You can buy actual coins with IRA retirement funds, but relatively few trustees offer this service.
Washington Gold Exchange has done substantial business with Equity Trust and Goldstar Trust. These trustees have plans where you own physical metals with storage of the metal at Delaware Depository.
If you already have an IRA with a trustee that does NOT offer physical precious metals, the first step is to open a new account with Equity Trust or Goldstar Trust. You can then send new funds into the account and order precious metals with these funds. Or, you can sell current holdings in your old IRA to get cash transferred into the new Equity Turst or Goldstar account. This would be done within a month to ensure no taxable event.
Once the funds are in the Equity Trust or Goldstar Trust IRA account, we would buy gold and/or silver with those funds, and the metals would be stored at Delaware Depository.
Contact Craig Rhyne to get started and he can send you the forms / discuss these programs. Call (206) 719-6368 or email: email@example.com