If someone offered you a one free pound of “Bullion” (‘Bull-e-on’) or a one free pound of “Bouillon” (‘Bull-yawn’) which would you take? I certainly know what I would do.

If you’re hungry you might at first want to consider the “Bouillon” because Bouillon is soup or clear broth. You can purchase “Bouillon” at most grocery stores. After adding it to boiling water, you can then serve it in “Bouillon Cups” which are often a part of a formal china dining service. Bouillon Cups usually have two handles, one on each side, and are often placed on a saucer or under-plate.

If you’re hungry, you can’t eat “Bullion”, which is a very pure form of gold, silver, or other precious metal. Gold & Silver Bullion is .9999 pure and is typically found in the form of bars, ingots, or coins.

So whereas “Bouillon” is typically found in the kitchen or dining room, “Bullion” can be found in Fort Knox or in Safe Deposit Boxes.

WHAT’S IT WORTH: “Chicken Bouillon” can be found in most grocery stores and one pound would cost approximately $4.00. Eight “Bouillon Cups & Underplates” on eBay might cost you $75.00. On the other hand, one pound of Silver Bullion, at a spot price of $16.50 per troy ounce, would be worth $200.00, while one pound of Gold Bullion, at a spot price of $1250.00 per troy ounce, would be worth nearly $20,000.00. You can buy a lot of “Bouillon” for $20,000.

Mike Ivankovich is an Auctioneer, Appraiser, Home Downsizing Expert, and host of the “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser” Radio Show that airs live in the Philadelphia PA area on Friday mornings from 9-10 AM EST on WBCB 1490 AM and on the Internet at: www.WBCB1490.com

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