Investing In Silver Bars Silver bars are rarely invested in for their collectible value. In this regard, investments are made in silver coins for their rarity and decorative value. However, silver bars are the perfect choice to invest in silver as a commodity. The prices on it's generally a little over the premium spot price. The silver price, per ounce in silver bars is usually close to the current spot price on the silver market. Nowadays it's mostly issued by private companies and banks and rarely by governments. Historically however, many dynasties have been found on ingots or bars of silver and gold. Though it's not generally treasured for their collectible value, there are exceptions. Silver bars that hold collectible value, usually have highly recognisable images embossed on the bars. There can also be some other factors that render some of the bars with special value. Some bars are highly valued if they are no longer being produced and are rarely found in circulation. This increases their rarity value and makes them high in demand. It have been in existence for much longer than silver coins. In fact, the earliest currency circulated was in the form of metal bars forged from silver and gold. As these were extremely rare and highly valued, they were only used in transactions on a larger scale, such as huge buys by merchants, payments between temples and hiring of mercenary armies. It made poor substitutes for coinage. Coins were far more effective than it as a form of currency. In fact, it were stored as an item of wealth. They were valued because they could be later on melted to produce more coins. This characteristic of it's made them highly valued possessions for those who had the legal right to mint coins. Those who were not bestowed with the legal rights of minting coins could face severe consequences, if they were caught. The amount of the silver bar did not matter, even if it equalled to the legally allowed possessions of coins. In the last two decades, silver prices have enabled the common man to form a hedge that protects from economic instability, inflation and global recession. It's have proved a beneficial investment in this regard. Today, silver bars are simply another form of bullion like silver coins. They are no longer valued for their reserve value, that is, the capacity of the silver bar to produce more coins. The volatile silver price, makes the silver bars an attractive investment option with lots of room to speculate.