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March 23, 2016, 09:36:57 PM
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Gold and silver are both very well known for being suitable for as investments.  Yet, there are some platinum bullion coins (Canada, Australia and Austria now mint them, the USA used to). available.

Platinum is considered "the third precious metal", Russia even minted Three Rubles and Six Rubles coins in the 1800s for circulation (they are collectors items now and very expensive).

I am curious to hear community views on Pt as an investment.

Some perspective on precious metals:

1)  Gold is almost exclusively used as a Store of Value (jewelry too), and has been for 5000 + years.  Only small amounts used in industry.

2)  Silver (if I understand correctly) is about half industrial use and half as jewelry and for HODLing & investment.

3)  I do not have the breakdown of Pt re use in industry vs. investment, but Pt is used as a catalyst, both in cars and chemical plants.

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Unfortunately, American Platinum Eagles (now out of production, maybe they'll make them again) are priced extremely high, currently selling  around a 25%  or higher premium to metal value (apmex.com).  Australian Pt Platypus and Canadian Pt Maple sell for some $90 over spot (so around 10%).  I believe the high premiums are because Pt is relatively ILLIQUID vs. gold and silver (although I have seen that US Silver Eagles sell for some 20% + premium too, other silver "rounds" can be had for 5% over spot).

EDIT: Platinum coins (Maple and Austrian) are currently available at providentmetals.com, yes, you can pay with Bitcoin.   Smiley
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March 23, 2016, 09:44:09 PM
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As you state Platinum is classed as an industrial metal with its main use being used in catalytic converters.

My main worry is there are several synthetic substances under development with the aim to replace platinum with a cheaper alternative in catalytic converters.  If this happens then platinum will crash and never recover.

I have a little platinum but my main stack is gold.

I am also thinking about getting a little rhodium too.

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March 23, 2016, 09:49:39 PM
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Platinium is much a metal used in the industry. Why do you want to buy some ? To store value or win some money ? Good idea, every metal consumed en-masse like silver is a good investment. To prepare the apocalyspe ? Bad idea. This metal isn't known by the majority of the population, so you couldn't pay your stuff with rare metal coins once a World War have started.
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March 23, 2016, 10:05:55 PM
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The Platinum group metals (Pt, Pd, Rh, In, Ir, Ru, and Os) all all quite rare.

Supply shocks are not uncommon due to the rarity and the geographic concentration of ore deposits of these metals.

Only Pt and Pd are non-brittle enough to be made into a usable coin or ingot.

I believe that owning a bit of both is a good inflation hedge.

  
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March 23, 2016, 10:07:29 PM
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The Platinum group metals (Pt, Pd, Rh, In, Ir, Ru, and Os) all all quite rare.

Supply shocks are not uncommon due to the rarity and the geographic concentration of ore deposits of these metals.

Only Pt and Pd are non-brittle enough to be made into a usable coin or ingot.

I believe that owning a bit of both is a good inflation hedge.

  

You can also get rhodium coins and bars.

http://www.goldline.co.uk/rhodium-bars.page
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March 23, 2016, 10:09:56 PM
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Wouldnt it just be better to stick with 1 precious metal then to spread out other ones?

This is just me, but if the general market is huge for a known metal and very few are aware of platnimum who are you selling it back to?

I`d stick with gold only cause people are more aware of it.

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March 23, 2016, 10:12:52 PM
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Wouldnt it just be better to stick with 1 precious metal then to spread out other ones?

This is just me, but if the general market is huge for a known metal and very few are aware of platnimum who are you selling it back to?

I`d stick with gold only cause people are more aware of it.

Depends where you live.

In the UK gold is tax free (legal tender gold is also capital gains tax free) but silver, platinum, rhodium etc. all incur 20% VAT.

You can source silver cheaper from Europe but the spreads are still huge compared to gold which I can grab for 3% over spot.

Rhodium hit an all time high over $10,000 an oz, it is now under $900 an oz, you can see why people may be tempted to have a little gamble Smiley

Platinum is traditionally more expensive than gold and is rarer, currently its cheaper than gold so may have more upside potential.

Gold silver ratio is also currently way higher than the traditional norm so silver may also have massive upside potential in the short term.
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March 23, 2016, 10:18:42 PM
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You can also get rhodium coins and bars.

http://www.goldline.co.uk/rhodium-bars.page


Thanks.  The spread is huge:  $135 per ounce, where the bid is $750.
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March 23, 2016, 10:25:00 PM
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You can also get rhodium coins and bars.

http://www.goldline.co.uk/rhodium-bars.page


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Thanks.  The spread is huge:  $135 per ounce, where the bid is $750.

plus in the UK we would have another 20% VAT on top of that Sad

You could try dabbling in an allocated pool.  Metal is audited and secure, spreads are lower and quick and easy to sell.

Always keep your main holding of gold as physical in your posession though Wink
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March 23, 2016, 10:41:10 PM
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Gold is in every electrical device.
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March 24, 2016, 07:25:18 AM
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Gold is in every electrical device.

you can find gold in human body too you know, but amount of it in bodies and electrical devices are very tiny

and i would still decide to invest in gold or even silver, i don't think that platinum have such a good potential like gold and silver have talking about future
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March 24, 2016, 08:25:58 AM
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I am quite interested in Rhodium.  I generally like to stack silver, and I would go for more gold but it is so linked to Silver and I get much less for my money.

Rhodium seems to have had a bitcoinesque bubble and now be on the other side. Does anyone know why that happened?
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March 24, 2016, 09:26:22 AM
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Gold is in every electrical device.

you can find gold in human body too you know, but amount of it in bodies and electrical devices are very tiny

and i would still decide to invest in gold or even silver, i don't think that platinum have such a good potential like gold and silver have talking about future

Exactly said, platinum doesn't have the potential as gold or silver. The reason behind this is the usage and exchange value got. Gold can be exchanged for money. Platinum is not much accepted.

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March 24, 2016, 11:18:08 AM
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I am quite interested in Rhodium.  I generally like to stack silver, and I would go for more gold but it is so linked to Silver and I get much less for my money.

Rhodium seems to have had a bitcoinesque bubble and now be on the other side. Does anyone know why that happened?

Supply shock.  Geopolitical unrest in Russia led to a constrained supply.  Meanwhile the automakers had all designed their production process to use only rhodium in catalytic converters (it was the cheapest of the PGMs at one time).  Because of the very small amount of rhodium used per vehicle and the cost of switching to another catalyst such as Pd, they were willing to pay nearly any price.
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March 24, 2016, 12:59:39 PM
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The problem with platinium can be if you want to sale your platinum in short time frame. If you have gold or silver - this is not a problem, but with platinium can be problem to sale it - where you will be the buyer.  Grin
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March 25, 2016, 04:14:33 AM
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Gold and silver have been used as bullion for a long time, while platinum's use as an investment is a recent phenomenon.
In ancient times, gold and silver were easily identifiable and easy to work with compared to platinum. This is one reason why platinum never took off.
Platinum's intrinsic value is derived only from its use in industry and it is tough to say whether it will go up.

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March 25, 2016, 08:47:30 AM
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In the UK a hundred or so years ago they used to use platinum to make make fake gold sovereigns because the metal was so much cheaper!

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/A-Counterfeit-Sovereign-struck-in-Platinum-/121711337603
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March 26, 2016, 08:27:58 AM
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In the UK a hundred or so years ago they used to use platinum to make make fake gold sovereigns because the metal was so much cheaper!

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/A-Counterfeit-Sovereign-struck-in-Platinum-/121711337603

Yup, platinum alloys well with gold. It also has a similar specific weight compared to gold.
These properties helped counterfeiters in producing gold-like coins.

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March 26, 2016, 08:59:33 AM
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I am quite interested in Rhodium.  I generally like to stack silver, and I would go for more gold but it is so linked to Silver and I get much less for my money.

Rhodium seems to have had a bitcoinesque bubble and now be on the other side. Does anyone know why that happened?

Supply shock.  Geopolitical unrest in Russia led to a constrained supply.  Meanwhile the automakers had all designed their production process to use only rhodium in catalytic converters (it was the cheapest of the PGMs at one time).  Because of the very small amount of rhodium used per vehicle and the cost of switching to another catalyst such as Pd, they were willing to pay nearly any price.

Thanks, it seems like there have been a few supply shocks over time, the price seems very volatile.

I have also read that there are some strange rules when buying Rhodium, i.e. you can't just pay x% over spot price, it is a bit dodgier and relies on what people are willing to sell it to you for, and if they choose to.
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March 26, 2016, 10:35:27 AM
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If you believe in the hydrogen economy some scientists are proposing, you shall believe in platinum, as fuel cells require some of the stuff. It's only very small quantities, less than 50 grams, but that still matters. But the biggest problem with platinum is that it's difficult to buy and sell, unlike gold or silver coins or ingots which you can deal everywhere.

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