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PAMP Suisse Bullion - Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP®) was established in 1977 and is located in Castel San Pietro, which is in the southern Canton of Ticino, Switzerland.
In 1981, MKS Financial Group acquired PAMP SA.
MKS Financial Group is a global financial and precious metals trading company based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Today, between PAMP's expertise in the Refinery of Precious Metals and
MKS's diverse client base, the combined company has become the world's largest, independently owned, precious metals refiner.
Furthermore, in 2008 a joint venture was started between PAMP Suisse and MMTC Limited, India's largest international trading company.
operates a fully integrated precious metals processing facility, which
includes refining and minting, under the direct technical supervision of
PAMP SA, Switzerland.
PAMP has one refinery located in Switerland and MMTC-PAMP's refinery is located in India.
PAMP Suisse refines Gold, Silver and Platinum Group Metals (PMGs) from mines, recycling industries and jewelers.
Pamp refines gold and silver using Electrolytic anode.
Electrolytic anode - ore is converted into anodes that are then positioned in electrolytic cells where the gold or silver is separated from other elements.
The electrolytic treatment results in the deposits of gold or silver, on a cathode, in purities ranging between .9999 to .99999.
Once the gold or silver's purity has been determined, the precious metals are manufactured into a variety of different products.
This page from GoldAvenue (another MKS company) describes in more
detail the Electrolysis process.
For refining Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), PAMP Suisse uses a complex chemical process.
PAMP Suisse provides investors with a complete range of precious metals bars in almost any shape, weights or size.
PAMP's refinery produces two types bullion bars, Cast & Minted Bars.
Poured or Cast Bullion Bars - are produced by pouring molten precious metal directly into a mold.
Markings are usually stamped on the bar using a hammer or a press.
The surface of the bar can be uneven and have some small pits and grooves.
In addition, company markings on cast bars will look depressed or "sunken," into the bar
Minted Bullion Bars - are cut from a cast bar that has been rolled to a uniform thickness.
The cutting is done with a die to create blanks that have a specified dimension and weight.
All the surfaces are smooth and even.
Markings are stamped onto the bar using a minting press. In addition, company markings on minted bars will be "raised" due to this process.
(Minted bullion photo provided courtesy of Heraeus)
PAMP products are accredited as ‘Good Delivery’ Refiners by:
Good Delivery accreditation is the standard in the precious metals
industry. It measures product standards as well as industry and market
Accreditation's from leading futures markets:
PAMP provides Industrial customers with semi-finished precious metals
products, in the form of wire, plate, strip, and rods.
They also assists many of the World's Mints with blanks for coining bullion. Below, is a list of World Mints that PAMP serves blanks to for the coins pictured.
Many of PAMP's minted bullion bars are sold, sealed inside a certiPAMP assay card.
These bars are never touched by human hands.
The plastic assay cards pictured on this page are tamper proof and come directly from the refiner.
Each certiPAMP sealed precious metal bar is factory-sealed and bears
the assayer's signature, the bar's serial number and the bar's
purity and weight.
This high standard in tamper resistance assures quality and authenticity and has made PAMP Suisse, the Worlds Largest Manufacturer of "Minted" Bullion bars.
PAMP Suisse bullion was the first to embellish its ingots as pendants
with artistic designs.
The most recognized of these designs, is the Lady Fortuna (pictured left), which became synonymous with the PAMP name.
As an industry first, their aim has been to place a emphasis on the intrinsic beauty and value of precious metals.
Their collection of decorative motifs opened new doors for ingots, in every market.
PAMP Suisse has a wide range of designs, from mythological, astrological themes and religious icons.
Their designs also include historic monuments to botanical renderings.
PAMP offers these designs in all the precious metals and offers a wide variety of sizes and styles...click here to see their collection.
You can also make a custom order to PAMP Suisse.
Proprietary designs are not only welcomed but encouraged, client specifications are followed with precise detail.
PAMP's creative staff can also suggest a variety of exclusive design concepts, of any shape or gram weight, from which to choose.
As stated on the Engelhard page: "it is common practice for refiners to put serial numbers on small bars, a hundred troy ounce or less, as a service for the individual investor, to help them to keep track of the bars they own."
The following is what's stated on PAMP's website about serial numbers:
Currently all PAMP bars are delivered to the international markets bearing individual serial numbers. (The respective certificate or certiPAMP packaging always bears the same number).
However, numbering was not always mandatory and therefore certain older PAMP bars in circulation do not bear these.
The following offers a little more in-depth serial number information, in respect to 400oz. "Good Delivery" PAMP SA Gold Bullion Bars.
Serial numbering systems: 400 oz. Letter plus 8 numbers. The serial number comprises 4 different codes.
code is a letter, which indicates the year the bar was made. 2nd code
is a 4-digit number, which indicates the number assigned to the fusion
(melting) process of a specific day. 3rd code is a 2-digit number,which
indicates the progressive number assigned to each fusion cycle
progressed during the day noted by the 2nd code. 4th code is a
2-digit number, which indicates the progressive number assigned to each
bar. An example: A 01230212.
A serial numbering system was applied as standard practice only on 400 oz and 100 oz bars since 1984. Serial numbers on other bar weights were only applied on request.
Since 2012, almost all smaller cast and minted bars are now stamped with a letter and serial number.
Source: GoldBarsWorldWide's PAMP page, (see sources below)
Pamp Suisse Bullion Sources
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