With the current state of the economy being in utter turmoil, many people are looking for Gold Bars and Gold Nuggets for sale so they put their investments some place secure and to preserve their wealth. Volatility in the stock market and traditional ways of investing have caused many people to look to alternative financial investment option. Collectors and investors alike are shopping at various venues such as Gold Bars and Gold Nuggets mines, local auctions, private dealers, gold brokers and of course eBay to acquire Gold Bars and Gold Nuggets to add to their collection or portfolio.

When it comes to collecting and investing in Gold Bars and Gold Nuggets there are really two kinds of gold bars you need to be aware of. There are numismatic or collectible type bars that have a value above the price of gold contained within each gold bar. What essentially makes these bars valuable above their gold content is their scarcity, mint mark, quality of strike, age, possibly their ownership record, whether or not they have been professionally graded and a few other factors.

The second type of gold bars available in the metals and investing market today are gold bullion and bullion like bars that are mainly valued based on their gold content and purity. There are also two types of gold bars within this group as well. Those that are true gold bullion bars and those that are not. True gold bullion bars will have a purity of .9999 percent and are 24 karat gold anything else, including 22 karat gold bars are not considered true bullion bars although they may be referred to that way by collectors and dealers.

Generally with these kinds of gold bars for sale they do not carry that much numismatic value. Although some first edition bars such as the 2006 gold bullion minted in the United States being the country’s first true bullion bar do carry a bit of value above their gold content, no modern gold bar such as this carries near the value true gold bar do. Numismatically valued gold bars can be worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars above that of their gold content while a rare gold bar as mentioned previously may only be worth a few hundred dollars above that of any other modern gold bar.

Whether you are an investor or more of a collector in beautiful gold bars, you should be careful where you shop and eventually buy your gold bars. It is important to study your market and the kinds of gold bar or nuggets you want to buy so you know what to look for and what makes your particular gold bars valuable. While it is generally very safe to buy these kinds of gold bars on eBay or even at your local gold bar dealer, knowing what to look for can save you a lot of money or may be able to help you spot a superb deal.

Always check an eBay gold dealer‘s feedback to see if they have been giving their customers what they have promised and have delivered their bars to them in a timely manner. If you are just starting out buying gold bars, take a friend with you that knows something about gold bars to your local show so they can help you and offer suggestions on gold bars you are interested in. Stop in frequently at coin dealers in your area and talk to them about your collecting and investing goals and so they get to know you and may offer you something you want at a good price before they offer it to the rest of the public.

Being knowledgeable about what you are collecting or investing in will make you much more certain to get exactly what you’re looking for and at a fair price. The next time you are looking for gold bars for sale you will be prepared and ready to do business.