50 Shades of Silver: How to Diversify Your Holdings, Juice Your Returns, and More


by Jeff Clark, GoldSilver:

One of the more common questions we get about silver, and maybe one you’ve wondered about yourself, is, “Is there a reason I should buy physical silver other than Silver Eagles?”

Yes: Diversification. And the reason you may want to diversify is because not all silver products serve the same purpose. For example, some forms of bullion…

  • Offer potentially bigger gains (and like any higher-reward-potential investment, higher risk levels too)
  • Are more popular in different parts of the world
  • May fetch a bigger premium upon resale
  • Are better suited for international diversification
  • Are less expensive to purchase
  • Are less likely to be targeted in a confiscation or change in regulation
  • May require an assay to sell
  • Are less expensive to store
  • Have stronger messaging or significance
  • Make for better gifts
  • Are not eligible for IRAs

There are other distinctions, but the point is that diversification of your silver holdings can assure that you have the right form of bullion for the right purpose. It can help assure that you fully participate in the bull market. It could potentially keep you from getting wiped out if the only form of bullion you hold doesn’t perform the way you expected. It can even give you the opportunity to outperform the silver spot price itself.

If you don’t own any physical silver, I can tell you there’s nothing quite like it. Pure silver isn’t just visually captivating; it’s mankind’s oldest form of money. In fact, silver has been used as currency more often than gold. You can sense why when you hold a silver bullion coin in the palm of your hand.

And since the silver price acts like gold on steroids, it’s almost certain to reach new all-time highs in the next crisis. We can’t tell you exactly how high it’ll go, but the potential exists for it to be one of the greatest investments in modern history.  

If you want to make sure you participate in the next silver rush, and would like to consider ways to diversify your holdings for both safety and profit, we present our 50 Shades of Silver list to help you decide how to round out your holdings.

Sovereign Coins

A sovereign coin is basically one produced by a government mint and is considered investment-grade silver. They have several advantages over other “bullion” coins.

First, they come with a guarantee of both purity and content, and also have a face value. Those values are mostly symbolic at this point, since silver sells at much higher prices today, but it does mean the sponsoring government guarantees it will always accept the coin at its face value.

A sovereign coin is your starting point, because it will always track the price of silver. Nothing more, nothing less. It contains no other metals and is not subject to the whims of the rare-coin market. That’s good, because the last thing we’d want as investors is to watch the price of silver soar but not see our coin’s value track it, which can sometimes happen with a numismatic coin. That’s not a worry with a sovereign bullion coin.

A sovereign coin is also IRA-eligible. Those rules can be tricky—and costly if you stick the wrong product in your retirement account. You don’t have that worry if you buy the sovereigns from our list below.

Last, a sovereign coin is highly liquid, meaning it’s easy to sell. If you need to convert to currency, you won’t hear something like “we don’t buy those.” Almost any dealer in the world will buy them from you.

Lots of advantages. Here are your choices…

The US Mint produces the Silver Eagle coin, which has a purity of .999%, and comes with a face value of $1. They’re guaranteed by the US government, and the design does not change from year to year. They are ideal for US investors, and provide excellent diversification for all investors due to their worldwide acceptance.

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1. 1-Ounce Silver Eagle, Current Year . This one-ounce coin from the US Mint is probably the most recognizable silver coin in the world. It is what Mike Maloney primarily buys.

2. 1-Ounce Silver Eagle, Common Date . This simply means you’ll let us choose the mint years for you. We fill your order from the lowest priced stock of coins available. The years will vary—they may be mixed or all the same. The advantage here is that they’re less expensive than specific or current year coins, yet still contain one ounce of silver.

3. Silver Eagle Mint Case . A case of 500 one-ounce silver Eagles, also known as a Monster Box, is the lowest-cost way to buy them. A sealed mint case contains 25 tubes of 20 coins, along with an audit slip signed and dated by a US Mint representative. This is the #1-selling product at GoldSilver.

The Royal Canadian Mint has been in production since 1908, and produces a beautiful one-ounce silver coin. Their purity is .9999%, with a face value of $5 Canadian, both higher than Eagles. They’re backed by the Commonwealth of Canada, and the design does not change. They are ideal if you live in Canada, yet have wide popularity around the world and thus offer excellent diversification for any bullion investor.

4. 1-Ounce Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, Current Year . This beautiful coin is one of the most advanced bullion coins on the planet: It comes with the Royal Canadian Mint’s anti-counterfeiting technology called Bullion DNA (Digital Non-destructive Activation), which captures images of the coins, encrypts them with an algorithmic signature, and stores them in a secure database, allowing authenticity to be verified in an instant. GoldSilver is an authorized Bullion DNA dealer for the Royal Canadian Mint. Silver Maple Leafs also now come with MintShield™, a surface protectant that significantly reduces the occurrence of white spots on silver bullion. Check out the video in the link for these advanced features. All this and the premium is usually lower than for Eagles. You simply can’t go wrong buying the new silver Maple Leaf.

5. 1-Ounce Canadian Silver Maple Leaf, Common Date . Like the Eagle, choosing a random year coin is less expensive than the newest issue.

6. Silver Maple Leaf Mint Case . This 500-coin case comes with 20 tubes of 25 coins each. It is the cheapest way to buy Maples Leafs, and is usually a few hundred dollars less than a mint case of Eagles.

The Austrian Mint in Vienna has been striking coins for over 800 years, and has sold over 80 million Silver Philharmonics since they were first minted in 2008. These one-ounce coins have a purity of .999 fine silver, are backed by the Republic of Austria, and have a 1.50-euro face value. It is Europe’s #1 bullion coin and is very well-known across the globe.

7. 1-Ounce Austrian Silver Philharmonic, Current Year . This beautiful coin is less expensive in North America than the Eagle but costs more than the Maple Leaf. Hold this coin in your hand and you can imagine sitting in the Golden Hall (the coin’s front) listening to Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, or Haydn.

8. 1-Ounce Austrian Silver Philharmonic, Common Date . This coin offers an excellent bargain; it’s currently over $1 less than the newest-year coin!

9. Silver Philharmonic Mint Case . Like other monster boxes, this case contains 500 ounces of pure silver, packaged in 25 tubes of 20 coins each.

The Perth Mint is one of Western Australia’s biggest exporters, and one of its most popular exports is now the Silver Kangaroo coin even though production only began in 2016. It is .9999 pure silver, and is legal tender in Australia, with a face value of 1 Australian dollar. The design of the Silver Kangaroo does not change from year to year (though the Gold Kangaroo’s does). Also noteworthy is that the Silver Kangaroo has a spectacular high-relief design, making it very eye-appealing. And like the Maple Leaf, it comes with an authentication feature that makes it difficult to counterfeit.

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