There are a number of physical formats you can consider when buying platinum:
It's important to comply with the law when it comes to buying platinum, and knowing what they are goes a long way.
Under a certain dollar amount, there's no need to declare (which may be attractive to some), but once you hit a threshold you will need to (and should) declare your holdings.
Buying platinum on credit or speculating on the future price can lead to getting yourself in a significant financial jam.
Instead, put some money to the side that you're sure you're not going to need in a short time horizon, and use that to invest.
If you're not buying an huge amount of platinum, you should aim to maintain direct control over it at your home or other property.
If you're investing heavily, to the point where you need a safe alternative location to store it, be sure to go somewhere like Switzerland with strong property rights. It's key to make sure they can't lend or hedge using your stash.
As a general rule, you should look at buying legal tender platinum coins wherever possible. This will almost certainly include less overhead and premium than other formats, and be closer to the true spot price of platinum.
Purchasing rare platinum coins should be avoided unless you really know what you're doing. Some subjective measures of value are easy to misjudge, and may result in you getting taken advantage of.