As noted in my intro post the other day, I started buying Ag and Au earlier this year. My initial buys have been through one of the larger bullion dealers (& producer) in my capital city (ABC) and the transactions have been easy etc and price v other local dealers appears is good. Thus for a newbie I’m happy. Now my question/s to the vastly more experienced forum members and stackers here as I grow my knowledge base is…..and putting aside price & sellers margin as a determinant on what and whom to buy from, is what are members views on : 1) The various large bullion dealers. I read a lot of comments about Perth Mint and not so much about ABC as dealers. 2) Perth Mint v ABC product (domestic) v int’ls product such as Baird, Pamp Suisse, Scottsdale to name a few. 3) What’s better and why re “cast v minted” bars. Noting price diff for higher quality finish. 4) Assay certificates - a nice to have but if you buy from a reputable dealer a reputable product…but not a must have? I buy not for collect-ability or rarity but for portfolio investment and a hedge against the “SHTF” moment. Sorry for the newbie questions but keen to understand more as a dive further into this investment strategy. Thanks for your consideration and comments.