The Original Bullion Custodian
AFE draws on the experience and reputation gained from over four decades of successful international commerce and business. The company has operated successfully within the precious metals markets since the 1990s and enjoys an impeccable reputation worldwide amongst its clients, bullion dealers and market makers, investors, market analysts, professionals and commentators.
This track-record has earned the company international recognition, not only from the quality and integrity of its products and services, but also from its dealings within these markets.
The concept of an independent gold custodial company was first birthed in the mind of Philip Judge, one of the company’s founders, in 1991. In 1997 in partnership with an Australian based bullion coin and educational operation, the company issued a unique series of bullion “Inspirational Biblical Hero Coins”. Today these bullion coins circulate in large quantities around the world, fulfilling the growing demand gold or privately issued, non-legal tender, gold and silver minted coinage.
In the late 1990s AFE launched its bullion custodial and account operations to meet a growing demand for a stable gold backed custodial facility that could provide maximum client privacy, geo-political diversification of bullion holdings, and the distinct advantage of being administered by experienced leadership, with strict internal and external corporate governance.
In late 1998 Simon Heapes and Philip Judge came in contact, which lead to a formidable partnership based on shared ideals and business objectives. Simon joined AFE in 2002 and today the two men enjoy a strong and rewarding business partnership.
Throughout the 2000′s AFE’s client base has grown into the multiple thousands of clients, primarily through positive word of mouth referrals, and remains the premiere private bullion custodian in the market today.
In 2011, AFE Custodial Company was named the Precious Metals Agent and de-facto Custodian for the Luxembourg Regulated “Precious Metals Fund – LFP Prime SICAV SIF“, a physical gold backed fund. To this day, AFE is the only private bullion custodian to ever be selected for such a role with a public regulated physical gold fund.
The prestigious reputation enjoyed by AFE from its global clientele and regular international subscribers, is the rich reward for the financial services of integrity that have become synonymous with the name AFE. Today, as from inception, AFE is privately owned, and debt free.