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Information About Gold Bars

According to HM Customs & Excise:-

"Investment gold (other than investment gold coins) is defined as: "gold of a purity not less than 995 thousandths that is in the form of a bar, or a wafer, of a weight accepted by the bullion markets".

For the purposes of this definition bars and wafers are commonly traded in the following weights:
UnitWeights AvailableKilosGramsTroy Ounces
London Good Delivery Bar12.5 Kilogram12.512,500400
Kilogram Bars1 Kg1100032.15
Grams500 gram0.550016.07
Grams250 gram0.252508.04
Grams100 gram0.11003.22
Grams50 gram 0.05501.61
Grams20 gram0.02200.64
Grams10 gram0.01100.32
Grams5 gram0.00550.16
Grams2.5 gram0.00252.50.08
Grams1 gram0.00110.03
Ounces100 ounce3.113110100
Ounces10 ounce0.3131110
Ounces5 ounce0.16155.65
Ounces1 ounce0.0331.10351
Ounces ounce 15.56.5
Ounces ounce 7.78.25
Taels10 taels0.3737111.913
Taels5 taels0.1851855.9565
Taels1 tael0.37137.051.1913
Tolas10 tola0.117116.63.75
Tolas5 tola0.058558.31.875

(1oz = 31.1035 grams)
(1 tael = 1.1913 oz)
(1 tola = 180 grains troy = 0.375 oz)

London Good Delivery Bars

The only size bar normally used in major international markets is the London Good Delivery Bar, which as you can see from the above table is 400 ounces or 12.5 kilograms. Most gold stored by central banks is in this form.

Kilo Bars

One Kilo Bars are a convenient weight, being a nice round number, so being easy to track the price. Because they are worth over £15,000 they are above the UK notification level, so it is perhaps natural that smaller sizes are more popular.

Smaller Bars

Smaller bars, such as fractional kilo bars, and one ounce bars, combine convenient size with reasonably low premium.

Very Small Bars

Weights such as one gram are so small that the cost of production dictates that their premium over gold content is too high for prudent investors, but they can make attractive gift items.


As we are frequently asked about the dimensions of gold bars, we have provided this information on our Dimensions of Gold Bars page.

Gold Bars for Collectors

We now have a small selection of different or unusual bars for collectors.

Circular Gold Bars

One solution to the question of which size bar to purchase, is to buy modern one ounce bullion coins. It is sensible to consider them as being one ounce circular bullion bars, guaranteed by a government rather than a refiner.
Because coins are mass produced, and very efficiently so, they are available at very competitive prices compared with similar size bars.
Because gold coins are almost universally recognised, they are also easy to resell.
It's worth looking at out Gold Coin Selector page.

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