IRA Eligible Metals

Any precious metal owned inside of an IRA must meet certain fineness requirements and must be produced by an approved and accredited refiner.

One of the retirement specialists at the United States Gold Bureau will guide you through the process of protecting your hard-earned savings by transferring funds from your current IRA or your former 401K/403B account to physical precious metals that you can hold in your hand, not just read about in a monthly statement.

For acquisitions as part of an official IRA or 401K retirement account, you must complete the appropriate paperwork and have the order funded properly. If you’d like to learn more about adding precious metals to your official retirement account, call our Retirement Services Division at 800-775-3504.

Examples of Precious Metals Permitted in an IRA

Gold

  • American Eagle bullion and/or proof coins
  • Austrian Philharmonic bullion coins
  • American Buffalo bullion coins
  • British Britannia (new .9999+) bullion coins
  • Australian Kangaroo/Nugget bullion coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins
  • Bars, rounds, and coins manufactured by a refiner/assayer/manufacturer accredited by NYMEX/COMEX, NYSE/Liffe, LME, LBMA, LPPM, TOCOM, ISO 9000, or a national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements(2)(3)

Silver

  • American Eagle bullion and proof coins
  • British Britannia (new .9999+) bullion coins
  • American America the Beautiful bullion coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins
  • Australian Kookaburra bullion coins
  • Mexican Libertad bullion coins
  • Austrian Philharmonic bullion coins
  • Bars, rounds and coins manufactured by a refiner/assayer/manufacturer accredited by NYMEX/COMEX, NYSE/Liffe, LME, LBMA, LPPM, TOCOM, ISO 9000, or a national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements(2)(3)

Platinum

  • American Eagle bullion and proof coins
  • Isle of Man Noble bullion coins
  • Australian Koala bullion coins
  • Bars, rounds, and coins manufactured by a refiner/assayer/manufacturer accredited by NYMEX/COMEX, NYSE/Liffe, LME, LBMA, LPPM, TOCOM, ISO 9000, or a national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements(2)(3)

Examples of Precious Metals Not Permitted in an IRA

  • Austrian Corona and Ducat
  • German Mark
  • Belgian Franc
  • Hungarian Korona
  • British Sovereign and Britannia
  • Italian Lira
  • Chilean Peso
  • Mexican Peso and Ounza
  • Columbian Peso
  • South African Krugerrand
  • Dutch Guilder
  • Swiss Franc
  • French Franc
  • Rare or Collectible Coins

(1) The list represents the most popular bullion products allowed in IRAs. Additional products may be acceptable. (2) Minimum Fineness Required: • Gold = .995+ • Platinum = .9995+ • Silver = .999+ • Palladium = .9995+ (3) Small bullion bars (i.e., bars other than 400-ounce gold, 100-ounce gold, 1000-ounce silver, 50-ounce platinum and 100-ounce palladium bars) must be manufactured to exact weight specifications.

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