Silver has been used as money for millenia. As the most affordable of all precious metals, it has special appeal for investors who are just starting out or who can only invest smaller amounts but it deserves its place in any precious metal portfolio. Silver is not only interesting for the serious investor in precious metals but also for coin collectors and survivalists (preppers). Coin collectors who are attracted by the special design of certain gold coins (e.g. Chinese Gold Pandas) can often find a silver coin with the exactly same design (Chinese Silver Pandas) but for a fraction of the price. Some survivalists hoard silver coins as something valuable to barter with when our current debt-based financial system comes crashing down. This page gives you a short overview of the different choices you have when investing in silver.
Silver Bullion can be bought in the form of silver coins, silver bars and silver rounds. Of those, silver rounds (that look like coins, but don't have a face value) are the least popular option. However, the choice of different silver rounds is far greater than for gold rounds. For now, Buy-Gold.Link doesn't offer a specialized section for silver rounds but that might change at some point in the future. Most private investors choose to invest in silver coins whereas institutional investors (and large-scale private investors) generally prefer silver bars. Due to the low price of silver, even bigger silver bars are still affordable for most investors. Whereas Buy-Gold.Link has a special section for historic gold coins, there is no special section for historic silver coins. The reason is that few historic silver coins meet bullion criteria (at least 90% purity).
After choosing between the two types of silver bullion below, you will come to a page with further information that allows you to select specific silver bullion products that you want to learn more about. These product pages will not only give you all relevant information about the product but also allow you to compare current prices and directly buy the silver coins or bars of your choice from respected silver dealers online.
Silver Bullion Coins are minted by government mints worldwide. The coins must be at least 90% pure silver to be considered bullion. Nowadays, the vast majority of silver bullion coins are 99.9% or 99.99% pure though. Whereas most silver coins are offered in a variety of sizes/denominations, some coins are only minted in the 1 oz size. However, small sizes like 1/20 oz or even 1/40 oz are minted by some mints, though such small sizes are not nearly as common as for gold coins. Larger sizes than 1 oz are offered as well and some coins are even minted in the giant size of 10 kg. The majority of all minted silver bullion coins is of course offered with a brilliant uncirculated finish. To the delight of coin collectors, a much larger share of all produced coins are minted as proof coins. That makes silver proof coins much more readily available than gold proof coins. The market value of all silver bullion coins is of course tied to the spot price of the metal. The affordable silver price makes the gap between the legal tender value of the coins and their melt value much narrower than for gold coins.
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Silver Bullion Bars need to meet the minimum purity standard of 99.9%. That is much higher than the minimum for silver bullion coins. If you want to obtain the largest possible amount of silver for your investment amount, silver bars are the way to go. Since these bars are usually not fancy in their design and bear few if any artistic designs, their cost of production is much lower. These lower production cost are passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums. Many government and private mints worldwide produce silver bars. Many manufacturers start with 1 oz bars but some also produce small gram-sized bars. The choice of smaller silver bars is much more limited than for small gold bars. Larger silver bars of 1 kg and 100 oz are commonly available for purchase. The largest 1000 oz "Good Delivery" silver bars are intended for the interbank trade though. The larger-sized silver bars cost much lower premiums than the smaller bars. This section lists the various silver bar products of the four major private producers PAMP Suisse, Valcambi Suisse, Sunshine Minting and Credit Suisse. Additional producers will be added to the page within the near future.
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