How to Invest Your IRA in Gold and Precious Metals

Some people are surprised to learn that IRS rules allow them to hold real gold bullion, gold coins, and other precious metals with their retirement accounts. IRAs are not restricted to stocks, mutual funds, bonds, certificates of deposit, annuities, and other conventional financial products.

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Allowable Investments

There are four precious metals in which your IRA can invest: gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. There are, however, some restrictions when investing in these metals.

Minimum Fineness Requirements

  • Gold 99.5% Pure
  • Silver 99.9% Pure
  • Platinum 99.95% Pure
  • Palladium 99.95% Pure

Examples of Coins Your Account Can Own


  • American Eagle coins (proof and non-proof)
    • Note that Gold American Eagles do not meet the 99.5% purity minimum for gold. They are, however, allowed in a tax-advantaged plan thanks to an IRS exception.
  • American Gold Buffalo coins (non-proof)
  • Austrian Gold Philharmonics coins
  • Canadian Maple Leaf coins
  • Australian Kangaroo/Nugget coins
  • Bars and rounds that meet minimum fineness requirements


  • American Eagle Coins (proof and non-proof)
  • Austrian Philharmonic
  • Mexican Libtertads
  • Australian Kookaburras
  • Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins
  • South African Krugerrand (Silver)
  • Bars and rounds that meet minimum fineness requirements


  • American Eagle Coins (proof and non-proof)
  • Australian Koalas
  • Isle of Man Noble Coins
  • Bars and rounds that meet minimum fineness requirements


  • American Eagle Coins (proof and non-proof)
  • Bars and rounds that meet the minimum fineness requirements

Disallowed Coins

  • Austrian Corona and Ducat
  • Belgian Franc
  • British Sovereign & Britannia
  • German Mark
  • Columbian Peso
  • Dutch Guilder
  • French Franc
  • Swiss Franc
  • Italian Lira
  • Mexican Peso and Ounza
  • South African Krugerrand (Gold)

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