The Ultimate Canadian Getaway is Back!

For the second year in a row, APMEX invites you to enter for a chance to win and explore Ottawa in the annual Ultimate Canadian Getaway Sweepstakes, a four-day trip for two where you will get to visit the Royal Canadian Mint and be blown away by everything its home city has to offer.

OttawaOttawa may be primarily known as the capital of Canada, but this fair city is like an undiscovered gem (or Gold mine). Marked with picturesque architecture, a host of seasonal activities, delicious international cuisine and cultural attractions unique to a bilingual community, it draws people from around the globe. It has also been rated the third-cleanest city in the world!

If you are ready for a getaway that wows you, simply buy any eligible Royal Canadian Mint product between March 7 and April 4 and be automatically entered to win!*

The sweepstakes winner and one guest will receive:

  • Airfare to and from Ottawa
  • Hotel accommodations at the four-star Westin Ottawa Hotel
  • VIP Package Tour of the Royal Canadian Mint
  • Full-day pass at Le Nordik Spa, with chauffeured service to and from
  • Tickets to the National Gallery of Canada

When visiting the Royal Canadian Mint, you and your guest will enjoy all kinds of perks, including a private VIP tour and assisting in the minting of a production coin. Lunch with the mint’s friendly executives will be provided, along with a gift of one numismatic coin and a photo holding a 400 oz Gold bar!

RCMAfter touring the mint, you’ll be able to relax in luxury at Le Nordik Spa. Winning awards like “People’s Favorite” and “Best Nordic Spa in Canada,” this chic escape is just the place to recharge before returning home. As guests of APMEX, you and your companion will each receive a full-day pass for the “Thermal Experience” package.

* No purchase necessary. See full rules for details.

New Cast of Coins for Epic New Movie: Batman vs. Superman

Have you marked your calendar? March 19, 2016, is the day Gotham’s billionaire industrialist takes on Metropolis’ man of steel in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice™,” the film highly anticipated by comic book enthusiasts and moviegoers alike.

Clark Kent caught the attention of Bruce Wayne when he revealed his alien powers to the world in 2013’s “Man of Steel.” Now the Dark Knight vigilante is coming to ensure that Superman remains a non-threat to humanity and possibly settle the long and hotly debated question: which superhero would be able to defeat the other?

Maybe the answer is neither. The Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman makes an appearance in this epic film, too. Could she be Earth’s greatest defender? It’s all so exciting that the Royal Canadian Mint is issuing several exclusive coins to commemorate this epic meeting of strength and heroism.

With remarkable coloring, high-definition design and details that DC Comics buffs will recognize (like Kryptonian syllabic writing), these coins are authentic movie memorabilia. From cupronickel lenticular coins to a .9999 fine Gold issue, there is a Batman vs. Superman coin for every fan’s price range.

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Cupronickel lenticular Coin
As you tilt the coin, the silhouette of Superman transitions into a shadowy figure of Batman. This stunning coin comes with superhero trading cards to relive fond memories.


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1/4 oz Silver Dawn of Justice Coin
Depicts the epic superhero battle that comic book and movie fans have longed to see! This .999 fine Silver coin comes complete with a certificate booklet.



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1/2 oz Silver Logo Coin
Featuring the blockbuster film’s clever logo, superimposing the s-shield logo over the iconic bat symbol, this vibrantly colored .999 fine Silver coin is a perfect representation of the battle between superheroes.


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1 oz Proof Silver Trinity Coin
The Trinity, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, all present and ready to serve justice on this .999 fine Silver coin, depicting each hero in exceptional color.



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2 oz Silver Coin
Heroes in action! This coin comes with premium packaging. The obverse also features a unique net-style background, adding even further interest to the .999 fine Silver beauty.



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Proof Gold Dawn of Justice Coin
Destined to be a top seller, the back-to-back design of this Gold coin shows Superman looking up for strength as Batman looks only to himself.



The best part of all? They are available now at! You can wow your movie and numismatic circles with one (or several) just in time for the film. Take a look and place your bets: Batman or Superman. Either way, you’ll be picking a winner with these stunning coins!

Dream Building: Precious Metals Acquisition

Part of being a Precious Metals collector or investor is constantly planning your next purchase. Some of that planning is pure business — deciding where to put your money is responsible and necessary — but some of it is all about the fun of selecting and acquiring. Precious Metal acquisition allows you to invest in your future while experiencing the joy of collecting. Like an angler with a reel, you always see a big “get” on the horizon; a dream purchase you are determined to make. While it may seem silly to daydream about bars of Silver or Monnaie de Paris commemoratives, dreams make us strive toward our goals. APMEX is her to help you build your dream and plan how to bring it to fruition!

For Silver Stackers

100 oz JM Silver Bar
A young stacker building toward a large bar purchase might look at this tempting 100 oz Silver Bar by Johnson Matthey. Beautiful and decidedly rich-looking, this Silver bar is an attainable dream. The solid 100 oz Silver content makes it easy to add more .999 fine Silver to your holdings with one simply purchase.


For the Royal Watcher

Christening of Prince George

To commemorate the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge, the Royal Mint struck a one kilo coin, only the fourth in its thousand-year history. Featuring opulent artwork and a tasteful portrait of Her Majesty, this coin would be a dream acquisition for any Silver collector who also enjoys following the majestic continuity of the royal family.

For the Platinum Buyer

10 oz PAMP Suisse Platinum Bar

Breaking in to Platinum collecting can be intimidating. It is “the rich man’s Gold” after all. But anyone who buys a bit is sure to want more. A large Platinum item makes you feel that you have arrived as an investor or collector. To that end, look to the stunning 10 oz Platinum Bar by PAMP Suisse. Featuring the alluring Fortuna design, this Platinum bullion is both an objet d’art and a solid investment item, as this bar is eligible for inclusion in your Precious Metals IRA.

For Those Who Want a U.S. Mint Coin

2015 High Relief American Liberty

This 2015 High Relief American Liberty in Gold is both strikingly pretty and an important U.S. Mint issue. Appealing to collectors and investors of all stripes, this coin depicts Lady Liberty as rendered by Justin Kunz and is the highest denomination ever issued on a U.S. Mint Gold coin. For a Gold investor or a coin enthusiast, there is no greater “get” than a coin of this caliber.

For the One Who Seeks Luxury

Monnaie de Paris and Sevres
The Excellence Series by Monnaie de Paris is unparalleled in its exquisite luxury. The 2015 pairing of Monnaie de Paris and Sèvres porcelain wrought one of the most bewitching coins on the market today. With an exclusive mintage of just 1,000 coins, this item is one of those extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime coins that must be appreciated in close proximity.

For the Big Time

2015 kilo Gold Lunar Goat

Are you ready to make the leap into serious investing? Are you ready for a kilo of Gold? The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series includes the 2015 1 kilo Gold Lunar Year of the Goat, which might be the right step for you to take into major Gold investing. Exquisite goat artwork and a tasteful profile of the Queen make this coin charming to look at, while the one-kilo heft tells you that you have made it as an investor or collector.


Whatever your dream for your collection, whatever your investing goal, APMEX has a product to inspire you! Build your dream and plan your future with Precious Metals.

10.28.11 Weekly Recap

Gold is becoming an increasingly important portfolio balancing tool. The World Gold Council reports that even if investors hold alternative assets, they are not a substitute for the protection offered by a distinct allocation to Gold. The council commented,  “Even a small allocation to Gold, by mitigating risk, can consistently increase the returns from a portfolio.”

Gold has had a good week with solid positive gains. “Nobody really wants to go short on Gold,” said Bernard Sin of MKS Finance SA. “I don’t think Europe will be out of the woods yet.” Currently, there is physical demand in India due to the Diwali festival. Nick Trevethan of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. said, “We’re seeing some progress in Europe, but the market’s been  disappointed before. There’s still a lot of good reasons to be holding Gold. The world is still relatively shaky; we’re a low interest rate environment in  many parts of the world.”

Leaders in the euro zone have agreed upon a plan to shore up Greece’s debt burden and to contain the debt crisis in the whole region. In the agreement, private bondholders will take a 50% write-down on their holdings of Greek debt, the European Financial Stability Facility will be increased to over 1 trillion euros, and there will be a recapitalization of European banks.

However, even with a plan in place to help contain the euro zone debt crisis, naysayers are already coming out of the woodwork saying the measures taken are short term at best and expect doubts to return. “The very best you can hope for is it buys you time,” said Jonathan Loynes, Capital Economics’s Chief European Economist. “It avoids an imminent catastrophe and means Greece should be able to meet its obligations in the near future, and it may restore a bit of confidence. But it won’t prevent the debt crisis overall from rambling on and indeed escalating.” Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou came out in support  of the plan as well, saying, “The crisis gives us the opportunity and this agreement gives us time. We negotiated and managed to erase a very important  part of our debt. Tens of billions of euros have been lifted from the backs of the Greek people.”

The U.S. weekly first-time jobless claims report showed a drop of 2,000 while the four-week moving average fell closer to the pivotal 400,000 mark. In an optimistic report, the U.S. gross domestic product rose by 2.5% in the third quarter, showing that the economy is expanding at a rate nearly double that of the second quarter. Inflation is also believed to be down to the 2.0% level, which lowered from the 3.3% level in the second quarter.

Lawmakers may be becoming complacent in their efforts to close the federal spending gap; Reuters reported that many lawmakers do not think another credit rating downgrade could affect the economy. Congressman Michael Grimm said, “There have been some that think we can absorb another [downgrade] and they hide behind the fact that the credibility of the ratings agencies has been called into question.” The attitude that the United States is the “cleanest dirty shirt” may cause paralysis in a congress that is  divided on such a hot-button issue.

Hedge funds seem to be betting against another recession. Many have placed bets on commodities which generally increase in value while coming out of a recession. “People are looking around saying, ‘You know what, the world isn’t ending,’” said John Stephenson, SVP and Fund Manager for First Asset Investment Management Inc. Silver, Platinum, and Palladium are all very industrial metals with many uses as raw materials and an increase in manufacturing levels may mean increased demand for those as raw materials.


Spot Gold prices opened this week at $1,638.40. The high was on Friday, Oct. 28th at $1,754.00, while the low for the week occurred on Monday, Oct. 24th $1,636.60. Gold ended the week up $107.10 at $1,745.50. This week, the most popular Gold bullion products were 2011 Gold American Eagles, 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Gold Bars, and 2011 1 oz. Gold Maple Leafs.

Spot Silver prices opened this week at $31.23. Silver reached a high of $35.70 on Friday, Oct. 28th, while this week’s low for Silver occurred on Monday, Oct. 24th at $31.23. Silver ended the week up $4.18 at $35.41. The most popular Silver products on this week were 2011 Silver American Eagles, 2011 Silver Maple Leafs, 1 oz. Silver Buffalo Rounds and 10 oz. APMEX Silver Bars.

Spot Platinum prices opened this week at $1,509.50 and ended the week up $140.10 at $1,649.60. Popular Platinum products this week included, 1 oz. Platinum Bars, 1/10 oz. Platinum American Eagles, and 1 oz. Platinum American Eagles.

Spot Palladium prices opened this week at $616.40 and ended the week up $52.60 at $669.00. Palladium investors preferred 1 oz. Pamp Suisse Palladium Bars and Palladium Canadian Maple Leafs this week at

Sunshine Gold Bars

APMEX is proud to offer Sunshine Minting Gold Bars in 5 gram, 10 gram, and 1 ounce sizes. Sunshine Minting is one of the premier minting companies in the world. Based in Idaho, Sunshine Minting is an American company that produces 24k (.9999  pure) Gold bars. These little pieces of inflationary protection come in their own tamper-evident packaging to ensure quality control and convenient storage.

APMEX and Sunshine Minting have come together to offer our customers high quality Gold bullion at affordable prices. Log on to to grab your own self-contained piece of perfection today.

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The Season of GOLD

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Why Does Gold Demand Increase an Average of 11% during September thru December?



The last four months of the calendar year are historically the busiest time of the year for Gold sales.  If you look at the last eleven years, the increased demand for Gold has on average driven Gold prices up by 11%. If you look at the last eleven years, the increased demand for Gold has on average driven Gold prices up by 11%. There are many contributing factors to increased Gold demand, not the least of which is the Holiday season. 

Two of the largest contributors to the increase in Gold demand are China and India.  According to the World Gold Council, their purchases represent 52% of all Gold purchases.  Inflation has made prices more desirable for them;  those countries push their citizens to buy Gold for investment purposes.   For example, the Indian rupee appreciated 20% against the dollar in 2010. China’s inflation rate is 10% while their banks pay only 2-3%;  therefore, Chinese citizens lose purchasing power if they keep their money in banks.  Gold serves as a useful hedge against inflation and thus, its popularity grows within these countries.

We need to remember that seasons are different in other hemispheres;  August is the end of harvest in India.   In the past, over 70% of the Gold demand stemmed from the agricultural sector. Most of the Indian citizens deal in cash; they believe the best source of investment protections are real estate and Gold.  They also celebrate the Festival of Lights during this time of year. This is also the beginning of their marriage season starts where 24 karat Gold is given as a traditional marriage dowry.  India nor China have plans like Social Security so their citizens must provide their own financial security during retirement.

by Stephanie Chandler, APMEX Account Manager


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For the next 48 hours, you can buy the Gold Mexican 2 Pesos for as low as $1.99 per coin over spot. This special pricing is only while supplies last until 3:00 p.m. CDT, Sept. 2nd.

The Gold Mexican 2 Pesos is an inexpensive way to buy a coin featuring the original Mexican coat of arms and eagle design from 1919 when the coin was introduced. The reverse has the denomination surrounded by a garland wreath.

Usually, smaller coins have a larger premium per ounce; this specially-priced coin gives you the opportunity to add to your Gold portfolio for under $100 per coin.

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G’Day APMEX Mates! Announcing the Annual Australian Vacation Giveaway!

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APMEX has partnered with The Perth Mint of Australia to sponsor our annual vacation giveaway,“Escape to Australia.”  APMEX customers are automatically qualified to win a trip for two to Perth, Australia by purchasing $250 or more of 2012 Perth Mint coins from prior to October 15, 2011. The “Escape to Australia” giveaway includes round-trip airfare for two to Perth, Australia, hotel accommodations, $1,000 (AUD) in spending cash and a VIP tour of The Perth Mint. For details, go to Escape to Austrailia.  

The Perth Mint is one of the world’s premier mints and has a reputation for innovation and superb quality in its bullion and collectible coins including the 2012-dated Year of the Dragon Gold coins and Silver coins. The dragon is the only mythical creature on the Chinese lunar calendar; it will not be featured again on a coin until the year 2024. Don’t miss this opportunity to win a free trip down under.

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