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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.

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.

Wall Street Mint extruded 100 oz. .999 fine silver bar

The demand for retail silver bullion products 100-oz bars, 10-oz bars, and 1-oz rounds accelerated in 2001, and the Wall Street Mint began manufacturing them. Pictured above is the WSM's 100-oz extruded 999 fine silver bar. A WSM bar measures weighs 6.86 pounds on a bathroom (avoirdupois) scale.

Because WSM bars have recently been manufactured, they are bright, shiny, and carry a new look. Engelhard and Johnson Matthey, on the other hand, are 15 to 25 years old and are often tarnished. This is especially true for the older poured bars. In the final analysis, it does not matter whether bars are tarnished or not, but some investors prefer their bars to have the bright, light-reflective appearance for which silver is known.

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