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Silver Bars

The Original Way To Store Wealth

Silver was first mined 5000 years ago, in Anatolia, some 2000 years before the first coins. Since ancient times, silver bars have been used to store personal and national wealth.

Today, silver bars are still used as a cost-effective way to preserve wealth, hedge against inflation and protect oneself from economic uncertainty. Silver bars for sale typically carry lower premiums than coins, with larger bars often having even lower premiums than smaller bars. Many government and private mints produce .999 fine (99.9% pure) silver bars which are eligible for inclusion in self-directed IRA accounts.

Common silver bar sizes are 1 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 100 ounces. New silver bullion bars in 10 oz sizes and smaller usually come in the original mint clear plastic covering. The 10 oz bars are very popular, as their size (about the size of a smartphone) and low premiums make them easy to store and easy to buy.

Poured VS Pressed Silver Bars

The Difference That Makes Them Special

The first silver bars were hand-poured into shaped molds. The bars were then weighed and stamped with the weight and purity. Many modern silver bars of 10 troy ounces and under are now pressed from extruded silver. Much like making coins, long bars of silver of the proper height and thickness are extruded out, then cut to the proper length. They are then pressed with the weight, purity, and name of the refiner. This process is much faster than pouring bars, but does not lend itself well to manufacturing larger bars.

Type Of Silver Bars

Poured Silver Bars

  • Used since ancient times
  • Individually poured into molds
  • Weight varies slightly
  • Slower to make
  • Used for larger sizes

Pressed Silver Bars

  • Relatively modern method
  • Cut from large strips assembly line fashion
  • Uniform weight and dimensions
  • Faster to make, similar to coins
  • Most common for <100 oz

IRA Certified Silver Bars

ISO 9001:2008

IRA Approved

In addition to .999 fine silver bullion bars minted by government mints such as the Royal Canadian Mint and the Perth Mint, silver bars from private mints that have been certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards are also eligible for inclusion in your self-directed precious metals IRA. ISO 9001:2008 is a strict international standard for quality control in many industries, not just precious metals refining. Adherence to these standards are necessary for any company looking to sell to many international corporations and governmental agencies.

Being an accredited "Good Delivery" refiner by COMEX, Nymex, or LBMA is another certification that allows .999 fine bullion products of private refiners to be included in a self-directed IRA. You will find elite companies such as PAMP Suisse, Johnson Matthey, and Engelhard in this category.

Generic Silver Rounds

Generic Silver Bars

Generic silver bars are those that carry the name of smaller refiners, or have no name at all. They can be new bars, or older ones purchased from the secondary market. (See here about selling your silver to Gainesville Coins.) All new silver bullion bars offered by Gainesville Coins come from ISO 9001-certified mints, meaning that each mint has been inspected and confirmed to adhere to strict international quality control standards. Some popular generic silver bars are the "Morgan" and "Walking Liberty" from the Classic Design series of bars and rounds; Trident Silver bars; and Sunshine Minting bars.

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Name Brand Silver Bars

Name Brand Silver Bars

"Name brand" silver bars are those made by government mints such as the Perth Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and major Good Delivery refiners such as PAMP Suisse, Credit Suisse, and Valcambi. Older bars from world-famous refiners such as Engelhard and Johnson Matthey can also be found here. Vintage bars from these two companies have achieved a status as collectors items, with buyers assembling a set of all of the discontinued designs and hallmarks. Engelhard bars have not been produced since the 1980s, but their reputation is still such that some people prefer them despite their slightly higher premiums.

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Vintage Silver Art Bars

Vintage Collectible Art Bars

From the late 1960s to the 1990s, silver "art bars" were produced by hundreds of smaller private mints. Subjects of these bars ranged from corporate promotional giveaways to holidays to patriotic or collectible themes such as old cars. While the companies who made these eclectic bars are long gone, their appeal remains among people who like the retro themes, or remember them from childhood.

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Silver Bars Image Gallery

From the tiny 1 gram to the giant 1000 oz Good Delivery, each silver bar has a beauty all its own. Browse our selection of original photos in our silver bar gallery!

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  • 10 Oz Morgan Silver Bars
  • 100 Oz Silver Bar
  • Credit Suisse Silver Bar
  • Divisable Valcambi Silver Bars
  • Engelhard Silver Bar
  • Generic Silver Bar
  • 1 Kilo Johnson Matthey Silver Bar
  • Lady Fortuna On Pamp Silver Bar
  • Pamp Silver Bars Lunar Year Series
  • Pamp Suisse Silver Bars
  • Pile Of Silver Bars
  • Silver Bars Domino
  • Silver Candy Bar
  • Silver Jenga
  • Silver Snake Bars House Of Cards
  • Silver Trident Bar
  • Stacks Of Silver Bars
  • Standing Engelhard Silver Bar
  • Sunshine Mint Silver Bar
  • Valcambi Silver Bar


Silver Bars Infographics

Our colorful Silver Bar Infographic has everything you've wanted to know about silver bars, but didn't know where to ask!

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