The term Suisse or Swiss gold bars refers to some of the finest, purest and highest quality gold bullion bar products manufactured in Switzerland. They enjoy worldwide recognition, have been traded on international gold bullion markets for decades and are popular amongst investors seeking to profit from the current gold bull run.
One of the most important reasons why Suisse gold bars are highly regarded and trusted around the world is because they are manufactured in gold refineries that have met strict quality controls established by the ‘London Bullion Market Association’. Such accreditation by the LBMA is widely regarded as the de facto seal of quality.
Given the importance of being accredited by the LBMA it is indeed remarkable that Switzerland is home to 5 such refineries. The minted gold bars produced at the refineries listed below are highly regarded and liquid forms of gold bullion. The top 2 Swiss banks also use these refineries to issue their fully backed gold bars, namely Credit Suisse and UBS.
Based in Castel Saint Pietro and recognised by the LBMA since 1987, Produits Artistiques Metaux Precieux is renowned for the beautiful motifs that decorate its gold bars. Ranging from the mythological to the botanical, PAMP Suisse gold bars are highy regarded and loved by gold investors. The assayer mark ‘PAMP’ and words ‘Essayeur Fondeur’ authenticate every bar.
Sited in Balerna and listed on the LBMA ‘Good Delivery List’ since 1968, lies Valcambi, one of the largest metal refineries in the world . Both Valcambi and Credit Suisse gold bars are minted here and are proudly stamped with the assayer’s insignia ‘CHI Essayeur Fondeur’.
Listed by the LBMA since 1934 and situated in Marin, Switzerland, ‘Metalor Technologies’ is understood to be one of the first refineries in the world to be accredited. The Metalor Technologies Group is the only precious metal company to operate major refineries in three geographical zones, namely, Europe, Americas and Far East. The assayer’s logo is ‘MP’ in a triangle followed by the text ‘Essayeur Fondeur’.
Based in Mendrisio in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, this refinery has been LBMA listed since 1961. In addition to its own brand gold bars, Argor-Heraeus also manufactures UBS gold bars on behalf of UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank. The assayer’s mark is ‘AH’ in a circle with the words ‘Melter Assayer’ or ‘Argor-Heraeus’.
Cendres & Metaux
Situated in Biel-Bienne, Cendres & Metaux has been included on the LBMA ‘Good Delivery’ list since 1981. In addition to precious metal refining and bar manufacture, this refinery also manufactures precious metal products for the jewellery, watch, dental and medical industries. The assayer’s mark is ‘CM’ in a circle with words ‘Essayeur Fondeur’ or ‘CH Bienne’.
In conclusion, this article listed the 5 Swiss refineries whose gold bars meet the high quality standards to be recognized by the world’s most important bullion exchanges including the LBMA. Such recognition is a large part of the reason why Suisse gold bars such as PAMP Suisse and Credit Suisse gold bars are so popular amongst gold investors.