The tola is an old Indian unit of weight. It was the equivalent of the silver rupee issued by the British East India Company, at 180 grains, which equate to 11.6638038 grams, so:-
1 tola = 180 grains
1 tola = 11.66 grams
1 tola = 0.375 troy ounces
3 tolas = 35.98 grams
3 tolas = 1.125 troy ounces
5 tolas = 1.875 troy ounces
10 tolas = 3.75 troy ounces
Gold Tola Bars
The commonest and most popular size of tola bar is the ten tola bar, but bars of five tolas, and one tola also exist. These tend to be more popular in India than elsewhere, and there has been a move in India in recent years, to move towards metric units or troy ounces rather than the tola denominations. Tola bars are also popular in Pakistan and Singapore, and other parts of the middle east.
Rounded Edges for Smugglers
Almost all tola bars are the cast type with rounded edges. This type of bar was always popular with Indians smuggling the bars into India, often concealed inside the body. Please don't ask us for details about which body cavities, we will leave this to your imagination. Please note that if you buy tola bars from us, we will send them in a plain cover!
The coined or stamped tola bars are often used in Pakistan incorporated into jewellery, particularly bridal pieces.
999, 9999 or 996 Fine
As you can see from our photographs, the 5 tola Rothschild bar is stamped 996 fine, denoting 996 parts parts per thousand (99.60%) purity of gold. We can only assume that this is quite an old bar, as most modern bars are .999 gold, (99.90%) or even .9999 (99.99%).
For further information about gold bars, look at our Gold Bars Information page.
Gold Bars For Sale
Although we do not always carry tola bars in stock, the range of gold bars we have for sale is listed on our Gold Bars For Sale page, and this page includes price indications for tola bars when we have them available.
Special Bars for Collectors
It is worth looking at our pages of special gold bars for collectors.
Three Tola Bars
Probably one of the most unusual weights of gold bar we have ever seen is a 3 Tola bar, made by PAMP for Valcambi of Switzerland.
Gold Bars for Collectors
Mostly the gold bars we sell are intended purely as an investment in gold, and we do not guarantee to supply any specific make of bar, however we get many requests for specific makes or styles of bar for gifts or collectors, and so we try to provide these as an extra service. Naturally we charge extra for supplying specific designs and makes of gold bar. If you wish to buy gold bars at the lowest bullion prices, please see our main Gold Bars For Sale page.
Certificates are unnecessary, or should be unnecessary, for gold bullion bars.
These usually state their weight and fineness, being stamped on them, and are generally difficult to fake.
Rothschild Five Tola Gold Bar
Gold Bars Index
Union Bank of Switzerland Ten Tola Gold Bar
We Sell Gold Bars
Valcambi Suisse Three Tola Gold Bar