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PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am


Best sites for coin and bullion investing:

Coin and bullion investing are two of Hong Kong's oldest investment pastimes. Chard is a British coin and bullion dealer that has operated since the 1970s. It is one of the few specialists that runs a helpful site. It is available in RSS, Twitter and blog formats. The site discusses new coins on issue and streams market prices of rare coins. Novice collectors will appreciate the blogs and forums that discuss how to scrutinise coin dealers and what to do with the first old coin they find.

The site is tailored for collectors of gold coins. The coin dealer behind the site has put out a newsletter on the topic since 1973. The newsletter has gone online and covers gold bullion coin trading activity for all country issuers. This involves daily market reports that analyse the value of coins, according to rarity and gold content. A catalogue section tracks historical prices of especially rare coins. There are also useful 'How-to' and 'Q&A' sections.

This site gives equal coverage to both metals, reporting on the latest investment news and price moves for gold and silver. The site covers popular bullion types like American Gold and Silver Eagle. It also gives dealing prices for bars and obscure sources of bullion, such as survival coins (coins made of precious metal, created for use in expectation of the collapse of traditional money). The site is brimming with articles on gold collecting, which serve as stimulating primers for traders.