Generally speaking, the premium for silver goes down as the size of the bar goes up. Buying a singular 400 oz bar can be more affordable for a bulk purchase than buying 400 individual 1 Troy oz bars because of the premium per ounce of each bar. Just remember, smaller bars offer affordability in the moment and flexibility, while larger bars make it easier to make larger investments per purchase. When selecting a silver bar by weight, it is entirely up to the individual’s preference and goals when buying silver.
Modern silver bars are more than just bland precious metal products with uninspiring designs. While there is always a pure product available for the investor that is easy to store and transport, there are also an increasing number of silver bars available that feature unique designs, offering the perfect combination between .999 purity and the creativity often reserved only for gold and silver coins.
For people who want to ‘play the market,’ i.e. buy and sell regularly to earn immediate profits on every transaction, it is essential to invest in products that can be moved quickly. Although the strategy (buy low and sell high) is simple, investors who want to take this route need to have complete knowledge regarding silver bullion products and the precious metals market, as well as an appetite for risk. Smaller portable investment vehicles such as silver coins and rounds are usually preferred by these types of investors.
Silver has been a monetary commodity for thousands of years, though the exact starting time period is still in debate among historians. Throughout history, it has been mined, bartered, and traded as currency. In the 20th century, silver stopped being used in legal tender. But silver’s value as a precious metal means its production as bullion continued, with people buying coins and bars for the value of silver itself rather than as currency.
Considering the record growth in demand last year, all signs are pointing to a continuous increase. In 1980, the world population was 4.6 billion. We've since added another 2.5 billion people. Silver is required in a multitude of industrial, electrical, consumer, health, and energy-related applications critical to today's modern economy. (It is the world's best conductor of electricity and heat, best natural biocide, and best reflector of light.)