IRA Approved Precious Metals for 2021

IRA Approved Precious Metals IconUnfortunately, all precious metals are not created equal when it comes to your precious metals individual retirement account. Investment grade metals that are allowed in your IRA need to meet a set of strict criteria.

The IRA approved precious metals that are accepted investments for a self-directed IRA are somewhat limited, but for good reason. Your long-term protection.

We list currently approved (2021) gold, silver, platinum and palladium metals below.

Precious metal IRAs may only contain bullion coins and bars from an IRA approved precious metals selection. They must be COMEX/NYMEX accredited and must be sufficiently pure.

Bullion coins suitable for precious metal IRAs are valued on their precious metal content only. Slabbed / graded and numismatic or collectible coins (with the exception of American proof gold and proof silver Eagles) are not permitted.

IRA Approved Bullion Coins and Rounds

Approved Gold IRA Coins and Rounds IconIRA approved coins and rounds must meet minimum fineness requirements and be manufactured by a NYMEX or COMEX-approved refiner/assayer or a national government mint and should be ISO9001 Certified.

Gold – official list
American Gold Eagle coins
U.S. Buffalo Bullion gold coins
Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins
Austrian Philharmonic gold coins
Australian Kangaroo/Nugget gold coins

Other examples of acceptable gold coins/rounds include:
Chinese Gold Panda coins
Gold Incuse Indian rounds
Gold Engelhard Prospector rounds
Perth Mint Lunar Series gold coins

Silver – official list

American Silver Eagle coins
Austrian Vienna Philharmonic coins
Australian Kookaburra coins
Canadian Maple Leaf coins

Other examples of acceptable silver coins/rounds include:
UK Silver Britannia coins (*after 2013*)
Silver 1 oz Dodgecoin Wolf medallions
Incuse Indian silver rounds
Sunshine Mint silver rounds
Canadian Silver Arctic Fox coins
Australian Silver Kookaburra coins
OPM Silver Bullion rounds

Platinum – official list

American Platinum Eagle coins
Platinum Canadian Maple Leaf coins
Platinum Australian Koala coins

Other examples of acceptable platinum coins/rounds include:
Platinum Britannia coins
Platinum Australian Platypus coins

Palladium – official list
Canadian Maple Leaf Palladium coins

IRA Approved Bullion Bars

Approved Gold Bullion IRA Bars IconIRA approved bullion bars must meet minimum fineness requirements and be manufactured by a NYMEX or COMEX-approved refiner/assayer and should be ISO9001 Certified.

Gold bars .995+ fine that are accredited by COMEX/NYMEX / ISO9001 Certified

Examples of qualifying gold bars are:
Perth Mint .9999 fine bars
Credit Suisse .9999 fine bars
PAMP Suisse .9999 fine bars
Royal Canadian Mint .9999 fine bars
Ohio Precious Metals .9999 fine bars

Silver bars .999+ fine that are accredited by COMEX/NYMEX / ISO9001 Certified
Examples of qualifying silver bars are:
Royal Canadian Mint .9999 fine bars
Sunshine Mint .999+ fine bars
Ohio Precious Metals .999+ fine bars
Engelhard Hand Poured .999+ fine bars
Golden State Mint ISO9001 .999+ fine bars

Platinum bars .9995+ fine that are accredited by COMEX/NYMEX / ISO9001 Certified
Examples of qualifying platinum bars are:
Credit Suisse .9995 fine bars
Scotiabank .9995+ fine bars
Johnson Matthey .9995 fine bars

Palladium bars that are .9995+ fine that are accredited by COMEX/NYMEX / ISO9001 Certified
Examples of qualifying platinum bars are:
Pamp Suisse .9995+ fine bars
Credit Suisse .9995+ fine bars
Baird & Co. .9995+ fine bars

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