History of Silver Prices

Published on 02/17/2020 by APMEX

A variety of Silver products, including coins, rounds, and bars.

Although past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, looking at a Silver’s price history can potentially provide useful information.

Going back to the mid-1970s, Silver was valued at less than $10 per ounce. The white metal began to rise in the late 70s, however, and by 1980 was valued at over $36 per ounce. The market saw prices come back down following the parabolic rise, and Silver once again found itself trading under the $10 per ounce level by the late 1980s. Silver maintained a trading range under $10 for years to come, and prices would not climb above $10 per ounce until 2006.

2008 saw the price of Silver basically double, soaring to almost $20 per ounce. This is potentially linked to the financial crises of 2008. Silver prices once again came back down to around the $10 per ounce. Silver began a historical climb in 2011, reaching nearly $50 per ounce. Silver did not maintain trade near the $50 mark, however, and the white metal proceeded to trend lower over a few years until it found a bottom in 2016 for less than $14 per ounce. Since then, Silver has recovered and maintains a balance between $16 to $20 per ounce.

Silver’s Long History

Silver has stood the test of time as a reliable store of wealth and value, and the white metal is likely to continue to be sought after for its budget-friendly investor appeal and its potential to provide a meaningful hedge against economic downturns.

APMEX recommends discussing the pros and cons of investing with a financial adviser or professional.

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