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Ag - Is the chemical element symbol for silver on the periodic table.

AGE - Is the abbreviation for American Gold Eagle.

Alloy - The mixing of two or more chemical elements, including at least one metal.

American Gold Buffalo - First minted in 2006 after passage of the Presidential Dollar Coin Act of 2005. This marked the first time in history the U.S. Mint produced a .9999 pure 24 karat gold coin. The 2005 Coin Act limited the production of American Buffalo gold coins to 300,000 per year. It was created to compete with the 24 karat Canadian Maple Leaf gold bullion coin.

American Gold Eagle - Were first minted in 1986 after passage of the Gold Bullion Act of 1985. The Act stipulates that any gold for these popular bullion coins must come from the United States. The design comes from the Saint Gaudens gold pieces minted in the 19th and early 20th century. The American Gold Eagles come in four sizes; one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce.

American Silver Eagle - The U.S. Mint first released the American Silver Eagle (ASE) coins in November 1986 under the Liberty Coin Act. Minted each year since, the American Silver Eagles are minted at the West Point Mint and come in uncirculated and proof versions. A Silver Eagle Monster Box is what the mint ships the coins in to distributors. This green box contains 25 tubes of 20 coins for a box total of 500 coins. The American Silver Eagle is a very popular bullion coin and has a one dollar face value denomination.

Aqua Regia - Is the mixing of concentrated nitric acid and hydrochloric acid in a volume ratio of 1:3. It is commonly used in testing the fineness of gold.

Arbitrage - In order to profit from the difference in the price, investors simultaneously purchase and sell a product. It is the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more commodities.

Argentum - Is the Latin name for the element silver.

ASE - Is the abbreviation for American Silver Eagle.

Ask Price - Is typically the lowest quoted price a bullion wholesaler will sell a product at.

Assay - A test by an assayer to determine the quality and purity of a precious metal. When a gold or silver product ships with an assay, this is a guarantee from the assayer that the product indeed contains the described amount and purity of gold or silver.

Assayer - A company that tests precious metals to determine its purity.

Assay Card - The packaging that an assayer uses to insert the bullion product in with the specific product information on the card such as the purity, weight and other pertinent information.

Assay Mark - The stamp from an assayer on a bullion bar or other precious metal to guarantee its purity.

Assay Office - An official organization controlling the testing of precious metals within a country.

Au - Is the chemical element symbol for gold on the periodic table.

Aurum - Is the Latin name for the element gold.

Australian Gold Kangaroo - Issued by the Perth Mint the Kangaroo featured a gold nugget on its reverse until 1989, when it was changed to showcase the kangaroo. The Perth Mint was opened in 1899 as a branch of London's Royal Mint and it quickly became a key player in Western Australia's booming gold industry. The Kangaroo comes in four sizes; one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce.

Australian Silver Koala - The Australian Silver Koala series was introduced in 2007 in both gold and silver with bullion and proof versions struck each year. The koala, Australia's famous marsupial, is featured on the reverse and is changed each year with a new design. The Koala comes in numerous sizes including one ounce, five ounce, ten ounce and one kilo which weighs 32.15 ounces.

Australian Silver Lunar Series - The Perth Mint's first lunar series was introduced in 1996 and continued until 2007. The Lunar Series II program started in 2008. Each of the coins features a brand-new design that is unique compared to the original series of the Zodiac signs. Very popular and quite collectible due to their lower mintage, these coins have become a must have for silver collectors and are available in numerous sizes.

Australian Silver Kookaburra - The Australian Silver Kookaburra coin is the longest-running bullion program from the Perth Mint. It was first introduced in 1990, and has featured a different design on the reverse side every year since its introduction. The kookaburra has been so popular that it helped generate demand for future programs from Perth Mint, such as the Lunar Series I, Lunar Series II, and the Australian Silver Koala. The Kookaburra comes in numerous sizes including one ounce, five ounce, ten ounce and in kilos, which weigh 32.15 ounces.

Austrian Gold Philharmonic - First minted in 1989, the Austrian Philharmonic gold coin is issued each year as a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Made of pure 24k gold (.9999), the coin celebrates eight hundred years of European coinage, and was voted the worlds best-selling coin by the World Gold Council in 1992, 1995 and 1996. The Austrian Philharmonic comes in four sizes; one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce.

Austrian Silver Philharmonic - Introduced in 2008, the Austrian Philharmonic silver bullion coin joins a proud tradition of fine coins from the heart of Europe. Its gold counterpart was at one time the best-selling gold coins in the world. Austrian Philharmonic silver coins are striving to reach that global status as well.

Avoirdupois Ounce - An ordinary ounce (avoirdupois) is exactly 28.349523125 grams while a troy ounce is exactly 31.1034768 grams making it 9.7% heavier then an avoirdupois ounce. Troy ounce is used with all precious metals, not the avoirdupois ounce.

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