forget gold !

  1. dub
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    The headline should be Forget gold - buy SILVER! .........but that wouldn't have attracted as much attention. he he he he

    Today I traded a 2oz Kangaroo + 1 x 2001 milenium silver coin + $100 cash for a 5kg bar of silver. (I have 2 other silver bars and quite a few silver coins and some gold coins and 2 platinum ones.)

    Why trade gold for silver ?

    Gold is going to explode.

    However, the current ratio of gold price to silver price is 72(+). The historical ratio is 15-17!!!.

    Silver is used and disappears:gold, in the main, doesn't.

    There's lots of articles on silver around. An extract from the latest one -

    Fundamental Considerations: THE RISING SILVER DEMAND

    Demand for silver includes industrial applications, photography, jewelry & silverware. Together, these three categories represent more than 95 percent of annual silver consumption. In 2000, 378 million ounces of silver were used for industrial applications, while over 230 million ounces of silver were committed to the photographic sector, and 281 million ounces were consumed in the jewelry and silverware markets.

    Silver is in demand because it has a number of 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. Silver's unique properties restrict its substitution in most applications. Choose from the following list to learn more about some of the various applications of silver:

    Electrical and Electronics

    Silver is the best electrical conductor of all metals and is hence used in many electrical applications, particularly in conductors, switches, contacts and fuses. Contacts, a junction between two conductors that can be separated and through which a current can flow, account for the largest proportion of electrical demand. Silver is invaluable in the manufacture of circuit breakers and motor controls.

    In electronics, silver is also widely used. Uses include silk-screened circuit paths, membrane switches, electrically heated automobile windows, and conductive adhesives. Every time a home owner turns on a microwave oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, or television set, the action activates a switch with silver contacts that completes the required electrical circuit.

    Medical Applications

    While silver's importance as a bactericide has been documented only since the late 1800s, its use in purification has been known throughout the ages. Early records indicate that the Phoenicians, for example, used silver vessels to keep water, wine and vinegar pure during their long voyages. In America, pioneers moving west put silver and copper coins in their water barrels to keep it clean.

    In fact, "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" is not a reference to wealth, but to health. In the early 18th century, babies who were fed with silver spoons were healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals, and silver pacifiers found wide use in America because of their beneficial health effects.

    Silver also has a variety of uses in pharmaceuticals. In fact, silver sulfadiazine is the most powerful compound for burn treatment. It is used by every hospital in North America for burn victims to kill bacteria and allow the body to naturally restore the burn area. It is used world-wide. In another application polyurethane central venus catheters are impregnated with silver sulfadiazine and chlorhexidine to eliminate catheter-related bacteria.

    In a world concerned with the spreading of virus and disease, silver is increasingly being tapped for its bactericidal properties and used in treatments for conditions ranging from severe burns to Legionnaires Disease.

    Water Purification

    Silver is employed as a bactericide and algaecide in an ever-increasing number of water purification systems in hospitals, remote communities and, more recently, domestic households.

    Silver ions have been used to purify drinking water and swimming pool water for generations. New research into silver compounds is providing physicians with powerful, clinically effective treatments against which bacteria cannot develop resistance.


    When Joseph Nicephore Niepce created the first photographic image obtained through a camera-like device in 1813, it was silver nitrate that made it possible.

    Although digital photography is increasing, silver-based photography will retain its pre-eminence due to its superior definition and low cost. An estimated 230 million troy ounces of silver were used worldwide in 2000 for photographic purpose.

    William Conrad Roentgen's discovery of x-rays in 1895, led to his discovery that they activate silver halide crystals. This revolutionized medical diagnosis. Radiographic use of silver worldwide consumed 78 million troy ounces in 2000. Medical uses aside, X-ray inspection is essential to ensure the integrity of metallic castings from small truck axles to the huge aircraft-carrier steam valves used to propel airplanes from a flight deck. Of all the inspection techniques, it is the image on a silver halide x-ray film that provides the clearest indication of flaws deep within metallic components.


    The silver battery provides the higher voltages and long life required for quartz watches. In fact, over 1.4 billion silver oxide-zinc batteries are supplied to world markets yearly, including miniature sized batteries for watches, cameras, and small electronic devices and larger batteries for tools and commercial portable TV cameras.


    23,851,873 ounces of silver were issued in the form of silver coins in 1995.


    Steel bearings electroplated with high purity silver have greater fatigue strength and load carrying capacity than any other type and are hence used in various hi-tech and heavy-duty applications.

    Jewelry and Silverware

    Silver possesses working qualities similar to gold but enjoys greater reflectivity and can achieve the most brilliant polish of any metal. To make it durable for jewelry, however, pure silver (999 fineness) is often alloyed with small quantities of copper. In many countries, Sterling Silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) is the standard for silverware and has been since the 14th century. The copper toughens the silver and makes it possible to use sterling silver for cutlery, bowls and other decorative items such as picture frames.

    Brazing and Soldering

    In 2000, 38 million ounces of silver were used for brazing and soldering in industrial and electronics applications.


    A worldwide inventory of some 23 million ounces of silver are in daily use for catalytic oxidation in chemical reactors, principally in the plastic industry.


    The ease of electrodeposition of silver accounts for silver's widespread use in coating. The plating thickness of some items, such as fuse caps, is less than one micron. Coatings of two to seven microns are normal for heavy-duty electrical equipment.

    Solar Energy

    Silver paste is used in 90 percent of all crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, which are the most common type of solar cells. All silicon cells used in space to power satellites utilize silver in the form of evaporated metal to make the electrical contact.

    You can read the full article (by Zihlmann) at . He refers to American silver companies/shares. There aren't many.

    There are fewer Australian ones!

    Anyway, perhaps food for thought for some.

    ...... and really ........

    .......... do NOT forget gold - just include silver, eh.

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