This page gives an overview of gold coins and bars.
Gold bars have a standard weight ranging usually from 1 gram to 1 kilo (1000 gram). The 400 ounce (12.44kg) gold bar is mostly traded between central banks and international institutions. The biggest gold bar has a weight of 250kg.
The unit of measurement for gold bars is gram, or kilo (1000 gram). To a lesser extend, also ounce (31.10g), tael (37.32g, 1.2oz) and tola (11.66g or 0.38oz).
Gold Bar Weights
Gold Bars in Gram, Dimensions in millimeter
Tael gold bars have a weight of 0.5, 1, 2, 5 and 10 units:
Tola gold bars weight 1, 3, 5, 10 units:
Gold Bar Pictures
This 1 gram gold bar is produced by the Istanbul Gold Refinery, IAR, with a fineness of 999.9. The 1 gram gold bar has a length of 8.5mm and a width of 15mm and is 0.03215 troy ounce.
This 2 gram gold bar has a gold content of 99.99%, or 9999 fineness. The gold bar was produced by the Perth Mint, Australia.The Perth Mint was set up in 1899 as a branch of the British Royal Mint. In 1970 the ownership passed to the Australian Government. The Perth Mint is one of two remaining Australian mints.
The picture shows a 2.5 gram gold bar which is around 0.08 fine ounce. The gold bar has a fineness of 999.9 (fine gold) and was produced by PAMP SA (Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux), Switzerland. The company was founded in 1984 and has a refining capacity of more than 450 tonnes per year. PAMP produces good delivery bars and is one of the world’s leading refiners of precious metals.
A 5 gram gold bar from Credit Suisse with a fineness of 999.9. This fine gold bullion was produced in Switzerland.
This 10 Gram Gold Bar weights around a third of an ounce and is made of 999.9 gold, or fine gold. The producer is Sunshine Minting. This US based company produces gold and silver coins. It is the primary supplier of silver blanks to the United States Mint.
The National Indian Bullion Refinery (NIBR) produced this 50 gram gold bar with a fineness of 99.5. It has a weight of 1.61 troy ounces. NIBR’s annual refining capacity stands at 25 tonnes of gold and 300 tonnes of silver.
The picture shows a 100 gram gold bar which is around 3.2 fine ounce. The gold bar has a fineness of 999.9 and was produced by Credit Suisse, SA, Switzerland for Johnson Matthey. Johnson Matthey is an English speciality chemical company that was founded in London in 1817 by the gold assayer Percival Norton Johnson. Today Johnson Matthey has 9,000 employees and operates in more than 30 countries.
The 250 gram gold bar shown on the picture is made of fine gold (999.9). The gold bar was produced for the London-based Baird & Co Bullion Merchants. This company was founded in 1968 as a dealer in gold and numismatic coins.
The picture shows a 500 gram gold bar which is around 16 fine ounce. The gold bar has a fineness of 999.9 and was produced by Valcambi SA, Switzerland. This Swiss Refinery was founded in 1961 and belongs to the European Gold Refineries Holding SA (“EGR”) which is equally owned by the original Valcambi founders and Newmont Mining Corporation.
1 kg, kilobar
This 1 kilo gold bar is 1000 gram, or 32.15 ounce. The kilobar has a purity of 999.9 (99.99%). It was refined by the Royal Canadian Mint which produces Canada’s money and the highly popular Maple Leaf gold coin.
250 kg – Biggest Gold Bar in the World
The biggest gold bar in the world has a weight of 250 kg (551.150lb). With $1500 per ounce, this gold bar has a value of around $13,224,000. The gold bar was manufactured by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation on 11 June 2005 at the Naoshima Smelter & Refinery in the Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. This gold bar was displayed on 11. July 2005 at the Toi Gold Mine, Japan. It has been included in the Guinness Books of World Records for the world biggest gold bar.
Gold Bar picture credit, cc license: wikipedia user PHGCOM
The 1 ounce fine gold bar, shown in the picture, is produced by the Sunshine Mint for APMEX, a major US precious metal dealer.
The 1 tola gold bar is made of fine gold (999.9). The traditional Indian unit of measurement tola is equal to 11.66 gram or 0.375 troy ounces. Thus, 10 tola corresponds to 116.6 gram, 3.750 fine ounce. Typical weights of this measurement are 1, 3, 5 and 10 tola, where the 10 tola bar is the most popular weight. This gold bar was produced by Emirates Gold, a Dubai-based refiner. The company was established 12 years ago and is the major gold importer in Dubai.
The picture shows a 10 tola gold bar. 10 tola corresponds to 116.6 gram, 3.750 fine ounce. The Singaporean branch of Degussa is the refiner of this gold bar. Degussa stands for “Deutsche Gold- und Silber-Scheideanstalt” (German Gold and Silver Separation Factory). The history of Degussa started in 1847 when Friedrich Ernst Roessler founded a refining plant in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2006, Degussa belongs to Evonik Industries AG, Germany.
The 5 tael gold bar is produced with a fineness of 999.9. This unit of measurement has been in use in East and South East Asia. Most commonly the tael weight refers to the Chinese system, where it was a currency and weight system. Even though taels vary in weight, gold bars with a tael weight correspond to arround 1.2 ounces per tael. Therefore, this tael gold bar on the picture has a weight of 6 ounces, or 187 gram.