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What is Clad? (And Why You Should Collect It)


By definition, if something is “clad”, the outer layers of one metal are bonded to the core of a different metal.  A lot of products can technically be clad — mostly frying pans, boiling pots, and other kitchenware.  At Great American Coin Company, we sell clad art bars.

Often times clad gets a bad rap.  People are very quick to label it as a rip-off, fake, a scam, etc. But in reality, clad has many advantages.  It’s dense.  It’s corrosion and wear resistant.  It’s strong.  It’s nice looking.

Clad is not full-on silver or gold. Clad is cheap to purchase. And that’s exactly the point of adding some to your collection.  It looks awesome without you having to break the bank.

Think of clad like replica pirate coins, or silver/gold-plated eating utensils.  You buy replica pirate coins because they’re as close as you can get to the real deal without spending a fortune.  A real piece of ancient history from a shipwreck yields a LOT of money.  And the same idea goes for the eating utensils.  You don’t necessarily need the purest form of silver or gold that you can get. You just need something that gets the job done and looks nice.

Clad is a collector’s item. At the end of the day, our gold clad and silver clad bars are not solid gold or silver, but they have a base of either brass, or .999 copper overlain with 24K gold or .999 silver. And that’s still pretty cool, isn’t it?

We have a lot of designs to choose from.  You can get a picture of the Statue of Liberty, the Canadian Maple Leaf, and many more choices on your gold clad or silver clad bars.  We even have colorized bars, too.

So what are you waiting for? Shop our whole collection today!

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How to Collect Silver Bars and Bullion



I want to talk about how you can collect silver. Like any precious metal, silver can be used for investment purposes. For thousands of years, silver has been highly valued and even used as money. Today, it’s no longer accepted as legal tender in many counties. However, the demand for silver is still very high.

Silver is on the rise

With all the unstable federal governments and economies, silver is certainly on the rise. As the dollar becomes less and less stable, silver becomes more valuable to investors. Today, silver is a better buy than gold. It’s also undervalued relative to gold. Those who feel gold is too expensive are looking to purchase silver. All of these reasons combined are pushing the price of silver higher. For those of you looking for stability and security, collecting silver is definitely the way to go.

One Troy Ounce

Silver is sold by the troy ounce. One troy ounce weighs 31.1 grams, which is more than the 28.35 grams you would call an ounce of milk. Therefore, one troy ounce is approximately 10 percent more than a regular ounce. When buying silver, it’s very important to know about the troy ounce, as dealers will refer to silver prices by troy ounce.

Numismatic vs. Bullion

When purchasing silver, you have the option to choose between numismatic or bullion. Generally speaking, numismatic coins are for experienced collectors. Their value is determined by things such as the date they was issued, rarity, condition, even the mint where they were produced. Bullion, on the other hand, is valued by its silver content. There are two main types of bullion: coins and bars.

Choosing Between Coins and Bars

Not all silver bullion is created equally. You should know the differences between silver coins and bars in order to make educated purchases. Many people prefer to buy coins because they offer greater flexibility when it comes time to sell. For instance, if you buy a 100-ounce silver bar you will have to sell the entire 100-ounces at one time. But, if you buy 100-ounces of silver coins or rounds, you could sell any number of rounds at anytime.

Silver Bars Are Cost Effective

While coins provide you with greater flexibility, silver bars are generally more cost effective. Because they are not minted, they are often much cheaper than coins. They come in sizes such as one, ten and 100-ounce bars. They also sell at spot, which means they do not include premiums that coins such as Silver Eagles can have. If you are a beginner or if you are just trying to protect your wealth and buying power of your money, then I suggest you invest in silver bars.

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Why Clad Bars Make Great Gifts

Liberty-Indian-Silver-GACC-reflectionIf you are looking to purchase a collectable or novelty item, clad bars are for you. Clad means that the item is not fully silver or gold. Generally speaking, clad is any metal covering a core of usually copper or nickel. Clad bars come in a variety of sizes. While clad bars are not recommended for investment purposes, they do make great gifts!

What is a clad bar?

Not to be confused with bullion – clad bars are not solid gold or silver, but consist of base metals overlain with either 24k gold or .999 silver. Clad typically means silver or gold plate. These bars are not designed to be melted down into actual silver or gold. Clad bars are created for collectible or novelty purposes, they are not meant for investment.

Why to buy clad bars?

Clad bars are inexpensive and make great gifts. Whether you’re rewarding a young child for getting good grades or just looking for a great stocking stuffer, clad bars make perfect gifts for your loved ones. They make great prizes too. Depending on your event or gathering, several companies produce silver and gold clad bars specifically for commemorative reasons.

Where to buy clad bars?

Great American Coin offers a wide range of gold and silver clad bars in sizes from one troy ounce to four troy ounces. The majority of our clad bars come in hard plastic covers for added protection. These bars make for great birthday, Christmas and graduation gifts!

If you are ever confused about a clad item there are inexperienced sellers, like Great American Coin, who understand the difference between a silver clad bar and silver bullion. Please feel free to contact us with questions!

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