How and where to buy gold coins and bars

We have compiled a directory of leading gold brokers where you can buy gold bullion, coins and bars online, over the phone or even in branch.

New to gold or would like to learn more? Read our beginner’s guide to investing in gold and guide to buying gold bullion.

Company name Year founded Buy in branch Buy by phone Buy online Branch locations
Physical Gold Ltd 2008 N Y N London
The Pure Gold Company 2012 Y Y Y London
LinGOLD.com 2010 N Y Y Geneva
The Gold Bullion Company 1993 Y
(over £1,000)
N y Birmingham
Bullion By Post 2008 Y Y Y Birmingham
UKBullion 1989 N N Y Wolverhampton
Coin Invest Direct 2007 Y
(Germany)
Y Y London
Goldcore 2003 N Y Y London & Dublin
GoldMoney 2001 N N Y Jersey
Gold Made Simple 2010 N N Y London
BullionVault 2005 N N Y London
Baird & Co 1967 Y
(via agents)
N Y London
ATS Bullion Ltd 2002 Y Y Y London
Chards 1964 Y Y Y Blackpool
Atkinsons Bullion & Coins 1990 Y Y Y Birmingham
SA Bullion 2005 Y Y N Cape Town
Sharps Pixley 2010 Y Y Y London
The Royal Mint 886 N N Y
Gold Investments 1981 Y Y Y London
Gold.co.uk 2008 Y Y Y Birmingham
Harrods Bank 1969 Y N Y London

We have also compiled a list of stock-exchange listed funds (ETFs) which aim to track the price of gold. If you’d like to know more about ETFs, see: All you need to know about exchange-traded funds

Name of ETF Ticker Annual fee Editor’s comments
ETFS Gold Bullion Securities LSE:GBSS 0.40% Physically-backed sterling-denominated gold ETF. Can be held in a Sipp, but not an Isa.
ETFS Physical Gold LSE:PHGP 0.39% Physically-backed sterling-denominated gold ETF. Can be held in a Sipp or an Isa.
ETFS Physical Gold LSE:PHAU 0.39% Physically-backed dollar-denominated gold ETF. Can be held in a Sipp or an Isa.
ETFS Physical Swiss Gold LSE:SGBS 0.39% If you don’t trust the UK or US governments you may want to invest in gold held in Switzerland.
ETFS Short Gold LSE:SBUL 0.98% A way to bet on the gold price falling. Most suitable for short-term holdings.
ETFS Leveraged Gold LSE:LBUL 0.98% Designed to deliver double the rise in gold (and double the fall).
ProShares Ultra Gold NYSE:UGL 0.95% Designed to deliver double the rise in gold (and double the fall).
SPDR Gold Trust NYSE:GLD 0.40% US-listed physically-backed gold ETF – the most popular with investors.

Important information about this page: We’ve done our utmost to make this table as comprehensive as possible, including as many service providers as we can. We do not recommend a particular service and you should always select the service that’s right for you. If you spot something that is not correct or feel there is a leading service provider missing, please contact us.

At MoneyWeek, we’ve been tipping gold since 2001. In that time it went from $250 to $1,900 an ounce in 2011 (a 660% increase), hitting record highs each year since 2002.

Successful investing is about the diversification and management of risk. It makes sense to have a part of your wealth invested in gold.

Merryn

Claim 12 issues of MoneyWeek (plus much more) for just £12!

Let MoneyWeek show you how to profit, whatever the outcome of the upcoming general election.

Start your no-obligation trial today and get up to speed on:

  • The latest shifts in the economy…
  • The ongoing Brexit negotiations…
  • The new tax rules…
  • Trump’s protectionist policies…

Plus lots more.

We’ll show you what it all means for your money.

Plus, the moment you begin your trial, we’ll rush you over THREE free investment reports:

‘How to escape the most hated tax in Britain’: Inheritance tax hits many unsuspecting families. Our report tells how to pass on up to £2m of your money to your family without the taxman getting a look in.

‘How to profit from a Trump presidency’: The election of Donald Trump was a watershed moment for the US economy. This report details the sectors our analysts think will boom from Trump’s premiership, and gives specific investments you can buy to profit.

‘Best shares to watch in 2017’: Includes the transcript from our roundtable panel of investment professionals – and 12 tips they’re currently tipping. The report also analyses key assets, including property, oil and the countries whose stock markets currently offer the most value.