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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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Johnson Matthey silver prices for

Johnson Matthey bullion silver bars

100-oz poured silver bars

As the physicals silver market developed in the early 1970s, small refiners and mints began turning out .999 fine silver products to meet the demand. By the mid- to late-1970s, however, Johnson Matthey and Engelhard dominated the market, producing silver bars at prices competitive with smaller refineries. As a rule, Johnson Matthey silver prices for bullion silver bars have always been competitive.

Johnson Matthey produced poured bullion silver 100-oz bars by the tens of thousands, and these bars are actively bought and silver today in the secondary bullion silver market. Additionally, Johnson Matthey today is pouring new 100-oz bullion silver bars at prices competitive with all 100-oz silver bars. There is one difference between the earlier Johnson Matthey bullion silver bars and the new bars.

The earlier Johnson Matthey bullion silver bars were serially-numbered. New Johnson Matthey bullion silver bars are not. Investors wanting bullion silver bars with serial numbers should buy Academy silver bars, the only bars now being turned out with serial numbers. Old Johnson Matthey and all Engelhard silver bars carry serial numbers. Both are sometimes available in the secondary market.

Although Johnson Matthey later switched to producing struck bullion silver bars, demand was starting to subside by then, and not very many struck JOHNSON MATTHEY bars were made.

Poured Johnson Matthey bullion silver bars have the Johnson Matthey hallmark, the bar's weight and an identification number stamped on them. A JOHNSON MATTHEY poured 100-oz bullion silver bar measures approximately 6-1/2" X 2-1/2" X 1-1/4". Measurements vary slightly between JOHNSON MATTHEY 100-oz bullion silver bars because the molds varied in sizes at the different refineries where the bars were poured.

Johnson Matthey and Engelhard are highly respected names in the precious metals industry, and many investors ask for them by name. When Johnson Matthey and Engelhard bars not available, investors should not hesitate to go with Academy, Sunshine Minting or Wall Street Mint bars, all of which are presently being produced. Silver bars from the Ohio Precious Metals Refinery are also acceptable.

How to buy silver

If you would like to discuss investing in silver with CMI Gold & Silver Inc., call us at 800-528-1380. We take calls 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST, Mondays through Fridays. Or, follow the link for more information about buying and selling gold and silver with CMI Gold & Silver Inc.