Which Is More Valuable: Gold Nuggets or Gold Bars?

by Melissa Poulsen ; Updated July 27, 2017
Gold is sold and stored in a variety of forms.

While gold is valued based on the market-determined price of refined raw gold, the form of your gold may increase in value beyond that price. Gold in the form of large nuggets or rare bars are more valuable than standard bars or small nuggets of gold.

Gold Nuggets

Gold nuggets are naturally occurring pieces of gold whose rarity increases drastically with size. Because of this rarity, gold nuggets always cost more than their gold content.

Gold Bars

Gold bars are any cast or minted gold made by a recognized manufacturer. Different types of minted bars are available that vary in purity, but they are all generally valued at a premium lower than their pure gold content.

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Value Comparison

While gold nuggets are generally more valuable than gold bars, particularly if they are large and rare nuggets, if your gold bar is a rare gold coin it could be worth more than a gold nugget. If, however, you own a standard gold bar, a gold nugget is more valuable.

About the Author

Based in California, Melissa Poulsen has been writing since 2010. She writes general knowledge and arts-and-entertainment articles for various online publications. Poulsen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of San Francisco. She is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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