There are four basic ways an Gold Bar individual can put his or her money into gold. These are: buying shares in a gold mine, which can be risky unless you have inside information; physically buying gold coins and medals in a shop or auction; buying gold bars, also known as bullion; and finally, you can invest in a gold fund, who will buy gold on your behalf.
The simplest way for a beginner to get started in the gold market is by buying gold coins and medals. There are lots of reasons for this. For a start, coinage is easily stored and does not need a lot of looking after. It is also very pleasant to look at. On top of this, in addition to the scrap value of the metal, old coins and medals have antique value that will almost alway go up.