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For centuries now, investing in silver, and precious metals, in general, has been seen as a safety net, a way to secure your assets through smart – and calculated – investments.
Although volatile at times, silver’s doing as well as ever. Even more so, it’s seen a more prosperous year than it has in a while.
Many investors interested in entering the silver market wonder whether now is the right time to take the plunge and buy silver bars – and what’s the best way to go about it.
If you’re thinking of buying physical silver and making it a part of your investment portfolio, Pacific Precious Metals has the experience, the reputation, and the prices to get you the best possible return on your investment.
We founded Pacific Precious Metals on principles of outstanding customer service and transparent pricing. That allowed us to grow and build an impeccable reputation among our client base, regardless of the changing market trends.
As an authorized full-service metals dealer of bullion bars and coins, old jewelry, and all things precious, that’s been in the game since 2010, we built a valuable selection of precious metal products available at hard-to-beat prices.
•Our spot bullion prices are updated around the clock and compared to our competitors' pricing to ensure that we're among the country's cheapest authorized dealers.
•“Trust but verify!” is one of the rules we conduct our business by, meaning that we test each gold, platinum, and silver bullion bar or coin we buy. Buying from us means investing in pure metals and genuine products.
•If you’re buying silver bars online, rather than in one of our three San Francisco Bay Area stores, we ensure an encrypted payment process and keep your silver bullion bars insured throughout shipping.
•We put in as much care and effort into our customer service as we do into competitive prices and technologies. We treat every customer the way we wish to be treated.
The price of silver bars is likely the first question to come up when you consider investing in silver, be it through purchasing physical metal or ETFs (exchange-traded funds).
First off, keep in mind that silver, much like other precious metals, is a commodity that consistently trades across both domestic and foreign exchanges.
Thus, the price of silver virtually never stops changing, especially during market hours, when you can track changes nearly every few seconds. The only real occasion where the silver price will remain static during weekdays is a 45-minute window from 5:15 PM EST to 6 PM EST.
That's the key reason why we strive to update our spot silver prices – the price of 1 oz of silver – continuously and lock in your price the moment you place an order.
Investors should also note that, between gold and silver bullion, the latter is generally the less expensive, and therefore more accessible and versatile option.
Think of it as a $100 bill:
It can be quite challenging to break one at your local store, and the same happens when you try divvying up an ounce of gold bullion.
Silver, on the other hand, is much easier to break because of its comparatively lower market value, making it a much more practical and, ultimately, appealing type of investment.
What's more, the premiums on silver bars are generally lower than collectible silver coins, because you're not paying extra for the appeal of intricate designs and production costs.
A collectible coin may look "prettier" than a silver bar. However, the latter is decidedly cheaper, with premiums per ounce coming in at half – or even a third – of what you'd pay for collectible silver coins.
Bullion coins are a slightly different story, and, much like silver bars, derive their value from their weight – or, more specifically, the amount of silver they contain.
Besides the silver bars price, the second choice that investors face is what size of silver bars to buy. Silver bars come in various weights and sizes, ranging from 1 oz to 100 oz – best suited for most investors – and up to 1000 oz, mostly used by banks, ETFs, and exchanges.
Interestingly enough, the bigger the silver bullion bar, the smaller the premium. For the actual mint, making a 1 oz bullion bar and a 100-oz one doesn't change the production costs by much.
We advise investors to purchase silver bars within that specified weight range because these bullion bars are easier and more practical to sell – if you plan on doing so at some point – and have lower counterfeiting risk.
If you're not sure where to buy a silver bar, we encourage you to browse through the Pacific Precious Metals' ever-growing collection and check out the silver bullion we have in stock currently.
Our silver bars come from reputable sources, both sovereign and private, including the Royal Canadian Mint, Royal Mint, Engelhard Mint, United States Mint, Valcambi, Johnson Matthey, Perth Mint – and many more.
It’s produced by various companies and mints and provides investors with an excellent opportunity to buy low-premium 1 oz silver bars.
It’s composed of .999 fine silver and coined by one of the most prestigious names in the silver bars and bullion market – the Engelhard mint.
The 10 oz bars are struck Royal Canadian Mint and backed by the Canadian Government. Instead of .999 purity level, these RCM silver bars are produced with the silver fineness of .9999.
These silver bars are produced by Johnson Matthey, a mint renowned for its quality and standards. Each 10 oz bar of .999 fine silver features the brand’s logo, a unique serial number, weight, and purity.
These bigger, 100 oz silver bars make for a unique addition to any investor’s precious metals portfolio. Each silver bar struck by the Royal Canadian Mint is composed of the purest .9999 silver.
In terms of 100 oz silver bars with .999 purity, the world-renowned brands, such as the Johnson Matthey mint, seem to be the most popular among investors.
When you're ready to purchase, you can register on our website, add the desired silver bar to the cart, and safely complete the payment process.
If the specified silver bars are in stock, your order will be shipped within 1-2 business days after your payment's been processed and covered by our insurance policy as long as it's in transit. Expect it delivered within the next seven days.
Q: Do banks sell silver bars?
A: Yes, besides bullion dealers, it's also possible to purchase silver bars from major banks. While this is generally considered a wise move – banks appear to be more reputable sources than the jewelers next door – but the vast price variations tell a different story.
Banks will sell their silver bullion at prices significantly higher than the market's average under the guise of offering purity and Assay certification.
However, they won't be open to buying back the silver bullions later down the line. That leaves investors with the only other option – selling on the open market and getting way less than your initial investment.
Q: How much over spot for silver is a fair price?
A: There's no way for investors to avoid paying above the silver spot price because that's the dealer's gross profit.
How much investors should pay for silver bullion over the spot silver price per ounce is a complicated question requiring you to consider several factors. That includes the type of bullion they're buying, the size the bars come in, the current supply and demand factors, and even the silver dealer.
We strive to keep our silver prices as low as possible, with spot silver prices getting updated every minute, and our premiums checked against those of our competitors.
Q: Is buying silver bars a better investment than silver coins?
A: We wouldn't say that investing in silver coinage isn't worth it. However, from an investor's perspective, silver bullion bars are a better deal because of the lower premium on the current spot price.
You get more silver for the same amount of money when buying silver bars rather than coins.
Another advantage of silver bullion bars is that they're easier – and often cheaper – to store, as they take up less space than the equivalent weight of silver in coins.
When you buy silver bars, your investment comes with more than the mere potential for appreciation. It's a way for you to protect your wealth against uncertainty, inflation, and other potentially unforeseen financial disasters.
If you're thinking of making that investment and securing your family's financial future, our wide assortment of silver bars is the right place to start.
We put a strong focus on genuineness and transparency and strive to build long-lasting relationships with investors based on mutual trust and understanding.
If you have any questions or concerns about silver bars or anything regarding precious metals, don't hesitate to call us at 415-383-7411. Our agents & experts provide FREE consultations with every potential client.