Precious Metals Academy Beginners Course

Beginners Course

The Royal Mint’s Precious Metals Academy entry level course will introduce you to the history of gold, silver and platinum, outline the basics of investing in precious metals and explain some of the terms commonly used in this market.

Course Content

1. The Origins of Gold, Silver and Platinum

Precious metals have been sought-after through the ages; symbols of status and wealth in many civilisations. Learn more about the fascinating history of gold, silver and platinum.

2. What Makes Metals Precious

Gold, silver and platinum are considered precious metals, but which characteristics make them particularly special?

3. An Introduction to Gold Investment

Throughout history, gold has been recognised as a valuable asset. Today it remains an important part of many investment portfolios.

4. An Introduction to Silver Investment

Silver has a multitude of unique technical, industrial and medical uses, making it an interesting metal to own and invest in.

5. An Introduction to Platinum Investment

Platinum is one of the rarest and coveted metals on earth, and its price can be heavily reliant on industrial demand.

6. Metal Fineness Explained

When it comes to precious metals, terms like sterling silver and 18 karat gold are expressions we know well, but what do they actually mean?

7. Metal Weights Explained

Familiarise yourself with the many weight systems and terms used in the precious metals investment market.

8. What is the Gold Fix?

Understanding the process behind how precious metals are priced is your first step towards successful gold investing.

9. Bull and Bear Markets Explained

You've probably heard of bull and bear market trends, but what do they actually mean, and how do people typically invest in each type of market?

10. Making Informed Decisions

It is important to remember that any investment carries a degree of risk, and you need to understand your own attitude to risk before you can decide how to invest.

Test Your Knowledge

Now that you've got a basic grounding in precious metals, let's test your overall beginners knowledge to see what you've learned so far.

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