Free Spot Prices Emailed to you Daily

Enter Email:

*Notice: The information you provide will not be shared with any third party. Opt out at any time.
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.

Does your silver have to be reported?


Silver purchases do not have to be reported. This myth is so pervasive that CMI feels obligated to clarify this misunderstanding repeatedly.

See Myths, Misunderstandings, and Outright Lies to learn about the pitfalls of investing in precious metals.

Sunshine Minting struck 100 oz. .999 fine silver bar

Struck 999 fine silver bullion bars are popular because of their mirror-like finish and crisp raised markings. However, because extruded silver bullion bars are less costly to produce, stuck silver bullion bars are no longer being made. Yet, the Sunshine Minting stuck silver bars pictured above are common, having been manufactured for several years. A Sunshine struck silver bar weighs 6.86 pounds on a bathroom scale and measures 5-1/8" X 3" X 1-1/4".

Silver investors often confuse and understandably so Sunshine Minting with Sunshine Mining, which went into bankruptcy in early 2002. Sunshine Minting is an offshoot of Sunshine Mining. In 1994, the minting division of Sunshine Mining separated from the company and has operated independently since then as Sunshine Minting. Today, Sunshine Minting is one of the major suppliers of bullion products, including 10-oz bars, 1-oz rounds, and 1-oz ingots (bars). Additionally, Sunshine Minting produces the 1-oz silver planchets (blanks) that the U.S. Mint uses to stamp Silver Eagles.

Call CMI at 1-800-528-1380 for answers to any questions or clarifications. Our hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Mondays through Fridays. Our offices are in the middle of the Phoenix, Arizona financial district. CMI has had the same bank account since its inception in 1973. References available on request