Silver bullion bars are made in many different shapes and sizes. Whereas gold bars are commonly available in small sizes of 1 gram, 2 gram etc. it will be much more difficult to find really small silver bars. Since silver is much cheaper than gold, some producers start with 1 oz bars and go up to 1 kg, 50 oz, 100 oz and even 1000 oz "Good Delivery" bars. PAMP Suisse however also offers a fairly large selection of small fractional silver bars. The larger the bar, the smaller the premium you will have to pay on top of the spot price of the metal. That is due to the substantially higher manufacturing costs for smaller bullion products.
Both minted and cast silver bars are produced by the leading manufacturers and the former includes divisible bars that can be broken up into many smaller individual segments. PAMP Suisse and Valcambi Suisse compete in the divisible silver bar niche with their Multigram and CombiBars. Whereas most silver bars don't display any artistic designs, there are some exceptions to this. PAMP Suisse for example mints silver bars with many different designs (Lady Fortuna, Chinese Lunar zodiac animals etc.).
The premiums you pay when buying silver bullion bars are of course much lower than when buying silver coins. That's why the big investors usually buy silver bars instead of coins. The 99.9% pure silver bars are much easier and cheaper to produce. On the other hand, silver coins offer a collectability value which compensates for the higher premiums to some degree. The silver purity and weight of all silver bars is guaranteed by the mint. Measures such as unique verifiable serial numbers, tamper-proof packaging, included assay cards, micro-engraving that is only visible with a special decoder lens etc. provide additional security to investors.
So when trying to buy as much silver as possible for the lowest possible price, buying silver bars will generally be more cost-efficient than buying coins. This page gives you a short overview of the silver bullion bar products that are manufactured by the four leading private minting institutions PAMP Suisse, Valcambi Suisse, Credit Suisse and Sunshine Minting. Click the links to buy differently-sized silver bars of these producers from respected dealers online, compare current prices or just simply find out more information.
PAMP Suisse Silver Bars are minted at the company's refinery in Switzerland out of 99.9% fine silver. Perhaps no other mint produces silver bars in so many different sizes and with so many different designs. The smallest minted silver bars that PAMP Suisse offers weigh just 2.5 gram and the largest 1 kg. Cast silver bars weighing 1000 oz also exist but are rarely sold online. Minted silver bars are available with many kinds of artistic designs on the front. "Lady Fortuna" is the most common of these designs but Chinese Lunar, religious and even love-themed designs exist as well. Cast silver bars just show the PAMP Suisse logo, 99.9% purity, bar weight, assayer's stamp and serial number on the front side of the bar. That info appears on the reverse of minted bars. PAMP Suisse silver bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The PAMP Suisse Silver Bar page gives more information about the silver bars that PAMP Suisse produces .
Valcambi produces both cast and minted silver bars of 99.9% purity. Minted silver bars exist in five different sizes ranging from 1 oz bars up to 1 kg bars. CombiBars are probably the mint's most popular type of silver bullion bars. These divisible bars are available in the configurations of 100 x 1 gram and 10 x 10 gram. Valcambi's cast silver bars are offered in the sizes of 1 kg, 5 kg and 1000 oz. The "Good Delivery" 1000 oz bars are generally not available for purchase online though. Valcambi doesn't produce silver bars with artistic designs/images unlike other bullion producers. The front of minted bars displays the company's stylized logo followed by the bar weight, silver purity, assayer's stamp and serial number. The reverse just shows the Valcambi Suisse name amidst a line pattern. Valcambi Suisse silver bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Valcambi Suisse Silver Bar page gives more information about the silver bars that Valcambi Suisse produces .
Sunshine Minting Inc. (SMI) is an American company that has made a name for itself in the bullion market due to the advanced anti-counterfeiting measures it has adopted and some of which it pioneered. Especially SMI's patented Mint Mark SI™security feature has won the respect of investors worldwide. It uses micro-engraving that is only visible through a special Mint Mark SI™ decoding lens. All Sunshine Mint silver bars are made of 99.9% fine silver. The bars are issued in many different weights ranging from 1/2 oz up to 100 oz. SMI's silver bullion bars are instantly recognizable due to the soaring eagle design that appears on the front side of the bars. Unique serial numbers and Tamper Evident Packaging (TEP) add further security against counterfeiting. All Sunshine Minting silver bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.
The Sunshine Minting Silver Bar page gives more information about the silver bars that the Sunshine Mint produces .
All Credit Suisse silver bars are produced out of 99.9% fine silver. The bars are manufactured at the Valcambi Suisse refinery in a wide variety of sizes such as 250 gram, 500 gram, 1 oz, 10 oz and 1 kg. However, Credit Suisse Silver Bars are quite a bit more difficult to find than silver bars of other producers. They are most commonly found on the secondary market. The design of the silver bars is identical to that of the gold bars and the Credit Suisse logo, assayer's stamp, serial number, purity and weight information appears on the bars in the same way as on the gold bars. A diagonal pattern of multiple boxes with the Credit Suisse logo appears on the reverse side of the bars. The silver bars are eligible for inclusion in a Precious Metals IRA.