Precious Metal Coins – When Do I Need to Report?

How much gold or silver can I sell without reporting

As a dealer in precious metal coins, it’s essential that you know when and why to report sales that exceed certain limits to the IRS. Dealers are required to report any customer sales exceeding specified amounts to them directly.

However, finding the balance between anonymity and compliance can be challenging. In this article we’ll look at what limitations buyers and dealers face in this regard.


Selling precious metals requires understanding the IRS reporting requirements. All sales are subject to capital gains tax, so any profits must be reported. If unsure, seek guidance from professionals.

Reputable dealers should always provide transparent prices when offering to buy your metal, while those using vague terminology or making vague claims about market or demand could potentially use such tactics to manipulate prices and take advantage of less informed investors.

Local coin shops and pawn shops can be an effective way of selling coins, although their prices tend to be lower than online dealers and they may not accept rare or collectible pieces. If you want a higher selling price for your gold or silver pieces, consider selling at an auction; though this process will likely take more time and may be less secure.


Many individuals are concerned about how taxes must be paid when selling precious metals, though we cannot provide advice in this area. It is wise to consult a legal or tax professional in this matter; in general, any profits from the sale of precious metals would be considered capital gains and therefore taxed accordingly.

In general, the government is dedicated to combatting money laundering and tax evasion, so transactions involving large sums of cash must often be reported to the IRS and certain types/amounts of silver sales may trigger reporting requirements as well.

For example, if you sell one ounce silver coins in multiple transactions, Form 1099-B may be required of you. The same holds true if selling bars and rounds that meet specific purity requirements; such as 1 oz Gold Maple Leaves, 1-oz Krugerrands or any other bullion coin that contains more than 90% silver.


Selling gold and silver directly to an individual without reporting requirements presents no reporting obligations, although this option entails certain risks.

Due to federal Anti-Money Laundering laws, dealers are bound by regulations which require them to collect identification data and report certain transactions from sellers and buyers alike. Therefore, selling large amounts of gold or silver without providing personal details can be challenging.

As such, many investors choose to buy gold and silver as part of a retirement account or through a bullion broker, who typically offer better markups that help offset storage and transport costs. Although quantitative considerations such as price can be useful when purchasing precious metals, investors should also take qualitative considerations into account and use research or intuition when selecting precious metals that best suit their needs; with better knowledge of reporting rules comes greater ease when navigating this process.


When selling gold and silver coins for profit, the dealer must report this transaction to the IRS. They may also file a 1099-B for you depending on certain criteria regarding type and quantity of bullion sold.

Reporting requirements for gold and silver coin sales fall under anti-money laundering laws that serve to combat illegal activities like money laundering. Dealers are required to report any transactions involving cash payments of over $10,000, typically applying to 1,000-ounce bars and 90% silver US coins with face values exceeding $1,000.

When purchasing physical precious metals, buyers should select dealers known for excellent customer service and transparent pricing. Reputable dealers offer quick shipping and return policies as well as clear risk disclosures to mitigate potential risks involved with investing in precious metals.

Raymond Banks Administrator
Raymond Banks is a published author in the commodity world. He has written extensively about gold and silver investments, and his work has been featured in some of the most respected financial journals in the industry. Raymond\\\'s expertise in the commodities market is highly sought-after, and he regularly delivers presentations on behalf of various investment firms. He is also a regular guest on financial news programmes, where he offers his expert insights into the latest commodity trends.

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