Historic and bullion coins produced by mints from around the globe are the most popular silver products available in the modern precious metals market. However, there are a few issues that prevent most investors from being able to break into the marketplace with silver coins. Although coins have the same amount of silver in them as other products, they are often sold at higher premium prices above the spot price of silver for two reasons.
First of all, the demand for silver coins among collectors and in the secondary market is much higher. This allows mints and dealers to sell them with higher premiums attached. Secondly, coins are rare compared to low premium silver products. While most silver coins have limited mintages, silver rounds and silver bars are minted in nearly limitless quantities. If you’re looking for affordable investment options, you may want to consider the range of low premium silver products from JM Bullion.
Silver bars are the most common form of investment in silver precious metals. You’ll find silver bars in a wide variety of weights, sizes, and designs. In general, silver bars qualify as low premium silver products because most mints produce their silver bars with no specific quota impacting production. Most mints will strike bars to meet demand, making it easier to purchase silver bars at lower premiums.
As you shop around, you’ll find silver bars available in sizes ranging from as small as 1 Gram to as large as 1 Kilogram and 100 oz. The standard sizes you’ll find across most product lines include 1 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 Kilo, and 100 oz. Keep in mind that the larger the size of the bar is you invest in, the lower the price per ounce you’ll be asked to pay.
These are hands down the most popular silver bars on the planet. The Fortuna line of bars features the same design on the obverse side of every bar, regardless of its size. A left-profile portrait depicts the Roman goddess Fortuna, known as the goddess of luck and fortune, with a blindfold on her face and a cornucopia atop her head. Flowing forth from the cornucopia is a wealth of coins that are captured by her clasped hands at the bottom of the bar. If you’re looking for low premium silver with endless options for weight, the Fortuna bar is available in the following sizes:
Another example of low premium silver products comes from the Atlantis Mint, a private mint facility in the United States. Atlantis excels in producing hand-poured silver bars that are available at extremely affordable prices. The most well-known product from the mint is its Skull & Crossbones design. The concept is nothing flashy, as each bar features only engravings of its weight, metal content, purity, and three pirate-themed Skull & Crossbones designs. However, with .999 pure silver in each bar, these are among the most affordable silver products today. The Skull & Crossbones bar is available in the following weights:
Monarch Precious Metals is another American private mint that produces hand-poured silver bars with extremely low premiums. Like the Atlantis Mint, Monarch products are simple in design but refined in value, with .999 pure silver in all of its silver bars. The standard Monarch Precious Metals Silver Bar features the company name, corporate logo, and an engraving of the bar’s weight, purity, and metal content. Nothing more, nothing less. The MPM Silver Bars are available in the following weights:
Valcambi Suisse may not be Switzerland’s oldest minting operation, but it was grown into a global brand that has earned the respect of other refiners in the precious metals industry with its products. As with other silver bars, many of Valcambi’s products are available at low premiums because they are made in large quantities and contain an impressive purity level equal to that of many coins.
The most popular is the Valcambi 100 Gram CombiBar. It is available in two different versions, but each is divisible along pre-cut lines that allow you to keep your 100 Grams of .999 pure silver together, or break them apart into smaller batches, without losing any silver content. The 10 x 10 CombiBar is divisible into 10 individual 10 Gram bars, while the 100 x 1 is divisible into 100 individual 1 Gram bars.
Valcambi also produces four different 1 Kilo Silver Bars that offer impressive low premiums above the spot price. Each bar features only the Valcambi Suisse corporate logo, the weight, metal content, and purity, an assayer’s mark, and an individual serial number engraved on its obverse side. These bars are available as a standard cast silver bar, a 1 Kilo Minted Ingot in Matte finish or Glossy, and a cast silver bar with an antique finish.
JM Bullion offers a wide variety of other low premium silver bars for investors to choose from, including many from popular mints across the globe. Examples of other low premium silver bars include these products:
For those who prefer the smaller size of a coin, but are interested more in low premium silver, rounds are the perfect fit. Silver rounds are like bars in the fact that they can be produced at very high mintages. Unlike a silver bar though, most mints produce silver rounds in 1 oz varieties only, with a few mints opting to produce silver rounds in fractional weights as well. Keep in mind though that silver rounds other than 1 oz varieties are few and far between generally speaking.
SilverTowne Mint is a privately-owned entity in Winchester, Indiana. It is best known for its Prospector and Prospector Stackable Silver Rounds. Both rounds feature the corporate logo of a lone prospector guiding his trusty pack mule to their next jackpot. The stackable round features a raised obverse side and sunken reverse, making it easier to stack the rounds without worrying about the stack falling over. In addition, the outer rim of the design features alternating raised and sunken lips (which also alternate in mirror-like and frosted finishes) which help lock the rounds together when stacked.
The Great American Mint is the largest private facility on the West Coast of the United States, and is one of the largest in the country. It also happens to be one of the few mints in the world to offer its silver rounds in both the popular 1 oz weight, and ultra-low premium options such as a ½ oz, ¼ oz, and 1/10 oz silver round. The Great American Mint, by in large, uses historic coin designs from the United States Mint on its silver rounds. These designs include:
The newest private mint in the United States is a collaborative effort between the Ohio Precious Metals company (now Elemetal Mint), NTR Metals, and Provident Metals. It produces one of the most unique low premium silver products available, the 2 oz Ultra High Relief Silver Round. These silver rounds were introduced in 2015 and feature two different series at this point.
The Privateer Series includes a Privateer Round and a Siren Round, and the designs on both celebrate the privateers and pirates of the Caribbean’s golden age of piracy. The North American Landmarks series includes only a Grand Canyon round, but is poised to feature as many as 18 different locations from across the North American continent.
Silver bars and rounds are an excellent source of low premium silver for investors interested in high-purity silver products, but struggling to find and purchase the bullion coins sold by dealers and sovereign mints around the globe. If you have questions about low premium silver for a JM Bullion associate, you can reach us at 800-276-6508, connect with us online through our live web chat, or send us an email with your questions.