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Gold coins, gold bullion, silver coins, and silver bullion are the best investments for gold and silver investors. The best gold bullion coins and silver bullion coins are summarized on this page. For more information on gold and silver bullion and coins, visit other pages on this Web site.

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Engelhard 100-oz silver bars

Early extruded silver bars

Since the development of the physicals silver investment market in the early 1970s, Engelhard 100-oz .999 fine (99.9% pure) silver bars have been among the more popular silver bars because Engelhard Minerals is a major player in the precious metals industry. The first Engelhard silver bars were the poured 100-oz bars. As demand grew, however, Engelhard went to an extrusion process, which lowered manufacturing costs. The bar pictured is the first version of Engelhard extruded bars. A later form of extruded bar replaced this one.

The Engelhard hallmark, the description, and the identification number are recessed, having been stamped on the bars. Both styles of Engelhard extruded silver bars measure 5-7/8" X 3" X 1 and weigh 6.86 pounds on a bathroom (avoirdupois) scale. Because of their uniform sizes, Engelhard extruded silver bars stack and store easily.

Engelhard and Johnson Matthey are the two most highly respected names in the precious metals industry, causing many investors to ask for only Engelhard or JM bars. However, when Engelhard and JM bars are not available, investors can invest with confidence in other silver bars that have become readily acceptable in the silver bullion investment community. Those other silver bars include Academy silver bars, Sunshine Minting silver bars, Wall Street Mint silver bars Ohio Precious Metals (OPM) silver bars. Here is a more detailed discussion about silver bars.

CMI Gold & Silver Inc. takes calls Mondays through Fridays, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST. If you would like to discuss any aspect of buying silver bars, call us at 1-800-528-1380, and here is a page about how to buy silver bars. And, here is still more information about buying and selling gold and silver with CMIGS.