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What Precious metals can be purchased with your IRA?

Only gold coins that are legal tender with 0.9999 fineness are allowed in an IRA, with the exception of the American Gold Eagle, which has a fineness of 0.9167% fineness. Other gold coins allowed to be put into an IRA include the American Buffalo, Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, and Australian Gold Nugget. The popular South African Krugerrand is not permitted to be included in an American IRA because it's fineness is only 0.9167%

The regulations that govern gold contributions to IRAs call for a minimum purity of only 0.995%, most gold bullion bars are 0.9999% pure.

List of precious metals that are acceptable:


Gold Ideal for IRAs
  • American Eagle coins1
  • Australian Kangaroo/Nugget coins
  • Austrian Philharmonic coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf coins
  • Credit Suisse - Pamp Suisse Bars .999
  • U.S. Buffalo Gold Uncirculated coins (no Proofs)
  • Bars and rounds manufactured by a NYMEX or COMEX approved refiner/assayer or national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements2
Silver approved for IRA's
  • American Eagle coins1
  • Australian Kangaroo/Nugget coins
  • Austrian Philharmonic coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf coins
  • Mexican Libertad coins
  • Bars and rounds manufactured by a NYMEX or COMEX approved refiner/assayer or national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements2
Platinum for an IRA
  • American Eagle coins1
  • Australian Kangaroo/Nugget coins
  • Austrian Philharmonic coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf coins
  • Isle of Man Noble coins
  • Bars and rounds manufactured by a NYMEX or COMEX approved refiner/assayer or national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements2
Palladium approved for IRAs
  • Bars and rounds manufactured by a NYMEX or COMEX approved refiner/assayer or national government mint and meeting minimum fineness requirements2
Minimum Fineness Required for Precious Metals IRA's:
  • Gold .995
  • Silver .999
  • Platinum .9995
  • Palladium .9995

Examples of unacceptable precious metals products


  • Austrian Corona and Ducat
  • Belgian Franc
  • British Sovereign and Britannia
  • Chilean Peso
  • Columbian Peso
  • Dutch Guilder
  • French Franc
  • German Mark
  • Hungarian Korona
  • Italian Lira
  • Mexican Peso and Ounza
  • South African Krugerrand
  • Swiss Franc
  • Rare/Collectable Coins

1 "Slabbed" coins are not permissibale. 2 Gold, Silver, Platinum, & Palladium bars must be fabricated by NYMEX or COMEX approved refiners or national government mint.

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