What Are Silver Art Bars?

Economic uses for silver have well been documented all throughout history. During the medieval ages, kings have struck it into coins to be used as money by their people. It had considerably lower value when compared to the gold coins in circulation, but, still it did have some value. As the time passed, along with the changes in the economy. The role of silver also changed.


With the enactment of the gold standard set in the US, precious metals have had a fixed exchange up until now. This rate would be equivalent to the dollar value of the metal in the market subject to changes due to different factors like inflation. Due to this economic structure, the coins used for money before had become collectibles that had value depending on the spot price of metals in the market. It also led to the minting of silver bullion bars made of pure silver that were mainly used as an investment by business people, these were sold by the government so as to try and keep the economy stable and afloat because money in circulation was also based in part with the silver bars they owned as well.

A silver art bar is a type of silver bullion bar that is in circulation today. These bars were minted from a lot of different mints all over the country. Some minted by the hundreds, while others minted only a few of them. The Hamilton mint is an example of the common mint for these bars while the Liberty mint rarely produced such silver art bars. This by common sense would affect how rare the bars they were able to produce.

Much like pure silver bullion bars, these art bars are also made of pure silver with a .999 purity which is depicted in the design on top. Some of these bars though were created from the current silver standard which was .925 sterling silver. Even with this, their rarity isn’t defined by the amount of material that was used in making them. These bars are decorated or designed with symbols that are popular to the masses like hollywood artists, important people in history, landmarks, wonders of the world, a commemorative piece of material for a company celebrating a milestone, among others. They are also categorized through these designs as well.

First of all, their spot price would be on the basis of the material that was used which means its purity. Along with that, the weight of the bar that is sold would also be a price determinant. Plus, bars that have undergone wear, tear, and tarnish will diminish the value of the item. This would also determine its base price. Rarity enters when it comes to antique bars that are very rare to find this would offer it a relatively low premium when it comes to the deals that can be struck which would also be determined by the willingness to pay of the customer. Based on the recent economic reports, the spot prices of silver are moving up which would mean that it would make into an even better investment.

References:

http://hubertmoolman.wordpress.com/silver-fractal-analysis-report/
http://blog.silverartbars.com/
http://www.rivercitycoins.com/silverartbars/silverartbar.html
http://www.thesilverxchange.com/silver_art_bars.asp




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