Think of the power and influence of today’s paper American dollar.

How long has it been in circulation? A few hundred years at most, right?

On the other hand, silver has been a precious element for at least 6000 years and was used as a currency as early as 700 B.C.! Consider the ancient Greek drachma or the British pound sterling.

Today, silver is still held in the same high regard. It is a recognized store of value that offers protection from inflation, fiat currency debasement and banking system failure. Silver is prized not only as an investment, but also as a critical component in industry and products of many kinds.

Many retirement investors include physical silver in their IRA portfolios as a means of diversifying away risk and ensuring a more stable, predictable financial future for themselves. Many silver coins produced by government mints make excellent choices for inclusion in an IRA account.

Unlike traditional IRAs, Home Storage IRAs allow investors to store their precious metals in a nearby bank while enjoying the safe tax-deferment benefits of all IRAs.


1. Since 2013, silver inventory has fallen by more than 90%, with China being the largest consumer.

2. Mining costs for an ounce of silver are over $24 per ounce (as of 6/2016) above the current spot price, making new mining projects unlikely in the near to mid term.

3. Silver is a necessary part of electrical, computer, mobile phones and medical devices as well as solar demand.

4. Silver only represents 0.01% of the world’s financial wealth.

5. Gold-Silver Ratio: Some experts believe that the historic ratio between the price of gold and silver, 16 x 1, will return again as the price of silver catches up with recent gains in the gold price. Currently the ratio is 75 x 1, leaving a lot of room for silver to appreciate!

Did You Know?

• Silver is not purposely mined. 80% of new silver production is a by-product of gold or copper mining.

• Silver has the best electrical conductivity of any element and highest thermal conductivity of any metal!

• Since silver is cheaper to acquire than gold, by the ounce, many precious metals investors begin their diversification strategy with silver before moving on to gold.

• As a trading metal, the commerce that silver has helped facilitate over the centuries is simply staggering to consider. You can be a part of this rich tradition by adding physical silver to your portfolio.


All the Silver in the World

Total silver production from pre-history till now is estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to have been about 1,411,475 metric tons.

Remarkably, the United States peaked in silver production exactly 100 years ago. USGS data reveals that the U.S. last hit record production in 1916, when we produced nearly 2,500 metric tons or 78.7 million oz of metal.

In fact, more silver was mined from 1900-1950 than in the entire sixty-five years that followed. From 1900 to 1950, the United States produced 2.8 billion oz, versus 2.7 billion oz from 1950 to 2015.

Experts believe that the best days of U.S. silver production are over for good. The USGS estimates that the United States only has 25,000 metric tons of silver in the ground left to extract.

Silver Use in Industry
In addition to its beauty and financial desirability, silver has a critical role to play in many industries. It has inherently unique elemental properties that cannot be duplicated by manmade elements.

• Batteries
• Automobiles
• Electronic Devices
• Display Panels
• Insulation
• Membrane Switches



When the Dollar Fails, Silver Rises

Between 1971 and 1981, the U.S. dollar lost more than half
of its value while silver prices rose nearly five times.


Silver has been “tucked away” by families since time in memoriam as a way of safeguarding wealth in times of societal or financial upheaval. Though most people trust the banking system with a majority of their assets, many see physical silver as a way of have a bit of extra protection in the event catastrophe strikes.