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They discovered a new species: The SILVERBUGS!

Franklin Sanders: The Case for Silver

Silver - A rare earth element?

Monday, February 28, 2011 



You might think calling silver a rare earth element (REE) is not a reason buy silver but there are some similarities and some important points to bear in mind which support that view.

REE are not particularly rare in fact, the 17 minerals known as the REE are actually very abundant in the earths crust. The reason for calling them rare is more related to their wide dispersal. They are not heavily concentrated in small enough areas of ore to offer economic extraction and this caused them to originally be considered rare.

Before the nineteen fifties the majority of rare earth production came from India and Brazil. During the fifties South Africa became the biggest producer. This was then followed by California in the nineteen sixties and in the eighties China became the dominant producer with 97 percent of the worlds production and has remained so ever since.

A common characteristic between silver and REE is the method of mining. Both silver and REE are mined in much the same way. As a by product of other mining activities. The cost of mining silver and REE as a sole activity is far to prohibitive. In mining one exploits the easiest first and extracts any other properties of a lower grade nature afterwards since they are more difficult and generally more expensive to extract.

However an important difference between REE and silver is that one can invest directly in silver whereas you cannot invest in REEs. Of course one can buy stocks in companies that mine REE just as much as in silver but generally such companies, again, only have silver and REEs as a by product and their stock and share process reflect activities of a more major mining processes, such as gold, copper, aluminium etc as well as other factors such as board and management decisions regarding the company and its overall production and direction. The stock price is rarely ever affected by the production of REEs or silver even.

Silver, additionally, is in the unique position of being both a major industrial as well as a investment asset, and I am including coin production in the investment class for the purposes of this dissertation. This gives silver a singular rarity not enjoyed by other metals other than gold to a minor degree (Gold is used in industry and other areas such as medical field but compared to the total gold product is extremely minor).

It should also be noted that silver stock piles world wide are down over ninety percent since the 1940s. That is a tremendous decrease in available silver. When you consider that the demand of silver in industry is increasing as well as the demand for silver investment it becomes increasingly apparent that silver is, indeed, a rare earth element and a justifiable reason therefore to buy silver.

Gold & Silver Outlook

Silverbugs Learning Center

The Indispensable Element

Silver has innumerable applications in art, science, industry and beyond.

At the highest level, though, demand for silver breaks down into three important categories: silver in industry, investment, and silver jewelry & décor. Together, these three areas represent more than 95 % of annual silver demand. In 2010, 487.4 million ounces of silver were used for industrial applications, while over 167.0 million ounces of silver were committed to silver jewelry and 101.3 million ounces were used in coins and medals.

With unique properties including its strength, malleability and ductility, its electrical and thermal conductivity, its sensitivity to and high reflectance of light and the ability to endure extreme temperature ranges, it is an element without substitution.


The Silver Institute


USGS Silver Statistics & Info






Top silver producing countries:

Peru, Mexico, China, Australia Chile, 
Russia, Bolivia, USA, Poland, Canada




Silver links from LinksMine - InfoMine's Library of Mining Web Sites

Site Listings

Silver Price - (The Silver Institute)
Zinc, Lead, Silver Report - (Australian Atlas of Mineral Resources, Mines & Processing Centres) Resources, reserves, exploration, production, industry developments
Silver Fact Sheet - (Australian Atlas of Mineral Resources, Mines & Processing Centres) Occurence, resources, deposits, mining and processing, uses


European Precious Metals Federation - Based in Belgium
Silver Users Association
Silver Institute - International association


DRC Mining - Geological, Exploration, and Mining Information Network - Information on the D.R.Congo Mining Sector


Silver History
History of Silver - (Silver Institute)
History of Silver - (Cambridge Precious Metals Inc.)


SilverSeek - Investor information and commentary
24-Hour Spot Chart - (Kitco) Live charts, historical charts
Silver Investor - News and commentary


World Silver Survey - (Silver Institute) Annual survey and other publications
Books on Silver - (Amazon)
Silver Investor Newsletter - (www.silver-investor.com)


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#1623   $Gold $8-9k/oz or Higher in Next Two Years NYBob 02/26/21 03:17:09 PM
#1622   $Zardiw thanks; Great Panther Mining Ltd (GPL) BARCHART NYBob 02/23/21 07:54:04 PM
#1621   Things will get real on Wednesday if this ironyman 02/23/21 05:48:29 AM
#1620   Aurcana Silver Provides Construction Update for Its Revenue basserdan 02/22/21 08:53:20 AM
#1619   Zardiw thanks; Sprott Physical Trust (PSLV) Adds ~20 NYBob 02/19/21 02:32:28 AM
#1618   Another great video on #Silver .....Thanks....May the #SilverSqueeze Zardiw 02/18/21 09:42:58 PM
#1617   We were 'dangerously close' to collapse of 'entire NYBob 02/18/21 07:56:03 PM
#1616   $Zardiw thanks; $Jim Forsythe: Stampede Coming Into Gold NYBob 02/18/21 06:58:09 PM
#1613   $Zardiw thanks; well, Silver = The Real Money NYBob 02/18/21 12:58:47 AM
#1612   Amazing video...Explains a lot about #Silver....... Zardiw 02/18/21 12:28:58 AM
#1611   $100 oz Silver Can Be A Reality And NYBob 02/18/21 12:14:51 AM
#1610   Thanks Bob!! Zardiw 02/18/21 12:00:22 AM
#1609   $Zardiw Great Panther Silver, Ltd. future silver commodity contracts; NYBob 02/17/21 11:54:29 PM
#1608   Silver Bull Files Maiden NI 43-101 Resource of basserdan 02/16/21 03:22:06 PM
#1607   $Great Panther Mining Ltd (GPL) 1.0200 -0.0600 (-5.56%) NYBob 02/15/21 08:47:01 PM
#1606   Got a feeling #Silver is gonna move pretty Zardiw 02/15/21 03:39:48 PM
#1605   Zardiw thanks; Gold and silver still have a NYBob 02/14/21 11:18:00 PM
#1604   #Silver Spot is on the Rise in Asia!: https://www.kitco.com/charts/livesilver.ht Zardiw 02/14/21 09:25:10 PM
#1603   Wow. What a great post Bob!! .... #Silver Zardiw 02/14/21 09:24:38 PM
#1602   Zardiw thanks; Silver is the kryptonite of the NYBob 02/14/21 05:32:45 PM
#1601   agree ironyman 02/14/21 05:14:29 PM
#1600   Not doing any due diligence on new names. LMLYP 02/14/21 04:45:46 PM
#1599   We're gonna the biggest #Silver boom in history soon....... Zardiw 02/14/21 02:52:13 PM
#1598   $Zardiw Welcome; Silver Bullion London Supplies Almost Gone NYBob 02/14/21 12:11:49 PM
#1597   http://gata.org/node/20913 MWM 02/14/21 07:39:56 AM
#1596   $MMTMF looks interesting...... #Gold Mining ......probably #Silver also Zardiw 02/13/21 07:31:05 PM
#1595   Zardiw thanks, I agree a #SilverSqueeze is coming NYBob 02/13/21 03:11:13 PM
#1594   I think a #SilverSqueeze is coming pretty soon Zardiw 02/13/21 11:36:57 AM
#1593   $Great Panther Mining Ltd (GPL) Barchart Opinions; NYBob 02/12/21 01:17:19 AM
#1592   $Great Panther Mining Ltd (GPL) Barchart Opinions; NYBob 02/12/21 01:17:11 AM
#1591   $artman thanks; Real Silver is Dangerously Close to NYBob 02/09/21 03:28:15 AM
#1590   $ubmachine thanks; Holy moly... Seems s.th. huge is NYBob 02/06/21 09:13:32 PM
#1589   Great article for those new to or even NYBob 02/06/21 01:21:48 PM
#1588   Great Panther Files NI 43-101 Technical Report for NYBob 02/04/21 05:30:50 PM
#1587   Great Panther Files NI 43-101 Technical Report for NYBob 02/03/21 01:15:31 PM
#1586   Pretty good day today. It is nice to Sheep 02/01/21 05:21:40 PM
#1585   Sheep thanks; $Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX: GPR; NYBob 02/01/21 12:26:26 PM
#1584   $Great Panther Achieves 2020 Guidance with Production of NYBob 02/01/21 12:00:11 PM
#1583   Great! Seems, it`s just the beginning! $ubmachine 02/01/21 07:42:40 AM
#1582   Holy moly... Seems s.th. huge is ongoing in $ubmachine 02/01/21 07:29:53 AM
#1581   Unbelievable - silver up 9% within last 48h!!!! $ubmachine 02/01/21 07:27:59 AM
#1580   AUNFF pure silver miner play, ready for production raging 02/01/21 06:05:29 AM
#1579   $ubmachine thanks; RE: Yes, biggest silver squeeze is possible!! NYBob 02/01/21 01:17:59 AM
#1578   RE: THE BIGGEST SHORT SQUEEZE IN NYBob 01/31/21 11:07:13 PM
#1577   Silver Coin Sites Grind to a Halt as starboy 01/31/21 10:50:50 PM
#1576   Silver Bull Announces Maiden NI 43-101 Resource of basserdan 01/31/21 04:29:13 PM
#1575   From Otto Rock @ IKNnews... basserdan 01/30/21 09:12:45 PM
#1574   https://markets-businessinsider-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/markets.businessinsid Dough Theory 01/30/21 08:27:18 PM
#1573   Yes, biggest silver squeeze is possible!! $ubmachine 01/30/21 04:59:08 PM
#1572   https://financearmageddon.blogspot.com/2021/01/can-reddit-day-traders-crash-jp-m Dough Theory 01/30/21 04:44:57 PM
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