Market watchers usually keep track of the price of gold along with the S&P 500, the Dow, and the price of crude oil. An increasing number of market watchers are keeping an eye on silver, especially since the surge in prices since 2003. Both silver and gold appear volatile when priced in the volatile U.S. dollar, but they are important financial insurance and potentially profitable. The initial cost and ultimate sale price of gold is many multiples higher than silver. However, silver is accessible to everyone from beginners on a budget to seasoned investors. Both are key investments that can help hedge against inflation and financial turmoil. Traders often analyze the gold/silver price ratio. Compared to gold, silver prices tend to be more volatile.
Without question, the highlight of the silver market these days are silver coins. Available predominantly from sovereign mints around the globe, with a notable exception being the state-owned Perth Mint of Australia, silver coins hold legal tender status, are assigned a face value in national currencies and have government-backed purity and weight. Silver coins are struck in bullion and proof versions by sovereign mints, with designs that are as iconic as it gets!
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.
Canadian Silver Maple Leaf: The official silver bullion of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint set an impressive standard when it introduced the Silver Maple Leaf in 1988. Though it debuted after the American Eagle and Chinese Panda coins, it was the first and remains one of the few to use .9999 pure silver content. You’ll also find greater variety in the Silver Maple Leaf Series, with privy-mark coins available and unique series such as the Wild Canada collection.
1 Gram Silver Bar: On the front of the bar is an image of the Schloss Guldengossa, which is a hallmark of sorts for Geiger Edelmetalle. Built over 700 years ago, this Baroque castle is located just outside the German city of Leipzig. Underneath the image is the castle’s name spelled out as “Schloss Guldengossa.” Etched onto the back side of the bar is the mint’s name “Geiger Edelmetalle.” Underneath this is the bar’s weight and silver purity in German which reads “1g Feinsilber” (1 gram fine silver).
Buying silver bullion online is convenient, easy, and can be done 24/7. Purchasing online allows you to browse our entire selection of silver products, compare prices and premiums, and order when you want. We offer free, discreet, and secure shipping on orders over $500. We pride ourselves on offering investors the ability to shop safely, securely, and privately from anywhere in the world. Since 2005, GoldSilver has been one of the most trusted online silver bullion dealers in the world.
Royal Mint Silver Bars: The Royal Mint recently introduced a beautiful new silver bar in 2018 with the image of Britannia on its surface. Unlike the designs of Britannia on modern bullion coins, the image on the Royal Mint silver bars have a classic visual of Britannia that dates back to some of the original depictions of the female personification of Britannia on British coinage in the 18th century.
Mexican Silver Libertad: Mexico’s official silver bullion issue, the Silver Libertad coin has a design taken from Mexican history that dates back two centuries. First used during Mexico’s revolution against Spain in the 1820s, Winged Victory appeared on Mexican coinage first in the gold Centenario. Today, she is the leading lady in the design of the Mexican Silver Libertad bullion coins from the Mexican Mint.
The gold / silver ratio is currently around 70, which suggests silver is vastly undervalued. The ratio of silver to gold in the earth's crust is 17.5:1 – and the price ratio has hovered in that range for most of recorded history (see graph). If history is any guide, the remaining bull market in precious metals could see silver outperform gold by a factor of 4 or more.