If you are looking to invest in a precious metal, silver could be the metal for you. Silver has a lengthy history in which it has been used for jewelry, coins and even utensils—that’s where silverware comes from! In addition, the white metal is often used in dentistry and electronics because of its conductivity. Silver were also used to treat and prevent infection during World War I prior to the invention of antibiotics. The precious metal is clearly an element of many trades.
Much like gold, silver’s roots can be traced back to as early as the 4th millennium BC. Throughout its history it has undergone many uses and the interest in silver has peaked at various times. For example, in the middle Ages the white metal was rediscovered and used to disinfect water and food as well to treat wounds. Today, silver is seeing yet another increase in interest only now it is for investment purposes.
It used to be that people could not decide whether they want to wear a silver ring or silver necklace? Today during economic uncertainty a new concern has arose, do I buy silver bars or silver coins? Silver prices have moved up and down the stock market as people buy and sell their shares in order to protect their assets. Buying silver bullion is a standard way to invest in the metal.
Silver bars vary in size from 10 troy ounces to 1,000 troy ounces with 100 troy ounces being the most popular bar invested in. A troy ounce is a unit of measurement commonly used when measuring precious metals like silver and gold. In countries like Switzerland one can actually purchase silver bullion bars over the counter at banks. They can also be sold back to the bank the same way.
If storing silver bars at your home is or at a specialized storage unit is not appealing, you can also invest in silver bullion coins. Similar to silver bars, also vary in the amount of silver they contain. The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is the most appealing to investors because it contains 99.9% silver. The lower percentage value of a coin the less silver it contains. Coins that contain 92.5% or even 80% sliver are sometimes referred to as “junk silver.” No matter which coin you choose to invest in, silver coinage is often easier to store for those who want to physically own the metal.