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The OrSuisse negotiable warehouse receipt

At OrSuisse you will receive warehouse receipts for all your deposited precious metals. In accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations, these documents are treated as securities, which means the owner of a warehouse receipt is entitled to claim ownership and take possession of the deposited item. Furthermore, these negotiable warehouse receipts enable full transferability of deposited goods via a simple endorsement.

OrSuisse warehouse receipts thus guarantee your precious metal holdings can become fungible and liquid. Such negotiable warehouse receipts can then be used in a variety of ways as a security – for example as collateral to guarantee loans. You can also choose to sell your warehouse receipts direct to authorised dealers at current precious metal prices.

Your precious metals, complete with full-risk insurance cover, are stored outside of the banking system in the safest vaults available in Switzerland. In principle, warehouse receipts can be issued for all kinds of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium, and in any denominations. Silver and other white precious metals can be stored VAT-free in a bonded warehouse, and also sold and transferred upon request.

Up to 10 items of the same metal and denomination can be stored per warehouse receipt.

For example, if you wish to deposit 15 x 1oz Krugerrand gold coins with OrSuisse, you will then receive two warehouse receipts:

  1. Warehouse receipt: 10 x 1oz Krugerrand gold coins
  2. Warehouse receipt: 5 x 1oz Krugerrand gold coins
Three Krugerrand coins on top of each other

Useful to know

  • Because negotiable warehouse receipts are securities, your precious metals cannot be retrieved without them.
  • There is only ever one single copy of each warehouse receipt.
  • Your OrSuisse receipt guarantees that your physical bars or coins are deposited with us.
  • Upon retrieval of stored precious metals in exchange for the appropriate warehouse receipt, OrSuisse immediately removes that corresponding receipt document from circulation.
Front view of a negotiable warehouse receipt

Your advantages at a glance

  • Storage of gold, silver, platinum and palladium
  • Direct ownership of deposited holdings
  • Fee payments in CHF, EUR, Bitcoin, Ether or Stablecoins
  • Retrieval of holdings at any time
  • Individual storage, allocated & segregated
  • Storage outside and independent of the banking system
  • Guaranteed authenticity of all stored precious metals
  • Warehouse receipts are acceptable for use as collateral
  • Easy transferability requires just a simple endorsement
  • Customer data treated with maximum privacy and discretion
  • VAT-free transfer of silver stored in bonded warehouses

Warehouse receipt queries and value calculator

To determine the value and pre-paid storage period of any warehouse receipt, you can either conduct a warehouse receipt query without registering your details, or access our warehouse receipt calculator using your personal login. You can save different warehouse receipts, and will always be able to gain access to check their current values.

Enter the serial number in order to check the existence, or determine the value of, a warehouse receipt. You can find this on the front of your negotiable warehouse receipt (see illustration on the right).

To display any further details, such as the value, please also enter the verification code, which you can find on the back of your warehouse receipt (see illustration on the right).

When entering verification codes, please make sure you enter any upper and lower case letters exactly as they appear on the original document.

Serial number on a negotiable warehouse receipt
Detail of the back of a warehouse receipt

Please understand that, because of our security regulations, we are unable to provide any information about warehouse receipt details over the phone.

Counterfeit protection is our paramount consideration

Despite extensive security measures, online administration involving stored customer data always carries the extra risk of data loss or data theft. Yet by comparison, the threats to physical securities issued on deposited goods are much more limited. However, there remains a risk that such documents could be forged.

That is why OrSuisse engages the services of Giesecke & Devrient – one of the most experienced security printing companies in the world – for the printing of warehouse receipts.

The company’s security standards meet those demanded for the printing of money. Thus, OrSuisse can offer you the highest possible protection against any possible forgery of your negotiable warehouse receipts.

In addition, OrSuisse and all authorised dealers have specific test procedures which can be employed for these warehouse receipts.

Lock as a security symbol

Easy renewal, relocation and exchange procedures

OrSuisse negotiable warehouse receipts offer you flexible administration procedures. So you can exchange or extend your warehouse receipts, or arrange for a transfer of your precious metal holdings, at any time.

An exchange can become necessary, for example, if you want to transfer your holdings, or if all six endorsement fields on your warehouse receipt (reverse side) have been used up. Your remaining storage fees will then be credited in full.

A renewal or extension will become necessary once your pre-paid storage period has expired.

Further information

Transfer of a warehouse receipt by endorsement

You can easily transfer negotiable warehouse receipts to a new owner by endorsement (directly on the document) with an address and signature.

There are no further formal requirements. However, we would recommend that you also keep a written record of the transfer, by means of a receipt or sale contract.

  1. The first owner is noted on the front page of the warehouse receipt.
  2. The first owner then signs the warehouse receipt on its reverse side.
  3. A transfer of the warehouse receipt is entered in the endorsement field.

NB: Use our value calculator when buying or selling a warehouse receipt. (See above)

Detail of a negotiable warehouse receipt showing the name of the first owner

First owner of a negotiable warehouse receipt

Detail of a negotiable warehouse receipt showing the signature field for the first owner

Signature field for the first owner

Endorsement on the back of a negotiable warehouse receipt


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Loss of a warehouse receipt and invalidation

If a warehouse receipt is lost, the invalidation procedure then applies. OrSuisse must be notified of any loss immediately so that they are made aware of the relevant warehouse receipt numbers involved.

OrSuisse will support you in initiating your declaration of invalidation. This is carried out before a Swiss court in accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations. Upon completion of the procedure, OrSuisse will then arrange to reissue a new warehouse receipt.

Your ownership of the deposited precious metals still remains valid, even during the invalidation procedure.

A current list of warehouse receipts which have been declared invalid can be viewed here.

Would you like to find out more?

Please feel free to contact us.

Phone: +41 (0)41 511 53 88
E-Mail: info@orsuisse.ch

Detailed and further information on tradable warehouse receipts for precious metals.

Further information, and answers to some frequently asked questions, can also be found in our clearly organised FAQ pages.