Gainesville Coins’ web site has a unique "quick search" feature where you can select the country of your desired coin, followed by the metal type, the weight, the specific type of coin from that country, and the grade. Because Gainesville Coins offers one of the largest selections of numismatic coins (besides the bullion coins that interest our members) the "quick search" feature comes in very handy.
For those interested in regular bullion coins for inflation protection, it is best to click on the large button on the left of the homepage that reads, “BUY PRECIOUS METALS NOW!”. From there, you can choose between gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. It will then display 15 products per page for that metal, which you can increase to 20 or 40 per page and sort by face value, date, denomination, grade, service and price. You can also filter by the condition and weight.
After we originally pointed out that Gainesville Coins didn't have precious metals spot prices on their homepage, they have since added them. Gainesville Coins also recently added unique "Deals of the Week", "Featured", "New Arrivals", and "Top Sellers" features to their homepage, which we believe improves their already top ranked layout.
Gainesville Coins' products are displayed with both credit card and bank wire prices. The credit card prices for their items are 2.75% higher than the bank wire prices. We give credit to Gainesville Coins for fully disclosing their credit card fees. Most of the other companies in our review that accept credit cards, add in their credit card fee to their shipping/processing charges during the checkout process.
At the time of our review update, Gainesville Coins had the second lowest price for a 1 oz American gold eagle coin, only $0.86 more than Bullion Direct, but when you consider Bullion Direct charges an extra 4% credit card fee or 1.25% more than Gainesville Coins, Gainesville Coins is still the cheapest for those who use credit cards. Gainesville Coins was the third cheapest for 1 oz Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins, at a price that was $7.36 higher than Bullion Direct. Gainesville Coins had the lowest price for 1 oz gold South African Krugerrands.
For silver, we found that Gainesville Coins' had the cheapest price for a 1 oz .999% pure silver bar. Their price for a silver 1 oz American Eagle was $0.61 higher than Lear Capital.
Gainesville Coins' shipping options were: standard $19.34, 3rd day $27.55, 2nd day $36.63, next day $61.89.
Using the next day shipping option, Gainesville Coins was the fastest company in our review to process/ship our order. Our order arrived in just three days (two days including the Thanksgiving holiday).
NIA has decided to give Gainesville Coins its "NIA 2010 Best Bullion Award". NIA members who make a purchase on Gainesville Coins can now receive an automatic $5 discount on their order by applying the following coupon code in their shopping cart: 'NIAUS' (NIA does NOT earn any kind of a referral fee).
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