Each 1 oz Argor-Heraeus Kinebar Gold Bar bars are packaged individually inside of a sealed, transparent blisterpack. This blisterpack has a capsule to house the gold bar and comes with an assay card inside of the pack. The assay card offers authenticating details on the weight, purity, and metal content of the bar, as well as a matching serial number and the signature of a certified assayer.
Argor-Heraeus developed Kinebar technology in 1993 with its partner, Union Bank of Switzerland, or UBS. The Kinebar technology consists of a holographic element that is embossed onto the substrate of the reverse field of minted gold bars from Argor-Heraeus.
On the obverse side of the 1 oz Argor-Heraeus Kinebar Gold Bar is a depiction of the mint logo and other identifying markers for the bar. The Argor-Heraeus logo is found at the top of the bars design field with a set of concentric circles, with the mint initials in the smaller central circle and the full name of the mint in the ring around the small circle. Other markings identify the nation of issue, weight, metal content, and purity of the bar. The assayers mark and a unique serial number are featured at the bottom.
The reverse face of 1 oz Argor-Heraeus Kinebar Gold Bars includes a blank physical field with the embossed Kinebar hologram. These holographic elements are known as a Kinegram and include the Argor-Heraeus logo within the design. As you change the angle of viewing for the gold bar, the holographic element changes colors and visual textures.
Argor-Heraeus was founded in 1951 as Argor S.A. The company remained independent until 1973 when it was acquired by UBS. A 1986 joint venture with the German Heraeus group resulted in the formation of the modern Argor-Heraeus mint.