Tavex is pleased to offer the Valcambi 50x1 gram gold CombiBar. Manufactured by Valcambi, Switzerland’s largest precious metals foundry, the CombiBar is an innovative product that consists of fifty minted 1 gram gold bullion bars, each containing 1 gram gold of 99.99% purity. The CombiBar can either be held as one single unified gold sheet weighing 50 grams or be broken into separate 1 gram gold bars, making it both a great bullion investment and an item for gift giving. The CombiBar is a perfect choice for those who seek an exquisite gold product that has outstanding portability and liquidity, and which offers the opportunity to buy 1 gram bars close to the spot price of gold. The CombiBar is another Valcambi hallmark of Swiss craftsmanship, quality and design.
The “Swiss made” Valcambi 50x1 gram gold CombiBar
Switzerland’s reputation for producing high quality luxurious products is not limited to the watch industry but applies equally to investment gold. Switzerland is to gold what France is to wine, a statement supported by hard facts which show that most of the world’s gold is refined in this prosperous alpine country. Information from the London Good Delivery List shows that six refineries hold 90% of the gold market and four of those, including Valcambi, are based in Switzerland. On average, Switzerland refines between 65-75% of the world’s annual supply of gold, making it the number one country in the world when it comes to refining gold and manufacturing bullion bars. The reason why Switzerland commands this position is because of the country’s high level of security, efficient logistics, a strong financial system that accommodates some of the world’s leading international banks, and, most importantly, stringent laws that set high standards regarding the quality and purity of finished bullion products. For example, every Valcambi gold bar contains an assayer’s stamp, seen on the obverse as “ESSAYEUR FONDEUR”, which guarantees the purity of the bar. To be able to put this marking on its bars, Valcambi needs to comply with strict Swiss federal laws (Precious Metals Control Act) and employ an affirmed assayer who has acquired the needed federal assayer’s licences. Affirmed assayers must keep proper account of the determination of fineness that they perform and at any given time must make their books available to the authorities for inspection. In other words, every Valcambi gold bar has its purity accredited by government and industry bodies, its quality complies with the highest industry standards and is perfected by the best Swiss engineers, resulting in a product with golden integrity that surpasses all standards of excellence. After all, it is Swiss made.
Minted bars refer to the manufacturing process that is applied to create them. The process begins by heating gold material in a furnace until it turns to a molten slurry. During the heating process, all unwanted impurities in the slurry are removed until only molten gold of high purity is left, most often at around 99.99%. The molten gold is then poured into moulds, usually in the shape of large bars, where it cools and solidifies. The solid gold is then inserted into a mill that rolls the gold into panels with a uniform dimension. Afterwards, the gold panels are inserted into a blanking press that punches blanks out of the gold panels. The next step involves the weighing of each gold blank to ensure that it is neither underweight nor overweight and those that pass this test are then polished for them to obtain a shiny surface. The last stage involves the minting process where the gold blank is inserted into a minting press that presses its die with huge force to transfer the design from the die onto the gold blank. The result is a minted bar. The newly minted gold bar is then inspected before being sealed in a transparent tamper-proof protective package.
Valcambi is a Swiss-based precious metals refiner that was established in 1961 and is world renowned as one of the largest producers and suppliers of cast and minted bullion bars. Valcambi’s bullion bars are hailed throughout the world for their outstanding quality and are a hallmark of Swiss craftsmanship, making them sought after by precious metal connoisseurs. The company manufactures its products in Balerna, Switzerland, where it operates one of the world’s largest precious metal facilities capable of refining an impressive 2,000 metric tonnes of precious metals per year. To put this number into perspective, the annual gold mine supply in 2013 reached 3,000 tonnes. The total value annually processed in this plant is impressive to say the least, and the fact that Newmont Mining, one of the world’s biggest gold mining companies, holds a majority stake in the company is an indication of Valcambi’s importance as one of the world’s topmost precious metal foundries. Accredited by all major precious metal exchanges, Switzerland’s central bank and the LBMA (London Bullion Market Association), Valcambi’s gold and silver bullion bars are recognised worldwide, with clients ranging from retail investors to some of the largest international financial institutions, governments and central banks.
Valcambi a member of the London Bullion Market Association
The LBMA, or London Bullion Market Association, was established as an independent oversight body by Britain’s Central Bank in 1987. The roots of the LBMA can be traced back several centuries to the 1700s when London started to emerge as the world’s leading trading hub for precious metals. Referred to as the “London Gold Market”, it was self-regulated by the London’s foremost bullion traders and fabricators who oversaw the market by accrediting precious metal refiners to the London Good Delivery List. Only those refiners that met the quality and purity criteria set down by the “LGD” list were allowed to enter the London bullion market. Today, more than 135 companies, which include some of the largest precious metal refiners, storage providers, manufacturers and bullion traders, are members of the London Bullion Market Association. They all form part of the LBMA, the world’s most respected and trusted international authority that monitors the production and refining process of gold and silver bullion. LBMA’s primary role is to manage the Good Delivery List which is today the international standard for the quality and assaying of gold and silver bars.
The obverse: The CombiBar is comprised of fifty uniform one gram gold bars each containing Valcambi’s official stamp, the weight “1 g”, the text “fine gold”, and “999.9” signifying 99.99% pure gold. The assayer’s stamp, which guarantees the purity of the gold bar is stamped at the bottom of each bar.
The reverse: At the top of the CombiBar is Valcambi’s official stamp and the text “VALCAMBI SUISSE”. The centre of the bar reads “50 g”, “fine gold”, and “999.9” signifying 99.99% pure gold or 24 carats. At the bottom of the bar is the assayer’s stamp, which guarantees the purity of the gold bar, and the unique serial number.
The CombiBar comes in a transparent protective package.
The CombiBar comes with a certificate of authenticity that is located inside the protective packaging. It contains the corresponding weight, gold fineness, unique serial number and assayer’s signature.
Your order delivered by Fedex and is fully insured. After we have received your payment, the products will be dispatched within 24 hours. Delivery time is between 1 and 3 working days. You will receive a notification by SMS or mail when your package has arrived. If you wish, you can also personally pick up your order at one of our offices in Budapest the same day we notify you that we have received the payment. In cases where we are unable to send your order right away, we will always inform you about the time delay.
The package is fully insured and in the extremely unlikely event that the package is lost or damaged, we will re-ship the items or refund your money. The package is insured during delivery until the recipient signs for it.
Once the products have been packaged and sent, you will receive instructions and a code to track the shipment.
The majority of Tavex’s products are always in stock and therefore Tavex can offer you quick delivery and same day pick-up with market leading prices. Tavex is an official partner of all the biggest mints in the world, such as the Perth Mint Australia, the Austrian Mint (Münze Österreich), China Great Wall Coins Investments Ltd., the gold bar market leader PAMP Suisse and Valcambi and other gold factories and dealers.
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