What are fractional bullion coins?

Gold bullion coins come in all shapes and sizes, and fractional coins offer accessibility and flexibility for your bullion collection.

In the past, precious metals such as gold and silver were currency in themselves. Nowadays, the everyday coins in our pocket contain very little of these precious metals. However, bullion fractional coins are different – they can contain gold, silver, platinum or palladium.

Unlike circulation coins, these bullion coins are in fact made out of precious metals, in sizes that make the precious metals market more accessible and affordable for more people.

The amount of precious metals in these bullion coins is measured by weight, and fractional gold coins are those that contain less than 1 oz. of gold – usually around 1/2 oz. or less. For example, the Britannia 1/10 oz. gold bullion coin or Britannia 1/4 oz. gold bullion coin are both examples of gold fractionals.

What is the value of a fractional coin?

Fractional coins are not intended for circulation. These coins are legal tender but their face value is far below that of their actual worth as bullion. Their value lies in their intrinsic value, as fractional amounts of precious metals.

What are the benefits of fractional coins?

Fractional coins are a more flexible and affordable way of buying gold, silver or platinum. They are a more accessible way to add to your portfolio as they offer a lower entry price point.

They can help break your bullion portfolio down into smaller amounts, which are can make it easier to buy and sell. For example, if you have 1 oz. coins and wanted to cash these in, you would only have the option to convert a minimum of 1 oz., and no less. With a fractional coin, you could convert half or quarter amounts also.

Introducing the Britannia bullion range

The Royal Mint’s flagship gold bullion coin Britannia is a popular range which offers fractional sizes including 1/10 oz., 1/4 oz. and 1/2 oz., as well as the standard 1 oz. edition. Struck in 999.9 fine gold, each coin can be purchased individually in single credit card sized packaging or in tubes of multiple coins.

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